How much is your ride worth? Carvana’s new Cardian Angel can help with that

carvana debuts cardian angel car valuation tool app
In the last 50 years, nearly everything about the automobile has changed. Automakers are as focused on connectivity and efficiency today as they are on performance and comfort, and the industry shows no signs of slowing. That said, the art of actually buying a car is pretty similar to how it’s always been — you go to a dealership, pick the ride you like, haggle over prices, sign some papers, and you’re on your way.

Carvana, a technology start-up based in Arizona, launched in 2013 to make the process simpler. The world’s first online auto retailer, the brand allows prospective buyers to research, inspect, finance, and purchase vehicles from the comfort of their homes, and late last year, it expanded its portfolio by opening the world’s first automated, coin-operated car vending machine in Tennessee. Now, the company is turning its focus toward vehicle valuation.

Carvana has officially announced Cardian Angel, an online tool that provides personalized vehicle appraisals to customers in less than two minutes. To start, interested parties log on to www.CardianAngel.com and enter their car’s VIN, then answer some questions about its history. After that, the group’s proprietary algorithms go to work, confirming vehicle details through wholesale and retail value databases to generate an exact trade-in amount. From there, customers receive a personalized video to help them visualize the data, with a focus on explaining exactly why the car carries the value that it does.

Carvana Cardian Angel

“Knowing what your car is worth and, even more importantly, the reasons why it’s worth that much, is an incredibly empowering piece of knowledge to possess,” said Ernie Garcia, CEO of Carvana. “To date, consumers have had to go through an opaque dealership-driven process that leaves them feeling less informed about the true value of their car. Carvana’s mission is to create a better car buying and car selling experience, and we are excited to launch a vehicle valuation tool that, for the first time ever, is efficient and simple to use, fun and engaging and, best of all, fully transparent.”

Buyers can opt to use their trade-in value as a down payment on Carvana.com, sell the car to Carvana, or simply use the information to become better educated when it’s time to try something new.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Cars

Volvo will be at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, but it won’t bring any cars

Volvo has declared that it won't unveil any new models at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and that its display at the show won't feature a single car. Instead, Volvo plans to focus on mobility services.
Cars

The hamster-friendly 2020 Kia Soul will rock out at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Kia has released a teaser image to preview the next Soul. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Soul will keep the outgoing model's boxy proportions but it will wear a sharper design.
Cars

Jeep’s outdoorsy Gladiator pickup truck bares it all ahead of schedule

Jeep will introduce the long-promised Wrangler-based pickup truck at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Named Gladiator, the model was designed to conquer the great outdoors, not for the construction site.
Emerging Tech

These Alexa-stuffed retro phones don’t listen until you take them off the hook

Looking for an Amazon Echo with a cool vintage touch? Los Angeles-based Grain Design is taking old, non-working antique phones and transforming them into amazing Alexa smart speakers.
Emerging Tech

Smarter cities need smarter addresses. And you just need 3 words

To make really smart transportation choices, more precise location data will have to be integrated with citywide transportation data. Here’s how one company is mapping the world by using just three words.
Cars

Lamborghini transforms the Urus SUV into a dual-purpose race car

Breaking stereotypes and tradition, Lamborghini has turned the Urus SUV into a race car that's equally at home on a paved track and on a dirt trail. The ST-X concept gets bigger air intakes, a full roll cage, and center-locking alloy…
Cars

Jaguar’s V2X technology will keep you from getting stuck at red lights

Jaguar wants to make sure you never have to rush through a yellow light again. The carmaker is building tools that will tell you what speed you'll need to drive to avoid getting stuck at a red light.
Cars

Drool over Lamborghini’s latest dream machine: The one-off SC18

The Lamborghini SC18 was built by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing department at the request of a customer. Based on the Lamborghini Aventador, it features upgraded aerodynamic aids and reduced weight.
Cars

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn ousted, arrested after whistleblower cries foul

Nissan will oust chairman Carlos Ghosn after an internal investigation revealed he underreported his salary to Japan's financial authorities for years. Greg Kelly, one of Nissan's representative directors, will leave for the same reason.
Cars

Tesla owners will soon be able to summon a repair van in a few taps

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out plans to expand the Tesla mobile app so Tesla owners can request on-demand service for common problems from Tesla Ranger mobile service vehicles in just a few taps.
Cars

2019 Crosstrek Hybrid has something no Subaru has ever had

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is the Japanese automaker's first production plug-in hybrid vehicle. It will go on sale before the end of the year. Subaru relied on plug-in hybrid tech from Toyota to make the Crosstrek Hybrid a reality.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Nissan turmoil, product designer Jae Yoo of Nerf, and more

For today's episode of Digital Trends Live, we turn our attention to the L.A. Auto Show and Lamborghini's race-ready version of the Urus. We also speak with Jae Yoo of Nerf and MLS defender Zarek Valentin about their origins, modern tech…
Product Review

While other crossovers dabble in dirt, Toyota's truck-like RAV4 doubles down

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets a clean-sheet redesign, ditching the previous generation’s car-like styling for truck-like toughness. Toyota’s compact crossover also gets more tech and new powertrains.