It turns out this Intertubes thing is pretty popular, and GM wants a piece of the online action. Rather than using a third-party online shopping tool like Edmunds.com or TrueCar.com or any of the other sites out there to find your new Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, or GMC vehicle, you can use the “Shop-Click-Drive” process on any GM dealership’s website.
The idea is to streamline the process. Visit the website of any of GM’s 4300 US dealerships anytime, day or night, because the Internet never sleeps, and you’ll find the same system. According to a press release, car shoppers can:
- Choose a specific vehicle
- Get a price estimate
- See if there are any incentives available from the manufacturer
- Check out financing and insurance options
- Find out about trading in their vehicle
- Apply for financing
It doesn’t seem like any of this is guaranteed; you only get price estimates for the new car and information about a trade-in, not any kind of price promise or guaranteed minimum value for your trade-in. But it will arm you with information before you step into the dealership, which is always helpful.
Remember, know what you want and what you can afford before you step onto the showroom floor, even if you did Shop-Click-Drive. And don’t take any shit once you’re there.