Your smartphone may be the key to saving big bucks on your next vehicle purchase. The average car buyer spends 18 hours on research alone, and these days you can find out the value of a car, read reviews and check for deals in your area with just a few taps.
To start, Kelly Blue Book now has an official app. The drawback? The prices you find there are just a point of reference, not the amount you should actually pay, especially when it comes to used vehicles.
If you're looking for more information, there's a more comprehensive app out there called Vinny. With just a quick scan of a car's VIN barcode, Vinny can instantly calculate a vehicle's fair market value by cross-referencing data from thousands of recent sales.
There's a ton of other great features, too. The in-app calculator can be used to estimate car payments, and there's an option to purchase a full vehicle history report for just $4.99.
So, the next time you're on the hunt for a used car, download these auto apps to make sure you're driving away with the best deal.