Buyers in today’s auto market have such an advantage over buyers of even ten years ago. Technology has put a wealth of information at our fingertips, allowing us to make informed decisions, negotiate the best prices and find the car of our dreams, all with just a handful of smartphone apps. If you are ready to start shopping, these apps can save you time and money, taking the hassle out of car buying.
Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book has long been an industry resource for new and used car pricing. Simply enter the car’s details and you will get a comprehensive value report for new, used and trade-in prices. This can give you more bargaining power because you already know what the car should sell for and how much to expect from your trade-in.
Edmunds is a leader in car research and reviews. With the Edmunds app, you can see consumer and professional reviews on over 24,000 cars. Read detailed specs and information for every car, including mileage, dimensions and safety ratings, so you can easily compare models. Search for and contact dealers and see market prices for new and used cars, as well as trade-ins.
The AutoTrader app lets you search for dealerships and specific cars. With full contact features built in, you can easily contact a dealer once you find a car you are interested in. Comparison shopping is simplified – simply search for a car and see the results from local dealers. Do you need help deciding? You can upload a car’s information right to Facebook from this app to get the input of friends and family.
Having a payment calculator at your fingertips allows you to compare models when you are on the lot without having to wait for the finance department to give you the numbers. Auto experts of Diamond Honda of Puente Hills and other Los Angeles Honda dealerships suggest that when you find a car you are interested in, you can experiment right there with how increasing your down payment affects your terms and what your payment will be at each loan length. The payment calculator will help you get a better idea as to whether you can afford that car or not.
With these four car buying apps, you have all the information you need to discover, research and compare the cars that are right for you. Armed with pricing and loan information, you can negotiate a deal to get the most for your money and drive away with the satisfaction of a deal well made.