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9 online car dealers that let you buy a car online in Canada

Compare their features to find the best fit for your situation.

With the launch of online car dealers in the last few years, it’s become easier to buy a car online in Canada. Learn about 9 online car dealers in Canada, including information about where they operate, what benefits and features they offer, and how you can pay for and get your car delivered without ever leaving your house.


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1. Clutch

Clutch offers a 210 point inspection and shows a visual depiction of any damage to its vehicles on the website so you know exactly what you’re buying.

  • Serviced provinces: Ontario, Alberta, BC, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland
  • Number of used cars: 2,000+
  • Types of cars available: Cars, SUVs, Jeeps, trucks (2012 or newer with 150,000km or less)
  • Trial period: 10 days/750 km
  • Warranty: 90 days/6,000 km for free
  • Negotiable prices: No
  • Free CARFAX report: Yes, just click “View CARFAX” on the listing you’re interested in
  • Delivery to your home: Yes, but you may need to pay a fee of $399 in some locations. Speak to Clutch to find out if you qualify for free shipping

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2. Canada Drives

Canada Drives is another big player that allows you to buy a car online in Canada. It offers a fully online shopping experience with a 150 point inspection and flexible payment options such as credit, debit, bank financing and in-house financing.

  • Serviced provinces: Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan
  • Number of used cars: 1,800+
  • Types of cars available: Cars, SUVs, trucks, minivans, convertibles (2013 or newer with 160,000km or less)
  • Trial period: 7 days/500 km
  • Warranty: 30 days/1,500 km warranty for free
  • Negotiable prices: No
  • Free CARFAX report: Yes
  • Delivery to your home: Usually free, but if not you can calculate shipping for your address on the website on the listing for the car you choose


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3. CarDoor

CarDoor is a Toronto-based online car dealer that offers a 90-day bumper to bumper warranty and a generous trial period for its cars.

  • Serviced provinces: Ontario only (specifically the Greater Toronto Area).
  • Number of used cars: 1,000+
  • Types of cars available: Cars, SUVs, trucks
  • Trial period: 14 days/750 km, plus exchange within 60 days
  • Warranty: 90-day/10,000 km warranty for free
  • Negotiable prices: No
  • Free CARFAX report: Yes, just click “View your free report” on the listing you’re interested in
  • Delivery to your home: Free

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4. Carooga

Carooga lets you complete an online test drive with a virtual 360-degree tour of your car and a transparent list of any issues you might encounter before you drive away.

  • Serviced provinces: Carooga says its cars are available across Canada, but it mostly serves Western Canada, with Vancouver as its main hub.
  • Number of used cars: 200+
  • Types of cars available: Cars, SUVs, trucks, minivans, convertibles
  • Trial period: 7 days/800 km
  • Warranty: 90 days/3,000 km for free
  • Negotiable prices: No
  • Free CARFAX report: Yes, just click “View free report” on the listing you’re interested in
  • Delivery to your home: Free under 150km, variable shipping rates over 150km

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5. Carnex

Carnex is an Ontario-based online dealer that specializes in electric vehicles, with the lowest ticket price starting at $50,000.

  • Serviced provinces: Ontario and surrounding region
  • Number of used cars: Currently, there are only 10 cars available (but inventory fluctuates based on supply/demand)
  • Types of cars available: Electric vehicles only
  • Trial period: 10 days or 720km
  • Warranty: 100 days or 5,000km for free
  • Negotiable prices: No
  • Free CARFAX report: No, but you can access a free 170 point inspection report on every listing, which highlights any previous accidents based on VIN
  • Delivery to your home: Free within 250km of Toronto

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6. Autorama

While Autorama is a physical dealership in Toronto, it also allows you to buy a car online in Canada. It offers both at-home and in-person car purchases, and gives free cars to people in need with its Care to Share program.

  • Serviced provinces: Ontario
  • Number of used cars: Over 200
  • Types of cars available: Cars, SUVs, minivans
  • Trial period: No trial period available
  • Warranty: Paid warranty options only
  • Negotiable prices: Does not seem to support negotiating on prices
  • Free CARFAX report: Yes, available on each listing
  • Delivery to your home: Look for the “Buy from home available” stamp on the listing to find out if you can pay online and get the car delivered to your home

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7. Car Canada

Shop for new and used vehicles online in the Ottawa area and enjoy virtual walk arounds, at-home test drives and buy from home options.

  • Serviced provinces: Ontario (Ottawa area)
  • Number of used cars: Over 500
  • Types of cars available: Cars, SUVs, trucks, minivans, convertibles
  • Trial period: Not listed
  • Warranty: Not listed
  • Negotiable prices: No
  • Free CARFAX report: Not available online, but may be available through dealer
  • Delivery to your home: Options to “Buy at home” and test drive vehicles at home

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8. DriveAxis

This Ontario-based online car dealer offers best price guarantees, and will price match and give you an extra $500 if the website isn’t up to date with the latest dealer pricing.

  • Serviced provinces: Ontario
  • Number of used cars: Over 500
  • Types of cars available: Cars, SUVs, trucks, minivans
  • Trial period: 7-day return or exchange guarantee
  • Warranty: Paid warranty options only
  • Negotiable prices: No
  • Free CARFAX report: Provided prior to finalizing purchase
  • Delivery to your home: Yes, but you may pay a delivery fee depending on where you live in Ontario

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9. CarMonk

CarMonk is a car-buying platform owned by Consumer Genius Inc., which also owns other brands in the lending space such as Loanz and CarsFast.

Currently, its website is less developed than its competitors, but it offers similar services.

  • Serviced provinces: Ontario
  • Number of used cars: Less than 100 currently but numbers fluctuate regularly
  • Types of cars available: Cars, SUVs, trucks, minivans
  • Trial period: 7 days
  • Warranty: 90 days/5,000 km for free
  • Negotiable prices: No
  • Free CARFAX report: Yes
  • Delivery to your home: Yes, but you may pay a delivery fee depending on where you live in Ontario

What do I need to provide to buy a car online in Canada?

You’ll need the following documents or information to buy a used car online:

  • Government-issued ID. Show ID when you buy a car online so that the online dealer can verify your identity.
  • Personal information. Fill out an application with information such as your full name, address, phone number and other contact details.
  • Payment. Pay by cash, credit card or bank draft in most cases if you’re paying for your car outright.
  • Deposit or down payment. Provide a deposit or a down payment to purchase a car with in-house financing, depending on the dealer.
  • Bank account information. Supply direct deposit information to pay for your car or make your monthly repayments if you get in-house financing.
  • Insurance/registration. Work with your dealer to get your registration in place, and then insure your vehicle when it’s in your possession.

What should I get from my dealer when buying a car online?

  • CARFAX report. Ask for a copy of the vehicle’s CARFAX report to prove that it hasn’t been involved in any accidents or thefts.
  • Inspection report. Request an inspection report from the online used car dealership, and make sure you inspect your car when it arrives to check for potential issues.
  • Maintenance records. Check if routine maintenance receipts for oil changes, air filters and other repairs are available from the dealer to show proof of care.

What should I watch out for?

Watch out for the following potential issues when you buy a car with an online dealer:

  • Vehicle damage. Ask for the inspection report from the dealer and carefully examine the vehicle when it arrives to check for mechanical or cosmetic damage.
  • Hidden fees. Watch out for set-up fees, delivery fees and other charges that may show up in the fine print when you check out.
  • High interest rates. Watch out for high interest rates with in-house financing, and compare various lenders to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Trial period cut-offs. Check how long you have to “test drive” the vehicle and keep an eye on your mileage to make sure you don’t exceed allowable limits. That said, drive the car as much as possible within limits to make sure it’s in good shape.
  • Lack of warranty coverage. Many online used car dealerships in Canada will give you a 90-day warranty. Think twice before signing on with a dealer that offers no form of protection.

Bottom line

  • Online car dealerships can be an easy and convenient way to purchase a vehicle if you know where to shop and what to watch out for before you buy.
  • Many dealers let you pay for your car outright using cash, credit card, bank draft or external financing. You can also apply for in-house financing with most online dealers.
  • Once you pay, your car will be delivered to your house and you’ll often have a promo period to test drive the car before your payment is finalized.

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