Posted on Feb 20, 2015
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Last time I bought a car (2011 Chevy Suburban 2500) we found the car online, called the dealership, and bought it sight unseen. Of course, we had visited a couple of local dealerships, but preferred to shop online.
(We lived in Kansas, the Suburban was in Arizona, and we had it shipped to our house.)

What is your best way to buy a car?

http://www.buffalonews.com/business/car-shopping-by-smartphone-poses-challenges-for-dealers-to-innovate-20150216
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I recommend the USAA car buying service. I never know if I'm getting screwed when I walk into a dealership. I assume I am, every time I buy a car. The USAA car buying service takes away part of that feeling. I've used it twice now and I have been very pleased with the results. On top of everything else, USAA sometimes (maybe always?) gives a lower percentage rate on the car loan when you use their car buying service. It was .5% lower for me twice. That's not much, but it's something.
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CW5 (Join to see), we used USAA to purchase a new Toyota Tundra a few years ago from a dealership 6 hours away.
Fantastic experience!
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SGT Edward L.
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I personally have used the USAA Car Buying Service twice to purchase used and new vehicles. I found that it was a very stress free service, as I specifically targeted USAA Certified car dealerships. Even better, I was able to just make my application right through USAA for a loan, etc. The only interaction I had with the dealership was to test drive the car, take it for my own mechanics inspection, and sign the papers that USAA had pre-filed with the dealership.
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SGT Edward L., we used USAA to purchase a new Toyota Tundra a few years ago from a dealership 6 hours away.
Fantastic experience!
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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You really are very brave for buying something you didn't yet see. I have heard horror stories of people doing that. Me personally, I am not that brave. I won't give anybody a penny unless I see the car, know its history, and a little bit of history about who I am buying it from. For example, I am a Cadillac Fan. Colossal Cadillac Fan. I have always wanted a Black Cadillac. That has just been a thing with me. I am currently on deployment but am saving for a nice down payment on a 2014 or 2015 Cadillac CTS 3.6 or Cadillac XTS. With that said, I have put restrictions on myself. I will not look at a side dealer as they just look to ripoff servicemembers and sometimes sell lemons. My DAD has offered to go with me to buy the car when I come home from this deployment to make sure I am getting a good deal which could save me lots of money. I am so grateful to have a Father like that. He sends me potential deals all the time. So with that also said, I won't buy a car unless it is from an actual Cadillac dealership or certified dealership. I don't want to get halfway down the road and the thing start smoking. Dad recommend we take a trip to Patrick Cadillac up in Chicago when I get back. The offer some of the best deals in the country. So to answer your question. I am not quite brave enough to transfer over the money I have in savings and expect, the car I want will come to me. Plus by buying at a actual dealership I make sure I get a warranty and extra goodies that come with it.

I really tip my hat to you for buying online but I am sure you did your research and plenty of homework beforehand.

JP
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