How AutoGlance determines which listings to “Hide”

If you’ve done a few searches on AutoGlance, you’ve probably noticed that many of the listings we find are hidden by default. If you’re wondering what criteria are used to determine which results are hidden, here’s the answer:

It’s important to note that a listing is only hidden if it meets all three of these criteria.

Many other car sites may use ‘deal scores’ to show you which listings are best, but we feel that our method is better for two reasons:

1. Its very straightforward and transparent. If the car meets the three criteria, it is deemed worse. Theres no fancy algorithms or calculations are involved. You don’t need a calculator to convince yourself that the hidden cars really are worse.

2. We’re comparing apples to apples; a ‘deal score’ compares apples to oranges. For example, a 2010 BMW M3 for $50,000 is a great deal (ie deal score of 9 out of 10). A 1999 BMW M3 for $5,000 is also a great deal (ie also deal score of 9 out of 10). If you sorted these cars by deal score, they would both show up next to each other. The reality is that no one who is looking for a 2010 M3 is also interested in a 1999 M3, and vice versa.

With AutoGlance, were don’t compare cars based on deals. All that we do is hide a car if its worse than another car. If there’s a 2010 Civic with 50,000 miles for $20,000 and another 2010 Civic with 100,000 miles for $25,000, we’re only going to show you the first one. All other things being equal, nobody is going to buy the car with greater mileage and a greater price; that would just be foolish. And that’s all we’re trying to show you.