Embrace Minimalism By Selling Your Car for Cash

September 27th, 2016 by

If there is one thing that we Americans are good at, it’s latching on to the latest craze. If you have perused the library of current documentaries available on Netflix, then you know exactly what I mean. With each new craze, comes a group of people chomping at the bit to get on board. From eating healthier, to living in tiny houses, to protesting the production of palm oil, there is no bigger group of people in the world willing to support a worthwhile cause, than Americans. Unless you have been living under a log, aren’t on Facebook, don’t have Netflix, or all of the above, then chances are you’ve heard of the latest trend to take over Millennials in the United States – minimalism. The practice of getting rid of what you don’t use, don’t need, or very simply, don’t like. The premise behind the movement stems from the belief that every item you own should bring you some sort of joy, and if it doesn’t – you should purge it from your life. This got me thinking about my personal life, and challenged me to ask myself – could I sell my car without buying another one to replace it?

To Own or Not to Own: That’s a Good Question

Take a moment to mentally scan your list of personal belongings. Go ahead, I can wait…

Now consider how many of those items you use on a regular basis. If you are home, run around the house and perform a visual scan of your stuff. Chances are, you forgot about a lot of the things you own when you were visualizing your list of items. Perhaps you forgot that pair of high-heels you wear once a year, or the tennis racket that has been hanging untouched in your garage for the past few years, or maybe even your car. Did you count your vehicle as an item that is worth owning? If you didn’t, it could have been a simple oversight, or an subconscious kernel of greater meaning.

If you own a car that you rarely use, then it may be worth asking yourself if it is something you truly need. A vehicle can be a lifeline for some people, especially those who travel long and far for work, or who are responsible for transporting tiny versions of themselves from one activity to the next. If your vehicle is not a lifeline, then consider whether you actually need to own it. Can letting go of this major item free up space in more ways than one? If this small exercise in minimalism is giving you pause, consider the following ways in which selling your car can help you in the short (and long) run.

• Make Money: If you find yourself short on cash lately, and have a hard time scraping together enough pennies to pay the bills, selling your car might be the answer you have been looking for. A substantial amount of money has been sitting right under your nose, without you even realizing it. If you do not utilize your car on a regular basis, or have been holding onto it for any reason, consider letting it go. DePaula Chevrolet in Albany offers cash on the spot for used cars, and will even beat a written offer from CarMax by $500. If your car is older or isn’t in great working order, DePaula Chevrolet will still make you an offer. Stop holding on to something you don’t need, when you can make it work for you in a way that you do need.

• Save Money: It’s obvious that by selling your car you will make money, but sometimes the thought of saving money by selling your car, isn’t quite so obvious. Not only will you be freeing up space in your garage, you will be saving money each month by not paying expensive car insurance bills, and annual title and registration fees. If you do drive your car sporadically, consider whether public transportation offers a less expensive solution. A bus pass costs money, but by subtracting the total cost of car ownership, you will certainly come out ahead in terms of money saved. Routine maintenance, car insurance, gas station trips, and annual state registration are just a few of the many areas in which you will be saving money by selling your car.

• Buy Less: If you aren’t trekking to the grocery in a car complete with a full-size trunk or cargo hold, you will be less likely to buy items you don’t need at the grocery store. When faced with having to walk with your purchase back home, or carry it onto a bus, you will automatically be inclined to spend less money on shopping trips. It may be a small perk to selling your car for cash, but it is definitely worth noting.

• Exercise More: When you turn your current car into cash, you can bet that you will be more active than you were prior to selling your vehicle. Not having a car requires you to walk more, bike more, and generally spend more time being physical than owning a vehicle does. Walking from the closest available parking space through the front door of your local market, versus walking half a mile to the grocery store a few times each week, quickly adds up. If you are looking to get into better shape, or simply want to maintain your current level of health, selling your car can help.

Sell Your Car to DePaula Chevrolet

If living a minimalist lifestyle intrigues you to the point of wanting to sell your car, then be sure to bring it down to DePaula Chevrolet. We buy used cars on the spot for cash, without requiring you to purchase a new one in return. Our expert team is knowledgeable and skilled in vehicle appraisals, and would be more than happy to take your car off your hands in exchange for a fair amount of money. You can take the money then and there, or come back within seven days. Either way, there is no better way to sell your car than with DePaula Chevrolet in Albany, New York.