In recent times, our standard routines have greatly shifted – strict hygiene, self-quarantine, and social distancing have become the new normal. The coronavirus has made things exceptionally difficult for individuals and businesses, large and small. We understand some people may need a car immediately, possibly as an alternative to public transportation or due to an expiring lease, and the good news is many dealers are offering enhanced services to assist buyers.
At Naijautotraders many of our Certified Dealers are supporting customers with a Buy from Home option. With these participating dealers, shoppers can complete a good deal of their paperwork from home and have their vehicle delivered to them by dealerships that are performing extra sanitation procedures. Look for the Buy from Home badge when choosing dealerships on Naijautotraders.com
Whether you’re buying or leasing, here are some tips to help ensure that you maintain your social distance throughout the process.
Do Your Research Online
While we believe that test drives are the best way to learn about a car, doing your research ahead of time can help narrow your top picks and save you time on the lot. We suggest reading or watching car reviews, comparing specs, and getting familiar with configurations. The goal is to spend less time at the dealership during this time, so take detailed notes to become more knowledgeable in advance.
Confirm Availability and Pricing
After deciding which model and configuration you’re interested in, you can use Naijautotraders to confirm that the exact car you want is physically on the lot. You’ll also be able to get an upfront price offer from the dealer including fees that you’ll pay the dealership. You can also email or call the dealership to confirm availability and iron out as many details as possible.
Inspect the Car over Video Chat
Normally, it makes a lot of sense to let a dealer walk you through a vehicle in person. But in the interest of public health, it’s worth turning to digital alternatives. The good news is that technology has made it easier than ever to inspect a car from the comfort of your own home. With video calling services like FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, and Skype, you may be able to set up time with the dealer to check out a specific vehicle remotely.
Check Dealership Safety Procedures
Before you head to the dealership, ask your salesperson what steps the organization is taking to keep you safe by minimizing your exposure to COVID-19. For example, some dealerships have shifted employees’ functions and assigned staff to sanitation duty. Other stores are using disposable, single-use barriers around key contact parts of the vehicle – particularly the steering wheel, driver’s seat, and door handles – to keep hands off your new car as much as possible. Still, others are limiting the number of people at the dealership to 10 or less. If you want to be sure, give the dealership a call and ask about their sanitation protocols. And as a shopper, you can do your part by frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially immediately before and after your visit.
Connect with Your Dealer
After you’ve finalized details about pricing and financing in advance, ask the dealer if you can set up an appointment to show up, sign the paperwork, and pick up your new car. While you shouldn’t expect to run into crowds at the dealership, scheduling an appointment with a dedicated sales associate will help keep your car-buying experience moving while minimizing your exposure to others. We also understand some dealers are offering video conference calls and delivery services given the current COVID-19 environment.
We know the situation continues to evolve, so before you set up your dealership appointment, please consult the CDC, WHO, or your local public health department.