Data Dashboard: eBay Auctions, Autotrader, Manheim Data Sets

I’m in the market to make a new automotive purchase. Because of the nature of the purchase, I’d like to do as much due diligence as possible.

I’ve spent the last week watching new auctions pop up on eBay Motors and the like for a few specific models of cars, but realized that unless I keep a detailed manual spreadsheet of all I’m tracking, I’m going to be wasting my time watching different auctions.

The data geek in me is excited.

I’m wondering if there are any data dashboards or software that can scan eBay, Autotrader, Manheim, and other automotive datasets and record the following:

  1. Automotive Make (i.e. Toyota)
  2. Automotive Model (i.e. Camry LE)
  3. Exterior Color
  4. Interior Color
  5. Mileage
  6. Condition
  7. Source (eBay, Autotrader, Manheim, etc)
  8. Seller Name
  9. Seller Email
  10. Seller Phone

If I had just the 10 items above, in a structured data set for a rolling 90 days of data, I think I’d be very much ahead of the game.  I’d then port the data table into visualization software such as Tableau and then manipulate it so that I can figure out which cars I should be focusing on.

So, my question to the Interweb:

  1. Does this type of software already exist?
  2. If not, can it exist?  (if so, please contact me if you’d like to build it)

I don’t think this is too difficult but I could be wrong.

  • http://www.optimizeandprophesize.com/ jonathanmendez

    Darren,

    I worked with Dapper using their API (http://open.dapper.net/developers/webservices/search.php) to build something almost exactly like you’re looking to do for AutoNation almost three years ago. Alas, the timing was terrible — a few months after we launched Detroit was in ruins, AN laid off 30% off their workforce and the project never got full support it needed to get out of beta. But it worked great. Not sure if the API is still supported by Yahoo but it’s a place to start.

    Jonathan

    • Jean

      Hi Jonathan,

      I also need this software. Does it work for all sites?

      Please contact me at brommobielautocenter@hotmail.com.

      Thank you,
      Jean

    • Bora

      Jonathan,

      I’m working on something similar. It would be great to speak with you about the progress you made.

  • http://www.optimizeandprophesize.com/ jonathanmendez

    Darren,

    I worked with Dapper using their API (http://open.dapper.net/develop… to build something almost exactly like you're looking to do for AutoNation almost three years ago. Alas, the timing was terrible — a few months after we launched Detroit was in ruins, AN laid off 30% off their workforce and the project never got full support it needed to get out of beta. But it worked great. Not sure if the API is still supported by Yahoo but it's a place to start.

    Jonathan

  • http://about.me/clouvi Christien Louviere

    GOSO.com does custom FB tabs for the auto industry. @boalt (http://twitter.com/#!/boalt) is the brains behind it, so he may know something.

  • http://about.me/clouvi Christien Louviere

    GOSO.com does custom FB tabs for the auto industry. @boalt (http://twitter.com/#!/boalt) is the brains behind it, so he may know something.

  • Majka

    Many hundreds of Internet auctions you can find at http://1-auctions.com/, with rating of the best the best auctions by thousands of visitors.