Ford Credit Experimenting With Online Purchases

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, Automotive Editor - January 24, 2017

It may not be quite the same as adding a Mustang to your Amazon cart, but the ability to purchase and finance a new vehicle through a smartphone or laptop took a step closer to reality.

Ford Credit, Ford's in-house financing branch, and startup web-based vehicle financing service AutoFi have announced a joint pilot program that moves the entire buying process from the showroom floor to the screen, allowing a buyer to purchase and finance a vehicle through a dealer website. That means no annoying trips to the dealership – in the case of this experiment, customers can purchase their car from Ricart Ford near Columbus, Ohio without visiting a showroom.

The potential appeal of online auto purchasing needs little explanation to most customers – Ford Credit cites a recent Harris poll that shows that the traditional car-shopping experience is about as popular as squeezing lemon juice onto a paper cut, with 83 percent of American adults expressing a desire to spend as little time as possible at a dealer during the purchasing process.

CarsDirect agrees with that study. We've been helping customers cut the dealership hassle out of the car-buying process for years. You can head over to our Ford page and configure your ideal vehicle, get a price, and get started with financing now.

, Automotive Editor

Patrick learned to drive on the Detroit freeways with side classes in the Pennsylvania hills. He spent the summer after graduation from the University of Dayton practicing his German-language skills and air-tool technique on the BMW M motor assembly line. An alumnus of the Jalopnik Automotive Media Global Domination Brigade, he currently resides in Manhattan and teaches mathematics when not pondering the state of the vehicular world. 

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