It’s time to share my Carvana review. This review is based on my actual experience purchasing a 2018 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible in June of 2019.
I’m not affiliated in any way with Carvana other than being a customer. I’m not compensated to write this.
I wrote about Carvana in my Guide to Purchasing a Turo Car.
Now I’ll dive into the details related to my personal experience purchasing a car on Carvana.
What is Carvana?
Carvana is an online car dealership. I consider Carvana an ‘innovative disruptor’ for a few reasons.
For starters, their inventory pictures are terrific. Maybe that’s what you’d expect from a business soliciting high-priced goods sight-unseen!
The product pages clearly document any faults and blemishes. They even describe how many key fobs are included.
Note- I believe some or most of their inventory is sourced from car rental companies. Most vehicles have around 20-30k miles and are 1-3 years old.
Speaking of reconditioning slightly used vehicles, Carvana has a rigorous inspection process that is documented in detail here.
Did you know that they deliver cars to you? Pick a mutual delivery time and your car arrives on a Carvana branded flat-bed fueled, cleaned and ready for a test drive.
Carvana offers a 7-day test drive period where you have the ability to return the car at no cost. They’ll even come and pick-up the vehicle. There is a mileage limit where you pay a few cents after so many miles.
If you’re keeping the car it’s time for paperwork. You have the option to add a warranty and servicing contract. Believe it or not it, signing took less than 5 minutes. Way better than a traditional dealership. The keys are yours!
Note- I don’t have firsthand experience using their financing options.
In regards to finances, one of my favorite aspects of Carvana is their low, no-haggle pricing. Believe me, I tried to negotiate a lower price. I feel they’re very competitive. I was aggressively comparing Carvana to purchasing an almost identical vehicle from a dealer only auction (Manheim). The pros and cons of purchasing from a dealer only auction is a totally different post.
Carvana is an excellent way to purchase a vehicle.
- I really enjoyed NOT having to visit and interacting with a dealership.
- Their thorough vehicle inspection process gave me confidence. After all, I’m purchasing a car on Carvana online, sight-unseen.
- Carvana’s 7-day return policy was also a positive.
I hope this Carvana review is helpful to you. Remember, an important success factor for Turo car share hosts is purchasing and acquiring a vehicle at the right price. Get this right and success is right around the corner.
If I can provide additional feedback or guidance please get in touch! Happy to help.