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Buying a Car: Be Sure to Get a Proper Delivery

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author photo by Doug DeMuro August 2015

In today's world, buying a car is more than just buying a vehicle that starts, stops and turns. It's also buying technology, features and equipment -- especially since today's vehicles offer more technology than ever before. As a result, we think it's more important than ever to get a proper vehicle delivery -- and today, we're going to explain exactly what we mean.

What's a Delivery?

In automotive-industry lingo, a delivery is what happens after you've bought the car and before you drive it off the lot. This is the time when the salesperson should go over all the features, buttons, switches and dials in the car, explaining to you every possible item you might need to learn about before you're ready to drive away.

What Should You Expect?

For many salespeople, a delivery can be an afterthought: a process that adds unnecessary time to a sale when, in reality, a car shopper can always read the manual in order to answer any questions.

But if you're a customer, a delivery can be tremendously helpful in figuring out exactly how to work all the features of your new vehicle. Yes, it's true, you can crack open the manual in order to learn everything -- but it's much easier to do it when you have a patient, knowledgeable salesperson present to help guide you through all of today's complicated technology.

As a result, you should expect a long, thorough explanation of all your new car's features and options before you drive off the lot. And if there's something you're unsure about, you should expect a patient, helpful answer from your salesperson until you're satisfied with your understanding. This is especially true with new cars, since a good salesperson will be fully trained to help you use every feature, gadget and item in the car.

Why Do You Need It?

So why do you need such a good delivery? The simple truth is that buying a car isn't as easy today as it once was. In today's world, cars feature touchscreens, radar systems, cameras and buttons -- not all of which are easy to figure out.

As a result, a good delivery can be tremendously important for someone buying a new or certified pre-owned vehicle -- especially one that's loaded with many of today's top features. Be sure to make this clear during the car-buying process, and don't settle for a quick, easy delivery -- or else you may get home and realize you have no idea how to work most of the slick, cutting-edge gadgets in your brand-new vehicle.

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Buying a Car: Be Sure to Get a Proper Delivery - Autotrader