You dream of the perfect old car, but you don’t know where to start looking. Well, Jalopnik readers are here to help with the ten best used car-buying websites on the internet.
Why it works: There is a lot of hate for AutoTrader around here, and that’s understandable. Their listings attract people who severely overvalue their cars. However, AutoTrader does have an excellent search function, letting you make searches for things like “manual transmission + two wheel drive + four cylinder engine” and gives you a variety of similar cars across different years and makes.
Why it works: If you’re looking for a classic car and not just a used car, Hemmings is the place to go. They’ve got everything from “I found this old frame in my barn” to “I restored my grandpa’s midget racer” to “here’s my super clean Mustang.” There’s everything in between, and great used car articles up on the site as well.
8.) Bring a Trailer
Why it works: BaT casts a wider net than Hemmings, but if you’re looking for something cool and old, from rusty station wagon project cars to perfectly restored Saab Sonnet IIs, Bring a Trailer is where you want to go.
Why it works: Those of you who live in the frigid wastelands of Canada are already acquainted with Kijiji, which means “village” in Swahili. Great cars for sale and a good user interface makes it like Craigslist but better. It’s also owned by eBay.
Why it works: That every car gets national exposure makes it harder to find a great deal yourself, but eBay Motors is generally more reliable and easier to deal with than Craigslist. It’s also good when you already know what you want, and you’re looking for something very specific.
Why it works: Clear user interface, good search function, and links to Carfax and Kelly Blue Book straight from the site are all plusses for Cars.com. There are a ton of cars listed on the site, which is important for buying used, and they have a good mobile app, too.
4.) Enthusiast forums
Why it works: If you’re looking for a Miata, go check out a Miata forum. If you’re looking for an Alfa Romeo, go check out an Alfa forum. There are always some good deals on enthusiast sites and forums, though you have to be specific if you place a wanted listing on one. Everyone in the world is looking for a clean, maintained car for a great price. You have to be more particular if you want to find something good.
Why it works: You get some weird crap thrown in every so often, but nothing can beat Craigslist when it comes to local listings. The search function is not the most specific, but any and everything is listed on CL.
Why it works: What could be better than Craigslist? Multiple-region searches of Craigslist! Craigsy looks and functions just like CL, but it lets you search within a radius of a specific ZIP code. It’s simple and it works.
Why it works: What could be better than a multiple-region search of Craigsist? A multiple region search of Craigslist that also searches eBay, AutoTrader, and Cars.com at the same time. The results on Autotempest are well-organized and the search is decently specific. It’s like those cross-shopping plane ticket search sites, but for cars.