We buy tons of stuff through apps already. Why not cars? Car shopping websites have been around for ages. Giants like AutoTrader and CarMax have had websites for years. It’s only been recently that good car shopping apps started popping up. Going to a dealer is still the best way to look at cars. You can test drive them and view the inventory yourself. However, apps can be a great way to shop around and see what’s available. Here are the best car shopping apps for Android.
AutoScout24 is a one of a few good car shopping apps for Europe. It boasts an index of over two million cars across the continent. You can conduct local searches, save favorites for offline viewing, and contact the seller through the app. It also has a sort option for things like price, distance, mileage, registration date, and more. The app also gives you the option to post your car as well. It’s a good place to start for our European readers.
AutoTrader is one of the better car shopping apps in the US. It allows you to search for new and used cars near your location. Additionally, it has a set of filters so you can find the exact car you’re looking for. The filters don’t always work, but they do often enough to be helpful. You can also save favorites for future viewing, contact the owner through the app, This one is a little rough around the edges. The developers are aware of it though. They post their developer email in the app description on Google Play so you can easily send them info about any bugs you find.
CARFAX is a very useful utility for those buying a car. They also have one of the best car shopping apps. They boast an inventory in the millions. People can use a sort feature to find the vehicles they want. Each one comes with a CARFAX report so you can see what’s really wrong with it. There is also a feature to save your favorites for future viewing as well. There is also an option to look up CARFAX reports on cars not listed in the app. That will cost you money. It makes sense though because that’s kind of what CARFAX uses to make money.
CarMax is one of the best car shopping apps in the US. It can do the basic stuff. You can search for cars in stock. Additionally, you can save favorites, alerts for things like price drops, and new matches for new cars added to the inventory. There is even a payment calculator for those who want to figure that out. The interface is clean and easy to use. There are some good cars here. You can also use the app to make payments to CarMax after you buy a car. This one is only useful in North America, though.
Carmudi is a wide reaching app for car shopping. It supports seven countries across North America, Asia, and the Middle East. It also boasts over 200,000 cars for sale. There are features for both buyers and sellers. Buyers can save favorites, search with sorting, and view buyers based on reviews. Sellers can fill in their car details quickly and talk to potential buyers. You can find the list of supported countries on the Google Play Store page.
Cars.com is one of the largest, most popular car shopping apps. There are tons of cars for sale. It also has a variety of filters to help you sift through them. It also features dealer reviews, price quotes, and payment calculators. There are also service and repair features and VIN scanners for sellers. It’s a very large service. Thus, it’s more prone to spam than others. It’s also a little bloated and difficult to use sometimes. Otherwise, it’s a good spot to see a bunch of vehicles in one spot without browsing individual dealer websites.
We’re not saying that Craigslist is one of the best places to shop for cars. However, you can find the occasional diamond in the rough there. CL Mobile is one of the better Craigslist clients. You can search your local Craigslist ads. That includes a search, a basic filter, and you can save favorites. You can also contact sellers or post your own ad. Cars on Craigslist can be pretty good or very terrible. However, some smaller local dealers may use Craigslist instead of a larger website. Facebook Marketplace is another good spot for cheap cars.
Knowledge is power. That is especially true when searching for a car. After all, it may last you for years so you might as well buy one you like. There are several car shopping apps on this list that provide reviews and insights. Edmunds Car Reviews is one of those apps. It has a search to help you find most cars. The app also has a market value estimator, reviews, a payment calculator, and more. It also has various spec and package information for various cars. It’s a great resource of information about cars. Arguably on par or better than Kelly Blue Book these days.
TrueCar is another massive resource for car shoppers. It boasts inventory from over 13,000 dealers across the US. They also boast a stock of over one million vehicles. You can search for both new and used cars from various dealerships. Additionally, it has a support staff that helps you through the process. They have a separate app for dealers and sellers. Some other features include a price guide that shows what other people are paying for a vehicle, a decent and simple UI, and some other car buying tools. It’s a lot easier than going from dealer site to dealer site.
Used Cars and Trucks is the poorly named app from Autolist. Thankfully, the app is much better than its name. It has the basics, like searching, sorting, and saving favorites. It also has price drop alerts and tens of thousands of vehicles available. You can also look at price histories of vehicles that have been listed for longer. It also sources from multiple other websites. That makes it a decent all-in-one search solution for car buyers. The interface is basic, but effective and it looks good.
Sometimes it’s easier to just use your web browser. Most car dealerships have websites and they have gotten better over the years. Additionally, you can find reviews and other various car shopping tools. You can even search Google for a car payment calculator and estimate your monthly car payments. Plus, individual car dealer sites have leasing and purchase specials that you usually don’t see on large sites like Cars.com or Auto Trader. If there is a dealership or car brand you like, we recommend checking out dealerships each month for lease and purchase specials because that’s about how often they change.
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