How to shop for cars with Android

Car shoppers have access to a litany of online resources and many of them are also available for Android devices. We'll show you some of the most popular car-shopping apps for Android.

For many people, spending an afternoon with a car salesman is about as enjoyable as visiting the dentist--maybe less.

Fortunately, car shoppers have access to a litany of online resources that are helpful for making the car-buying experience a little less stressful. Many of those same resources are available for Android devices as well.

Here are four popular car-shopping apps for Android:

Kelley Blue Book
The Kelley Blue Book app provides pricing information on new cars and used cars from 1992 on. For used cars, you can enter vehicle information and mileage to get a customized pricing report for that car. You can even get values based on suggested retail, private party, certified pre-owned, and trade-in. The app also has photos, vehicle specs, reviews, and links to dealers near your location (for new cars).

Kelley Blue Book
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Edmunds.com
Edmunds.com's app offers similar features as Kelley Blue Book, including listings for new and used cars, photos, specs, and in-depth reviews. It also allows you to search the inventory of dealerships for new cars.

Edmunds.com
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

AutoTrader.com
The AutoTrader.com app allows you to search for new and used cars listed on AutoTrader.com by dealers and private parties. Conveniently, you can call or e-mail the sellers directly from within the app. You can even scan the VIN bar code of a car you're interested in and the app will locate other cars like it nearby. The one drawback of the app is that it seems to display a shorter list than on its Web site.

AutoTrader.com
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Cars.com
Cars.com's app lets you search for new, used, and certified cars. Once you find a car you like, you can contact the seller directly, save the listing, or get directions to the seller/dealer. The app also provides a payment calculator and a link to Kelley Blue Book values.

Cars.com
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. With these apps, you'll have a wealth of automobile data available to you, no matter where you are--even at the dentist's office.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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