How To Use Video To Sell Cars

How To Use Video To Sell Cars

Now more than ever, it’s crucial for car salespeople to utilize video in their sales process. Some customers prefer to do as much of the sales process online or over video. Therefore, as an industry, we have to adapt and use the power of video to sell cars to the customers who prefer to buy more virtually. 

Why Video Walkarounds Are Important

Once you’ve established a relationship with a customer, a great way to continue growing that connection is through a video tour of a vehicle or multiple vehicles. A video tour allows you to show the entire car while giving a live Q & A to the customer. 

These live walkarounds can be done at a minimal cost and provide excellent value to all of your customers while building trust in you as a salesperson. Video walkarounds are also a great way to get a customer into a test drive. 

We know that purchasing a vehicle is a large investment that most customers don’t want to rush into. Customers want as much information as they can get before purchasing and video walkarounds are a great way to achieve this. 

Tips On Having Effective Video Walkarounds

Tip 1: Get to know each video platform

Every customer will be familiar with different video chat platforms, and you must adapt to them instead of forcing them to adapt to you. You need to familiarize yourself with all major platforms. These include Google Meet, Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Video, and Skype.

Tip 2: Be prepared

Just as you should be prepared for an in-person visit, you should have the same preparation for a live video walkaround. This means going over your notes on what your customer has told you they’re looking for and catering your walkaround to those notes. If they’ve had objections or concerns in the past, be prepared with solutions. 

Tip 3: Ask your customer if they want vertical or horizontal

When the video call begins, simply ask the customer if they prefer horizontal or vertical video. This way, the customer will see the most from your video without squinting and watching a vertical video horizontally. 

Tip 4: Keep it under 5 minutes

Make sure when you’re doing video walkarounds that you’re not taking too much time. The walk around should be under 5 minutes. This leaves you time to answer any questions the customer may have. 

Tip 5: Turn on the vehicle and show its features working

It’s always a great idea to turn on the vehicle so the customer can hear how it sounds. It also allows you to show that everything is in working order. Be sure to show the blinkers, wipers, climate system, navigational system, and audio system. 

Tip 6: Schedule a test drive

It’s essential that you close the video meeting with the next step. The best option at this stage is to schedule a test drive.

Technical Tips

If you want to stand out from other car dealerships, there are a few low-cost things you can do to increase your production value.

Tip 1: Buy a gimbal to have smooth video

Nobody likes to watch a shaky video, and gimbals are a great solution to this problem. A gimbal is a motorized device that you put your phone on to get smooth video. A gimbal will guarantee that the video will be smooth and easy to watch, no matter how shaky your hand is. Typically gimbals for mobile phones cost anywhere from $75-$350. 

Tip 2: Have good audio 

When doing a video, it’s crucial that the customer can hear you. Most phones have decent microphones that work well indoors, but many fail outdoors. It’s a good idea to invest in a headset with a proper microphone to ensure your audio is clear. You can purchase a good-quality headset for around $30-$150.

Tip 3: Practice how you show the car

With a video walkaround, you should have a route you take every single time to ensure you don’t get caught up focusing on the things that aren’t as important. We recommend doing a 360-degree rotation of the exterior and finish with the trunk. You can then show the back seats and the front seats and end the video on the car’s dash. Customers generally have questions about the features of the vehicle - Bluetooth, heated seats, etc. 

Tip 4: Make sure everything is well lit

We don’t often realize that car interiors are dark and difficult to see on a video call. A simple solution is to turn on the interior lights. This ensures that the customer will be able to see all the details. Just make sure to turn them off after the walk around, so you don’t kill the car battery!


In the end, it’s essential that we continue to adapt to the changes in our world. If you can replicate the feeling of an in-person viewing through a video walkaround, you’ll likely see an increase in sales. In this day and age, any advantage you can get over your competitors can go a long way, so be sure you’re using all of the tools available.

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