In our latest Siteturner round-up, we take a look at the best WordPress car dealer themes for 2017. 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. If you still need hosting, check out Bluehost. They’re good.
Okay. Now that’s all out of the way, let’s check out…
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.
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.
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. Highly recommended.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
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.
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.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
The 100% responsive Motor Vehicle Marketplace theme for WordPress combines clean, minimalistic, and contemporary design with plenty of excellent marketplace features and a straight-forward, easy to use directory system.
Although built for car dealers and automotive listings, with a bit of tweaking, the theme can also be used for tourist agency websites, real estate listings, and a variety of other types of marketplaces. A drag & drop page builder is included for building and editing complex layouts and the popular premium plugin Revolution Slider is bundled free.
WooCommerce and Contact Form 7 are supported, and the theme includes a touch-enabled video slider for highlighting your top content on the homepage. Translation ready.More Info/Download
Carat is a responsive, retina-ready car dealer and automotive listings theme that allows you to easily create a robust directory. A built-in package system with PayPal integration allows you to charge users for posted listings, or you can opt to use the free listing model instead.
Built on Twitter’s Bootstrap 3 framework, the theme is optimized for speed, user-experience and SEO. Users can customize most parts of the theme via the theme settings, and developers with a preference for hand-coding and CSS preprocessing will appreciate the SASS/Compass files that are included.
Full commercial support and extensive documentation are provided by the developer.More Info/Download
We seriously considered putting this theme higher up on our list. Released in February, this theme is straight forward, simple and elegant in its design – it excels by not overdoing it with an over abundance of animations and parallax scrolling. It’s fast and responsive. The front-and-center search form on the homepage is an especially nice touch, and we expect this alone will be a selling point for a lot of people.
Beyond the appealing aesthetic and the slick homepage slider and carousel, AutoDealer comes bundled with a lot of functionality that makes it perfect for a fully featured marketplace website. Users can submit and manage their listings on the front-end using the custom dashboard, and site admins can take payment for listings or listing promotions with the integrated payment gateways.
The theme takes advantage of AJAX to minimize page loads and improve user experience, and provides a lot of nice extras like favoriting and email notifications. It comes with one-click, easy to install demo content to get the site up and running with minimal fuss.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
Shandora is a multipurpose WordPress theme that we’ve liked well enough to include on another of our round-up lists: Best Property Management and Real Estate WordPress Themes.
This is a retina-ready, responsive theme (developed mobile first). It’s a slightly older product, but it shows no signs of being dated, and easily surpasses other themes of its type.
Powerful custom searching and detailed listings make this theme perfect for a car dealership website. The theme is SEO optimized, and the included page builder and theme options ensure you’ll have lots of control over the way your theme looks.
There’s a few other unique features here, too: a built-in quiz engine for engaging visitors, and a built-in polling system.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
Responsive Car Dealer Theme for WordPress
This Untitled theme from PremiumPress 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. Payment gateway integration means you can charge a few for listings and monetize the site.
Members Area and management tools allow site members to update and change their listings, contact details and contact other users. Membership packages make it possible for you to sell memberships to dealers who may wish to submit multiple listings.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
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.