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CarGurus Overview

Cambridge, MA
201 to 500 employees
2006
Company - Public (CARG)
Internet
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
At CarGurus, we believe a transparent car shopping experience is better for shoppers and sellers alike, and we innovate constantly to deliver on that promise. Today more than 20 Million (and growing) unique monthly visitors use our site and our mobile app to find their next ... Read more

Mission: At CarGurus, we are all about making the online car shopping experience more transparent. We give you the data and information you need to make smart, empowered car shopping decisions.

Company Updates

  • Our VP of Sales Mike Connolly discusses how a series of "happy accidents" in his career led him to CarGurus, and how he feels compelled to pay it forward after so many invested their time with him.

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    Happy Accidents

    One of my favorite interview questions came from my VP at Experian, Dave Northridge (influenced by Bob Ross) - how much of your career has been

  • Our Ad Ops Coordinator Elain Wang tells us about her experience going from post-undergrad intern to full-time employee, and how having patience helped her find her hidden gem in a sea of Boston tech startups.

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    Being Patient For a Hidden Gem

    I was recently asked, "How long have you been working at CarGurus?" I paused a little and started counting the months with my hand. Yes, that's how

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CarGurus – Why Work For Us?


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At CarGurus, we are all about making the online car shopping experience more transparent. We give you the data and information you need to make smart, empowered car shopping decisions.

  • Shopping for a car?

    Our free shopping engine analyzes millions of car listings to give you instant guidance on the best deals in your area. Plug in your zip code and the car you want, and we show you which listings are great deals and which you should avoid. We invite you to contact the seller of any car you're interested in, and we give you information you can use in your negotiation.

  • Listing a car?

    For private sellers, we offer a listing tool that helps you determine the right price at which to sell your car. If you're a dealer wishing to list your inventory at CarGurus, we can help you drive qualified, local car shoppers to your stores. Contact us at  to learn more about uploading your inventory to CarGurus.

  • Researching cars?

    Our active user community shares everything from car and dealer reviews to guidance on car maintenance and troubleshooting and answers to under-the-hood questions. If you are looking for real-world insights and information from fellow car shoppers and fans, you'll find it at CarGurus.

  • Sharing information about cars?

    The experiences and expertise shared by users is what drives our site. If you have opinions about the car you drive or the dealer you bought it from, the CarGurus community wants to hear from you. CarGurus has a deep heritage in online communities. In fact, CarGurus was founded in 2006 by Chief CarGuru, Langley Steinert, formerly Chairman/co-founder of TripAdvisor, Inc., the world's largest online travel website.

More About CarGurus

  • What makes CarGurus search unique?

    CarGurus is all about price transparency. We help you find the best deals in your area. CarGurus is the only online car shopping service to consolidate and analyze prices on local car listings in real-time, helping you to find available great deals. Unlike many other car listings sites, our search results are unbiased. We rank the listings in your area based solely on the dollar savings to you the consumer.

    How does CarGurus search work?

    CarGurus uses mathematical algorithms to analyze millions of car listings a night to find the best local deals for you. You enter your zip code and the car you want and you receive an instant view of the relevant deals in your local area, ranked from "great" deals to listings that are "overpriced". When you find your great deal, just connect with the listing dealer directly from our site.

    What is Instant Market Value?

    The Instant Market Value (IMV) of a vehicle is CarGurus’ estimated fair retail price for a vehicle based on a detailed analysis of comparable current and previously sold car listings in your local market. Our analysis takes into account specific details including make, model, trim, year, mileage, options and vehicle history. CarGurus' IMV is used to determine whether each listed car is a great, good, fair or overpriced deal. CarGurus strives to provide full transparency to your car shopping experience so you know if you are getting a good or bad deal.

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At CarGurus, we believe a transparent car shopping experience is better for shoppers and sellers alike, and we innovate constantly to deliver on that promise. Today more than 13 million (and growing) unique monthly visitors use our site and our mobile app to find their next car.

With headquarters in Harvard Square, CarGurus has that "start-up feel" (we dislike meetings, play lots of foosball, have catered lunches and fun company outings—the list goes on). Unlike many start-ups, however, we have the advantage of being profitable (for 5.5 years!) with sustained revenue growth. CarGurus is an engineering-driven company with a passion for data, and that drives everything from the speed at which we launch new products to the spirit of innovation that drives our company’s culture.

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CarGurus Dublin opened their doors in June 2016 and launched into the UK Market. We're now just over 30 people and growing.



CarGurus Reviews

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    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A typical tech company with all the perks but without the fluffy low expectations for your job. Everyone is expected to achieve and we have fun while doing it.

    Cons

    That said, some groups appear to have vague performance metrics. In addition, based on those metrics some groups tend to have only upside for doing well with those metrics but no downside.

    Advice to Management

    It's worth it to take the time to see how each group in the company is being evaluated (not just reviews but daily and monthly performance), and see where there might be low+ high expectations currently.

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CarGurus Photos

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CarGurus Interviews

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    User Experience Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at CarGurus (Cambridge, MA) in November 2016.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter a few weeks after submitting my resume online. We had a brief discussion where she tried to get a general feel whether it would be a good idea to bring me in, basically asking about my previous role and asking a couple of general JS concept questions to see if I could at least talk the talk.

    Next, I had a remote coding session, coding up some JS/HTML/CSS. This was pretty simple, an despite making some mistakes, they went ahead and took me in for an on-site.

    The on-site was 4-5hrs of back-to-back interviews where I met with members of the team for which I would be working, and additionally the engineering director. There were some questions similar to the remote coding session, a very simple algorithm question (pretty much as easy as you could get, despite me still fumbling with it since I am terrible with remembering algorithms), a high-level architectural discussion about building a widget API based on a visual design I presented from my portfolio (I thought this was cool since it was on-the-fly), and a visual/UX whiteboard challenge (another favorite).

    Everyone was really nice and they all made me feel comfortable even if I struggled. I think that they may have overlooked some of my mistakes since I had just held a key front-end/UX role at a startup prior to applying, and they must have appreciated my experience. It was great that they were willing to look at the larger picture and could really understand the value I was bringing to the table.

    I was extended an offer a few days later, and the compensation package was competitive and within my acceptable range. After struggling to choose between competing offers, I asked to meet the team again over lunch to get a better feel for the people. By the end, I felt that I knew I wanted to work there since I felt very comfortable and compatible with the team members.

    In the end, I went with my other offer, but I felt that the whole process with CarGurus was extremely professional and they made me feel valued throughout my time. They were also friendly and casual enough so that I felt I could be myself and would be welcome on the team.

    Interview Questions

    • Given the visual design mockup you just presented from your portfolio, tell me how you might go about implementing a framework like this for other developers to consume.   Answer Question
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CarGurus Awards & Accolades

  • Top Places to Work, The Boston Globe, 2016
  • Best Places to Work, Boston Business Journal, 2013
  • Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. Magazine, 2012
  • Top 100 Most Promising Companies, Forbes, 2015
  • Pacesetters - #2, Boston Business Journal, 2015
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