To say that the coronavirus has turned the process of buying a car upside-down is putting it mildly. For weeks now, dealers in many areas have found their ability to sell new vehicles in the traditional way severely limited by lockdown orders, restrictions on consumer movement, and the sheer fear of becoming infected.
To stay afloat, many auto brands have helped and encouraged their dealers to establish or enhance their ability to sell cars online and deliver them “touchlessly.” Through new online initiatives, several automakers are offering consumers the ability to choose a vehicle, estimate a trade-in value, agree on payment, add accessories, and schedule delivery without ever setting foot into a showroom. In light of the fact that many Americans are self-isolating, auto executives hope these options will prompt consumers to complete the purchase of a vehicle in a whole new way during what could continue to be a very troubling economic time. Here’s a rundown of some of the best online purchase programs.