I have had people ask me if I thought that buying a car online was safe. My answer is always the same. Yes. As long as the dealer you buy it from is reputable.
There are certain things you should look for when buying from an online car dealer.
The first thing is make sure that they have a good inventory. A dealer with a healthy inventory of cars will probably be in business long after you buy the car and it is also an indication that they have a decent size clientele.
Next, find out how long they have been in business. The longer a company has been in business the more likely they are to reputable and practice proper business ethics.
Find reviews about the company online. Check review sites and find out what other people are saying about them. If you find a lot of reviews saying that their cars are lemons then it's a good indication that you should not buy your car from them.
Check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints made against them. Just because a company does not have any complaints does not mean that they practice proper business ethics. But, if a company does have a few complaints it is a good sign that something is wrong. However, not all complaints are justified and some may have no merit at all. You should weigh the number of BBB complaints against what is being said about the company in online reviews and on social networks.
As long as you make sure that the auto dealer you are buying from is reputable and has a good reputation then there is nothing to worry about. Most of the time you will get a better price on your car when buying it online then you would at the dealership.
You should also make sure to ask about extended warranties and the lemon law in their particular state. Most direct auto dealers will offer you an extended warranty for an additional price. I suggest always taking the extended warranty. Car repairs are too expensive nowdays not to have an extended warranty. One minor repair could cost as much as the entire warranty. Believe me, the odds are you will end up using that warranty at some point before it runs out and when you do you will be happy you bought it.
Do your research, find a dealer that you are comfortable with, and you will have nothing to worry about when it comes to buying a car online.