Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions About Cars On Search

Where are my listings published?

Your listings will be published within your Google Business Profile and viewable only on mobile for now. We are currently working with other providers and will be announcing them as they come available.

How do I view my listings?

If you complete a Google search for your dealership on a mobile device, you will find a tab called cars on your business profile. This is the easiest way to find your listings.

Is Cars On Search a form of SEO?

No, we do not consider ourselves to be SEO as we are a direct feed into Google by using their pilot program and making it simple for Auto Dealerships to advertise their listings within local search results. Traditional SEO would require us to have backend access to your website among other things, and we do not require any of that.

Are you affiliated with any search engines?

No, we are not affiliated, a partner, or connected to any search engine in anyway.

Does Cars On Search Require Any Pay Per Click (PPC)?

No, this program requires no pay-per-click (PPC) and is just flat rate per month per location and is priced depending on your Auto Dealerships lot size. See our pricing page for more information. However, it will complement any ad campaigns for your dealership.

What is the reason you decided to start Cars On Search and how's it connected with Simply Be Found?

Simply Be Found started out as an advocate for small to medium sized local businesses. In that process, we were given the opportunity to assist auto dealerships with the cars tab, which is tied to your Google My Business account. It was a good time for us to offer both, Simply Be Found and Cars On Search. When you sign up for Cars On Search, you will be given a Simply Be Found account because it will help you with your local SEO. Cars On Search was divided into three different pricing structures so dealerships with different lot sizes will pay different rates based on the number of cars on their lots.

Getting Started with Cars On Search Questions

How long does it take to get started with Cars On Search?

Generally, it takes our team up to 10 business days once all the information about your auto dealership listings is submitted before you to see results.

I signed up for Cars On Search. What is the next step?

We need you to give us the information about your inventory management system or your URL information from your website provider. Our tech team will talk with your website provider and get the information necessary for the data feeds to our algorithms and get imputed to the Google My Business profile cars tab.

If I am a small car dealership, can I just use your system as an inventory management system? Or is that something you guys do?

We are not an inventory management system; we can connect to one if you have one in place or we can use your dealership website to get your updated inventory.

Is Cars On Search a form of SEO?

No, we do not consider ourselves to be SEO as we are a direct feed into Google by using their pilot program and making it simple for Auto Dealerships to advertise their listings within local search results. Traditional SEO would require us to have backend access to your website among other things, and we do not require any of that.

Are you affiliated with any search engines?

No, we are not affiliated, a partner, or connected to any search engine in anyway.

Currently, I do not have a website. Can I sign up for Cars On Search?

Yes, you can sign up for Cars On Search without website if we can hook it into your inventory management system. However, we highly recommend that you have a website for your dealership. Cars On Search requires you to have a physical location to be accepted into the program. If you have a physical location, chances are, you are going to have a website. Additionally, if you do not have a website, we can recommend a web development company that can create one that would communicate directly into our algorithm.

Cars On Search Pricing Questions

What happens if I go over my lot size pricing program?

We use our pricing model as a general guide, and we want to see your car dealership grow. We do not charge an overage for any reason should your inventory go over the pricing structure limits.

Do you require a contract?

We do not have contracts. We want you to be successful and earn your business each and every month

What does your pricing include with Cars On Search?

Our pricing includes all your provided inventory listing. Our algorithm will be able to break down the listings and categorize them into new or used vehicles, make, model and all the way down to the trim level. The price allows for unlimited changes and listings to your inventory. Our pricing is based on the total number of cars you physically have on your lot for sale. Your subscription with Cars On Search, will include Simply Be Found’s our sister company’s local advertising program.

Can I go just go to directly to Google?

Yes, you can go directly to Google it is, it is a free option. But you must create and submit an application with Google in their developer’s area (https://developers.google.com/cars-for-sale).

I see that you charge monthly on your subscription. Can I get a discount if I want to pay for an entire year in advance?

Currently, we are not offering a yearly payment option. Since the cars tab is a Google pilot program, we do not know the direction it could go. With that said, we do not feel comfortable taking a year’s worth of payments from you should the program not continue to work for your dealership and allow you to cancel at any time.

Do you have any minimum number of cars to be updated or a maximum number of cars will be updated every day?

No, it’s an unlimited source for you as the car dealership. You can add as many as you want every day, and you can take off as many as you want every day at a no additional charge

Connecting Your Dealership to Cars On Search

Do you need backend access to my website to make this work?

No, we do not need backend access to your website for making Cars On Search to work. Our algorithm allows us to connect to your website without backend access or directly into your inventory management system.

Can you connect to our Inventory Management System (IMS)?

Yes, we can connect most inventory management systems (IMS) to our system to allow your inventory to be automatically updated.

Do I need to have a Google My Business account to connect to Cars On Search?

Cars On Search team may ask you connect your Google My Business account because the cars tab works in conjunction with the Google My Business profile that appears when people search for your dealership locally. This is typically the case when you have a Google My Business account for sales, parts department and service departments all within the same address. This keeps your parts department or service department from getting your Cars Tab instead of your sales department.

How do I know if my inventory is being updated every day by using Cars On Search?

Currently Google does not have a reporting system that gives you a list. The Cars On Search team recommends you do a sample quality management periodically. For example, you can randomly pick cars out and check if they match the cars tab. If the cars you are submitting not match the CARS tab listings, you need to notify the Cars On Search team right away.

Do I get any notification when my listings are updated?

At this point in time, you do not get any notifications from Cars On Search when listings are updated. The only thing that we can guarantee is that your submitted feeds are synced to Google once every 24 hours. We do not have any way of controlling how often your feeds are supplied to the algorithm depending on your information feed schedule.

Do you have any minimum number of cars to be updated or a maximum number of cars will be updated every day?

At this point in time, you do not get any notifications from Cars On Search when listings are updated. The only thing that we can guarantee is that your submitted feeds are synced to Google once every 24 hours. We do not have any way of controlling how often your feeds are supplied to the algorithm depending on your information feed schedule.

How long does it take to get started?

It takes between 7 to 10 business days for your inventory to start being seen on search approval and payment receipt.

Can you connect to our Inventory Management System (IMS)?

Yes, we can connect most inventory management systems (IMS) to our system to allow your inventory to be automatically updated.

Are you affiliated with any search engines?

No we are not affiliated, a partner, or connected to any search engine in anyway. 

Is this SEO?

No this is not SEO as we are not making modifications hoping your listings gets picked up by search engines. It’s a direct data feed into the worlds number one search engine. 

Do I need to Pay-Per-Click (PPC)?

No, this program requires no pay-per-click (PPC) and is just flat rate per month per location. 

Where are my listings published?

Your listings will be published on the worlds number one search engine and we are working on gaining more networks soon.

Where are my listings published?

Your listings will be published on the worlds number one search engine and we are working on gaining more networks soon.

How do I view my listings?

If you complete a Google search for your dealership on a mobile device you will find a tab called cars on your business profile. This is the easiest way to find your listings.