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Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

AS MANY in the motoring business will tell you, selling or buying a car will never be the same again.

Like many others trying to find a way to generate activity in the face of the pandemic, Keary's Motor Group, for example, has just launched its own 'Deal & Deliver' contactless car buying system.

Others are operating variations on the theme as we've recorded here recently.

First off, you browse the group's vehicles online.

If you find what you want or like, they claim they can have it delivered within a time-frame of 72 hours if needs be.

When you see something you like you can book a virtual appointment with a salesperson.

If still interested you can, if needed, get finance approval or pay online.

The next step is deciding on a contactless home delivery date and time - each vehicle is delivered fully sanitised.

A handover video is issued and there is a video link or phone call facility for follow-up information.

And you never put a foot in a showroom.

I can see elements of this process becoming the norm but I still say most people will want to sit in the car and try it out before committing.

However, they will have done most of the real buying online.


* Tesla, meantime, say their retail experience has been different as all new owners buy online anyway - be it from home or via a Tesla adviser over the phone or in store. All prices are fixed, meaning there is no haggling involved.

And, somehow, they have worked it out that 4pm is the most popular time for buying a Tesla with an online "rush hour" between 3pm -6pm.

Tuesday is the most popular day of the week to place an order; Wednesday is a close second.

Irish Independent