Car home delivery: getting a car delivered to your door

Order your next car from home and have it delivered to your door to avoid the hassle of visiting lots of dealers and coronavirus worries

John Evans
Jul 17, 2020

Not so long ago, most drivers thought nothing of going to a dealer to purchase a new or used car, but the coronavirus epidemic has changed all that, with many drivers now concerned about the safety implications of physically going to showrooms.

Thankfully, in the 21st century there's no need to go to a dealer to get your next car - whether you're looking at brand new, nearly-new or used models. Not only can you order a car from home, but you can also have it delivered to your front door - where many people feel safest right now.

This service has been possible for several decades with some online sellers such as BuyaCar. Furthermore, the cost of having your next car driven to you is included in the monthly payments with BuyaCar or, if you prefer, you can have the car delivered to you on the back of a lorry, for an additional charge - which can also be bundled into the finance.

This type of service is becoming increasingly popular with customers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the increased need to stay safe. Consequently, car makers including Peugeot, Citroen and Mercedes are offering a similar service for some new cars.

In tandem with increased uptake of home delivery services, contactless delivery is also now possible in many cases. This reduces the chance of transmission of coronavirus by minimising the level of interaction between delivery drivers and customers.

Steps workers must follow include thorough handwashing, sanitising work stations and surfaces, avoiding congregating to minimise the spread of infection, making sure to observe social distancing rules - when interacting with colleagues and customers - and staying away from work if they or family members are suffering Covid-19 symptoms. These measures reduce risks to staff and customers and make home delivery an even more enticing solution.

However, it’s important to note that not all car makers and their dealers offer home delivery, so if having a car delivered to you is important, it's best to use a company that has an established home delivery option. Where delivery is not offered, customers who have purchased their car online must go to the showroom to collect their new car in a process called ‘click and collect’.

This helps to avoid transmission of coronavirus in the purchase process, but offers less protection when collecting the car - as you either have to get a lift to the showroom (ideally with someone from your same household to reduce the risk) or take public transport, which is unlikely to be the safest option, unless you are part-exchanging a car with the dealer and can drive there in one car and leave in another.

The benefits of home delivery

If you've taken advantage of online supermarket shopping and Amazon deliveries during lockdown, chances are you're familiar with the benefits of home delivery. Your products come to you - you don't have to worry about travelling to the shops, the time and expense required getting there or the safety precautions needed.

Furthermore, if the guidelines detailed below have been followed by dealers and delivery drivers, you can be confident that the purchase of your new or used car has been made as safe as possible.

But how is home delivery arranged and what does it cost? BuyaCar is one company that has long recognised the benefits of home delivery as part of the car purchase process in making buying a car as simple and straightforward as possible.

Its supplying dealers all follow the hygiene rules outlined below and all cars are available for home delivery - wherever you live in the UK. You have the option of the car being driven you to or delivered on a truck. Having your car driven to you by a carefully vetted driver is a quick and cost-effective way of receiving it but if you’d rather keep the mileage down and pay a little more, having it delivered on a truck is also possible.

As part of the delivery service, the driver inspects your new car before taking it to ensure it meets BuyaCar standards. During the journey they phone you to notify you of their anticipated arrival time so that social distancing and other anti-viral measures can be observed.

Buying a car online

Home delivery of a car is the culmination of a series of starightforward steps when buying online though a company such as BuyaCar. While the purchase process is simple, picking the right car can be tricky, because unlike physical dealerships, online sellers like BuyaCar may have many thousands of used and nearly-new cars to choose from.

Filtering this vast collection by everything from make and model to colour, fuel economy and - cash or monthly - budget enables you to settle on precisely the cars that interest you. You can then compare their prices and details to make sure you get the best one for your budget.

To help you, BuyaCar has a handy finance calculator on each car page that lets you vary the loan term and your predicted mileage so that you can gauge what a car will cost you each month. Don’t worry if you have an old car to sell; services like BuyaCar can value it and offer you a trade-in value that you can put towards the new car. Use this service and your old car can be picked up just after your new one is delivered, so you don't have to do without a set of wheels - or leave home to sell the car.

For your peace of mind, all of BuyaCar’s used cars are history checked with HPI for mileage accuracy, history and whether they have outstanding finance on them. Not only that but regulations that apply to online sellers mean you have the right to return the car within 14 days if you are not entirely satisfied with it. All BuyaCar asks is that you don’t drive more than 30 miles in it since beyond that, you lose the option to return it.

How your new or used car is made Covid-safe

Many precautions can be taken to ensure that having your next car delivered to your door is as safe as possible. The typical measures taken by BuyaCar when delivering a car include the following:

Ensuring all staff wash their hands thoroughly and regularly.
Making sure the car is thoroughly sanitised by a technician using a disinfectant spray and wearing protective clothing.
Ensuring the delivery driver wears gloves and protective clothing.
Having only one driver deliver your car – two occupants in the car would break social distancing rules and increase the risk of contamination.
 When arriving at your home, the driver will park your new car no closer than two metres from your house and, for a final time, clean all of its surfaces.
Ensuring the driver observes social distancing regulations and calls for you to answer the door rather than ring the doorbell.
Minimising contact during payments and exchange of documentation by, for example, using electronic payment methods and electronically signed and exchanged documents.

 

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