Print the unique number of cars accross all partners for a given search criterias
As a user, I would like to know how many unique cars there are across all partners for my research,
So that I can better estimate how many cars in my search are in the overall market at a given time.
I believe that using the tuple [Make, Model, Price, Year, Mileage] to guess if it's the same car across multiple partners would be sufficient. Would be better with VIN but no all ads display it.
Love auto-tempest! I'm a developer myself and in the market for a new car and that idea is very convenient! I guess you cannot print the ad directly into autotempest legally speaking right? Did you ask to display the listing in search results only? and the detailed view of a listing would end up on the partner's actual detail page.
Currently we do already deduplicate vehicles from different partners, so for thr most part anyngiven car should only be seen (and counted ) once. (Though occasionally exceptions will slip through.) We also already show a combined count of vehicles returned from all sources at the top of the page.
What's missing is, it currently only shows the number that have been displayed; if there are multiple pages of results, the later pages won't be added to the count until they've been loaded. (This is because our back-end queries haven't actually pulled up those vehicles yet, so the front end doesn't know how many there are.) This was necessary in the past to keep the searches as fast as possible. However as search tools have progressed it's less important now. So we actually do have plans to add a complete count, not only of results, but also of remaining results for each potential filter option (aka faceted search). I don't have a timeline on that yet, but it is planned.
Per your other question, most of our agreements do involve linking to partner pages for vehicle details, though there are a few we host ourselves (mostly in the "Other" section of the page). I'm not sure exactly what you mean regarding putting the information in the results. We do already include a summary there, but don't want to cram in so much that it becomes cluttered.