Auto Trader provides a search platform for dealers to buy vehicles from other traders. A high-performance search experience is critical, as this helps create a competitive marketplace for dealers to purchase vehicles. This blog post will take you through some of the changes we made to create a high-performance search platform that regularly returns results in less than a second.
The default sort order is newly listed vehicles. This platform behaves very differently from the normal site you may be familiar with. The search experience is geared around our dealers being able to rapidly decide on vehicles to purchase to fill their forecourt. Dealers can then further refine their searches to show vehicles that may be suitable for them. A slower site means fewer searches and therefore less incentive for dealers to advertise with us.
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