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Taking the wheel? There’s an app for that…

For anyone reading this online – and that’s all of you – the widening availability of online shopping, buying and selling won’t come as a surprise. Nor should the availability of a new app – enabling same – which emanates from Austin catch you off-guard. You thought, of course, most Austin residents spent their days skinny dipping and nights bar hopping, but apparently some works gets done, and a new(ish) app, Blinker, is here to prove it. We’ve not yet used it, but if you download the app and buy, sell or finance a car, tell us about it! And know that the txGarage team still believes mightily in a demo drive.The Blinker blurb follows:

Blinker App Takes on Texas Putting People in Control of Car Ownership

With the snap of a photo, anyone can buy, sell, finance or refinance cars with their smartphone

AUSTIN, TEXAS, January 11, 2018 – Blinker, a new, free mobile app designed to help anyone buy, sell, finance and refinance vehicles themselves, has recently launched in Texas, disrupting the $1 trillion national auto-loan market by making refinancing a car as easy as snapping a photo. In Texas alone, there are more than 8 million registered vehicles and more than half of them have an outstanding loan.

Available for iOS and Android smartphones across Texas, Florida, and Colorado, Blinker uses patented image-recognition technology to make every step of the process — from listing a car for sale to getting a loan — as simple as snapping a photo.

“People want to finance their car just as easily as they can book a house on Airbnb,” said Rod Buscher, founder and CEO of Blinker. “We offer car loans that are competitive, transparent and easy to complete from anywhere – all in the Blinker app. Car-owners can refinance an existing loan in minutes – all on their mobile device. No banks, no dealerships.”

Blinker makes the process of refinancing a car easier than ever. Owners download the Blinker app, snap a photo of their car and driver’s license, and answer a few loan-related questions. Blinker instantly displays new monthly payment and cash back options, if applicable. To finalize their new Blinker loan, owners sign documents directly in the app. Blinker loan specialists handle all the paperwork and pay off their existing loan. Owners can reach Blinker loan specialists by phone or email for help.

Additionally, Blinker makes it safer to buy a car from another person, verifying the identity of every seller, providing a free Carfax history report on every vehicle and offering an optional 2-year/30,000-mile service contract on qualifying cars that covers mechanical, electrical and digital components.

“Blinker is an awesome platform,” said Texas-based Blinker customer, Prasat Taranekar. “What I like about Blinker is their secure transactions. Blinker guides you through the paperwork process. You don’t have to worry about collecting money. The whole transaction piece is a time saver.” Through Blinker, Taranekar saved nearly $4,000 versus going to an actual dealership.

Since Blinker is a technology company, there are no middlemen taking a cut of vehicle sales, which helps customers save thousands of dollars with every transaction. In fact, Blinker sellers are earning an average of $2,800 more than trading in at the dealership, and Blinker buyers are saving an average of $2,600 more than purchasing at the dealership.

To learn more about the company, visit blinker.com. To download the app for free, search “Blinker” in the App Store or Google Play Store.

David Boldt

Boldt, a long-time contributor to outlets such as AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild, and serves as a board member for the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA). David is the Managing Editor at txGarage.

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