In our latest Siteturner round-up, we take a look at the best WordPress car dealer themes for 2020. If you’re building a website for a car dealership, or perhaps an auto trader marketplace, these themes will start you off in the right direction.
The primary features you need for a functional car dealership site are the ability to create detailed vehicle listings, and the ability to search and filter those listings in a useful way. Beyond that, additional features will depend on your intended use. If you’re planning on charging a fee for sellers to list or promote their listings, you’ll want to make sure you choose a car dealer theme that’s integrated with at least one reliable payment gateway.
We’ve selected these themes manually, based on design quality and features. If you know of a quality theme that isn’t here, let us know and we’ll consider adding it. Maybe.
Okay. Now that’s all out of the way, let’s check out…
Carell, a responsive, retina-ready theme, earns a top spot on our list. It’s a multipurpose theme that includes layouts for a creative portfolio and real estate website, too. Elegantly designed, Carell is built on a solid HTML5/CSS3 code base, and gives you lots of room for customization.
But the developers didn’t cut corners on design — the clean, modern design is deceptively simple, but ultimately very effective. Needless distractions are minimized, content is sharply focused, and sensible typography choices and a clever use of space result in high-readability. The design is familiar without being dated, featuring plenty of contemporary flair.
Some car dealership specific features include: page templates for inventory listings, an advanced homepage search form, and detailed vehicle profiles.
Carell comes with 35+ custom pages and over 50 elements to work with. Price boxes, progress bars, four different header styles, two footers and more. 12 PSDs are available for customization purposes.
Highly recommended.More Info/Download
Autostars is the real deal, providing a near turn-key solution to building a robust vehicle marketplace or automotive classifieds website. Savvy users, viewing the demo, will note immediately that the performance and UX of Autostars is top-of-the-line; this is a product built by professionals with both webmasters and end-users in mind, and usability is paramount to creating a successful website of this kind.
Listing management is wonderfully thought-out and implemented. Front-end submissions are supported, searches and filters are easy & intuitive to use, and features like side-by-side listing add even more value. Must-haves like Google Maps integration, contact forms, and social networking are all provided.
The theme is built on the Bootstrap 3 framework from Twitter, making it responsive and extensible. It’s retina-ready for crisp display on high-resolution devices and monitors, and Autostars is SEO friendly to help you rank well in the SERPs. (That’s pretty important, right?) It’s translation-ready, easy to install, highly customizable, and well documented.
And if all that wasn’t enough, two other distinct versions of the theme are bundled: one for real estate, and one for building a straight-up classifieds site.More Info/Download
Released in December, Motors packs in all the features you need to build a fully-functionally automotive marketplace for your car dealership, and wraps them all up in a fantastic design and UX. The developers researched some of the best automotive websites on the market, and the end result is a expertly crafted product built on a solid, performance-optimized and responsive foundation.
The Inventory Manager is powerful, giving webmasters the ability to create taxonomies and categories and an infinite of number of filters to aid visitors and buyers in their searches. Searching and filtering is AJAX powered, meaning no page reloads are necessary, improving the over all user-experience ten-fold and guaranteeing happy users return visits. The theme supports vehicle comparisons, and even a handy loan/financing calculator has been provided. Google Maps is integrated, and WooCommerce is additionally supported.
Secondary features are strong, and site admins will appreciate the flexibility and number of options available for tweaking and customizing the theme. The popular Visual Composer is bundled free for drag & drop page building, the Slider Revolution is bundled for building an engaging homepage slideshow. Social sharing is smartly integrated, and the theme was coded with SEO in mind, to help you reach a top spot in Google and competing search engines. (Competing search engines that we suppose someone out there must use; we just don’t know any of them.)
Translation-ready with WPML support for quick & easy translation, and the 1-click demo install makes installation and setup fast and painless for both newbies and seasoned developers.More Info/Download
Next we’ve got Automotive, one of the newest themes of the bunch. It’s got a classy, pixel-perfect design, built on the responsive Twitter Bootstrap 3 framework, and it’s got all the features you’ll ever need to build a website for a car dealership.
The theme provides you with an expertly designed inventory management system that’s easy to set up and customize. An advanced search (filterable and sortable) allows your customers and potential buyers to look through your inventory easily. Automotive also includes a loan calculator.
The theme comes with the premium plugin Visual Composer, for drag & drop page building, and the popular Slider Revolution plugin. Automotive is a easy to customize, too, and comes bundled with 32 fully layered Photoshop files. (!) Six customized contact forms are also included.More Info/Download
Autotrader WordPress Theme
Auto Trader is a retina-ready, mobile-ready WordPress theme made specifically for car dealerships. Developed by the experts at ThemeFuse, Auto Trader is built on top of their powerful framework, giving you extraordinary control over the theme on the back-end (it’s best to take a look at the options on their site – we couldn’t possibly cover them all here).
Detailed, searchable inventory listings and vehicle profiles are provided. The advanced search form on the homepage allows users to finely tune their search. Contact forms are included, and the theme is integrated with Google Maps.
Comprehensive documentation and stellar support from the ThemeFuse team is included.More Info/Download
Car Dealer Deluxe
The Car Dealer Deluxe theme for WordPress combines clean, minimalistic, and contemporary design with plenty of excellent features.
This theme has plenty of cool features designed from the ground up for auto dealers. It includes a built in VIN decoder, XML and CSV car information import tools, Paypal integration (for pay per listing/paid ads), self service postings, and more.
It also integrates with inventory management systems, and provides its own inventory management features, and has a complete photo gallery.More Info/Download
Automotive (a different one)
Here we have another theme called Automotive.
This Automotive is based on the same engine as the Car Dealer Deluxe theme above. Both have nearly every feature you’ll ever want in a car dealer theme, including inventory management, data import, paid listings, self service listings, and a cool VIN decoder.
Both themes also are translation ready, responsive, include Retina images, and even create Craigslist listings for you automatically.
However, Automotive has a dark, more colorful look. We highly recommend this one.More Info/Download
Auto Image is a one-page style theme that makes a big impact visually. Visitors are greeted by a large, striking and animated photo slideshow. Site information is laid out vertically, accessible via scrolling or by using the menu at the top to zoom up and down the page.
The theme is responsive and retina ready, so it’s going to look fantastic on any device you view it on, big or small. It’s built on Bootstrap 3, and very easy to customize using the theme options panel in the admin. PSD files are included, and WooCommerce is supported.
Lots of documentation is available to keep you from getting stuck, and the high-star rating means that you can count on above average support if you run into problems down the line.More Info/Download
Redline is a fully featured car dealership WordPress theme that has a lot to offer. Vehicle inventory and search is a must-have and bundled in, thanks to the free inclusion of the Premium Car Dealership plugin (a $30 value). Users can easily customized search fields, adjust vehicle details and specs, change the currency and more.
The theme is translation ready and, as you might expect, fully responsive. It’s also retina-ready, and easy to customize with unlimited schemes thanks to the front-end color picker. Video documentation is included, in case you’ve got a short attention span and limited patience for textual documentation. Demo content is included to help you get the site up fast.More Info/Download
Car Dealer WordPress Theme
Another selection from ThemeForest, Car Dealer is one of the newer themes on our list. As we’ve come to expect from themes in the ThemeForest marketplace, this one not only looks wonderful – it’s clean, simple and tasteful – but is also packed to the gills with features and functionality.
We’re pretty sure this one has everything you’d ever need to build a website for a car dealership or auto trading site, but if you’re too lazy to click through and look, here’s a quick run down: a loan calculator, user/dealer profiles, photo branding, sold/featured labels, and super-powerful search widget, comparison pages, watch lists…and more. Yep.
Paypal support is built in too, and in a very handy way (it’s integrated with pricing tables). We really do recommend you have a look at this one if you like the understated, contemporary design, if only to admire how much work the developer put into it. Hopefully it pays off for them (and maybe you).More Info/Download
Like Shandora, OpenDoor is another theme that began its life as real estate theme, and was later reworked into car dealer theme (we think).
It’s responsive, and the highlight of the features is an advanced search and detailed listings. OpenDoor has sold a lot of copies: there’s almost 3500 customers. The theme has a high star-rating, meaning that it’s easy to use, and the support is world-class. It’s updated regularly.More Info/Download
This theme boasts a classic, clean design and comes with lots of features for your dealership site. Google Maps, GEO location and distance reporting are supported, and users can take advantage of the advanced search to browse listings by state, city, zipcode and more. A VIN decoder, CARFAX integration, and XML/CSV import are other awesome features for this one.More Info/Download
Finally we have the responsive car dealership theme Auto Dealer (not to be confused with AutoDealer, heh). This is a light-weight, fast theme that keeps things simple without sacrificing any necessary features like filterable searching and inventory listings/catalogs. Auto Dealer is high resolution, and includes a Visual Builder, shortcodes and plenty of options for customizing the layout and appearance. It’s a great pick for building a no-nonsense and easy to maintain site.More Info/Download
Want it built for you? You can get a custom built car dealer WordPress site for $80 or less
All of the above solutions are great, and extremely customizable, but they require setup and configuration. If you want something completely done for you, there’s another option. You can get a customized car dealership WordPress theme for $80 or less on Fiverr.
For $80, you get a complete dealership site, including financing forms, inventory data import, and unlimited revisions — as well as plenty of support.More Info
And again we find ourselves at the end of a Siteturner theme round-up. We hope you found our selection the best WordPress car dealer themes useful. We’ll be updating whenever high quality new themes are released.