How to Buy a Car Online


New car seekers near Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores, MD, have a number of ways to purchase a vehicle. One of the easiest is to do so online, which the team at MINI of Annapolis can help with.

We created this guide on how to buy a car online to show how simple the process is. Learn all about it below, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Steps to Buying a Vehicle Online

When you’re ready to begin the online car-buying process, follow these four easy steps…

1. Create a Budget.

The first thing you’ll want to do is come up with a set budget. You can do this by writing down your monthly income, along with your monthly expenses (i.e., rent, loans, internet/phone bill, etc.). The number you have left over gives you a ballpark figure on what you could spend every month on a car.

However, there are other monthly vehicle expenses to keep in mind. Gas, insurance, and maintenance are all costs that will be factored in regularly, so don’t forget to add those into your budget.

2. Find Your Ideal Automobile.

The next step is to pick your ride! You can have fun browsing your local dealership’s website. It’s there that you’ll find listings of new, used, and certified pre-owned models. Whether you want a sedan or SUV, heated seats or a navigation system, you can find the right model and trim level for your lifestyle.

Many dealerships also have various resources on their website, such as car reviews and comparisons. You can read through them to get more info on a specific model and see if it appeals to you.

3. Take a Test Drive.

The next step is to take your desired automobile on a test drive. There are two ways you can do this:

  • Visit the dealership to test drive the car there.
  • Have the dealer bring it to your home for a test drive.

Either way, you’ll want to make sure everything is in proper working order, from the inside out. Test all the seats to see how comfortable and spacious they are, and check all the controls to see if they’re easy to access and operate correctly.

While on the road, get a feel for how the vehicle performs. Does it have a smooth acceleration? Can you safely and easily stop from any speed? How does it feel to make a turn? Do you hear any unusual noises or smell any strange odors?

If everything is good to go, then you can move on to the final step.

4. Go Through All the Paperwork.

This is where you’ll go through the financing process. You can fill out a credit application, calculate your monthly payments, and get an estimated value on a trade-in—all from the comfort of home.

You can also speak with a finance expert online. They’ll go through each step of the buying process with you and have a loan set up for you in no time.

After that, you just need to get the vehicle. Either pick it up at the dealership or have it sent to you—whichever is more convenient for your schedule.

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Using AcceleRide® to Purchase a Car

If you’re really interested in buying a vehicle online, we recommend taking advantage of the AcceleRide® service.

This online platform lets you sell and purchase cars from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. This makes it possible to complete all the steps from home—from picking out the car to having it placed in your driveway.

First, you’ll want to select the vehicle. Choose from various MINI models or cars from other manufacturers.

Next, unlock instant upfront pricing and work out a loan or lease plan that you feel good about. If you have a car to trade in, you’ll get a value right away for it, which can be used as a down payment on your new ride.

You’ll then want to digitally submit all the necessary paperwork, including your finance application, driver’s license, and valid insurance card.

Finally, set up the delivery date and time. A Delivery Specialist will bring the car—along with paperwork to sign—to your home, office, or any other convenient spot. They’ll then hand over the keys and you get to enjoy a brand-new automobile!

Start Shopping for a MINI Online Today

At MINI of Annapolis, we’re here to help make the vehicle-purchasing process as seamless as possible, which is why we offer AcceleRide®.

If you’re ready to find your dream car near Annapolis, Highland Beach, or Hillsmere Shores, Maryland, then don’t wait. Start shopping online today!

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