Buying a Car Online vs Dealership

Wondering what the benefits are of buying a car online vs. dealership? Our team here at Watermark Ford of Marion has put together a helpful guide to make it easy for you as you embark on your next automotive adventure around Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions as you learn more about your car-buying options below!

Benefits of Buying a Car Online

Buying a car virtually means sealing the deal on your next ride online from beginning to end. However, you can experience the best of both worlds by starting the process online and completing it at the dealership.

Shop at Your Leisure

One major benefit of starting the car-buying process at home is that you can do so at your leisure-or whenever it's most convenient for you. By browsing through an online inventory first, you can get a better sense of what vehicles are available and make a list of your priorities.

We also have a variety of vehicle reviews and comparisons conveniently located on one page to help you speed up the research process.

Convenient CarFinder

For your convenience, we have a CarFinder form, too. Once you submit your contact information and tell us about the type of car you want to drive, we'll search through our inventory for you. After that, we'll send you the information about all the automotive matches we currently have in stock.

Benefits of Buying a Car at a Dealership

Typically, it takes about an hour or so to buy a car at a dealership. Depending on your schedule, this may be easy to fit into your day or you may prefer to save time by getting the process started online.

Face-to-Face Communication

If you prefer to speak with a salesperson directly, you can do so at the dealership. Once in our showroom, one of our knowledgeable sales representatives will be there to guide you around. They'll also tell you about any available manufacturer incentives, regional offers, and Military Discounts or College Grad Offers for qualified customers.

Test Drive Multiple Vehicles

Similarly, if you want to see the vehicles in person, you will want to make a visit to the dealership. That way, you can compare and test drive different vehicles all at once before making your final decision. During your test drives, one of our team members will answer any questions you may have and show you the key features in each vehicle. 

Virtual Resources to Streamline Your Car-Buying Journey

We want to make your car-buying experience as enjoyable and easy as possible. This is why we offer auto financing resources that you can access online from the comfort of your home. To get started, you can apply for financing online. You can also use our secure credit estimator to check your current credit score, which can influence the auto loan rates you can expect on your next car.

Additionally, you can use our Edmunds MyAppraise trade-in calculator to check the value of your current set of wheels. If you decide to move forward with the trade-in offer, you can apply it towards the down payment on your next new, used, or certified pre-owned car.

Buy Your Next New or Used Car Today

Whether you want to buy a car in person, online, or a combination of both, our team at Watermark Ford of Marion will gladly assist you throughout the process. Contact us today to learn more about your car-buying options or to schedule a test drive around Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, Illinois!

  1. Watermark Ford of Marion

    1910 West Coolidge Avenue
    Marion, IL 62959

    • Sales: (618) 993-2161
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