Dealership vs. Carvana: Which is the Better Way to Shop?

Vehicle Showroom

Nowadays, your local car dealership isn’t the only place you can purchase your vehicle. Online dealers like Carvana have offered some convenience, but just because it’s convenient doesn’t always mean it’s the best place to shop. Let’s go over what you can expect from Carvana vs. a car dealership.

The Carvana Experience: Is it Really Worth it?

With Carvana, you can browse quickly through car listings with tons of photos. Great—until you remember not everything you see online is as advertised. Since you won’t be able to see the car in person, you’ll have to rely on the accuracy of the pictures. Looks can be deceiving when you’re just looking at photos. In fact, some Carvana customers even experienced receiving a completely different car than the one pictured.

One of the biggest draws of Carvana is its futuristic “car vending machine.” When you want to go pick up your car at one of these locations, it will be sent out via conveyor belt. This is cool, but only if you happen to live close to one of their sixteen locations. If you don’t live in one of Carvana’s delivery zones, you’ll have to pay a delivery charge of $200—and that’s not including wait time to have it delivered. There are even horror stories from customers who’ve had unfavorable experiences with having their car delivered improperly by Carvana.

Why the Dealership Experience is Best

When you visit your trusted car dealer, you’ll be able to inspect every car on the lot, up close and personal. When you buy directly from a dealership, you get exactly what you paid for, and can even take a test drive before you sign any documents or make a payment.

When you’re shopping online, most of the time you have a specific car in mind. However, you may find a car that’s better for your lifestyle if you go to a dealer first. Dealership staff members are experts about cars and can help you find the best one for you. Again, a test drive is great in these cases, as you’ll be able to see how it performs for yourself.

If there’s a problem with your vehicle, you can take it back to your local dealership to have in inspected. It’s also easier to get your service questions answered directly from a local dealership. With Carvana, you have to make appointments and wait for another delivery driver to pick the vehicle up. That’s less than ideal or convenient. It can be hard to get quick service from online sellers, especially when their businesses are located hundreds of miles away. 

Can You Buy New Cars from Carvana?

Currently, Carvana only offers used cars. Pre-owned cars may be cheaper, but they don’t come with the guaranteed peace of mind that new Nissan vehicles provide. Plus, even a freshly cleaned used car can’t quite replicate that new car smell.

At a dealership like Jim Burke Nissan, you’ll be able to browse through new vehicles as well as used ones. New cars are often affordable to finance and you get the maximum value from the car’s warranty.

Is Carvana Cheaper than a Dealership?

This will depend on which kind of vehicle you want to buy. However, Carvana promises a “haggle and hassle-free” buying experience. While this is supposedly easier, it means that you’re potentially missing out on savings.

When you buy from a car dealership, you may be able to negotiate a more affordable price. Many dealerships, including our Birmingham location, will price match their inventory with other competitors in the area. You may also be able to offer you a special deal or promotion that isn’t available online.

Carvana vs. Dealership: The Final Say

Carvana may be a quick and easy way to get a car, but it can’t replicate the dealership experience. Getting your car from a dealership means that you’ll always be able to get the best price and reliable service.

If you’re looking for a new or used car dealership in Birmingham, feel free to browse our inventory today or visit our lot! Call us at (205) 588-6287 to schedule a test drive or request a quote. We’d be happy to help!

2020 Nissan Versa: Redesigned & It Looks So Good

For fans of the car (and there are a lot of you out there), Nissan’s redesigned 2020 Versa should leave you happy as a clam. It’s been updated beyond belief, with new features that place the compact Versa stylistically close to its mid-size cousin, the Altima. Versa’s 2020 facelift is more than mere cosmetics; Nissan’s small sedan revs up the horsepower and adds a generous safety package, too. Let’s take a look at what the 2020 Nissan Versa has to offer.

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Returning Your Leased Nissan – Answers To Common Questions

Leasing a vehicle has several advantages over purchasing, including fewer worries about maintenance and, in general, lower monthly payments. Drivers who prefer to lease look forward to getting a new vehicle after their lease has expired, often considering it to be one of the best perks of leasing.


But leasing comes with its own set of rules that, if you are new to leasing, you may not know off-the-bat. To help clear the air about the end-of-lease process, we’ve compiled a list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our Birmingham Nissan dealership.

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Trunk-or-Treating Guide: Best Free Birmingham Spots (2019)


Should you and the kids be trick-or-treaters or trunk-or-treaters this Halloween? Do both! Get a double dose of trick-or-treating this year; bring your children to one of these local Birmingham trunk-or-treat locations before October 31, then head out on Halloween night for more sugary goodness.

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Nissan Maintenance & Service Schedule: By Mileage

When should you get your Nissan serviced?

As a Nissan owner, you probably realize the importance of regular and frequent auto service. Your vehicle’s overall health is at stake; why wouldn’t you follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule? Performing routine car service protects your vehicle’s engine and its internal components, and ensures you’ll be able to drive for miles upon miles without stressing about breakdowns. Now, doesn’t that sound worth it?


If you need some help figuring out when to have your Nissan car, SUV, or truck serviced, check our list of recommended maintenance tasks below. Each service is separated by its recommended mileage interval, so you can plan ahead and schedule your Nissan service appointment well in advance.

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2019 Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma: Best Small Truck Comparison

Smaller pickup trucks, like the new Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, are all the rage these days, as shoppers are finally jumping on the bandwagon. We don’t blame them. The Tacoma and Frontier are incredibly versatile, do-it-all vehicles, offering SUV-like utility that even diehard truck purists can’t argue with. Best of all, you don’t need to hand over a Scrooge McDuck-sized bag of gold to buy one.

2019 Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma

Which of these highly rated pickups is best? Which truck is the cheapest? Which one offers more space? Let’s compare specs and features so you can make a wise decision at the truck dealership.

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3 Best Used Nissan Cars for Teenagers

If you asked your teen to choose their preferred car going into the school year, they probably wouldn’t go with a used Nissan. Instead, they’d pick something stylish and sporty, like the legendary Nissan GT-R sports coupe or new a new Maxima. Of course, they’re great cars – for experienced drivers. But when it comes to choosing the right vehicle for your 16-year-old high-schooler, style and sporty enthusiasm are the last things on your must-have list. (It’s a good thing you’re in charge, huh?)

As a parent, you seek safety, dependability, and great value when buying your teen’s first car. That’s why shopping “used” is the way to go. Here are 3 of the best, most affordable pre-owned Nissan vehicles to help your teenager get through high school.

Used Nissan Altima Birmingham

Pre-Owned Nissan Altima

Recognized as perhaps the most affordable, used mid-size car in the country, the Nissan Altima is quiet, spacious, and safe. There are numerous reasons to buy your high-schooler a used Altima, including the following list of pros:

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Birmingham’s Best Spots to Watch 4th of July Fireworks

Celebrating America’s birthday isn’t possible without a fireworks show, right? Don’t sabotage your July 4th party at home with dinky, little sparklers and bottle rocket duds. Break out your lawn chairs, lather on the SPF 50 for some pre-fireworks festivities, and bring the family to one of these Birmingham Fourth of July events for some beautiful Independence Day fireworks.  

Independence Day Fireworks Birmingham

Vulcan July 4th Fireworks Show 

As Alabama’s most anticipated free summer events, the bewilderingly wild Vulcan Fireworks Show is back for 2019. The Birmingham July Fourth celebration begins at 9:00 PM, with 20 straight minutes of Independence Day fireworks, choreographed to today’s radio hits – just what the doctor ordered. Head to for more information. 

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What Is Nissan Safety Shield 360?

The newly introduced Safety Shield 360 suite, under the umbrella of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, contains Nissan’s most advanced safety and driver-assist technologies to date. As its name suggests, Safety Shield 360 offers full 360-degree monitoring via 6 front, side, and rear sensors and cameras.

First things first – what wonders of modern technology are included in Nissan Safety Shield 360?

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15 Essential Car Accessories to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

Have you gotten Mom a gift for her special day in May? If not, there’s no time like the present. From practical and pragmatic to fun and fancy, these car accessories are great Mother’s Day gift ideas.

15) Cup Holder Expander

If your mom drinks coffee by the gallon, she’ll likely have difficulties fitting her travel mug in a standard car cup holder. Consider buying her a cup holder adapter that securely expands to hold larger mugs. We recommend an adjustable system with a rubber base to ensure a snug fit, such as this $25 Swigzy Car Cup Holder product. It may not be the most personal Mother’s Day present to give Mom, but it will surely be one of the most useful.

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