AutoTempest.com is a collector of used car websites. AutoTempest searches on Autotrader.com, Cars.com, eBay Motors, Cars Direct, Automotive.com, Oodle.com (which in turn checks listed in multiple smaller fonts), and Craigslist. Not at all a perfect website, but actually makes the initial purchase of used cars is much easier. Put it on your to do list when buying a used car.
Stretch Nathan is president of Tempest Systems Inc., a company registered in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the founder and SearchTempest.com AutoTempest.com (and other “Tempests” … videotempest.com will come next, he said). Nathan took the time to answer the following 10 questions about AutoTempest.com.
Q: Tell all of the readers a little about Auto Tempest. What was your inspiration?
A: I started a few years ago with SearchTempest.com, a simple website to help people looking on Craigslist. (Basically it saves you the trouble of typing the same search term in several cities, and offers some additional options like eBay results.)
I realized that a good portion of portal users looking cars. And I said, if people are looking for cars in cities, are also probably looking at AutoTrader / cars.com etc, or at least should be. Would not it be helpful if you could do all this at once without having to enter the search over and over?
P. What has been receiving traffic on your website? Do you have any kind of association with major retail sites like Craigslist and eBay?
R. The site is relatively young, so I’m still in the process of building your traffic. However, recently received an unexpected boost. Apparently, Paul Michael of WiseBread stumbled across my site while looking for a quote from “The Tempest” by Shakespeare and liked it enough to write a blog post about it. Kevin Purdy of Lifehacker read that entry and then wrote his own, sending about 10,000 people AutoTempest that day!
In terms of partnerships, agreements currently in effect I have with eBay Motors, Cars Direct and Vehix, which I’ll be adding to the site shortly after receiving requests from users.
Q: You say that eBay offers an API to access their listings. What is an API and what it means for the average consumer?
R: API stands for “Application Programming Interface” (Application Programming Interface). It basically refers to a clearly defined way for computer programs to communicate with each other. EBay’s API makes it easier and faster to show results in AutoTempest (and other websites). For the average consumer, that means they have more time to work on other interesting features.
P: AutoTempest searches on Autotrader.com, Cars.com, eBay Motors, Cars Direct, Automotive.com, Oodle.com (which in turn checks listed in multiple smaller fonts), and Craigslist. Are there plans to further expand its coverage?
A: Of course. As I mentioned, Vehix.com is next on the list. In the future, smaller pages or individual contract dealers or people are a possibility, although some thought they would have to first figure out the best way to present them. I’m also planning a Canadian version, which searches sites like buysell.com and autotrader.ca.
Q: One of the reviews I read suggested putting all results on one page instead of using tabs for each site. Is that practical?
A: There are a number of pages “hybrid” out there that claim to do what he does AutoTempest, showing all results on one page. However, these pages tend not to show the results of the most useful sites such as Craigslist and Autotrader.com. This is important because these sites usually do not like your results to be copied and shown out of context. By separating the results into tabs, I’m actually getting give users real results pages for each of the sites. Besides that the site owners do not care for cars, many of them really appreciate it.
A second advantage of the flanges is the user side. By using AutoTempest, you can be sure that the results you get are authentic. And clearly you can see (and even return to see if you like) that are exactly the same results you would get looking at each of these sites individually. Only saves all the time it would take to enter your search information over and over again.
P. You told me that one of the most interesting challenges in doing this is that each site offers slightly different search options. How overcomes this challenge? It seems indeed a great challenge as many of the used cars could be overlooked.
A: Basically my approach is to give the user maximum flexibility in customizing searches, but also provide default logical values ??to not have to delve into the minor details if they wish.
For example, say you are looking for a BMW 330i. Some sites do not advertise the 330 as a separate model, and instead grouped together 3 Series models. So for these sites, instead seek AutoTempest all BMW ads containing the words “330” and “330i”. In general, this will give the desired results. However, in case you do not AutoTempest things right, you can adjust the keywords you use, or display all the results of the 3 series instead.