Search Multiple Vehicle Classified Site with AutoTempest

By Kevin Gordon

If you are in the market for a used car, there is a growing beta website that may deserve your attention. AutoTempest.com is a portal that allows you to search popular automotive classified sites in one place. Currently, the site will search across Autotrader.com, Cars.com, eBay Motors, craigslist, CarsDirect, and automotive.com. Additionally, you can create your own mashup with Oodle.com. In summary, the site is a time-saver if you obsessively look for a unique car and don’t want to type in separate URLs. You can search by make, model, distance from zip, year range, price, mileage, keyword, site, transmission type, private or dealer seller, and body type. The site is free and does not require any type of login to use. (Autotempest is not affiliated with or a sponsor of Autosavant)

For example, I am always searching for a stock 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R (the first car I owned and loved) and after setting my options I found one result on cars.com. After checking all of the sites individually, its results did appear to be accurate. The site does have its issues, but the concept is solid and its creator appears to be interested in continued evolution and improvement. The main issue is that the site does not aggregate results into a singular page (like kayak.com), instead is splits each service across multiple tabs. Take a look and share your experience in the comments. The site’s about page follows:

What is this?

AutoTempest is basically a portal into all the biggest, most popular vehicle classifieds sites in America.

So why do need it?

Well, I suppose you don’t. On the other hand, it’ll save you time. My thinking is, why go to autotrader.com, cars.com, automotive.com, etc, and enter the same data over and over, when the Tempest can do it for you? I’m not trying to change the world here, but I figure… if I can save a few thousand people a few minutes each day… that’s pretty cool.

So how do I use it?

It’s pretty straight-forward. Just enter the information on the car you’re looking for, and click “Perform Search”. AutoTempest will automatically search all the biggest sites out there for your car.

The only thing to keep in mind is that not all options are available on all sites. For example, automotive.com does not support the use of keywords in searches. Therefore any keywords entered in AutoTempest will not have an effect on the automotive.com results. I have however made every attempt to keep the results as consistent as possible.

So?

I hope you like it!

Author: Kevin Gordon

Kevin is Autosavant's owner and Editor-in-Chief, responsible for setting the overall strategy and editorial direction of Autosavant. He's also the primary contributor to Autosavant's YouTube channel (youtube.com/autosavant) where you can find a comprehensive library of new-car reviews.

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  1. Another site that does the same thing (but better IMO) and with a pretty cool set of features is CarGurus.com. I found this site to be pretty cool and does not have the problems you outlined.

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