In a move sure to cause concern at every brick and mortar car dealership, Tred.com has begun a program that allows you to order a car online and have it delivered to you at your home for a test drive.
For just $349, a fee that is refundable should you actually purchase a car through the service at their “great price,” Tred will bring the car of your choosing to your house where, presumably, you will be able to better assess its qualities by stuffing it with your kids and their related paraphernalia, your bicycles and any other life-essentials that you happen to have laying about. Narrowed down your options but still not set on which exact car you want? For just 499 refundable upon purchase dollars, you can have two cars delivered.
In an era where more and more car buying research is done on-line, this seems like a natural extension of that process. I assume the purchase price is similar to other car buying services offered at places like Costco so this really comes down to a matter of convenience. The cars will be delivered by a “concierge” who will help explain the various features of the vehicle and help you decide which features may or may not be right for you. Good thing or not? You decide.