Car buying can be a bit daunting at times. If you’re shopping for a new or used car, it’s perfectly fine to feel a little unsure or uneasy about the whole process. There seems to be an endless stream of new and used cars, different sales, and different financing options.
The good news is that if you have a mobile device, you already have a great tool in your search arsenal just waiting to be put to use. With these 5 apps, you can transform your mobile device into an invaluable tool in your search for the perfect car.
Available for iOS and Android, the CarMax app is a great place to start your search. The app lets you search an expansive database of vehicles, and will not only let you save vehicles you find, but also save searches so that you can enter the same criteria from day to day with the push of a button. The app also lets you compare cars, calculate monthly payments, and more.
Kelley Blue Book
KBB – Short for ‘Kelley Blue Book,’ is an essential app in the car buyers’ repertoire. According to a recent study, over 40% of car buyers check out KBB during their research process. Also available for both iOS and Android devices, this app will let you research fair prices for your vehicles based on a number of user inputs. Much like the CarMax app, KBB will also let you search and compare vehicles.
Featuring a huge database of vehicles, the Edmunds app is a great app to use for research. Available on iOS and Android, Edmunds lets you check out reviews of cars from actual buyers and look at a vehicle’s strengths, weaknesses, and overall ratings. The app also lists cars for sale and estimates the average price for similar models in that area.
Used Car Search Pro
Providing both iOS and Android users with more than 4 million listings, Used Car Search Pro will let you sort and search with user selected inputs. The app will also let you save searches and receive price change notifications on saved vehicles.
Once the background research is done and you’re just looking for the best deal on a particular vehicle, Craigslist is a great tool to use. With apps for iOS and Android, Craigslist’s expansive network means that the volume of vehicles that move through these listings is expansive. Narrow your search by location, price, model, and more. This app is great for buyers looking for second hand cars – you won’t find new vehicles here.
So, whether you’re looking to buy an exotic car, or one of the most popular brands, a combination of these apps should have you covered. Don’t let your next purchase stress you out – be methodical, thorough, and most of all, let your mobile device help you make the car-buying experience a walk in the park.