Buying a Car during the Pandemic: A Close Look
There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered how we do many everyday things. From how we get groceries to how our children attend school, COVID-19 has touched virtually every aspect of our lives. If you’re in the market for a new car, you might be wondering if it’s even possible to buy one right now, and how that process would look under current circumstances. Keep reading to learn more about buying used luxury cars in Houston during the pandemic.
Dealerships Are Open
First and foremost, you should know that car dealerships are open, and have been throughout the pandemic. Vehicle sales are considered an essential service, and you are able to purchase a car even during the current health crisis. However, some dealerships may require you to schedule an appointment to come in so that they can limit the number of people on the lot at once. Be sure to call ahead and ask about this if you’re planning on going car shopping. It’s also a good idea to ask if a mask is required when out on the lot, so that you can come prepared.
Many dealerships, though open, are now encouraging online car shopping as opposed to having customers come to the dealership. While many car buyers are wary of buying a car without seeing it in person, you may be surprised by just how thorough your car-buying experience can be over a computer. You can schedule a video call with a salesman, who will answer any questions you may have. You’ll be able to see both the interior and exterior of the car, and see all of the details of the vehicle that you would see in person.
However, you’re likely wondering about test driving the car. This is a very important part of the car-buying process, especially when purchasing a used vehicle. Many dealers have adapted to the current circumstances by offering “contactless test drives.” Once you’ve selected the vehicle you’re interested in, they’ll bring it to your home, thoroughly sanitize it, and allow you to test drive it on your own. Be sure to ask about this option if you want to do your car shopping online.
Shopping in Person
If you simply prefer to do your car shopping in person, be sure to reach out to the dealership ahead of time and ask about their current processes and protocols so that you know how they’re protecting their customers. As we’ve already mentioned, you may be asked to schedule an appointment to visit the dealership, as well as being asked to wear a mask. The salesmen and other personnel should all be wearing masks as well, and vehicle interiors and other surfaces should be thoroughly sanitized on a regular basis.
Browsing the lot would be considered a relatively safe activity during the pandemic, as it’s outdoors. However, you should still make an effort to socially distance, even from your sales representative, while shopping. Please be especially conscious of other customers on the lot, and give them an ample amount of space.
When going indoors to fill out paperwork or to discuss pricing with your sales rep, please wear a mask. We provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the dealership to help protect our customers and staff alike, and encourage you to use these regularly.
If you’re in the market for a new car, there’s no need to wait. Contact Bemer Motor Cars today to learn how we’re still making it possible to shop at our luxury pre-owned dealership in Houston, TX, during the pandemic. Then, stop by to find your next car!