AutoTrader Releases Android App

This may be the worst news I’ve had in a long time – Auto Trader has released an app for Android phones, allowing owners of Google-powered smartphones such as myself to spend hour upon hour finding cars that they’d love to buy if only they could spare the cash.

Auto Trader Android App

The application is available on the Google market right now and won’t cost you a penny. It packs all of the usual search features from the website into a lovely intuitive interface. I’d even go so far as to say that I prefer the touch-screen loveliness of this app to the point-and-clickery of the website.

The results include all of the images, specifications and details associated with the car and also provide you with easy links to view the car’s location on Google maps, call the seller or email the advert to a mate.

One clever feature is the ability to base the search on your current location using your phone’s GPS, or if your phone’s not that fancy it should be able to make a rough guess based on the nearest phone mast. You can then set the search radius, so if you’re in the mood for a bit of car shopping while you’re out and about you can easily find cars nearby without having to know the postcode.

Well done Auto Trader, this is an example of how to make useful apps. The only problem I’ve got is that I’m now going to be spending even more time browsing for bargains. Oh, look, I’ve just found a lovely Ford Puma just a few miles down the road…


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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