These days, when dealerships are posting inventory online, vehicle pricing information is almost always included. Another cost that we could be seeing more frequently: shipping.
As we've written, CarGurus has a delivery program for dealerships that advertises the option to have a car or truck shipped to a customer's home. The listings that include delivery also cite shipping costs -- and factor them into CarGurus' deal rating.
And on Friday, ShipYourCarNow announced that it has joined CDK's Global Partner Program, which is a third-party marketplace of automotive applications that dealerships access.
ShipYourCarNow's presence on the platform promises to offer dealerships online shipping functionality for "their growing virtual customer population," ShipYourCarNow CEO Gavin Kesten said in a statement. The ShipYourCarNow solution will let a dealership show its customers the cost to ship vehicles, and let customers complete the logistics transaction through the dealership's website.
It is yet another option for customers to not only shop from wherever they want, but then have cars and trucks sent to wherever they want. No visit to the dealership is needed. Some have referred to this trend as the "Amazonification" of auto retail.
With the holiday season upon us, we can probably expect to see more delivery trucks with an Amazon logo driving around, as more people get their shopping done without visiting brick-and-mortar retailers.
This is a trend that will no doubt continue after the holidays. The same probably could be said for people looking to take delivery of their cars and trucks away from dealerships -- and possibly away from their local dealerships.