How To Stay Safe While Purchasing
Wash your hands regularly, and avoid going if you’re feeling sick. A widely cited study finds the coronavirus can live up to several days on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces, so consider using disinfecting wipes on high-touch areas of your prospective vehicle, such as the steering wheel, gear shift and seat-belt buckles, plus all major controls and touchscreens.
Consider dealers that can drop the car off with you for the test drive and paperwork — a situation that can limit your interactions to just one person. Some dealers are offering that: A Ford dealer in West Virginia said on March 11 that it can conduct the “entire purchase transaction online” and deliver the vehicle to your house, potentially minimizing interactions. Toyota told us it can deliver a new or certified vehicle straight to your door at no extra charge, and owners in select areas can have service performed remotely at their home. GM offers a similar shopping service, as does used-car retailer CarMax.