OneRequest vs. Other Car Shopping Websites

In a country where nobody agrees on anything these days, there is some comfort knowing most everyone can come together on at least one thing: car shopping sucks. Before getting to the end (spoiler alert: OneRequest is your solution), let’s see where we came from.

Old School Car Shopping

Back in the day, car shoppers had two options to find a car: scour newspaper classified ads or wander dealership lots. This created an extreme imbalance of knowledge—and therefore negotiating leverage—between buyers and dealers. Dealers knew far more about the overall car market, whereas buyers only knew about what happened to be available locally when they were shopping.

Since most people could only buy cars within their specific geographic radius, buyers were forced to suffer through lengthy, frustrating, and expensive dealership experiences. This reputation isn’t lost on dealers. Some have even made videos to make light of these experiences as a way to distinguish themselves from the “bad” dealers. 

The Other Car Shopping Websites

Along comes the internet, hailed as the end to our car shopping problems. The newspaper ads evolved into online advertising sites that aggregated listings from dealers who subscribe to their advertising service. Cars.com, AutoTrader, CarGurus, and TrueCar are four sites that for years have provided car shoppers far greater market knowledge.  This knowledge should in theory help rebalance the leverage between buyers and dealers. But this hasn’t happened. Car shoppers still feel frustrated and intimidated by the shopping process. Why?

These car shopping sites don’t fix car shopping problems because their business model is not to help you buy a car.  Their model is to generate as much money from the dealers as possible. Don’t believe us? Cars.com said it themselves: “Our primary customers are car dealers, OEMs and other national advertisers.”[1] Cars.com and the numerous other car shopping sites like them are designed with one specific goal in mind: send as much information as possible about you to the dealer. The more shopper information these sites deliver, the more they can demonstrate their advertising effectiveness to the dealer…and the more they can charge them.

So, like many other internet “solutions” these sites kinda sorta solved one problem (inventory) but created a bigger one in its wake: an extreme lack of privacy and control. You can’t even ask simple questions through these websites without giving your personal contact information to dealers. Some sites even sell your information to marketing companies and to other dealers. Your “reward” for asking a dealer some basic questions is an endless barrage of calls, emails and texts from dealers and other companies that now have your personal contact information. Even months later, you get the proverbial “Hi, I was calling to see if you’re still in the market for a new SUV.” 

Enter OneRequest

Under the frequently heard refrain of “there has to be a better way”, OneRequest started in 2020 with a simple, albeit challenging goal: change the way we shop for cars.  Buying a car is an exciting event that shouldn’t be fraught with stress, frustration, and disdain.  We were founded by car shoppers who, like you, have experienced a frustrating process and we’re taking a radical approach to fix it: we serve you, the shopper. How can we prove this? It’s simple. We are paid by car shoppers like you. The other sites are paid by dealers. Remember, if you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product – ala Facebook.

So, why should you pay to shop for a car when you can use other sites for free?  Think Spotify versus traditional radio stations or Netflix versus broadcast TV. OneRequest provides a superior experience and better service than any of today’s other car shopping websites. The other sites are focused on turning you into a lead and monetizing your personal information. OneRequest is only focused on your car shopping experience, not on maximizing revenue per dealer. Here is what we offer you.

OneRequest Differentiators

Inventory. Your selection of vehicles is limited at other sites because they only have listings from the dealers that pay them to advertise.  Since most dealers don’t advertise on all sites, you are forced to visit multiple car shopping sites to see a full picture of what’s available. OneRequest takes a different approach and has listings from nearly every dealer in the country.  With OneRequest, you do NOT need to repeat your search across multiple sites. We have the best selection of vehicles in the country, and your search results are your search results. No mysterious “featured listings” here.

Privacy and Control. The OneRequest platform allows you to anonymously communicate with any dealer in the country, putting you in control of the process. Only at OneRequest can you ask dealers questions, negotiate prices, and even easily share details on your trade-in – all without sharing your personal information with the dealer.  Get the information you need and negotiate your deal anonymously before you head to the dealership.  You don’t receive phone calls from dealers because they don’t have your number.  When you no longer want to receive messages, turning them off could not be easier. Marketing companies?  Forget about it – we will not sell your personal information.

Multiple Plan Options. OneRequest has plan options for every car shopper. From the DIYer who loves looking at cars and enjoys haggling for a good deal to the shopper who doesn’t have the time, energy, or stomach to shop for a car, we have a tailored solution that fits.  All of our paid plans offer an unparalleled level of privacy, control, and selection.

Concierge Pros Working For You. For those of you who would like some help along the way or simply don’t want to deal with any of it, we have you covered.  Our team of Concierge Pros has decades of industry experience.  They will help you find the right car, negotiate on your behalf, make sure there are no surprises in your paperwork, and find a great deal for your trade-in.  Our Pros know cars, they know the games that some dealers like to play and best of all, they know service.  It’s a Pro in your corner, working for you so you can enjoy your new car without going through the stress and frustration.


Regardless of your need, we have a solution for you that comes with our promise that we will not share or sell your personal information.  We are committed to serving you and creating a shopping experience that has long been missing.  So, the next time you’re in the market for a new car, know that you now have a new choice.  You can search and search and search and be bombarded for months with calls, emails, and text messages……or you can OneRequest It.


[1] Cars.com annual report dated Feb 25, 2022, page 2.

May 2022 New Cars on the Block

The weather warms up and so does the automotive landscape!

2023 BMW M4 CSL

If you recently took delivery of your M4 but were thinking to yourself, “Man, this car sure could use 40 more horsepower and 240 fewer pounds”, has BMW got the car for you!  Munich’s performance tuners have found power by increasing boost (to 30.5 psi!!!) and adding a forged crankshaft with tuning. 

Weight loss is achieved by using carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP)…and there’s a lot of it.  The whole console is carbon, as are most of the standard CSL front seats, which do without heating, cooling, lumbar, power and even the ability to adjust the backrest.  Furthermore, headrests are removable for the driver’s helmets, which when not in use rest perfectly in the area where the backseat was removed.  191 miles per hour and a 7:20 Nürburgring lap time (BMW’s fastest) finish the statistics, and a $140,895 fee is the cost of admission.  Act now, they are only building 1,000.

2023 BMW M3 Edition 50 Jahre

To go along with the CSL, BMW’s M division will celebrate 50 years with a limited run of 500 M3 painted in classic M colors.  Based on the Competition xDrive models, the cars will be available in E30 Cinnabar Red, E36 Techno Violet, E46 Interlagos Blue, E92 Fire Orange III, and F80 Limerock Gray.  Pricing will start from $96,695.

2023 BMW 3-Series

The 3-Series is getting a facelift.  BMW’s bread and butter sedan will get crisper lines on the exterior and a bigger, curved screen inside.  Engines will stay the same, but a few new colors are to be made available: Skyscraper and Brooklyn Grays.

2023 Land Rover Defender 130

Don’t act like you didn’t see this coming!  Building on the success of the existing two- and four-door Defenders, Land Rover is going to give it a go with three rows starting for the 2023 model year.  We have nothing at this point but the teaser photo above, which appears to have the same footprint as the 110, with a near 200” overall length.

2023 Toyota Sienna 25th Anniversary Edition

Almost everyone you meet has a story involving a Sienna.  Since 1998, over 2.2 million have been built and countless people have been transported in one.  To commemorate the occasion of 25 years, Toyota is releasing a special edition based on the XSE with floor mats and badging to mark the milestone.  They plan to build 2525 units.

2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition

In addition to the Sienna’s 25th, the 4Runner is also celebrating a big birthday…40!  To observe four decades of ruggedness, Toyota will build 4,040 SR5-based 4Runner with wicked cool retro badging, TRD Pro grille, and bronze TRD wheels.  Inside, special bronze accents distinguish this from regular 4Runners.

2023 Toyota Tundra SX

After a year on the market with its new 3rd generation Tundra, Toyota is adding an SX trim package.  On any other Toyota, this would be called the Nightshade and includes dark trim elements throughout the exterior to give it a meaner look.  It is expected to be available on most trims and pricing is TBD.

In Other News…

The Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Uhlenhaut coupe (above) hammered at a private auction in the secret halls of Mercedes-Benz HQ in early May for a new record price.  The lucky winner triumphed with an eye-watering $143m bid.  As one of only two produced, the car is beyond replaceable.  Interestingly enough, the other car not only exists but was also in the same collection and prominently featured in their museum.  The auction was held by RM Sotheby’s.

The 2023 Audi RS5 will offer a $16,100 Competition Package.  While engine power output remains the same at 444 horsepower, added chassis adjustments, slicker tires, and a tuned exhaust system should make this a slightly quicker Coupe or Sportback, and further intensify the fight with rival BMW’s M3 Competition.

The Nightshade trim of the Camry will get 19” bronze wheels, and blackened head- and taillights for the 2023 model year.  Also new is the Reservoir Blue paint, pictured above and available on all trims.

The 2023 Tacoma, likely on its way home from third in the current generation, will get an SX blackout package like the Tundra, as well as a chrome package for the SR5 model.  We appreciate Toyota’s commitment to letting the customer choose!

2023 Tahoes and Suburbans will offer Super Cruise for the first time.  Buyers of Premier and High Country trimmed units will be able to spec the completely hands-free driving assistance package.  Here’s to hoping microchip supplies are getting better!


Looking for a new car? With OneRequest you have access to the most comprehensive new and used car inventory in the country. No need to search multiple sites.

Prefer someone else to do the car shopping for you?  Try our premium service, OneRequest Concierge.  Learn more here: www.onerequest.com/concierge

Best Cars for Class of 2022 Graduates

Con-grad-ulations to all 2022 graduates! Graduating is so exciting, and a great way to reward yourself for this achievement is with a new ride!

If you’ve been driving a hand-me-down since high school, now is a great time to take advantage of some of the incentives being offered to graduates, and sometimes to those up to two years out of college. Most automakers offer between $250-$1000, and other automakers offer more attractive rates. 

Let’s take a look at some of the highly accoladed cars for graduates going out into the world.

1. Hyundai Kona – From $21,300, leasing from $239/month, $400 graduate discount

2022 Kona on city street

Named best sub-compact SUV in 2021, the Kona continues to impress with standard features, fresh styling, and attractive incentives for fresh graduates. Loaded with safety features, cool tech features and boasting outstanding gas mileage, this car could be the ‘total package’.

2. Toyota Corolla – From $20,425, leasing from $209/month, $500 graduate discount

A perennial bestseller, the Corolla makes a ton of financial sense for the optimistic Class of 2022 graduate with a freshly pivoted mortarboard tassel.  Two body styles and a plethora of trim levels mean there’s a Corolla for every adventure. 

3. Honda Civic – From $22,550, leasing from $209/month, $500 graduate discount

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Another classic and now in its eleventh generation, the Civic is known for its affordability, efficiency and durability. Offered in either traditional sedan or more practical hatchback form, its generous cargo space makes it perfect for both driving around town or the next road trip with college friends.

4. Subaru Crosstrek – From $22,645, leasing from $245/month, graduate finance/lease rate available

The rugged and handsome Crosstrek by Subaru offers the best of on-road driving manners with off-road capability.  With an attractive base MSRP and a ton of options and aftermarket accessories, the Crosstrek should appeal to the explorer in all of us! 

5. Mazda 3 – From $20,800, leasing from $279/month, graduate finance/lease rates available

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Among the most stylish cars in its class but with a base price of just over $20,000, the Mazda3 sports a super elegant interior that will build confidence on the way to the first (and maybe second) jobs.   


Are you a recent graduate ready to find your new vehicle? Submit your Request here! 

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Making Sense of Dealership Speak – Car Buying Terms You Need To Know

Whether you’re buying a new car or a used one, it helps to have some understanding of the terminology used by dealerships. 

Car sales ‘lingo’ can be confusing, and the unfamiliar words and acronyms often add to the stress of buying a car. 

We’ve put together this glossary of terms to help prepare you for some of the common terms you might hear at every step of the car buying process.  Knowing these in advance can help you negotiate a better price and walk away with the car you want feeling confident that you have got a good deal.

Our glossary is split into three parts:  the car search/shopping; the negotiation; and finance/delivery.

Part One – Car Shopping

Allocation

The new car inventory a manufacturer allows the dealer to purchase.

Basic Warranty

The terms established by each manufacturer to repair vehicles within a specific mileage and/or time.  All factory-installed and some dealer-installed parts are covered under this warranty.

Blue Book

Officially named the Kelley Blue Book (KBB), this is used to look up the fair market price of the vehicle.

Buyers Guide

This is a document that informs the customer of warranty coverage, exclusions, repair obligations, and disclosures and must be displayed on the window of all used cars.

CarFax Report

A CarFax report is a vehicle history report that helps you make an informed purchasing decision. It includes a vehicle description, accident details, mileage verification, recall checks, and the number of previous owners.

Certified Pre-Owned

A certified pre-owned car is a low-mileage, accident-free used car that is typically less than seven years old and has been reconditioned to meet strict manufacturer or dealer standards. They also typically have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer.

Extended Warranty

A contract that protects the car owner against mechanical failures and breakdowns.  Extended warranties are also referred to as Vehicle Service Contracts.  This warranty will pay for covered repairs after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired.

Lemon Law Vehicle

A vehicle with problems that has been repurchased by or had its price renegotiated with the manufacturer.  The state marks its official records or issues a title brand for the lemon law vehicles.

MSRP

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price.  The retail price of the vehicle as recommended by the manufacturer.  Often called the sticker price or list price.

Off-Lease Vehicle

Vehicles that are returned at the end of the lease term.  Usually, an off-lease vehicle is either sold to the lessee by the dealership, auctioned off, or sold as a used vehicle.

Recon/Reconditioning

The vehicle was recently taken in on trade or acquired and is going through service, inspection, detail, etc to be put on the lot.  This process can take anywhere between 2 days – 2 months depending on the vehicle’s condition and can sometimes be “pushed through” or rushed to be made available for sale.  They will often not be priced until the work is complete so they can include the cost of repair in the pricing.

Service Loaner

A new car that was used to loan to customers when their vehicle was receiving extended service at the dealership.  Once the car reaches a certain amount of mileage, it becomes a retired service loaner and is for sale at a discounted price.

Window Sticker/Monroney Sticker

Sticker on the vehicle that contains the description of the vehicle, equipment, options, and MSRP.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

The VIN is a 17-digit identification number that’s unique to each car. It includes the code for the year, make, body, style, and engine type of the vehicle. The number can be found on the driver’s side door jamb or under the windshield. You can use this number to run a check on the car’s history.


Part Two – The Negotiation

So, you’ve found the car you want, now begins the negotiation.  To best prepare yourself, here are the most common terms that you should know.

As-Is

The vehicle has no warranty and the dealer is not liable for any issues in any way.

Cap Cost

The capitalized cost of a lease vehicle is the actual negotiated selling price of the vehicle.  It may also include any acquisition fees, negative equity from a trade-in, and additional money to be paid out of the deal.

Capitalized Cost Reduction

The amount of any trade-in allowance, rebate, noncash credit, or cash that reduces the gross capitalized cost.  Can also be shown as a down payment.

Closed-End Lease

A type of lease in which the lessee is not responsible for the value of the vehicle at the end of the lease.  The lessee is liable for excess mileage and excessive wear and use.  This is also called the guaranteed trade-in, net lease, or walk-way lease.

Dealer Incentives

Unadvertised cash incentives given by the manufacturer to the dealer to help boost the sales of a specific model.

Destination Charge

The amount the automaker charges the dealer to deliver a new vehicle from the factory.  This is often a fixed, unavoidable cost to the dealer and usually cannot be negotiated.

Equity

When a customer owes less money on their loan than the vehicle is worth.

Lease

A vehicle agreement that allows you to drive the vehicle without paying a large sum of cash or take out a loan.  To lease the car, you are required to make a down payment – typically less than 20% of the car’s value – followed by a monthly payment for the term of the lease.  When the term expires, you return the vehicle.

Lien

A claim against a vehicle by another party that utilizes the vehicle as a security for repayment of a loan or other claim.  Usually, will affect the ability to transfer ownership.

Mark-up

The difference between the cost of the merchandise and its initial retail price.  The amount of profit received by the dealer on each car.  Mark-up can be calculated by subtracting the invoice price from the selling price.

MSRP

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price – the retail price of the vehicle as recommended by the manufacturer.  Often call sticker price or list price.

Open-End Lease

A lease that required the lessee to pay any difference between the residual value of the vehicle and the fair market value of the vehicle at the end of the lease.

Purchase Agreement

A contract signed by the buyer and seller that indicated the conditions under which an item or property will be sold.

Rebates/Incentives

Discounts provided by the automaker to help encourage additional vehicle sales.  Can be in the form of cash or special low-interest rates.

Recall

When the manufacturers receive notice of defects on their vehicles, they issue a recall notice to inform owners of the defects and suggest improvements that can or must be made to improve the safety or functionality of the vehicle.  Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to the owner.

Retail Contract

The terms and conditions of a vehicle sale agreed upon between consumer and dealer.

Trade Disclosure

A vehicle Trade Purchase Disclosure form is used to properly notify a customer purchasing a used vehicle of the vehicle’s prior use from when it is traded.

Trade-In value

The value that a car dealership will give for an existing vehicle as a deposit on a new car.


Part 3 – Finance & Delivery

The financing of your new vehicle can either be completed through a personal auto loan or through the dealership via a lease or financing loan.  Be aware of the following terms.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)

This annual interest rate is the amount the lender charges you on the money borrowed. It’s based on the Federal rates, with some additional fees added in. This amount is based on your credit score.

Add-Ons

Products or services added by dealerships.  Common examples are rust-proofing, dent protection, extended warranties, etc.  Add-ons drive up the sticker price of a vehicle, but their actual cost IS negotiable.

Aftermarket

Replacement or add-on purchases for a product after the original sale.  Includes replacement parts, accessories, and appearance parts.

Amount Financed

The agreed-upon sale price of the vehicle, plus any charges for taxes, title, license fees, service contracts, and insurance that may be included in the deal.  Less any down payment and/or net trade-in allowance.  This is the amount that is subject to finance charges.

Dealer Prep Fees

Charges – usually negotiable – added to the purchase price to cover the cost of preparing the purchased cars for delivery to the customer.  It includes detail, filling with gas, walking the customer through how the vehicle works, etc.

Down Payment

This is the money you put down on a vehicle to reduce how much needs to be financed. The more you put down, the less you have to pay each month.

Gap Insurance

Insurance that covers the difference between a vehicle’s depreciated value in a loan or a lease and the amount owed on it in the case it is stolen or totaled, a difference the owner or lessee would otherwise pay to the lessor.

Residual Percentage

Expressed as a percentage of MRSRP, this is the vehicle’s expected future value at the end of a lease of a specific term and specific mileage. For example, an average car depreciates in value by about 50% over a 3-year lease. The remaining 50% is its residual percentage.

Residual Value

The lease-end value of the vehicle set at lease inception by the lessor.  “Future expected value” of the vehicle based on certain age, mileage, and condition.

Term

The length of a leasing or finance agreement or how long you will make payments each month for the duration of the contract.

Termination Fee

When the loan or lease is ended, you could be charged a termination fee. Ask what this fee is upfront, so there are no surprises.

Title

An official document stating the legal owner(s) of the vehicle.

We-Owe

A form completed when something was promised to the customer during the sale that cannot be delivered until later, eg, window tinting, tires, wheels, etc.


Now you’re armed with this glossary, put these terms to work, and start car shopping with OneRequest!

April 2022 New Cars on the Block

2022 continues with a few revisions and some cool new options! 

2023 BMW 7 Series

2023 BMW 7 Series

BMW’s full-size flagship sedan returns with new bodywork and a host of new technologies that wouldn’t be out of place in their Rolls-Royce big brothers.  Notably absent from the next-gen 7, internally dubbed the G70, is the V12.  What we will get, however, is a new V8 meeting stricter emissions standards while making more power. 

2023 BMW i7 

2023 BMW i7

With an approach different from competitor Mercedes and their slippery, tech-laden EQS, the all-electric version of the 7 will be based on the same underpinnings as the gasoline model.  A more traditional sedan shape should entice those looking to blend in with their surroundings a bit more than some EVs. 

2023 Ferrari 296 GTS 

2023 Ferrari 296 GTS

Following its 296GTB coupe stablemate, the GTS keeps the V6 hybrid technology and adds a retractable hardtop able to be folded in 14 seconds at up to 28 mph.  Pricing will start in the mid-$300k range. 

2023 Hyundai Palisade 

2023 Hyundai Palisade

The first revision of Hyundai’s smash hit full-size Palisade includes revised front and rear fascias to match Hyundai’s exterior language, along with a refreshed interior with added driver seat massage function, steering wheel redesign, added USB-C ports throughout, and ventilated second-row/heated third-row seats. 

2023 Kia Telluride 

2023 Kia Telluride

As is often the case with cars on the same chassis, the Telluride will also get a few updates like its Palisade cousin.  New are the sport-trimmed X Line model, as well as a more hardcore X-Pro model with smaller wheels, beefier tires, 5500 pounds towing capacity, and more ground clearance.  All models get a new 12.3 inch screen and three new color options. 

2023 Jeep Wagoneer L / Grand Wagoneer L 

2023 Jeep Wagoneer L / Grand Wagoneer L

Jeep has sat on the sideline and watched as the biggest models from other domestic automakers offered an even longer version of their full-size body-on-frame people/cargo movers.  Until now!  With 7” additional wheelbase and 12” overall, the Wagoneer duo is ready to compete with the Suburban, Yukon XL, Escalade ESV, Expedition Max, and Navigator L.  Along with the new Hurricane Inline-6, a few more MPGs will be realized vs. the current shorter Wagoneers. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS

With the EQS and EQE sedans already out and confirmed for production, the EQS SUV follows suit as the luxury flagship seven-seater SUV from the world’s older automaker.  More aerodynamic but also more compact than the existing GLS gas model, the EQS580 4MATIC will have up to 536 horsepower and 300+ miles of range. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB

As the entry-level seven-seat Mercedes crossover option, the EQB promises a more affordable option in the budding EV SUV segment.  Because of its low center of gravity, we predict it will also be fun to pilot around town.  Active aerodynamics and 288 horsepower are standard. 

In Other News… 

2023 Toyota Supra manual transmission

The Toyota Supra will be getting a manual transmission for the 2023 model year.  After several years with the terrific ZF 8-speed automatic, Toyota decided the time was right.  As a joint venture with the BMW Z4, we hope to find the same setup in more BMWs down the road as well. 

2023 Mazda’s CX-30

The rotary engine will return, kind of.  Mazda’s CX-30 compact crossover is the lucky recipient of Mazda’s historically significant, fan-favorite Wankel rotary engine as a range extender.  While many hoped for a rear-drive coupe catered toward enthusiasts, the PHEV CX-30 will benefit from hybrid capabilities without range anxiety. 

2023 GMC Canyon

As the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon is scheduled to be replaced in the near future, GMC has already teased an even more off-road-ready variant.  The growing family of AT4X models usually includes hardware like locking differentials, spool-valve dampers, wider/taller suspension, and all-terrain tires.  We are excited to see more than they have teased us with, but the rock rails are a fantastic start! 

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight will get the axe after the 2022 model year.  In exchange, Honda is promising hybrid versions of their bread and butter Accord, Civic, and CR-V. 

Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet has teased and confirmed some kind of hybrid, AWD Corvette.  Details are yet to come and we are excited to learn more! 


Did any of these cars spark your interest in a new car? Use OneRequest to shop for and find your next car! With all the available listings on our site, there is no need to repeat your searches on multiple sites to get a full picture of inventory.

Prefer someone else to do the car shopping for you?  Try our premium service, OneRequest Concierge.  Learn more here: www.onerequest.com/concierge

Guide to Buying a Car Out of State

The unprecedented chip shortage and supply chain issues have made finding your next car more and more difficult. Less new car inventory and empty car lots have increased the demand for used cars, causing a sharp increase in used car prices.  

With fewer local options, extending your car search to dealerships outside your state may be the solution.  Using an online search platform like OneRequest can help you find the exact new car you’re looking for or the perfect used car anywhere in the country. (By the way – OneRequest has millions of listings from virtually all the dealers nationwide, so we can be a one-stop-shop for you. No need to search websites elsewhere. We are not an ad platform, so unlike other car shopping sites, we don’t just show listings from dealers who have paid to list their inventory!)

Whether the car you find is across the state line, or across the country, buying out of state doesn’t need to be a daunting experience. In this guide we look at the reasons why shopping out of state might be beneficial. We also walk you through the process of bringing home a vehicle from another state.

Why buy a car out of state? 

For one, it will give you a much wider choice of cars, especially if you are looking for a particularly rare make and model; the only limitation is how far you are willing to travel to pick up the car, or the cost of shipping the car to your home.   

Another advantage is that local supply and demand, manufacturer rebates, financing offers, and leasing incentives vary by region which may mean the same car costs less out of state.   Plus, you can get better deals on certain vehicles in varying regions. For example, if you want a convertible, you may be able to get a better deal for it if you buy it in Seattle instead of Los Angeles.  Likewise, a 4WD pick-up might be easier to find in Phoenix than in Montana or Colorado.     

These are all reasons why you might want to consider buying a car out of state, but before you pull the trigger on the sale, here are some things you need to consider:  

Considerations When Buying an Out-of-State Vehicle
  1. Make sure you can drive the car in your state 
  1. Examine the Vehicle History Report 
  1. Get an Inspection 
  1. Pay for Car/Sales Tax 
  1. Arrange delivery 
  1. Request the Title 
  1. Register the Vehicle 

Make sure you can drive the car in your state 

Make sure that the car meets the standards of the state in which it will be registered and titled.  Many states require an inspection and cars to meet certain emission standards. Your state’s DMV can provide information on the required inspection tests for your new car.  California has the most stringent rules, set by the California Air Resources Board, and these have been adopted by 14 other states, plus the District of Columbia. 

Examine the vehicle history report 

If it’s a used car, you will want to know what this car has been through before you buy it. With a vehicle history report, from trusted sources like Carfax or Autocheck, you can tell if the car has been in any collisions, what type of service it has received, and how many owners it has had.   

A Certified Pre-Owned car will have been inspected and repaired, if necessary, to ensure it is up to the strict quality requirements established by the automaker.  Ask the dealership to provide the paperwork of their inspection and breakdown of any reconditioning they performed. It should also come with extended warranty coverage from the manufacturer. If it is a new car, ask to see the window sticker for the vehicle identification number (VIN) as well as the list of standard and optional equipment.  

You can also ask the salesperson to provide additional close-up pictures or even videos to show the cosmetic condition of the car.  

Get an inspection 

If it is a used car, get a mechanic to look at the vehicle for you.  It’s a small price to pay to make sure you avoid a costly mistake.  An inspection can confirm how accurate the listing is, and report any damage to the vehicle. There are multiple third-party inspection companies nationwide that stand by their inspections, such as Lemon Squad and Carchex. 

Pay sales tax 

You will need to pay state sales tax for the state that the car is going to be registered in, not the one you bought it in. You will also need to pay County taxes where you live. 

If you buy a car from a dealership, they will likely collect the required sales tax, but check this is rolled into the final price.  If you’re buying a used car from a private party, it is more likely that you will pay the taxes when you register your car at the DMV.  

Arrange transportation 

You should be sure to budget for the cost of transporting the new car back to your state of residence.  

Some dealerships have their own transportation service, but many require out-of-state customers to arrange their own delivery provider. Ask the dealership for their recommendation, and a point of contact.   

Request the title 

If you plan to drive the car home yourself, you should check with your auto insurer that the car is insured.   

The dealership should give you a temporary title and registration that will allow you to legally drive your new vehicle home.  If you buy from a private seller, make sure they give you the signed title and a bill of sale that names you as the current owner. Some states require you to have a temporary trip permit or temporary registration.  Driving without a license plate will get you stopped by law enforcement in most cases, so make sure you have all the necessary paperwork.  

Register the vehicle 

Depending on your state, you will have a set amount of time to get the car registered at your local DMV.  A dealership will likely handle all the sales tax and fees but check beforehand so there are no surprises when you visit the DMV. 

If it is a used vehicle, generally you’ll have to pay the sales tax, title fees, and registration costs when you visit the DMV, which will then provide you with the license plates.  You will need to provide proof of residence to register the car, so bring along your driver’s license and a utility bill. 


While buying a car out of state may require some additional effort, it can be a great way to find the car you want, and even get a better deal.  Taking the time to understand the extra steps will help you be prepared and make it a smoother car buying process.  


With OneRequest, you can access the inventory of 45,000+ dealerships nationwide to find the new or used car you are dreaming about. 

Prefer someone else to do the car shopping for you? OneRequest Concierge has an expert team ready to help you find your perfect car.  We can also help with the trade-in process.   

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OneRequest Concierge Finds Cars For Any Budget

Dave engaged OneRequest Concierge to help find him a car that offered the best deal for his small budget of $13k.  With very little free time, he considered the concierge fee worth the investment to find the ideal car.

Although Dave had a vague idea that he might like a Ford Edge, he was open to other suggestions within his budget. Other than wanting a reliable engine, he was flexible on spec levels and trim options.

Dave’s concierge found him a car in about a week that met his requirements – a 2011 Lincoln MKX, a more luxurious version of the Ford Edge.  Dave was thrilled since it was a much nicer vehicle than he thought he might end up with! 

Dave estimated he only spent 2 hours on the car buying process, between calls and texts with his concierge, and inspecting the vehicle. This is twelve hours less than the industry average of 14 hours.  That’s a lot of time saved!

Dave told us he was “super, super happy” with his whole experience, and was grateful he didn’t have to do much himself.  He left this lovely review for us:

“Worked great for me. I just didn’t have time or expertise to focus on acquiring a car and OneRequest has both. Very happy with my new (to me) wheels and have peace of mind that it’s a good car at a fair price. Easy to work with and even kind of fun!”

Dave also let us know that he appreciated how OneRequest Concierge is willing to work with someone who only has a small budget.  Thank you, Dave, for the kind words!  OneRequest Concierge works with anyone to find their perfect car, no matter their budget. 


OneRequest Concierge is here to take the hassle out of car shopping. We work with any budget and will scour the country to find the right car.

We’ll save you time and make the car shopping process fun. 

What Paperwork Do I Need to Buy a Car?

Shopping for a car, taking a test drive, and picking out your perfect trim level can be an exciting time. However, the paperwork needed to buy the car is generally the less than thrilling part of the process.

Knowing what paperwork to bring with you to finalize the purchase of your new or used car will save you a lot of time and aggravation. Let’s take a look at the documentation you’ll need to make your car-buying trip go as smoothly as possible.

6 Items Needed to Buy a Car
  1. Form of Payment 
  1. Driver’s License 
  1. Proof of Residence 
  1. Proof of Income 
  1. Insurance Card 
  1. Title/Registration for Trade-in 
1. Form of Payment 

You can choose to pay with a check and avoid all payments entirely or take out a personal loan.  

There’s also the option to finance through the dealership. You can supply the down payment through a trade-in vehicle or personal check.  

2. Driver’s License 

You can’t buy a car without first proving who you are. With your driver’s license, you show that you legally drive on America’s roads.  

The driver’s license also serves another purpose. If you are paying by check, the ID proves that you are the same person listed on the account.  

3. Proof of Residence

Your driver’s license helps to prove where you live, but some dealerships want more. Be prepared to show utility bills or other mail from your address, such as a property tax bill or bank statement. 

Some people choose to bring their mortgage or renter’s agreement since this would prove you live where you say. Ask the dealership what documentation is preferred at that location.  

4. Proof of Income

If you are leasing or financing through the dealership, you may need to show proof of income.  Gather your bank statements and pay stubs to prove you can afford the vehicle. 

5. Insurance Card 

You can’t drive on America’s roads without insurance.  

Bring a copy of a valid insurance card with you to the signing. If you don’t have insurance yet, you can call while you are at the dealership and get signed up immediately. The insurance provider will email the information to the dealership for you. 

In some states, car owners can make the insurance transfer from the old vehicle to the new one in the few weeks after the car is purchased with a temporary insurance card. 

6. Title/ Registration for Trade-in

If you plan to trade in a vehicle, you’ll need to have the title in hand to prove you are the owner. If you have a loan on the car, you might not have the title, but you will need to contact the lienholder to talk to the dealership you are working with.  

You also need to bring a copy of the trade-in vehicle’s current registration. 


Registering Your Vehicle 

After you have purchased your new vehicle, there are a few other things you need to do to make your new car legal to drive in your home state.  This may vary from state to state, but for the most part, you need to ensure the car is titled, registered, and the sales tax paid. 

Titling can be taken care of at the dealership, and oftentimes so is the sales tax, but registering the new car at the DMV is up to you. 

To register the car, you will need a copy of the Bill of Sale received from the dealership which is used to determine how much you need to pay in sales tax or show the Sales Tax Receipt if already paid.  


With OneRequest, you can access the inventory of 45,000+ dealerships to find the new or used car you are dreaming about.

Prefer someone else to do the car shopping for you? OneRequest Concierge has an expert team ready to help you find your perfect car.  We can also help with the trade-in process.  

Find your car at OneRequest today. 

March 2022 New Cars On The Block

Q1 closes with a few fresh faces! 

2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage 

2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage will return in 2023 for one more round of V12 fury.  With 333 scheduled to be built with a snarling 5.2L twin-turbo V12 under the hood, this will likely be Aston’s V12 swan song and one of the last vehicles produced in this wonderful configuration.  With a revised chassis, a mechanical limited-slip differential (replacing the regular Vantage’s e-diff), and a standard body kit, we are happy to see it and sad to see it go at the same time. 

2023 Ford F-150 Rattler 

2023 Ford F-150 Rattler

Further adding to the crowded F-150 line-up, the Rattler will be available on 4×4 base XL trim levels and is intended to attract those who want to off-road on a budget.  It will include a number of FX4 goodies including the electronic locking differential, hill descent control, HD shocks, and a number of skid plates protecting the undercarriage.  It will also receive dual exhaust. To make the most of the required engine options. 

2023 Maserati Grecale 

2023 Maserati Grecale

Maserati’s take on a compact luxury crossover is here!  This new sub-Levante will come standard with turbo four-cylinder power, optional turbo V6 power, and eventually full electric capability in the Grecale Folgore.  It is a rather handsome vehicle, with enough ground effects to give it the proper look.  Expect it to go on sale later this year with the Porsche Macan in its crosshairs. 

2023 Mazda CX-50 

2023 Mazda CX-50

Designed to slot alongside but not replace the similarly sized, powered, and looking CX-5, the CX-50 will appeal to those looking for a slightly longer, lower, and wider automobile.  It’s interesting that they will be offered together. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz G550 Edition 550 

Mercedes-Benz G550 edition 550

After a small hiatus as Mercedes worked out some kinks with its V8s, the G Wagen is back!  And with it, a limited edition called the Edition 550.  It will be offered in three colors (Jupiter Red, Arabian Grey, & Moonlight White) and will have special badging as well as a black grille guard and fender flares.  200 are scheduled to be built. 

In Other News… 

Polestar 02 Concept

Polestar has dropped one of the most visually striking cars of the past year.  The O2 is currently just a full-size concept, but with full EV underpinnings from the current 2 and upcoming Polestar 5 models, it is entirely possible that the O2 could enter production, but likely without the drone that debuted with it. 

Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept

Audi has also teased us with an amazing new concept: the A6 Avant e-tron.  Building off the success and popularity of its existing e-tron cars as well as the RS6 Avant, the eTron could be the future of performance electric wagons.  That it’s a full-size wagon and not a miniature is something that makes us even more excited.  Here’s hoping Audi has the audacity to bring it into production, and then also stateside. 

2022 Bentley Bentayga Space Edition

The 1-of-1 bespoke 2022 Bentley Bentayga Space Edition takes a “normal” Bentayga Speed and adds a few solar-themed goodies, including solar system door sills, orange accents in the interior to mimic dust trails and a special Cypress exterior paint.  It’s truly a work of art, outlandish but also restrained. 

Stellantis “Hurricane” six-cylinder engine

Stellantis has a new six-cylinder on the way!  Codenamed “The Hurricane”, it will evoke memories of the Mopar Slant-6 of yore, while adding twin turbochargers.  At three liters, it is similar in size and configuration to many German offerings, but it is expected to make more than 400hp/450lb-ft when it debuts.  An even stronger High Output version is said to follow with 500+ horsepower and 475+ torques for use in heavy-duty truck applications where towing is required. 


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Prominent Women in Automotive History

As we celebrate Women’s History Month at OneRequest, we highlight some of the many accomplishments that women have given to the automobile world.

Bertha Benz
Bertha Benz

Shortly following the invention of the automobile by Bertha’s husband Carl, who finished the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen only after she contributed some of their wedding money, she took it upon herself to help with marketing.  The horseless carriage had been around for two years and was failing to really gain the interest and trust of the buying public.  Keep in mind that most roads were still dirt and navigation aids and street signs were not commonplace yet.  One day, Bertha decided to prove to the world how useful the Benz could be, and drove over 100 kilometers from Mannheim to Pforzheim, stopping along the way to fix various engine components with items like hatpins and garters.  Her voyage is, to this day, considered the first road trip!  

Margaret Wilcox

The preliminary days of motoring were exciting but often unpredictable as a result of open cabins and no climate control.  That was until Margaret Wilcox decided that motoring in winters could stand to be more enjoyable.  November 28th, 1983 marked the day that her patent was approved, and was the first to be issued in her name, not her husband’s.  The 1929 Ford Model A was the first mass-produced vehicle to be offered with heating. 

Mary Anderson
Mary Anderson’s illustration of her 1903 patented “window cleaning device.”

In 1902, while riding a trolley car in bad weather, Mary noticed that the driver was struggling to see through the windshield and was constantly getting out to wipe it clean. Certain there was a better way, Mary set out to make what we know as the first windshield wiper blades.  With the help of designing assistants, she produced the first working model and was granted US Patent Number 743,801 in 1903 for a “Window-cleaning device” for automobiles and other vehicles “for removing snow, rain, and sleet from the glass in front of the motorman.” The device involved a swinging metal arm attached to a window that was manually controlled by using a handle inside a car.

However, it wasn’t until 1920 after her patent had expired and the automotive industry had evolved that windshield wipers based on Mary’s basic design were fitted as standard on many cars.

Juliane Blasi & Nadya Arnaout

These designers were responsible for the exterior and interior of the second-generation BMW Z4 that debuted in 2009.  Marking a significant departure from the Chris Bangle era of flared surfaces, the E89 was a return to elegance and swooping lines.  The car debuted at the 2009 North American Auto Show in Detroit and quickly racked up several design awards including the 2009 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA), the 209 Eyes on Design Award for best production vehicle, the 2009 Red Dot Design Award, and the Scottish Drop Top of the Year Award 2009.  By the time production ended in 2016, over 118,000 had been built. 

Volvo Design Team
“YCC”

Swedish manufacturer Volvo made some noise in 2002 when it introduced the Your Concept Car, a design study that was the culmination of a ten-woman team “targeting the most demanding premium customer: the independent, professional woman.”  An ergonomic masterpiece, the car featured many stylistic and functional attributes that ultimately found their way into Volvo production cars.  Furthermore, the Volvo brand has made an effort to include a diverse design team to this day that still includes as much minority representation as any in the workplace. 

Susanne Quandt

As the daughter of Herbert & Johanna Quandt, investors responsible for the literal turnaround of the BMW brand, she is a nearly 20% shareholder in the company and the wealthiest woman in Germany with an estimated worth of $23.4 billion.  To this day, she maintains a supervisory role in the company as well as a few subsidiaries related to the automobile industry.  

Pioneering Women in Racing History

It would be remiss of us if we didn’t also mention the women who’ve changed motorsports. Here are a few female drivers who’ve followed their dream, and stirred up the racing game for the better:

First driver to race Le Mans – Odette Siko – June 21, 1930 

First F1 driver – Countess Teresa de Filippis – May 18, 1958, Monaco Grand Prix 

First NASCAR driver – Sara Christian – June 19, 1949 (NASCAR’s first race) 

First Daytona 500 Entrant – Janet Guthrie – 1977 Daytona 500 

First Indianapolis 500 Entrant – Janet Guthrie – 1977 Indy 500 

First Top Fuel Driver – Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney – 1973