Online Car Buying Stinks

fast eddyKristen and I are in need of a car. We haven’t completely decided on the model, but we are fairly certain our new car in San Diego will either be a compact car that gets good gas mileage or a hybrid. 

Since we’ve not bought a car in over 10 years I was expecting that the car buying industry was a little different. 

It isn’t. Not a thing has changed. You can find limited information online. You certainly aren’t invited to do most of the transaction online. And overall I think car dealers websites stink. It’s as if car dealerships have no idea that people regularly buy things over the internet simply to avoid the unpleasant “Fast Eddie” experience.

In my ideal world I would test drive the 5-6 cars we are interested in a single location, then negotiate and purchase my car online. The only time I’d have to walk into a showroom filled with stale coffee, ugly ties, and worn out office furniture would be to pick up my keys, sign some stuff, and tell them to take that license plate cover off.

But I live in a fantasy world. There is no way I’m going to be able to buy my new car without hearing “I need to talk to my manager” followed by “Can I get you a coke?” 

Hey Fast Eddie. You’re fired homie. 

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in Ahwahnee, California.


  1. Sorry to those who lost comments.

    Jennifer, thanks for that. I’m definitely looking into that site. I’d love it if I could do the entire thing online.

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