COVID f’d a lot of sh*t up.
Traveling was a big one. Being forced to stay in our own areas, actually changed the vehicle purchasing dynamic a lot. Add in those who normally transited or car shared and wanted to avoid the masses, and you get a new trend. With production of new vehicles plummeting, but a skyrocketing demand by the carless city people wanting to get out and explore, the price of used vehicles shot up (who knew a 2004 Jeep would be such a hot investment?). People were trading in their trips to Cabo for a trip through the Rockies in a Honda and upgrading their gas guzzling cars to electric.
So now that things are almost back to normal-ish, what does this all mean? We chatted with Cody Green, Co-CEO and Founder of Canada Drives to get the tea on how what the future of car buying.
Digital dealerships are the way.
The way we shop has changed drastically and it’s primarily online. We all sat at home during COVID and clothing, grocery, home accessories shopped online because it was easy, convenient and contactless. The same goes with buying a vehicle in this modern day. You can search, pay or get financed and check out as easy as Amazon, and then a car gets delivered to your house like magic. No contact, no bs and no wandering around outside when it’s cold. Maybe you can’t test drive up to 10 cars at once, but there’s a 7-day test drive return policy, that makes this all risk-free. You’re also not limited to inventory based on your geographic location.
And for the ladies out there? Now you don’t have to convince your male friend, boyfriend, husband, dad, uncle, cousin to go car shopping with you because you know some sleazy car salesman is going to rip you off or charge you fees you don’t need to pay (can I get an amen?).
About Canada Drives
Founded in 2010 and based in Vancouver, Canada Drives’ mission is to be the easiest place to buy and sell your car in Canada. Combining technology and exceptional customer service, Canadians can shop, finance, purchase and even trade-in their current vehicle completely online. As a first of its kind in Canada, it’s a safer and more convenient way to purchase a vehicle. With Canada Drives Canadians can expect full price transparency, no hidden fees, as-soon-as same day delivery, and the assurance of a 7-day love it or return it money back guarantee.