Car Buying Online 101

January 4th, 2022 by

Buying a new or pre-owned vehicle online is the new normal. However, as convenient as it may be, it’s not always as simple as it seems. Fernelius Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has been helping Cheboygan drivers get behind the wheel of their next car for more than a decade, and we offer these tips to anyone who is shopping online for used or new vehicles:


  1. Determine your budget and your wish list. Knowing what you can afford beforehand will help you narrow down your search. From there, figure out what kind of vehicle it is you want. Is it a car, truck, or SUV? Perhaps you have something more specific in mind; maybe a particular Ram, Jeep, Dodge, or Chrysler has caught your eye. Decide what it is you want and how much you’re willing to spend.
  2. Research and shop for deals. Narrow down your search even further by looking for specific features in a vehicle. What’s important to you? Do you need lots of seating or extra cargo space? Browse through current specials to see if there’s anything on sale that meets your needs.
  3. Get pre-qualified. Unless you’re one of the few car buyers who are ready to pay for a new car in cash, it’s helpful to get pre-qualified before you’ve selected a specific vehicle. Fortunately, applying for financing can easily be done online.
  4. Connect with the sales department and plan a test drive. Once you’ve determined what kind of car you want and have completed financing pre-qualification, it’s time to get the answers to any other questions you may have and schedule a test drive for your soon-to-be new set of wheels.


If you want to learn more about buying a car online or have already completed the steps above and are ready to connect with someone on the Fernelius team, give us a call at 231-268-7726. We’ll comb through our extensive inventory to find your next car.