Shopping for a car online requires diligent research and repeated checking of listings, usually on multiple websites. Car-buying apps cut out some of that work. We checked out many of the most downloaded and top-rated car-buying apps.
Here are our favorites: It searches 40, dealerships and private sellers for cars, and its 59 search filters include every conceivable parameter to find your dream car — even obscure ones like driver height, so you can find a car with enough headroom.
You can get alerted when prices drop, compare up to 10 cars at once and calculate payments on your phone. The app exclusively searches CarMax dealerships, all of which have non-negotiable prices on their cars.
Autotrader searches for new, used and certified pre-owned cars at dealerships near you and saves your selected cars to your My Autotrader profile. Car shoppers get a free vehicle history report on each car, plus pricing information and reviews. The app connects you with dealerships or private sellers by phone or email and lets you share cars you love with friends and family by text.
Edmunds provides expert auto advice website and an arsenal of car pricing tools and calculators. Kelley Blue Book is a renowned source in the auto world. The website provides a broad spectrum of car tools, but its Car Buying app focuses on reviewing and pricing specific models and finding dealerships near you.
TrueCar users search for their desired car and get a price breakdown based on what others paid for the same vehicle. The app accesses dealer, factory and partner incentives, including ones only TrueCar users get.
The cherry on top? The app sends your contact information and price quote to a network of over 13, TrueCar Certified Dealers, which means plenty of sales calls but also plenty of offers. Instamotor is a safer, easier version of Craigslist. Every listed car gets a free fraud check, recall check and vehicle history report. Sellers set their own prices, so prepare to haggle. Inventory is limited as the app is just under 2 years old and currently available only in certain cities.
You can read owner reviews and see estimated car payments. The app also includes dealer profiles and reviews and a market comparison feature , showing how other vehicles are priced in a given area. But we love its large, high-definition car images to swipe through as you search. You can also get alerts when the price drops on one of your favorite listings. Tastefully designed, the app opens with options to research car ratings, read the car buying guide, price your car or try its loan and lease calculators.
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