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Internet Car Sales (Internet vs. Traditional)

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Internet Car Sales

Pros

  1. Shop from home

Your sales representative can negotiate the best deal without constant discussions with a manager.  Part of the frustration with buying a car is sitting across the desk of a salesman (possibly new) to the car business.  Do you really have time to watch your salesman run back and forth getting answers while trying to get the best price for you?

  1. Ability to shop across the country

You are not limited to one region.  Once you’ve established the car you want, you’ve opened yourself up to different cities and states, and in the case of some internet dealerships, a different country.

  1. Shop on your own time

Internet car buyers want the same kinds of deal online shoppers seek, convenience.  Shopping from a remote location will reduce the hassle of spending hours in one dealership or spending your weekend driving to 5 dealerships.  Everyone’s time is valuable.

  1. Best way to negotiate best price

You are able to compare prices throughout the country, not just your local city.  When you say, “I’ll take it,” you know you’ve maximized your due diligence.

Cons

  1. No contact

You cannot touch or see the vehicle.  Some people prefer the old school way of car buying.  They want to touch, smell and sit in the car before committing to purchasing.

  1. Pay for shipping

Although the cost can be offset when you get a good deal.   Some people find it a hassle to pay for shipping then waiting for their car to be delivered.

Traditional “Used Car Dealer”

Pros

  1. Sit in multiple cars

This allows customers to get a good sense of making sure this is the car of their choice.

  1. Communicate

People like face to face contact.

  1. Test Drive

Getting behind the wheel helps to seal the deal.

Cons

  1. Time

You can spend a lot of hours in the dealership trying to negotiating price and being approved for finance which will lead to frustration.

  1. Managers

Several managers will be involved in your deal.  Between the salesperson, sales manager and finance manager in your face is not only time consuming, but it is aggravating.

  1. Getting the best deal

It is difficult to compare cost for the best deal.  The salesperson may make you believe you’ve got the best vehicle and deal, when in reality; the best deal for you is actually two states over at a low cost of shipping or a road trip away.

My Opinion

In conclusion,  I have been in the car business for over 15 years, held every position from detailing cars to operating a high line dealership, I would always recommend internet sales over traditional purchasing to my friends and family. Internet buying is a safe and easy way to get the best deal that you are looking and once you buy on the internet you will never walk back into a dealership again. This will save them from having to call me to help fix the jam they’ve gotten themselves in (which has happened multiple times to people I know).

Mike Goodall, Sales Consultant

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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It’s a boy…

January 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Select Luxury Cars welcomes a new addition to the Select family. Alexander Michael Kraman was born on 12-8-11 to Michael & Christina Kraman. He was 8lbs 5oz at birth. Alexander was born healthy and without complications.

Michael is one of our sales professionals. His knowledge and patience will sure come in handy in raising Alex. We are all blessed and thankful to welcome Alexander into the Select family.

-CarGuyMichael

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here.

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Yelp Now In Your BMW In-Dash Display

BMW announced today that they updated it’s In-Dash Display to include Yelp. Drivers of vehicles equipped with BMW Online will be able to access Yelp through an uploadable app on the new applications screen that was added with the BMW Online update.
Yelp uses reviews in a social network functionality for consumers to create a local on-line community. Its basically a reputation based search engine where local users can rate a business based off of personal experience- the new word of mouth.  So while crusing around in your BMW, you can go to the Yelp App and find a restaurant and it’s reviews.

The article listed below, states “Yelp isn’t the first embedded application BMW has added to vehicles. BMW Online also offers customers Google search capability and access to Bloomberg news from the in-dash display. Nor will Yelp be the last–a BMW spokesperson indicated that the company will offer more downloadable applications in the future at the same time it is also pursuing more smartphone-based application integrations for ConnectedDrive.”
Here is the link to the article. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57346213-1/now-you-can-yelp-in-your-bmw/

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here. http://www.selectluxury.com

2013 Mercedes SL550 Revealed Before The Auto Show

The Detroit Auto Show is next month but Mercedes Benz has a released the photos of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Luxury Roadster. The article linked below states, “Powered by a twin-turbo, direct-injection 4.6-liter V8  rated at 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, it’s a significant performance upgrade over the previous SL550, with 47 more horsepower and 125 pound-feet more torque. Weighing about 300 pounds less than the former convertible through extensive use of aluminum helps the new model live up to its SL – Super Light – moniker.” I think it is a super hot ride and loving it in the matte black finish. http://automotive.speedtv.com/article/autos-next-mercedes-sl520-revealed Take a look at the whole story and enjoy the photos as well as learning about the new design.
At Select Luxury Cars we have a 2008 SL550 that we are selling for $45,900. That is $9634 below average resale. It is a Black on Black and has only 45,000 miles.

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, will hand “Select” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here. http://www.selectluxury.com

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Speeding Tickets from Space?

April 22, 2010 1 comment

Another new technology is being tested to reduce speeding.  For those of us who have a heavy foot and tend to drive fast, this isn’t good news.  Radar detectors and other such devices may become obsolete if the “Speedspike” system takes off.   The good news is that it doesn’t seem to be able to handle short bursts of speed (at least not yet), but can measure accurate speeds over long distances.  So if you’re planning on driving that BMW Convertible or Maserati convertible on your next road trip, enjoy the speed while  you can.

From a post on Slashdot and an article on the UK news site The Telegraph, here are some more details:

Satellites being used to catch speeders as a test in the UK

Satellites being used to catch speeders as a test in the UK - image from Telegraph.co.uk

A new kind of speed camera that uses satellites to measure average speed over long distances is being tested in Britain. The “Speedspike” system combines plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver to calculate average speed between any two points in the area being monitored. From the article: “Details of the trials are contained in a House of Commons report. The company said in its evidence that the cameras enabled ‘number plate capture in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day.’ It also referred to the system’s ‘low cost’ and ease of installation.” I can’t wait to see the episode of MythBusters where they try to avoid getting a speeding ticket from a satellite.

At millions of dollars a pop, satellites aren’t exactly “affordable” but I suppose that the increased revenue from all the new speeding tickets, without the costs of adding more policemen, could make this pay for itself pretty quickly.

License number plate capture regardless of weather conditi0ns…wow. That’s pretty amazing.

Happy and safe driving!

Select Luxury Cars 985 Cobb Parkway Marietta, GA 30060 770-421-0070

Comic Relief for Friday: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Commercial

April 16, 2010 1 comment

I’m not sure where or when this originally aired, but here’s a funny commercial on YouTube for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.  We have 4 beautiful pre-owned Mercedes E-Class cars in stock, by the way!

“Beauty is nothing without brains”

Used Mercedes-Benz cars are consistently among our top sellers here at Select Luxury Cars.  Our dealership in Marietta, GA currently has about 30 different preowned Mercedes-Benz in stock.  For inquiries or to purchase, visit us at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060, call 770-421-0070 or email info@selectluxury.com

We look forward to helping you.

The Great Customer Reviews Keep on Coming

We’ve shared how one of the best parts of selling beautiful used luxury cars is hearing great feedback from happy clients.  This includes referrals, repeat customers, and sharing their experience with us on review sites and directories.  Here’s one that one of our clients posted on the Select Luxury Cars page on Bing Local:

Select Luxury Cars atlanta car dealership review on bing

Actual customer review on Bing for Select Luxury Cars

Doug really helped me throughout the sales process. I felt like I was helped into buying, not pushed into buying. All of my questions were answered, even a couple of questions I had after I bought my car. I’ve already sent a few friends here when they were looking for a quality used car at a fair price.

CarAficionadoMarch 8, 2010

And here’s one that another customer posted about us on the Select Luxury Cars profile page on CitySearch:

Luxury and cars at its BEST

by carguy5oh at Citysearch

Select Luxury Cars is a first class dealership. I have never been able to say about another dealership, that my entire experience was memorable and completely positive, but at select luxury cars I was welcomed and treated with respect and professionalism. All the staff were very friendly and accomodating. Finance was prearranged and a breeze. Car was an absolute dream and looked better in person then on any of the 30 plus photos. I felt as though I was a priority guest and not just another car being rotated off the lot. I highly recommend Select Luxury to ALL. They are a great organization and a fabulous group of people. They definately know their stuff and have it down to a T.

  • Pros: personal service and high standard of excellence
  • Cons: none

(he gave us a 5-star rating – thank you!)

If you’ve done business with us, would you mind taking a couple of minutes to help us help more people get their dream cars?  We’d certainly appreciate it!   Just visit the pages above and write an honest review about your experience with our luxury car dealership in Marietta, GA.  Or if you prefer to write a review on another site, we’d appreciate that too. Here are a couple to make it easy for you:

Select Luxury Cars on Yahoo! Local

Select Luxury Cars on Yelp

Select Luxury Cars on MerchantCircle

Select Luxury Cars on Kudzu.com

Or if you have another favorite, feel free to share your experience there.

We know that these days, people do their homework online before buying a used car, getting a car loan, or any other major purchase.  Having a number of customer reviews on several sites helps customers make a more educated decision about the company they’re about to do business with, and that also helps us keep our marketing and advertising costs down so we can keep our prices competitive.  It’s a win-win for everyone, so we thank you in advance for your time !

Or if you’d like to contact us directly, feel free to visit our Atlanta used luxury car dealership at 985 Cobb Parkway South. Marietta, GA 30060, mail us at P.O. Box 6397, Marietta, GA 30065-0397, call us at 770-421-0070 or toll free at 1-800-283-7224, or email info@selectluxury.com.

Like the guys at Bartle’s & Jayme’s used to say in their 1980’s ads, thanks for your support.  (Just don’t mix wine coolers or other alcohol with driving!)