Are you a mobile shopper? If so, you’re not alone.
The mobile app industry continues to grow at an astonishing rate and is expected to rival online retailers by early 2015. Shopping through mobile apps is convenient and reduces the stress of comparing prices and features, especially when you’re in the market for a new car. With so many apps available, it can be difficult to determine which ones are worthwhile and which ones to avoid. Consider the following apps as you make your car purchasing decision.
- Edmunds Car Reviews & Prices – For doing your research on the cars you’re looking to buy, Edmunds ranks at the top. With the Edmunds app, you can look up certain models of the car you want, as well as the trade-in and dealer retail value of the car. Users seem to love the Edmunds interface, which is easy to navigate and highly readable.
- CarChecker – This app is well loved by buyers interested specifically in used cars. CarChecker can help you examine used cars for unacceptable wear and tear, neglect, or worse. The app will even give the car an overall score once you’ve gone through all the criteria on the checklist so you can be sure you’re not buying a lemon.
- KBB.com Official Guide – The Kelly Blue Book app will provide all you need to know about the official value of the vehicle you’re trying to buy. You’ll have access to not just the value of new cars, but also used cars and even discontinued makes like Daewoo. KBB also offers video reviews galore.
- Cars.com – The Cars.com app is a useful way to search local cars. You can compare the same car from different dealers and read car reviews that offer a wealth of information. This app also offers a car loan calculator, designed to help you figure out the best monthly payment based on factors like total price, down payment, interest rate, and more.
- Every Car Listed – This app offers an affordability calculator and used car value search. It will also link you to Facebook pages and provides a search for new and used car sales.
- Car Factor – If you don’t want a used car, this may be the app for you. Car Factor allows users to build their ideal trim to see what the ultimate price on their dream car will be.
- The Car Connection – If you’re looking for great reviews from auto journalists and online consumers, The Car Connection is the perfect app. This app also provides ratings that are both numeric and color-coded.
- AAA Auto Buying Tools – With AAA, you can look up the make, model, price, and even style of the car you want. The app’s uniquely useful TrueCar technology shows the average price of the car’s actual sales. However, this is another app that only works for those interested in a new car.
- GasBuddy – Finally, GasBuddy is one of the best apps around for finding the cheapest fuel prices in your area. You can compare prices at up to 10 stations at a time. Who doesn’t love saving some cash?
What’s your favorite website or app while car shopping? Let us know in the comments below.