Dec 21, 2015

5 Tips for Online Car Purchasing Safety

More and more people now are getting used to purchasing things online. Companies as well have begun to realize the value of putting up and online store to increase sales. With this trend becoming really popular these days, it will not take too long when everything can be bought instantly and delivered straight to your home. If shopping can be done securely and shipping is fast, it’s also not a far-fetched idea to even have car retailers like Toyota Vios Philippines to make it convenient for consumers to purchase cars through the web. If this idea sounds cool and great, it pays to careful and transact only with trusted sites. Here are five tips that will set as good reminders for your safety.

1.   Look for SSL

SSL may sound technical but in concept, the idea is simple. Look for the “s” in https:// and focus on the URL located on the address bar. Sites that use http:// look risky because these are sites don’t secure your login credentials such as your username, email address, and password. On the other hands, HTTPS are used by most banks and shopping carts that capture credit card data. HTTPS connections offer encrypted versions of their services and protection of your data. These will not expose your account details just anywhere online.

2.   Click Only Trusted Links

To boost branding, most online sites run campaigns such as banner ads and text all over the web. Some incorporate their message through email marketing. Their advertisements will seem enticing but there are also those fraudulent sites that hack people’s account. Hence, many people have become victims of these phishing strategies.

3.   Research About the Seller

Purchasing a car only is not the same as purchasing a casual tee. There have to be legal paperwork prepared and more documents involved to ensure a safe sale. Thus, before making any confirmed payment, learning about the seller by researching and asking about their integrity around is a must. A car is a significant investment, so it’s a good idea to contact the car dealer first and ask further questions before clicking that Buy button on the website and proceeding with the transaction.

4.   Check Comments and Feedback

Fraudulent postings of scammers consist of copied car listings with detailed description and pictures. More often, scam sites and accounts have negative reviews and feedback from netizens, while legitimate sites and sellers receive positive comments. Look for forums and online communities to find out some more information about the online site. Better yet, call the office of the car dealer to validate that the online site you are accessing is a certified one.

5.   Arrange the Payment Well

Legit online sellers from auto dealerships usually offer financing and sound payment plans. Buyers either get to pay either via cash or arrange financing with a bank or a lender. Be wary of those selling the car with a very big discount. Work on the details and enter into a dialogue with the seller to help youguarantee safety and find a sale price that is satisfactory.


Buying cars online is becoming more commonplace in this information era when almost everyone can have access to the Internet and browse products online. Shoppers can pay via cash on delivery even without leaving any trace of their names, while sellers can have the advantage of anonymity as well when dealing with transactions through the web or mobile. These safety reminders will be helpful when purchasing more expensive things such as cars. With the right amount of information and investigation work, you can have the confidence to trust online sites and a successful experience with your shopping.

Author Bio

Randolph Hoover and his family were originally from San Diego California but he is currently studying Business Administration in Umea University in Sweden. Aside from being a student, He also helps his parents with their home maintenance business in their home in Umea. He is also one of the marketing guy for Toyota.

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