The iAuto: Car and Auto Dealer Inventory Software comes with many amazing features to help you manage your car sales. There are plenty of wonderful features included default with our classifieds script software, and many more that can be enabled through add-ons. Plus, with the ability to write your own add-ons, the potential for your personal car dealership website is truly limitless!
iAuto is a fully customizable car and auto listings script, and works very similarly to a content management system (CMS). Car dealers can find plenty of use for iAuto in their business, from inventory management to hosting car listings, the sky is the limit! Check out everything that iAuto has to offer below:
The system gives an opportunity to classify listings. For this purpose, the website admin can divide listings into different types. It expands site possibilities (e.g., a site owner can sell houses and apartments on the same site) and increases its usability (listings will be arranged). Using ‘Listing Types’ the administrator can allow users to add classifieds of different types, make a complex search (a search by different types) and a search by a particular type.
Listing Type is a group of listings united according to common specific characters. Listing types allow the administrator create fields specific for a particular listing type. These fields will display the specific characteristics of a particular listing type. E.g., let's suppose you have two listing types in the system: House and Apartment. The listing field 'Price' will be common for the both listing types, the listing field 'Number of Floors' will be specific for the listing type 'House'.
Listing fields can be relevant to either a particular category or to all categories. The website administrator can specify it.
Listing common fields are fields common for all listing types. They are aimed to display the common characteristics of all listing types.
The system gives an opportunity to classify user fields.
User group-specific fields are fields specific for a particular user group. They are aimed to display the specific characteristics of a particular user group.
User common fields are fields common for all user groups. They are aimed to display the common characteristics of all user groups.
Membership plans are model contracts for user subscription for the site services. Membership plan governs which of the site services are available to the user and what are the prices for these services. User can have only one subscription to one membership plan at a time. However, users can change membership plan when current subscription expires. Administrator can create as many membership plans as desired.
Membership plans are comprised of listing packages. The listing package is a model contract for a single listing. Listing package properties define the listing activation price, whether listing is featured, how long the listings remains active and other paid or free services available for use with the listing. Listing package is assigned to listing when listing is created.
Listing packages are alternatives that user can choose between when creating a new listing. User is offered only those packages that are included to the membership plan that user has selected for subscription.
The system gives an opportunity to create membership plans and packages.
Website administrator formulates membership plan terms – specifies name, price, type, amount of listings, expiration period and etc. A new membership plan has to be added to one or more User Group(s). Membership plans are tied up with user's profile and each user can select and use only one membership plan per profile.
Membership plans are used to define the ability for users to activate and re-activate listings. Two types of membership plans are available in the system: Fee Based and Subscription.
Fee Based allows to re-activate listings at any time while the membership plan is active. Fee Based membership plan expires but it does not de-activate the listings created under it. Subscription membership plan expires and de-activates all listings created under it.
For listing packages the website administrator defines the listing activation price, whether listing is featured, how long the listings remains active and other paid or free services available for use with the listing. Terms of listing packages can be applied to particular listings or to contracts.
Spammers can use automated tools to post many unwanted messages very quickly. To protect a website from their attacks, WorksForWeb added CAPTCHA in all their classifieds scripts including Auto Classified Software.
CAPTCHA is a Completely Automated Public Turing test used to ensure that the response is not generated by a computer. Humans can easily pass this test but computers will hopefully fail.
A captcha includes a picture with the distorted and rotated text.
Currently, the captcha is implemented on Contact Us, Contact Seller, Tell Friend, Contact User, and Registration pages. For all these pages the admin can easily turn it on or off.
Forgot your user's password and need to gain access to your user’s account on an iAuto-based website? One method to gain access to the website is trying hard to remember the forgotten password. However I don't think this approach will help you.
Another method is trying to recover it by using an automated option. WorksForWeb in all its classified scripts including Dealer Software has a very helpful feature to recover forgotten passwords. This feature is automated and any admin action is not required. If a user has forgotten a password, she/he should click the “Forgot Your Password?” link on the login page. Then enter her/his username in the field and a link to a page where the user can reset the password will be sent.
For the convenience of users saved searches and saved ads features were implemented. Users of the website based on Automobile Software who regularly search for certain items can save time by saving their searches or save ads that they like.
Users can use saved searches and ads afterwards and will not need to remember listing ID or re-enter search criteria. Later to check for new ads to the search results, they can run a saved search.
To save a search, users should provide a descriptive name for this particular search. Saved searches can be used for notification of newly published listings.
If users like a particular listing and want to review it again later, they can save this ad in the special section called Saved Ads.
This is a great feature offered by Auto Classified Software (iAuto). Its main purpose is to allow a website visitor to make a comparison between several listings to see key differences between them side-by-side.
Many popular Web services that are considered market leaders, and most classifieds products, set a limit to a maximum number of listings that can be compared against each other. In Auto Classified Software you can compare 2, 5, 10 or 20 listings.
In fact, there is NO LIMIT to a number of listings that can be compared. It may take some time for a server to list all listings in the database (why would you do that?), but you as a visitor are not restricted to any particular number of listings you want to compare.
This feature can be a great marketing anchor to promote your classifieds website and it will certainly attract prudent buyers that expect to be able to make a smart buying decision.
Our flexible template system allows the admin to configure the output template to display brief or full information about each listing side by side.
More than half of Internet users (53%) had visited websites referred by friends or family members according to a research by eMarketers.com. Taking it into consideration Tell a Friend feature was implemented by WorksForWeb in Car Classifieds Script.
Tell-a-Friend feature allows users automatically e-mail their friends about listings they would like to share. It is an easy, quick and reliable way to promote user listings and generate extra visitors for a website based on Car Classifieds Script.
Recommendation from a friend is an extremely powerful way to gain visitors. This is especially efficient for the Internet where trust level is very low.
This feature supports all e-mail providers.
WorksForWeb in all their classifieds scripts including Car Script offers this helpful feature. Loan calculator is used to estimate monthly payments of a loan.
Loan calculator is easy to use. Based on term of loan, interest rate, loan amount, the right monthly payment will be calculated for a particular financial situation. The term of loan is the amount of time it takes to repay the loan, the interest rate is the rate declared by the lender and the loan amount is how much user needs to borrow.
Users will get quick estimate of whether or not the loan is in their budgetary ballpark.
It is rough guide to estimate your commitments because each bank lends at different rates for different loans.
“Generate QR Code” is a feature of Auto Classified Script by WorksForWeb used for mobile tagging.
Each listing includes “Generate QR Code” link on the listing details page. After clicking this link QR code will be generated in a new window. Users with a camera phone equipped with the correct reader application can scan the image of the QR Code to display information and open a web page in the mobile's browser.
It is a very convenient for users as it does’t take a lot of time to type urls in mobile phones. A picture with QR code may appear in newspapers, magazines, on signs, business cards, or on any object where you would like to place your listing.
A QR code (the abbreviation for Quick Response) is a two-dimensional code readable by QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The encoded information is the URL to a listing.
Auto Classified Software gives a wonderful additional opportunity to promote listings at a iAuto-based classified website. Listings will appear in a special “Featured Ads” section.
Featured ads can be displayed in different ways. By default this section is displayed at the main page of the site where it gets the maximum exposure to the prospect buyers. The number of displayed ads and their layout can be easily modified. Adding to the “Featured Ads” section can be free of charge or site administrator can adjust a fee for this promotion opportunity. So the feature will be a kind of new way to attract more revenue for website administrator as well as to get extra ad exposure for listing owners.
WorksForWeb in all its classifieds scripts including Automobile Script offers Image SlideShow feature. In Image SlideShow users can view all of the listing images without selecting each image separately. They can adjust various Image SlideShow options such as:
Users of classifieds websites can not view or touch items in reality. They are trying to form their opinion only according to the product visuals. A picture for a listing is good enough. But the listing with multiple photos is much better. It will help to create a good presentation of products, promote them and attract potential customers.
This feature is optional and customizable and can be purchase by users separately.
YouTube video serves as additional tool of Dealer Script for improvement of selling propositions. Representative YouTube video is very attractive for potential customers and can help to generate more sales.
Thanks to this option, website owners can display their video on the listing detail page by entering the YouTube Video ID.
This feature is optional. Website owners can use it as additional revenue.
The “Highlight” emphasizes user listings and makes a listing visibility better among great number of other listings.
The “Highlight” option shows the listing in a different background against another listing background in search results. On the picture below the listing is highlighted with a yellow background.
It is a great marketing tool and this option of the websites based on PHP Auto Script will attract more buyers and enhance the revenue of the dealers, agents or corporate users.
The “Highlight” option will bring additional profit to the website owner. This feature is optional and customizable and can be purchase by users separately.
iAuto Auto Classified Software offers option to display listing address/zip on the built-in Google Map. Users specify Zip Code, Address, City and State while adding ads and the location is displayed in the Google Maps section at the listing details page.
Google Maps integrated into a listing give users a visual, intuitive way to find the seller’s location (or property location). So users can:
Site Administrator can easily activate GoogleMaps option simply by configuring Google Maps API key in the system settings.
WYSIWYG is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get. WYSIWYG is a feature of iAuto Classified Software that allows formatting ad texts in editor with secure and powerful formatting capabilities.
WYSIWYG is mainly used to add formatting to the listing texts by applying different fonts, embedding pictures and making the field data look pretty. Content displayed during editing appears very similar to the final output.
WYSIWYG editor is also designed to secure user inputs and generate only sanitized html that contains no harmful or dangerous code.
Watermark for Uploaded Images was added to Auto classified software.
Sharing photos online is risky from the copyright perspective. Someone could take the images for their own use. Watermark for Uploaded Images is the most effective and simple way to protect images and indicate copyrights or identification.
A watermark is an image printed on top of every photo uploaded by users. A website owner creates a watermark and configures its opacity.
Watermark may also be used for advertising purpose.
The registered users have a possibility to evaluate listings or rate them.
The listing rating is calculated as an average from all votes. A user can vote several times but only the last vote is considered. To rate a listing, the user should press on one of five stars. E.g., to estimate a listing with rating 4, click on the star #4.
Ratings are displayed on the search results and the listing details pages of the websites based on iAuto Car Script.
Auto Classifieds Script allows administrators and users to mark listings with “Sold” sign. Administrators can do it via the admin panel. Users can modify their listings and mark them as sold via their accounts. So, items that are already sold will be clearly identifiable. Although all listings marked as sold are still active and can be viewed by site visitors.
This feature can be a great marketing anchor to display the effectiveness of the advertising at the particular iLister-based website, and attract new users. This practice stimulates new users to register and add their listings as they see the successful results achieved by the listings marked with “SOLD” sign.
iAuto Classified Software offers an ability to display any listing data in the meta tags (Title, Description and Keywords tags).
SEO-friendly classifieds site is required to have properly positioned keyword phrases in the meta tags (title, description and keywords) of any page of the website. The appropriate keywords and descriptions are manually added to each static page and forms/templates via the interface in the admin.
Listing-related keywords can also be generated to promote the listing. To the listing details template the admin adds variables for keywords and description, and for each listing the software automatically pulls the keywords from the page and displays such keywords and descriptions. This way, we have a complete SEO coverage of all kinds and types of pages.
Any static pages (pages with content such as About Us, News, Resources, etc.) are also SEO-compliant in all WorksForWeb classifieds products. Create your own pages, set appropriate urls for such pages, edit meta information to get the most out of ample SEO capabilities of iAuto.
Car Classifieds Script offers a unique ability to create and customize listing URLs with keywords. Instead of the ugly URLs like http://yoursite.com/?cat=1&id=123sqweraq&type=asdf, links to listings can have SEO- and human-friendly format such as http://yoursite.com/cars/porsche-carrera-1995-Baltimore-MD.html
This feature is great for optimizing your classifieds site for better rankings by search engines. More SEO-friendly urls are indexed quicker and appear in the search engine results on top positions.
Keyword-rich URLs are crucial for SEO because search engines use URL text to determine content relevance. In our Car Classifieds Script you can construct a custom listing URL by adding any listing field values to it. You can build URLs in an optimum way for search engines and enrich them with proper keywords.
Every addon that we are offering is designed for seamless operation ONLY with the default website. We do not guarantee that the addon will work with websites that have code/template modifications made by yourself, us, or any third party due to possible compatibility issues. We would be happy to try and resolve such an incompatiblity for additional cost as a customization. For any inquiries on the above, please contact our Sales team.
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