Smart online car sales begin
Mercedes’ small car sub-brand Smart has become the latest manufacturer to sell cars online, with both the Fortwo and Forfour available in popular specs
Customers can buy a Smart from their computer, and have it delivered to their home or local dealer.
A £250 deposit reserves a car before credit checks are carried out and a full deposit must be paid, with parent company Mercedes claiming that customers can have their cars as soon as 12 days later.
The online cars available are pre-configured, so customers cannot configure and buy their own car, but the choice of cars is based upon popular Prime-spec cars.
Customers can choose from a lower monthly payment, a standard offer or a lower deposit.
PCP deals start from £119 per month for the first option, with customers paying a deposit of £2213.18.
The second option raises monthly payments to £139, with a deposit of £1323.88. The lowest deposit option is a £399 deposit, and higher monthly payments of £159.80.
However, this online retail model means buyers can no longer haggle, as is traditionally done at local dealerships. However, at the moment, the site only caters for PCP buyers.
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