Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

5 Smartphone Tips for Car Buying

12/15/2014 03:58AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features Lifestyle, Family Features



Securing a good price on a new car purchase can be a long and confusing experience. Fortunately, the prevalence of smartphones has enabled car buyers to quickly arm themselves with the information they need to get a great deal without wasting a lot of time.

Apps and the ability to text make it easy to do most of the car shopping experience at your convenience, with tons of information and access at your fingertips whether you're home, at the dealership or on the go.

Indeed, mobile usage among car buyers is on the rise. Car shopping website Edmunds.com saw a 39 percent bump in mobile usage from 2013 to 2014, with a significant number of shoppers accessing the site’s shopping tips, reviews and calculators while on the dealer's lot.

"Mobile is increasingly the tool of choice for car shoppers. At present, mobile makes up 36 percent of all Edmunds.com traffic," said Edmunds.com President Seth Berkowitz. "We are paying close attention to shoppers, and we've found that the task done most often on the dealer lot is looking up pricing and using calculators in order to answer the question, ‘Is this a good deal?’”

To help ensure you’re getting the best deal on your new car purchase, rely on these tips from the experts at Edmunds.com:

  1. Use your phone (or other Internet-enabled device) to check out online reviews of both cars and dealerships. Then, research dealership inventory to make sure that you’re heading to a showroom that has the car that you want to buy. The best apps allow you to sort current inventory by price and distance and see which vehicles are actually sitting on the dealer’s lot.
  2. Look for specialty apps that go beyond research to help you actually secure a final sale price, such as Edmunds.com’s Lot Buddy. The free app enables car shoppers who step onto a dealer's lot to instantly unlock Price Promise no-haggle offers for actual cars being sold there. Among the many other useful tools and services available through this popular app: your car research and calculator results are stored for later use.
  3. Car shoppers typically have a lot of questions. Edmunds.com’s free Live Help line allows car shoppers to get information and advice directly from car experts via phone, email, text (to ED411), social media and app.
  4. Want to use your smartphone to communicate with your salesperson on your own terms? Many dealers employ the Edmunds’ CarCode service which allows customers to text salespeople to get pictures, pricing, trade-in estimates and other dealership information. Such tools allow for increased privacy and consumer control of the shopping process. To discontinue the exchange, the customer simply replies STOP to the text exchange.
  5. Not sure if the “deal” you’ve been offered will fit your budget? With the variety of calculators available on car shopping sites and apps, you can quickly run the numbers and calculate monthly payments, as well as variables such as your interest rate and loan duration.

Using your smartphone makes you a more prepared buyer, saving you time and money at the dealership.

For more car buying tips and to access the new Lot Buddy app, visit
http://apps.edmunds.com/lotbuddy.  

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sponsored by Edmunds.com



Family Features Family Features Lifestyle


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/20/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/20/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/20/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/21/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/21/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/21/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/24/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • DreamCycle by Cirque Us!

    07/24/2017
    07:00PM

    DreamCycle leads you on an adventure through a new, yet strangely familiar realm where shadow and...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/24/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/25/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/25/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/26/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/26/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/20/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/20/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/20/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/21/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/21/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/21/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/22/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Have you always wanted to run a half marathon but weren’t sure where to start? Or are you a veter...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Norwich University Summer Carillon Concert Series

    07/22/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Bring a picnic and a lawn chair to the Upper Parade Ground on the beautiful campus of Norwich Uni...


  • Stowe Free Library 33rd Annual Book Sale

    07/23/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00PM

    The long running and highly anticipated fundraiser with over 25 categories of books, restocked co...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Opera North heads to the newly-opened Highland Center for the Arts to present a concert celebrati...


  • Opera North heads to the newly-opened Highland Center for the Arts to present a concert celebrati...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/24/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • DreamCycle by Cirque Us!

    07/24/2017
    07:00PM

    DreamCycle leads you on an adventure through a new, yet strangely familiar realm where shadow and...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/24/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/25/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/25/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/26/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/26/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/27/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/27/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/28/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/28/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Have you always wanted to run a half marathon but weren’t sure where to start? Or are you a veter...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Norwich University Summer Carillon Concert Series

    07/29/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Bring a picnic and a lawn chair to the Upper Parade Ground on the beautiful campus of Norwich Uni...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Bridging Worlds

    07/31/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    07/31/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/01/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/01/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/02/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • Mary Chapin Carpenter

    08/02/2017
    07:30PM

    Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee ...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/02/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/03/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • Social Justice Exhibit at Goddard College

    08/03/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Goddard College presents two exhibits for their summer and fall season.The first –Social Justice ...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/03/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/04/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/04/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Have you always wanted to run a half marathon but weren’t sure where to start? Or are you a veter...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Johnny Swing will be at the Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, Vermont, July 22 - Sept 10, open Sat and Su...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/07/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/07/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/08/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/08/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/09/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/09/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


  • Bridging Worlds

    08/10/2017
    08:00AM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Hunter Ed...


  • A Path Well Traveled

    08/10/2017
    08:00PM — 04:30PM

    The Vermont State Curator and the Office of Governor Phil Scott will be presenting their summerti...


 

Sunscribe to Our Newsletter
Weekly Recipes