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Published on February 22nd, 2016 | by James Ayre


New Tesla CPO Search App

February 22nd, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Those considering the purchase of a certified pre-owned Tesla Model S, or simply those interested in programming, may be interested to learn about a new search application being created by a commenter on the Tesla Motors Club forum.

The new certified pre-owned (CPO) search tool — being created by “Skotty” — allows the application of various search filters, and the ranking of possible matches + an explanation of how the matches are different from the previous times the search was run.

Here’s the post in question, describing the search application:

I’m almost finished with my own version of a CPO Search application. How it works in general is that you feed it a source of CPO inventory information and a list of your own search filters, and it will rank potential matches and tell you how the matches are different from the last time you ran the search. There is no user interface currently; it’s meant to run more as either a console application or a scheduled task.

This all started because I will be looking for a CPO Model S soon; I have a whole bunch of preferences and I was encouraged by what the ev-cpo.com website is already doing and wanted to expand on it in my own way.

I wrote the application in Java. It is written to be as generic as possible, and at it’s core is a search engine that can be used for anything, not just CPO Model S searches. I’m thinking of releasing it online somewhere open source; maybe at SourceForge or something. It’s pretty much complete, but just needs some testing and verification.

…If you are a Java programmer, you can define your own filter sources, candidate sources, and result destinations to suit your needs. Or, whether you are a Java programmer or not, you can use the ones already bundled with the application.

Here’s a visual that he created to illustrate the idea:


There are further details in the original posting (which can be found here) for those interested in finding out more.

The application is hosted here.

And there’s a documentation page here
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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