DriveTime - Finding Ease, Security in an Auto
With over a hundred branches nationwide, DriveTime
is one of the largest dealerships in the U.S. It is known for its
commitment to help people with credit issues get behind the wheel.
With their consumer-centered programs, you can comfortably and
confidently purchase a car. But before you get too excited, you need
to make sure they're offered in your area.
After navigating through DriveTime's website, we've
come up with two words to describe their online portal: cool and
easy. The site is "cool" because the color scheme—predominantly
jungle green and mint green—makes navigation easy on the eyes. It
isn't hard at all to browse through their inventory page.
The second adjective is "easy" because the website
makes the most in-demand tools, like search, live chat and loan
application, readily available in almost every web page. If you need
quick help in submitting your loan application or have questions
about the inventory, the live chat button is just at the upper-right
portion of every page. Links to loan application are also right
where you need them to be.
DriveTime seems to understand well that online loan
application is all about speed and convenience. Their application
form is very simple, asking for only the most important information
about you. Plus, you can expect to get the result fast.
The inventory page is relaxed. It does not appear
crowded with contents unlike with other dealership websites where
things just get confusing. To start shopping, set your location
first. The site will find vehicles sold in nearby DriveTime
dealerships in your area. Here are some things about the inventory
page that we find applaudable.
- comprehensive lists of vehicle features
- instant access to vehicle's history through AutoCheck reports
- good-quality photos of a vehicle's various angles
- provided contact details and name of a sales advisor so you
would know who to look for
If you find the car you're looking for, you can
schedule a visit or get approved for financing (the buttons for
these are right on the same page) right away.
Programs and Services
What would make one purchase a car from DriveTime is
perhaps the programs that set DriveTime apart from other
dealerships. For example, if you previously bought a car from a
DriveTime dealership, you can enjoy $1,000 discount on your next
vehicle purchase, little or no down payment and a lower rate.
If you are a military service member with remaining
24 months of active duty, you are eligible for an APR that's 3%
lower than what is offered for non-military customers and a lower
down payment regardless of your credit.
But if you are a car buyer whose greatest concern is
the value for money, you might love DriveTime for their OneTrue
Price package. To make sure you get the best value in your vehicle,
OneTrue Price comes with DriveCare (vehicle protection plan with
extended powertrain coverage), AutoCheck history report (free) and
As for being eco-friendly, DriveTime labels some of
their vehicles with the SmartWay leaf to indicate that such models
are more fuel-efficient, have less carbon emissions and meet the EPA
Do you love incentives? Well, you can receive $200
credit if you are able to get a friend, a family member or a
relative purchase a vehicle from a DriveTime dealership.
If you ask us about the payment options, all that we
can tell you is the word "convenience." There are several ways to
send your loan payments to DriveTime. Sounds really convenient,
isn't it? But it may also imply that DriveTime's not giving you any
opportunity to make excuses for not making your payments.
Anyway, here are DriveTime's payment options. Take
note that some come with a fee.
- auto-deduction from your bank account
- mail payment
- online payment via WesternUnion.com ($4.50 fee)
- phone payment ($4.50 fee)
- auto-deduction from military allotment (for military customers
- payment through MyDriveTime account
- payment in a Walmart Money Center (applicable to both auto
loan and lease payments)
If ever you decide to do business with DriveTime, be
sure to create your MyDriveTime account. This service, which is
exclusive to DriveTime customers, is for free. It's where you can
manage and monitor your payments easily.
You can get instant access to a vehicle's history report
without having to pay anything.
Online loan application is hassle-free with minimal
Payment options are several.
OneTrue Price and DriveCare are available only in select
branches of DriveTime. This is not good news if the branches near
you do not offer these services.
There is no auto financing program for college students.
You wouldn't find a Resources page or something where you can
find information that can help you as a car buyer.
Car shoppers have to check out DriveTime.com and the
DriveTime dealership nearest them. Not only they can enjoy
convenient online car shopping but they can also find financing
almost instantly. However, don't forget to still shop around for the
best car price and car loan rate.