It’s no secret: The Motor Vehicle industry is bound to have some significant technological breakthroughs for years to come. Below we’ll highlight a few of the newest and best time savers that could be the new norm when it comes servicing or even purchasing your next car!
Apps for Cars (That Save Time and Money)
Having car issues? It’s time to get your car serviced. When the engine light comes on, or if you know you need something done to your vehicle within the next few days, we all know getting scheduled maintenance could take hours, even several days. Most of the time these instances occur during work days and inconvenient times. This begs the question: Isn’t there a better way to get my car serviced…at home?
This bold new app allows you to send competent and highly reviewed mechanics to your doorstep to fix your tires, check and upgrade your oil, and much more. No more waiting for service in the lounge drinking prepackaged coffee, with YourMechanic you can schedule service at your convenience. Prices also can be just as competitive as your local Jiffy Lube, for example.
With YourMechanic’s 12 Month Warranty you’re sure to get your values worth in both time and money.
How to get started with YourMechanic
The process is simple at YourMechanic to get started on your quoted service:
- Enter your Zip Code
- Make and Model of your intended car
- Enter your service needed
- Schedule a suitable time
- Get car serviced right in front of your door!!
Check out what it’s like to schedule an appointment
Curious about how to get the best deal nowadays without dealing with salespeople and large car selection? Buying your next car online is now wholly possible through Vroom (formerly Texas Direct Auto) and Carvana. But first, is buying a car online a legit option? Yes, indeed it is! With a bevy of possibilities now, including OfferUp, you’ll unquestionably find the right fit and even the possibility of negotiation.
Before: Car Buying Experience
Vroom (Texas Direct Auto) boasts an awe-inspiring user experience allowing for anyone to find their desired car without the whole traditional car buying experience. Which for typically goes something like:
- Have an idea of what car you want
- Go to the dealership, see the car
- Ask for more information, get a salesperson
- Test Drive
- Once back, the price tag seems to be different
- Haggle for a better deal since the price in mind, or advertised on TV is NEVER the same
- Take an extraordinary amount of time deciding to continue
- Walking out with the car will be sometime late afternoon or evening with a bit of buyer’s remorse
Online Car Buying Experience
Vroom, on the other hand, dispenses this method:
- Scan the site for the car you would like (Even harder to find vehicles like the Ford Lightning!)
- See plenty of pictures beforehand
- Information regarding the history or specifications of the vehicle
- If you want to continue, their financing options are planted right in front of you
- Get the car delivered to you within the week
- You can test the car for seven days or 250 miles
- Keep it and be happy
Buying through Vroom (or Carvana) can still be a tough pill to swallow. I mean, are you ready to buy a car entirely online and have it delivered? You should be due to the whole testing process.
Test Drive Cars Locally
Depending on your area you can always test drive used or newer cars that your desire without the hassle of buying. Test the models you would like to buy eventually, and then when ready, buy your car online! Remember, Vroom does offer a 7-day test limit.
Selling Your Car Through Vroom
Not only can you buy cars through the Vroom app, but selling is just as easy. You could even save more money since Vroom is online so that you could save money on taxes.
Some basic information is needed to sell on Vroom
- VIN number
- Trim level (i.e LE, SE, SLT, etc)
- Any exceptional loans
- The car’s status
- Any important features or extras
- If you’ve repaired the tires
- Correct mileage
- Pictures of the car
Ever ran out of gas on the freeway and felt like a complete bozo? You aren’t alone! Many people have issues with their cars and transportation every single day, and it’s a costly expense as well. Where most states do require insurance, these insurance companies may not include certain aspects like Roadside Assistance or Jump Starting your Battery. One company is looking to make it super easy for you to sign up, get you going on the road with fewer worries than usual.
CarDash to the Rescue!!
Sporting a unique look, CarDash isn’t your typical service company they are a brand new company looking to add a large group of customers with their unique value. By trusting them for the free service, they’ll let you have Free Jump Starts, 24/7 Towing, and much more! Yep, that means you’ll get these services for free:
- Roadside Assistance
- Expert Advice on Future Repairs
- Discounts at Repair shops (Los Angeles and San Francisco Only)
- Jump Start Your Dead Battery
Many insurance companies include these types of services, but you can never be too sure. By adding CarDash to your back wallet, you can be a bit less worried when you travel on the road. Plus, they are a new company, so if you spread the word, you get $5 credit on your account as well!
How to Get Started with CarDash
To get started with CarDash, you’ll need to download the app, enter your personal and vehicle information. Once you do this, you’ll be able to work with the service in a few moments. It’s that simple!
Ever wonder if there will ever be a day where you won’t need to visit the gas station? Entirely electric car owners are the only ones who don’t attend the pump. One company is looking to change that, with gasoline-fueled cars.
Booster Fuels Mobile Fill-Ups
Booster Fuels is taking California by storm with their innovative business model of bringing gasoline directly to applicable cars. The service is only available in California and Texas but is expanding their operations nationally.
How Does Booster Work?
For now, Booster only visits workplaces that are registered within California and Texas. You’ll need to be either an employee of the work area or the employer who wants to add this kind of perk to recruitment efforts. Who wouldn’t want a full tank starting your trip home from work? Booster is open during weekdays Monday-Friday. To get started using Booster:
- Park in your normal spot
- Pin the location using your app’s map
- Request a Booster Fuels truck
- Make sure to pop gas cap
- Turn Off Car / Lock Doors as normal
- Focus on your day and Booster will fill the car up
- Get Receipt Confirmation
Benefits of Booster Fuels
There are many nice benefits of using the app including:
- Free Tire Checks
- Lower Carbon Pollution by Cutting Trips to Gas Stations
- Shorter Commutes by cutting out Gas Stations
Cost of Using the Service
Booster Fuels is in it’s beginning stages, so they only work with employers within California and Texas (specific areas) that pay an expense (unknown) to get Booster to come to them.
For employees of the available work areas, you won’t be charged anything! You’ll just need to pay the Booster Fuel itself. According to Booster the fuel cost will likely be competitive with local gas stations, which makes the service unique as well.
Make Money and Become a Booster Driver
Fuel Drivers is an opportunity that may intrigue people. To become a Booster Fuel Driver you’ll need a Commerical Drivers License along with a history of working with sensitive fuels and materials. But if you qualify you’ll be a part of a growing company that is employing, not a temporary side hustle like UBER or LYFT.
We checked their hiring page and found some enticing benefits for those interested:
- Competitive Pay
- 100% paid medical, dental and vision for employee
- Company stock ownership
- Home daily
- PTO sick days
- Reliable and predictable work schedule
- Uniforms provided
A nice benefit is company stock ownership which could be nice especially since there is a possibility this business takes off and gets acquired by a major company.
People will probably be excited when Booster Fuel shows up at their workplace, and it’s totally possible that Booster will expand to new states soon.
Ok, we’re a little hesitant to say this app will save you money but it’s certainly one of those unique value propositions that’s hard to ignore. Here’s the concept of Fair: Lease a car for a month.
That’s right, you can lease used cars just like you normally would but instead of shelling out monthly payments for 24-48 months you can switch your car in and out in only a single month’s time. In case you were wondering, you can choose to bundle in insurance for a fixed one time cost per month.
The Downside? The hefty first month’s payment is an estimated 3 months of a single month. So let’s say your lease is $300. Your first month is around $900. While that may turn off about 90% of most consumers of this service, it’s still not a bad concept that we can see being fixed over time.