If you are in the market for a new or used car, free apps from the three top car-pricing websites will help you shop for the best deal and save money.
What I love about these hand-held tools is that you can use them to find a better price than a dealer is offering you even while you are inside the dealership, and use that to negotiate a better deal. Plus, the apps have interactive features that the websites don’t have.
These apps are the smartphone version of three car-pricing websites I trust and recommend. They are in alphabetical order, since they are equally excellent, and each one has a special neat feature:
AutoTrader.com – The app lets you search for new, used and certified pre-owned cars near you via GPS, or by a particular type of engine or transmission, such as an eco-boost engine or a 6-speed with a sport shift.
- Neat feature: you can scan the VIN (vehicle identification number) barcode on a vehicle you like to find its history of ownership, or for a similar nearby. The AutoTrader app is available for both Apple and Android devices.
Edmunds.com – The app lets you search pricing and inventory at dealerships close to home. There’s also a calculator to help you calculate monthly loan or lease payments.
- Neat feature: Get Edmund’s “true market value” to see what a particular model is selling for in your geographic region, and locate a dealer within a specific distance who is offering an incentive deal. Available for Apple and Android devices.
KBB.com, also known as Kelley Blue Book – The app lets you search by manufacturer for new cars, and by year for used ones, and includes reviews by both professional automotive journalists and consumers who own or lease the model.
- Neat feature: There are videos for vehicles that interest you, plus some you could afford, like the 2013 Dodge Viper. Available for Apple, Android and Windows devices.
The end of the year is always a good time to buy a new car, since dealers have to clear current model year vehicles to make way for the new models arriving. These car buying apps will help you make a good deal even better.