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13. Buy a Car

You can, in fact, really buy a car online. You can research features, prices, and reviews; calculate loan payments; find out the fair trade-in value of your old car; apply for a car loan; get prices for the car you want from actual dealers; find out what rebates are currently in effect; negotiate a final price; and finally buy—all online. All you have to do offline is sign some papers when you take delivery.

But as I'm sure you know, nothing online substitutes for a real, in-person test-drive. And most of the so-called "online" buying services do little more than forward your name, contact information, and desired model to one of your local dealers, who then contacts you with a price—that's hardly a huge advantage over going to see the dealer yourself. And in a recent report, Consumer Reports determined that there are advantages to car shopping online, but that you should not expect to wind up with a better price than you'd get offline.


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