Times are changing around the world as the internet has driven revolutionary changes in the car-buying process. On top of this, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven many dealerships around Ohio to temporarily close down or follow different protocols to protect staff and customers. Byers Imports has implemented the following practices:

?      Thorough cleanings of all dealership facilities daily

?      Sanitizing gel and foam stations available on-site

?      Providing our staff with specific instructions on hand washing and the importance of staying home if they are not feeling well

?      Adhering to the recommended six feet of social distance from other staff and customers


Although we are taking the necessary steps to keep our guests safe at the dealership, it might be a good idea to do a majority of your car-shopping or car-buying online. Thankfully our website is set up to help our customers find the right vehicle, shop deals and incentives, qualify for financing, and more from the comfort and safety of home. Follow these eight steps for a more efficient, online car-buying process.


1) Set a Budget


Before getting too invested in a specific Porsche, Audi, Subaru, or Volkswagen from our dealership, it is important to set a budget. Without knowing how much you can invest in a new car, truck, or SUV it can be difficult to start the process. Take a look at your monthly expenses to determine what monthly payments your family can manage as well as how much you have to put into a down payment. It is important that drivers consider the total cost of the vehicle including interest paid over the term of a loan and other costs of driving the vehicle including fuel, insurance, maintenance, and parking.


2) Get Preapproved for an Auto Loan


The next step will be to apply for financing to get the loan that is right for you. Our online application is free, quick, easy. Since financing can sometimes take up the most time you’ll spend at the dealership, it is extremely helpful to do as much as possible online before talking to our financing specialists in person.


3) Find the Right Model & Trim for Your Needs


While some buyers might know exactly the vehicle they want, others may need some time to narrow down their choices between our extensive inventory of the latest from Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and Subaru in Columbus. Consider what kind of vehicle you are looking for and what you will be using it for. We carry models that can fit every need including daily commuters, exhilarating sports cars, family-friendly SUVs, and rugged off-roaders.


4) Check for Incentives & Promotions


If you are looking to save on your new vehicle purchase, head on over to check out our new car specials and used car specials. You can save thousands if you take advantage of a cash rebate, low-interest financing offer, or subsidized lease deal. These deals might help you narrow down between several similar choices on your list.


5) Search the Inventory


It wasn’t that long ago that you needed to drive from dealer to dealer to see what was on their lots. These days, you can easily check our online inventory with extensive photos and details offered on each new vehicle. Our dealership is your top choice in Columbus as we carry a wide selection from several top automakers.


6) Chat Online With Our Sales Managers


Once you have found your next vehicle and applied for financing, you can chat with our sales team online about any of your questions or concerns. We might go over your financing requirements, if you are interested in a trade-in, and can put things in motion to negotiate and get the deal done as fast and easy as possible.


7) Take a Test Drive


Browsing our extensive gallery of photos and information for each model acts as a virtual test drive, but you will still likely want to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle for real before purchasing. Talk to our team today to set up an appointment to test out the vehicle during a time that works for you. We provide on-site sanitizing stations and will continue to thoroughly clean the dealership daily.


8) Finish Up at the Dealership or Get the Car Delivered


When you visit us for your appointment to complete the sale, you should have a majority of the deal in-hand and can limit your time at the dealership. If you choose to work with an outside lender, be sure to ask what paperwork is needed to ensure you don’t have to do any additional running back and forth. It is important to remember to thoroughly read each document before signing and ensure the online you agreement you made is reflected in the final paperwork. When all is said and done, you should be able to pull the trigger on your next vehicle with minimal time at the dealership while being able to continue to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations to keep yourself healthy and to prevent the spread of the virus.


We Are Going the Extra Mile for the Columbus Community


Byers Imports is here to go the extra mile for our community in these uncertain times. We are dedicated to helping our customers continue to have all of their automotive needs handled throughout this pandemic. We are adjusting schedules and operations for staff to ensure we can serve our customers efficiently without putting our staff and customers at risk or impacting our in-store operations. The Byers Imports website will be a helpful resource not only for shopping and researching, but for finding service and parts information as well. Our friendly team members are here to answer your questions and assist with your needs by phone, email, or through our site.


Start shopping for your next vehicle on our website today. We hope to see you soon at our location at 401 North Hamilton Rd. in Columbus, Ohio. Make sure to set up an appointment before visiting us in person!

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