We all know about Uber and Lyft, but what if there were services to help you with the rest of the issues we have to deal with when it comes to our cars? My 10 year old sports car was really costing me a lot of money to keep it running. After a month of trying, I was so grateful to sell it. But what to do next? I was carless with an hour commute to work; luckily I found a few very helpful websites that made my life easier.
I was test driving and researching cars, the process seemed daunting and I didn’t want to feel rushed. In the meantime a rental car was going to cost a fortune. I was considering a Prius, so I decided to rent a different type of Prius for a week at a time, in order to try them out. Turo is an amazing app that allows you to rent cars from individuals, sort like Uber for car rental. Discounts of up to 25% are given with a weekly rental length. I started with a late model Prius-C which cost me about $200 for the week. I really liked the car but it was a little noisy on the freeway, and was missing a few bells and whistles. Next I rented a late model Prius-V for a week at about $180. I was able to find it down the street from my house, and picked it up at 11 p.m. around my schedule. I really liked this car, with my stop-and-go driving I got even more amazing gas mileage. While I enjoyed the satellite radio, I decided that the one feature I couldn’t live without in my next car was a backup camera. Unfortunately this car had a missing headlight from a recent accident. I guess you can’t have everything in a Turo rental car.
I didn’t want a huge car payment and I also didn’t want to be stuck with a lease for 3 years. I discovered Leasetrader.com a website that serves as sort of a platform for people who want to get in and out of existing car leases. I found that many of the cars listed weren’t available, but after vetting a few cars in person the third one I saw did the trick. It was a 2015 Standard Prius in a charcoal grey with only 10k miles on it, and it had a backup camera. The owner was moving out of the country, and 18 months remained on the lease. Leasetrader ran a credit check on me and I passed. I would be taking over the $270/month payment on a virtually new car with no down payment required. The miles allowed were still 26k for the remainder of the lease as the owner hadn’t done much driving. This was the perfect solution for my long work commute. I would now have to wait a few weeks for the paperwork to go through Toyota Financial. Leasetrader took a $150 commission from me the buyer, and $150 from the seller. Toyota Financial took a $200 transfer fee from me. The seller was so gracious and allowed me to take the car early during the paperwork process. I once again had a car to drive, this time it was mine.
While I waited for the paperwork to clear, I wanted to be sure the car was in good running condition, just to be safe. I was unable to leave work to get to a mechanic for very long. I found Yourmechanic.com. With a $20 first time user coupon, I prepaid for an inspection. The total cost was about $65 and the mechanic came to my work the next day. My mechanic Lucas spent about 30 minutes inspecting the car, looking under the hood and test driving it. He explained that the car was in good condition with great tire tread and brake pads but the brake fluid seemed a little low. He even went over the manufacturer warranty with me since I didn’t really understand it. This service was such a convenience.
It took a few weeks of car website ingenuity, but I am so happy to have my new Prius. And I owe it all to these helpful websites that guided me along the way.