Apple Shortcut Availability Checker

Morning,

For these of us waiting for specific vehicles to be available in our area, checking the Onto site multiple times an hour can become tiresome. I put together an Apple Shortcut to check availability at my postcode earlier, and thought it might be of use to some of you.

https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/d05bfb76ee614baa917e8a50bfd51954

When imported, it’ll ask you for your delivery postcode, and to edit the list of cars that you are interested in. You can match a specific vehicle “uid” here, for example…
volkswagen-id3-family-pro-performance

or something partial, for example…
volkswagen-id3

… if you were interested in any ID3 (because this matches both vehicles).

You can enter multiple cars here too if you are waiting on the Etron or the Jag.
jaguar-i-pace-hse
audi-e-tron

It’ll run on any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or even the Apple Watch if you want to check on Tesla availability from your wrist.

Hope it’s useful to some.

Mark

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Just tried it.

Very clever. Cheers.

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As a nice add on to this too, because this is running in Shortcuts, you can set it up to automate a variety of things if your search finds the car you want.

For example -

  • Flash your house lights on and off multiple times in celebration
  • Send an automatic text to your partner (warning them of an increase in monthly outgoings because you’re about to order an E-from)
  • Find the next available day in your calendar (to book delivery)
  • or…. all three of the above.

Sure you can also come up with your own ideas :laughing:

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Great shortcut/automation! Thanks!

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Great work!

I’ve added it to my shortcuts and customised accordingly.

To be honest I never really knew what you could do with shortcuts as I only glanced at it a few times. Sounds pretty useful from what you’ve achieved. I’d be interested to know what other clever things you’ve done with them?

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I develop iPhone apps for a living, and lead teams of engineers that do the same thing, so I could geek out on this stuff for hours.

Shortcuts is great, particularly if you’ve got the time and the patience to build up these workflows. Having a home and life that’s fully controlled by your phone helps with your options too.

Tesla have a public api too, so as soon as a Tesla becomes available and I manage to book it in time - expect more :smile:

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Loving it!

Just tweaked a few shortcuts and the like … added this!

It’s fantastic to get such a quick availability check on the fly.

(Looking for something in specific, narrow range, maybe Dec and Jan….)

:clap:

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Thanks, glad it’s useful to more than just me.

It helped me secure a Model 3 when one became available, and I’ve now got it set to anything including the letter Y :eyes: :joy:

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Hahaha!

I “tested” it on a shortlist. Put the Tesla in there and it flashed up earlier with one being available…

…and, of course, within a few hours that one’s gone :joy::joy::joy:

I’m not sure if I want to try a Tesla just for a short time, or not! (Seems a lot of money - which is a slightly daft thing to think in the context of embracing the all-inclusiveness of the proposition)

Anyway, I’m clearly going to have endless fun running that shortcut and seeing what comes out of the lottery!!!