Car Values enables free car estimates for used cars.

Car Values

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Christopher Drake

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"The team first used Import.io to parse the car pricing data, and put it in a Google Sheets spreadsheet. We were abe to get publicly available information about car pricing and make it easily searchable, but they didnt have that tech in the beginning so they turned to automation with import.io." " Then they built a Typeform form where customers could send in a car pricing inquires and used Zapier with email automations to send notifications to their team to find care pricing for users."

"They'd planned to build a Mandrill integration with Zapier to automatically send out car pricing, but for Startup Weekend their team was manually checking prices -the only part of the process not automated."

"They'd planned to build a Mandrill integration with Zapier to automatically send out car pricing, but for Startup Weekend their team was manually checking prices - the only part of the process not automated."

Per https://zapier.com/blog/prototype-app-zapier/

Expert level
hours to build

Building a no-code app using Import.io

What I learned:

1. I wasn't able to try this app out, so I did not learn a lot. However, this app is a great case study because of the complexity of build that was using a tool called Import.io. I do not believe that its a pure no-code tool but more low code.

If you are trying to create their use case: "They first used Import.io to parse the car pricing data"

Then I would explore this stack to see if it can get the output you need without having to do extensive development.

2. I would use the Maker Insights column for this project as the best stack teardown of this tool.

3. My biggest takeaway is this no-code validation quote from the Maker: "Zapier is a good tool to help you figure out what you actually need to build, before you build it," says Drake. "You could spend hours building something and then realize that no one actually cares, I would rather use something like Zapier to connect stuff together and then just go from there."

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