AUSTIN, Texas, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Blinker was selected as a winner of the 2017 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Interactive Innovation Awards, as the free app launched in Texas. Using patented image-recognition technology, Blinker is the only mobile app that allows people to buy, sell, finance or refinance their car by simply snapping a photo.
The company was selected from hundreds of applicants around the world for the SXSW® awards that honor the "best and latest advancements in the digital industry." Blinker was recognized for its creativity, form, function and overall experience in the "New Economy" category, which is awarded to the brand that is best "redefining the exchange of goods and services."
"Blinker is honored to receive the SXSW® Interactive Innovation Award. Blinker isn't just a new car app – it's a whole new approach to car ownership," said Rod Buscher, founder and CEO of Blinker. "Blinker uses technology to put people in control of car ownership in the same way that Airbnb revolutionized their industry. No banks or dealers which means no extra fees or markups."
This year, over 40 million people are expected to buy or sell a car in the U.S., with five million transactions expected in Texas alone. Blinker makes the used car process easier, quicker and safer, and helps people earn thousands more per sale on average by cutting out the middlemen. Blinker verifies ownership records and buyer and seller identities, handles payments through the app, conducts a 17-point fraud check and offers a free CARFAX® with every listing.
Blinker is the only app that integrates Black Book™ pricing guidance, ensures the seller receives payment securely, and transfers the title electronically. Blinker also allows people to sell their cars even if they still have a loan.
Blinker was founded in 2013 by Rod Buscher, a 35-year veteran of the auto industry. Blinker launched the app in 2016, and has grown to include 54 full-time employees, including auto and lending industry experts. Blinker currently helps users buy, sell and finance cars in Colorado, and refinance cars in Texas. The company will be expanding its features in Texas to allow anyone to buy, sell and finance used cars with the snap of a photo soon. The free app can also be used nationwide to snap a photo and instantly learn the year, make, model, equipment, estimated value and mileage of any car on the road in seconds. Blinker will be expanding into other states in 2017.
About Blinker Blinker is a free mobile app that is putting people in control of buying, selling and financing cars. Using patented image-recognition technology, Blinker makes everything as easy as snapping a photo. Launched in 2016, Blinker is headquartered in Denver, and led by a team of auto and finance industry veterans. Blinker has partnerships with CARFAX® and Black Book™. For more information, visit www.blinker.com or download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
About SXSW® SXSW® dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2017 takes place March 10-19, 2017.
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