The 5 Best Android Apps to Help You Find & Buy the Perfect Used Car
Shopping for a used car is easier when you have a mobile device full of apps to help with every step of the process. Millennials know this well; AutoGuide points out that most millennials perform their own research online before visiting auto dealers, a step that puts them in charge of the car-buying experience. You don’t have to be a millennial to take advantage of apps that simplify car shopping, though. We’ve rounded up the best Android apps that will help you find and buy the perfect used car:
Kelley Blue Book
When negotiating a fair price for a used car, you need to know how much the car is worth and how much people near you are paying for similar vehicles. The free Kelley Blue Book app delivers on both counts: Enter in a vehicle make and model to see how much the vehicle should cost when sold by a dealer, an individual or as a certified pre-owned vehicle. You can also see what that vehicle is going for locally. When you have pricing information at your fingertips, negotiating becomes much easier.
After you’ve narrowed down potential cars, it’s time to think about financing. The DriveTime app lets you apply for vehicle financing even if you have bad credit or no credit, and you’ll receive notification of your approval right on your mobile device. Once you know how much you are approved for in financing, you can calculate your down payment and negotiate with the dealer.
If the car you want to buy needs a bit of work and you think you can do it yourself, the free AutoParts Warehouse app will tell you how much the parts will cost, so you can factor this into your negotiation. Search for parts by vehicle make and model, and you’ll get an instant estimate that you can use to help you negotiate. You can even order needed parts in-app.
VIN Scanning Appraiser
Most of the VIN scanner apps on the Android market are targeted at professionals, but the VIN Scanning Appraiser allows regular Joes and Josephines to search for vehicle identification numbers. You can learn whether the car has been in an accident, whether the vehicle was used by a car rental company and whether the vehicle has sustained any severe damage, among other details. While the app itself is free, you need to purchase the full vehicle history report.
While not strictly a car shopping app, the free Yelp app is handy for car shoppers. The consumer review app will help you research car dealers near you. If 50 customers have given a dealer a one-star review and no one has anything good to say, steer clear of that dealer. When you use Yelp to find trusted used car dealers near you, you’ll cut out much of the aggravation of car shopping. Once you’ve found a potential car, use Yelp again to find a trusted mechanic nearby who might be able to take a look at the car for you. This may uncover some issues that give you negotiating power or reveal that the vehicle is too damaged to purchase.