Special thanks to cars.com for sponsoring this post. All opinions my own.
Hey, y’all! Brian, the resident tech guru here. Virginia asked me to tell you guys why I like cars.com. In September 2016, a mechanic inadvertently broke a bolt on the crankshaft of our 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan the week before a family trip to Colorado. Our van was totaled literally a week before we were scheduled to leave. We loaded a rental van for our trip and I packed my tablet so that I could search for a new vehicle while we were gone. I used cars.com to find our next vehicle while on vacation.
On our way home from Keystone, we stopped less than 20 miles from home and bought a 2016 Chrysler Town and Country. My wife drove it home, while I drove the rental van home. She named the van Nesher, because she says vehicles need names…
We’ve actually used cars.com to find our last two minivan purchases. It is great to research different cars and see all the new and used vehicles for sale around your area all on one site. The research portion of the website lets users view and compare vehicles they want including things like fuel economy, mechanical specifications, physical dimensions, warranty, etc. I find it very useful when trying to compare different vehicles in the same market class.
The search portion of the website is awesome. I like the fact you can narrow down your search with year, make, model, body style, transmission, interior and exterior color, etc. The search selections along the left side of the page are very intuitive and easy to use. I usually use the search tools to get down to the best mileage below a specific price range. Then you can see multiple types of vehicles that you could possibly buy. Being budget conscious, this helps give an idea of what kind of vehicle you can have with the money you have. Once you finalize your search criteria, the user can sort by price, mileage, year, etc. When sorting by price, this also help to show which dealers tend to overprice a bit and which ones don’t.
Once a vehicle is selected, photos and other specific information pertaining to that car is shown including more details about the vehicle, dealer, and a nifty price comparison tool. I love the multitudes of pictures that dealers post of the vehicles. You have a very good and fairly detailed view of what you would be buying before even step foot into a dealership.
I continue to use cars.com all the time because they are an industry leader in automotive research. I like to browse for replacement vehicles for our sedan because there is a ton of information available. I am always looking to see what would be a best buy when the time comes.