Guru? Where?


Asked by May 07, 2013 at 09:59 AM

Question type: General

Do you think it makes sense to say a used car is priced right or wrong when you know nothing about it? Who is the Car Guru? It seems to me that many websites are proclaiming themselves to be experts. They charge the dealers to list on the site and then tell people the cars are priced too high?

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I dont claim to know anything about prices. When a pricing question is asked I suggest using or I answer questions to people who are having car trouble and need some advice on what to do to fix the problem.

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It all depends on YOU. Where is the car located? was it subject to salty roads? Big city prices are more than small podunck towns prices...everyone knows if you want to buy a truck go way out into the hinterlands where you will not find homies that will customize it with a new suspension and new tires and expensive modifications you don't to get the "little ole' lady from pasadena's car" this "guru" enough of a answer?~ you must ask yourself, "is it possible to be an EXPERT on all makes and models, foreign and domestic...all years going back to the creation of the automobile? heck, just within the last fifteen, we've seen the disappearance of the accelerator cable, the distributor....analog anything.~

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To the OP, the internet is a wonderful place for information. But it's the true Guru who can decifer what is fact and what is fiction.

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the CarGurus will not charge anything to list your car. Not sure where you're coming up with "charging dealers" we are a free service~

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Where do you get the dealers inventory from? How does it show up on your website? Do you have permission to use their pictures?

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this is on an individual basis- pictures used are subject to reproduction, as are all items on the web~ you wanna sell your car, here's you opportunity, like yahoo motors no one wants to be ignored which often happens with dealerships~

This MINI you see pictured here on my left was purchased through yahoo motors through a used car dealership which made images available to anyone who wanted to help sell it, Calidad Motors does not offer any support, the fact the vehicle has been in need of 30,000 maintenance seems to be no responsibility of this dealer, though if he was interested in keeping his customers would have done a follow-up~


I understand. So how do you know when a car is sold? How does the pictures and descriptions come down? Seems like a lot of work unless you are pulling the info from somewhere? So answer a direct question, Where do you get the dealer inventory from? Who provides it?

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Dealer feeds are uploaded through multiple channels including through partnerships, direct feeds, etc. For private listings, the service is free to use. Dealerships can arrange to work directly with CarGurus or may have their inventory sent depending on the host and whether or not there is a relationship. In terms of pricing, CarGurus operates a mathematical algorithm called "Instant Market Value", which calculates a given car's value at that precise moment in time based on the local and national market, recent sales, vehicle history, options, mileage, etc.

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Who are the partners? Are these dealerships paying the partners? Is Car Gurus paying for the dirct feeds? Why would a dealership send you a direct feed so you can say their car is over priced? Do you take into account if a car is certified with a warranty and low financing verses a car that does not? I would like to know what multiple feeds means? Not so transparent. Yes or no does sell you the inventory feeds from their dealers? Can a dealer opt out?


It sounds like you have some questions for CarGurus. I'd recommend you click on the "Feedback" button to connect directly with the staff.

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see what you've gotten yourself into, Henry...? it is a veritable quick sand where you stick one toe in, then you're up to your neck with the best of intentions, at heart~

...with a name like 'antidealerwebsite' there couldn't possibly be a hidden agendae~

Was just told by CarGurus that there are monthly fees (400-600) for a small dealer.

punch the orange bullorn "feedback"...they will field this question~

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