If I asked you to put a dollar amount on how valuable your time is, what would it be? $100, $1,000, $100,000?
We leave for Dublin in June, so May has been a month of transition. Lately my time has been even more scarce, and every second counts as something to check off my to do list.
I took my Suby in for a service to make sure all is well for the next buyer. I made an appointment and talked with the used car manager. They gave an offer and unfortunately did not want to negotiate or discuss anything other than what they offered. There was no way I could take that offer, even with owning the car free and clear.
The other option is figure out the market price for a private sell, which I could get more $ anyway. On my way home I remembered a commercial for Carvana. On their website you can buy, sell, or trade your car. Every bit of the transaction is completed online, until delivery or pick up. You can even skip the human all together and finish the deal at their vending machine.
I completed their form, with my VIN number and a few other questions. The price they offered (done in seconds) was much higher than the Subaru dealer, yet not as much as a private sale. However, for the difference in price, the amount of time and headache I saved made up for that $ amount.
Skeptical? I was very skeptical. So I did my research, which means making a Facebook post, calling their customer service daily, and asking friends/family. To really give me security I contacted the DMV, where I experienced great customer service - via email correspondence. So I pulled the trigger and sold my car!
Going forward, this is the only way I will sell a car. Buying? That is a strong TBD, as we head to Dublin (no car) and upon our return I hope to have one family car. This process was so easy and hassle free, it got me thinking about other transactions this could help, what do you think?