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.
We would like to give an honorable mention to both Craigslist (Google Play link) and Facebook Marketplace (Google Play link). Most of the stuff on there is relatively inexpensive, but a lot of people sell cars there and dealerships often put up posts for deals and other stuff. It’s a little bit unruly, but it’s fun to browse.
Autolist is another used cars and trucks app similar to apps like AutoTrader. 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.
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.
Price: Free / Varies
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. The app is free to browse but it may cost money to put your car up for sale there.
CARFAX Used Cars
Price: Free / Varies
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.
Carvana is an interesting option for buying a car. It’s an online marketplace that takes your car order and actually delivers the car straight to your house. The service promotes a touchless delivery experience and you can buy whatever car you want provided you get financing or have the cash for it. The service also provides financing as well. It boasts a collection of over 20,000 cars and there’s a seven day money back guarantee if you don’t like it. I have actually seen this service deliver a car in real life so it’s legitimate.
Edmunds Car Reviews and Prices
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.
Bonus: Any web browser
Web browsers are still among the best ways to shop for cars. Most car dealerships don’t have official apps and, thus, shopping those inventories is best done from the official website. Thankfully, most of them are fairly similar in use and you can sort and filter accordingly. Additionally, you can find all kinds of car buying guides, tips, tricks, calculators, and financial help through some quick searches online. Most of the rest of the car shopping apps on this list are predominately for used vehicles. Browsers are still among the best for new cars.
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