Buying a car has changed a lot in the last decade. With the proliferation of online retail, it was inevitable that platforms would emerge that allow users to purchase cars without having to visit any dealerships. The thought of ordering a car with the same ease that you can order a pizza is an awesome one. However, not all apps are created equal. 
To that end, let’s take a look at the top #5 apps for buying a car online, along with the strengths and drawbacks. Starting with:
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#5 Kelley Blue Book
This app combines several different aspects of the car-buying process into a single platform. Users can conduct research on vehicles, check prices, and find dealerships using local area maps. While this app provides an incredible amount of information on available cars, users are extremely limited in their ability to make a move on these vehicles, meaning that they generally still have to visit a dealership on their own. 
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Kelley Blue Book also suffers from a variety of bugs that can limit its user experience. Recent versions of the app are prone to crashing, which has dragged its review score down in both the Google and Apple app stores. 
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#4 CARFAX
CARFAX offers users a wide range of options in purchasing used cars. Its ability to provide accurate, in-depth reports on a car’s history mean that you’ll be able to avoid nasty surprises when shopping the used car market. This means that you’ll be able to get pretty specific about your needs and budget when searching for a car. 
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All of these benefits, however, only apply to used cars, as CARFAX doesn’t allow drivers to purchase new models. If you’re looking for a newer model year, it can be challenging to find here. 
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#3 TrueCar
TrueCar is an excellent app for drivers who enjoy hunting for the best possible price on cars. This app is extremely data-driven, offering qualitative insights on a variety of different metrics. Simply put, this means that you can compare models based on reviews, features, prices, and community rankings in order to find the best one for you. If you’re the kind of person who gets excited about hunting down that extra 1% savings, then this is the app for you.
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However, if you’re not the kind of person who enjoys carefully comparing different prices or rankings, then TrueCar has significantly fewer benefits. Its features are most effective when users are willing to do their homework, and there’s not always a benefit that this extra work translates into extra savings. 
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#2 Carvana
Carvana bills itself as being the “first end-to-end online vehicle retailer”. This app looks to combine numerous different aspects of car shopping, from searching to financing, into a single digital platform. Users are able to purchase cars entirely online and schedule delivery straight to their homes. 
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While combining all of these features into a single platform is convenient, it’s delivery service can be a bit of a gamble. Purchases made on Carvana can be subject to sudden delays that drivers don’t always find out about until the time their cars are scheduled to be delivered. Needless to say, suddenly planning around a two week (or longer) delay in car delivery is a bad time. 
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#1 Axle
The newest arrival on this list, Axle, matches drivers with nearby dealerships in order to provide a quick and convenient way to shop for cars online. Users are able to select specific car models and customize which features, trims, and options they would like. Next, they’re connected with a local dealership that can provide several options for fulfilling this order. The entire process is simple, straightforward, and can be done entirely with one hand! 
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What makes Axle stand out from its competition is how it manages to capture all of the benefits of visiting a dealership without having to commit the time or energy. This means that users can skip conversations on the sales floor and act as their own salespeople! While other apps are able to offer similar features on a limited pool of used car inventory, Axle is the premiere app for purchasing new car models. 


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