• Revised AutoTrader alerts make it easier to find the right car
  • System can now send text messages when a car you want is listed
  • You'll also be notified when prices change or incentives are added 

Searching for the perfect car can be challenging. Even if you're looking for a common model, it can be hard to locate the right trim level, in the right color, with the right options -- especially within a short drive of your home. Fortunately, AutoTrader.com's new alert system has added several useful new features to make it easier than ever to find the right car. 

Among the best new features of AutoTrader's updated alert system is text-messaging capability. While earlier alerts were only sent through email, the revised system can now send you a daily text message when cars matching your search criteria have been listed on the website. That means you can immediately check out potential cars on your smartphone to see if they're worth pursuing. 

AutoTrader's alert system is also adding a new feature that lets you know when a car you're considering has an updated price or a new incentive. That's big news, as the previous system only sent a message when a car matching your search criteria was listed. Now, you don't have to monitor cars to see if their price changes. Instead, AutoTrader's alert system will let you know if a car you're considering moves from "above your budget" to "just right." 

"We're always looking for ways to make car buying and selling easier for both consumers and our customers, and this new feature is a great example of that focus," said Steve Greenfield, vice president of product management for AutoTrader.com. "Alerts allow us to meet the needs of today's sellers, who want to make sure that interested shoppers are aware of the vehicles and incentives offered, and today's shoppers who are looking for more of a personal experience." 

If you're interested in testing out AutoTrader's alert system, signing up is easy. First, you have to create a "My AutoTrader" account, which can be done through the "Sign Up" link at the top of the AutoTrader.com homepage. Just enter your email address, create a password, and your account is live. After that, you can click "Save Search" on any page where you're browsing for cars. The system will save your search terms and ask whether you want alerts through text message, email or both. When prompted, you'll have to enter your phone number to get text-message alerts. 

The updated version of AutoTrader's alert system is already live on the website, which means you can start using it right away to find the car of your dreams. 

What it means to you: Thanks to a few new features, the AutoTrader alerts system makes it easier than ever to find the right car.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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