*Disclaimer, although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
How many of you have had to deal with the stress of buying, selling or financing a car? I have been there many times in my life and truth be told, I am terrible at both. My most recent experience purchasing a vehicle is something that still haunts me and I wish I could call Marty McFly, hop in that awesome Deloreon, travel back in time to June of 2016 and stop myself from making that purchase. I spent hours at a local dealership and made some very bad decisions. I was pressured, rushed and promised the world. If I only knew then what I know now, I could have saved myself a lot of time and money.
As a lifestyle blogger, I get so much joy out of sharing not only delicious food and travel spots with my readers, but anything that can help them save time, money or make life just a little bit easier. I was recently introduced to a new app that not only simplifies the process of buying/selling and financing a car, it puts you behind the wheel of the entire process.
Before we get into that, let’s have a little laugh at my expense.
Fun Fact: I traded my first car for a black leather jacket.
Yep, I sure did. The year was 1991 and was 16 years old and living in my hometown of San Jose, California. A friend of mine had a brother who was selling a cute, teal green VW Bug, much like the team color of my beloved San Jose Sharks. I just had to have it. Did it run? Not very well. Was it a smart purchase? Not at all. In addition to having a slew of problems, it was also a stick-shift which I had no idea how to drive at the time and probably could use practice even today. Needless to say, the cute little bug with Florida plates (how ironic) never left the curb of my front yard and I wound up trading it for a leather jacket from a guy I worked with at a local restaurant. Talk about a crazy trade!
27 many, many years later. I am on my 4th financed vehicle and can now speak from experience.
Buying, selling or financing a car has never been a strength of mine until now.
May I present to you…….Blinker.
Blinker offers the ability for you to buy, sell and finance cars with the simple snap of a photo from your smart phone. In today’s digital world, this is huge. Check out this video to see the simplicity of the process.
When I look back to June of 2016 and think about the day I spent about 6 hours at the dealership purchasing my current car and trading in my old vehicle, I get depressed. My trade-in was a 2006 Honda Element that I loved but was wanting to upgrade to something newer. They only offered me $800 as a trade-in value and not knowing any better, I accepted it. They sure got the best of me that day and now I am currently in the process of refinancing my vehicle with Blinker. As a single mom of two children, every penny counts and I am thrilled to have discovered Blinker and can’t wait to share this fantastic app with others. If I can help someone avoid what I went through, I will be thrilled.
For myself, this has been the process thus far for refinancing my car.
- I downloaded the Blinker app on my iPhone.
- I filled out a few pieces of info to create my account.
- I uploaded my driver’s license, proof of insurance and employment info to the app to verify my account.
- From the options I selected “lower my payment” and uploaded a photo of my car along with the license plate number.
- After verifying a few details, my information was submitted and I am in the process of refinancing.
If I can save even $50 a month with Blinker, I will be thrilled.
Since launching last year, Blinker has saved buyers and sellers an average of $3,000 on every transaction, serviced
millions of dollars in auto loans and won a 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award. How cool is that?
Now for my favorite part…….
We could all use a little extra money and with Blinker, you just might make a little cash. The Blinker app is currently available in the beautiful states of Florida, Colorado and Texas. For a limited time, you can use my personal code GUIDA when you download Blinker (for free) and you’ll get $200 when you buy, sell or refinance a car through the app. As always, I must disclose that I’ll get some money as well when you use my code, GUIDA.
To learn more about this awesome concept and learn more details about the company and process of buying, selling or refinancing you vehicle, click here.