My experience selling a car to Carvana

If you would’ve told me in July that in just a few months I’d be living in a different home, in a different state, and driving a different car, I would’ve thought you were off your meds.

And yet, every one of those things is true. Getting right into what this post is about– I recently sold my 2017 Nissan Versa Note to Carvana and I’m not going to make you wait to find out how it went. In a word, unbelievable. And I mean that in a good way. I had owned my Nissan for about three and a half years, planning to keep it till it’s on its last leg. But as my plans recently changed quite dramatically, selling the car became a serious consideration.

I had an offer from the dealership (the one where I ended up buying the truck I have now), they proposed a trade-in and I was happy with the value they put on the Versa. Then late one night as I was considering their offer I went to the Carvana website just for fun. Would they offer as much as the dealership? I had to find out! And then…

Welp, they offered a lot more than the dealership! This is also after I conservatively described the condition of the vehicle (I put in that it was “in OK shape” when in reality it was in pretty good shape). I didn’t believe this offer could be true but you better believe I ran with it! I decided to just keep moving forward with Carvana until what seemed “too good to be true” disintegrated back into reality.

As I got deeper and deeper into process, though, I started believing it was real. I took it as far as setting up a meeting with a Carvana transport driver. Then came the day when I was supposed to meet him and I still thought, “Something’s going to fall through. It just HAS to.”

I live in a smaller city so I met the Carvana rep about 70 miles away and he showed up in a little flatbed Carvana truck. OK, this was getting real. The guy couldn’t have been nicer! We chatted some, he checked out the vehicle and was impressed with how clean it was (I didn’t mention I’d spent 4 to 5 hours washing, vacuuming, etc) so that made me happy and proud.

I signed their paperwork and left with a check. Even then, I thought this couldn’t be real, even with the check in my hand. From the time he arrived to the time I rode away, it had been no more than 30 minutes. My dad had followed me to the meeting spot so while we were on our way to the next stop on our morning adventure, I asked if we could stop in at the bank. The sooner I could deposit the check, the sooner I’d believe what just happened.

Check. Deposited.

I guess it was all real but I still have a hard time believing it. Such a good experience with Carvana! If you are thinking about selling your vehicle, definitely check out their offer before you make any decisions. There are a few other online-style dealerships so it might be a good idea to look into those also. I’m not saying Carvana will always give you the best deal, maybe a dealership will give you a good offer. But it’s worth your time to at least give Carvana a look. You may end up quite happy with what they offer. I know I was!

Do you already have an experience with Carvana as a seller? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Comment below and I’ll be sure to respond.

Thanks for stopping by…

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes a 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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