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Show me the Mobile app; Carfax comes to Android

March 24, 2011 - Written By Anthony Gordano

Commercials certainly  have a way of getting stuck in our heads. I’m sure when most people hear the company name “Carfax” they think of the carfox from their popular tv spots. But who needs a fox when you have an Android? Carfax has just announced they now have a “Carfax for dealers” app in the Android Market.  Dealers can use this to scan a cars VIN number and pull up the report immediately. If they would integrate Google’s Cloud printing into this application it could become even more useful, but Google hasn’t even put that in their own Gmail application yet, so i’m just getting ahead of myself. This application is currently only for dealers, but letting the user scan cars and see the details if they have a carfax account seems like a very good idea, and i’m sure they are working on something like that. Check out the full press release below. If you are a car dealer click here to get the application, then post how I can contact you for a good deal in the comments!

Dealers Now Get Carfax Reports Instantly Using Apple or Android Mobile Devices

CENTREVILLE, Va., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Carfax has launched the Android version of its free ‘Carfax for Dealers’ mobile application. The much-anticipated version follows the successful launch of the Carfax app for iPhone and other Apple devices. Using most Android-based mobile devices, on-the-go dealers can access their Carfax account anytime, anywhere to better evaluate used cars.

“I made sure to download the app the day it came out and started using it right away,” said Marc Schumacher, director of used vehicle acquisitions for Jim Koons Automotive Companies in Vienna, Va. “If I’m not online, I’m usually at the auction and need quick and handy access to Carfax. I won’t buy any car unless I’ve got the Carfax. The ‘Carfax for Dealers’ app instantly puts the information I need to make an informed buying decision right in front of me. I’ll be using it constantly.”

Running Carfax Reports is a key component to a dealer’s acquisition process. Users start by entering the vehicle identification number (VIN) or scanning the vehicle barcode to run the Carfax Report. Any vehicle run through the ‘Carfax for Dealers’ app is automatically added to the dealer’s inventory manager at carfaxonline.com. Carfax Reports are saved for up to 30 days and dealers can mark vehicles they’re most interested in as favorites within the app.

“We don’t put any cars on our lot without checking Carfax first,” said Mike Foote, general manager at Lia Honda of Albany, NY. “When you’re the highest bidder at auction, you want to know you’re buying with confidence and the Carfax app gives us that. Our trade appraisal process is also more efficient, eliminating the need to run back and forth while customers sit and wait. It’s everything right at your fingertips.”

Estimates are that 30% of smartphone users own an Android-based device. Dealers can download the ‘Carfax for Dealers’ app free from the Android Market at http://market.android.com/search?q=pname:com.carfax.cvhr.

“I just got an Android phone yesterday and the ‘Carfax for Dealers’ app was the first thing I downloaded onto it,” said Chris Stellakis, owner of CJ’s Car America in Bridgeport, NY. “We rely on Carfax Reports as part of our used car operations, which makes this app a must-have for us. As an independent dealer, now we’ll be even more confident we’re putting our customers in a quality used car.”

iPhone and other Apple device users can continue downloading the ‘Carfax for Dealers’ app in the App Store,http://itunes.com/apps/CARFAXInc/CARFAXforDealers.

About Carfax (www.carfax.com)

Carfax is the vehicle history expert for used car buyers, sellers and the automotive industry. Carfax created the Vehicle History Report in 1986 and is trusted by dealerships across North America to help acquire, advertise and retail used cars. Carfax is integrated with over 250 acquisition and inventory companies and is the vehicle history provider of choice for 31 manufacturer Certified programs plus 2,000 automotive Web sites. Online shoppers view Carfax® Vehicle History Reportsâ„¢ included with dealer listings more than 85 million times a year to buy with more confidence. Become a Carfax Advantageâ„¢ dealer or learn how Carfax can help your dealership win by visiting www.carfaxonline.com. Connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter@CarfaxReports and watch us on YouTube. Friend Car Fox on Facebook and follow him on Twitter@TheCarFox. Download the ‘Carfax for Dealers’ mobile app in the App Store(SM) and Android Market(SM)

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