The purpose of AutoGlance’s ‘hiding’ feature is very straightforward: we won’t show you a car if there is another listing that is better than it.
Of course, “better” is a subjective term. Which is why we’ve defined it very rigidly:
It’s important to note that a listing is only hidden if it meets all three of these criteria.
Let’s see how this plays out in different situations:
Now, lets take it to the extreme:
Of course, the method is not perfect. For example, lets look at this scenario:
The upside is that Car B is more than likely the very first car hidden behind Car A, so hopefully you wouldn’t have had too much trouble finding it. While the cars we choose to display are almost always the best deal you could find given the available information, we certainly recommend checking out the first few cars that are hidden behind it.
If all this looks mighty familiar, it may be because you’ve seen something similar on the flight search engine Hipmunk. Their interface is indeed what inspired us to build this feature, and we certainly owe them some credit.
It’s worth noting that hiding cars is an extremely delicate process, and that AutoGlance has developed an extensive filtering system to make it work. For example, all you need is one listing for a damaged or accident vehicle, and the heavily discounted price would cause hundreds (or even thousands) of listings to be hidden behind it. The same would occur for a listing where the seller fumbled when typing his asking price and wrote $36,000 instead of $63,000. Figuring out how to eliminate these scenarios was by far the most difficult aspect of the system, and we’re glad that we’ve got it working as well as it does.
If you have any suggestions on how we can further improve the hiding feature, we’d love to hear them. As it stands, we think we’ve done a fine job of taking 1,000’s of search results and presenting them in way that makes it easier for you to find the best deals . It certainly beats sorting them by price, mileage, or an arbitrary deal score, and forcing you to look through them, one by one.
Well, what are you waiting for? Try searching AutoGlance for yourself.