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Best Car Buying Apps

Best Car Buying Apps

Next to buying a house, purchasing a new or used car is one of the biggest investments you can make. But here are some apps to help take the sting out of the process and help you snag a great deal.

Edmunds: Used Cars for Sale & New Cars for Sale

Research and shop from one app

Edmunds: Used Cars for Sale & New Cars for Sale
Get to buying

For anyone looking to research or buy a new or used vehicle.

With the Edmunds app, you can research the cars you are looking to purchase. On top of that, you can see if dealers around you have a certain model of the car you desire. It shows you the trade-in, private party sale, and dealer retail cost. Edmunds has a wonderful interface where you can view specifications, photos, and reviews of a particular car. One of the most unique features is the Lot Buddy. Using location services, when the app senses your on a car lot, you'll see even more information about a vehicle you're interested in including a no-haggle price.

Why we love it

Whether you're researching cars or wanting to buy today, the Edmunds app is a great tool to take a look at. It's well designed, easy to use, and has information about pretty much any vehicle.

For those who...

  • Want detailed information about a new or used vehicle.
  • Would like to access the comprehensive and popular resource on their iPhone or iPad.

Not for those who...

  • Dislike viewing ads in a car buying app.
  • Are looking for financing or lease information.
Cars.com - New & Used Cars For Sale

Find the perfect car for you

Cars.com - New & Used Cars For Sale
Start with search

For inexperienced car buyers who need help in each step of the process.

Using the app is easy and perfect for anyone needing a car. After starting, you'll be send directly the the Find A Car section where you can search for new, used, or certified models using a number of different options including those near you. Beyond that great function, you can read up about specific dealer, research car models, sell your car, and more.

Why we love it

Even though it's just designed for the iPhone, the Cars.com app should be high on the list for anyone looking for a vehicle, especially those without a lot of experience with the buying process.

For those who...

  • Are looking for an app that provides assistance in each part of the car buying process
  • Want to sell their car before stepping foot on a lot.

Not for those who...

  • Looking to secure financing before arriving at a dealership.
  • Want to use an app designed for the iPad.
Car Buying Guide - New & Used Auto Ratings

Information, calculators, and more

Car Buying Guide - New & Used Auto Ratings
A comprehensive buying guide

For new car buyers who trust and use Consumer Reports.

Every part of the car buying process is detailed in the app. You can find detailed information about a vehicle, view a buying guide, and even do detailed loan or lease payment calculations. To view the Consumer Reports car ratings and road test video summaries, you'll need to make a $2.99 in-app purchase.

Why we love it

Consumer Reports is well known for providing unbiased and detailed information about pretty much anything available on the market. Using the Car Buying Guide app, anyone looking for a new car can read about a huge number of options available and select what's best for their needs.

For those who...

  • Trust Consumer Reports data and testing.
  • Looking for a new car.

Not for those who...

  • Don't want to pay extra to view car rating information.
  • Are purchasing a used car.