Shopping for a used car can be stressful. The Internet has made things easier; you no longer need to pore through print classifieds or take a used car salesman’s word for a car's provenance. But the plethora of sites available and the sheer amount of information can overwhelm you.
We’ve decided to simplify things for you a bit. Below are six of our favorite used car sites that can be useful whether you’re looking to buy, sell, trade-in — or just kill some time looking at some primo vintage cars.
CarGurus is a great first stop for the general car buyer. You can find whatever new, used or certified pre-owned vehicle you want quickly, and their algorithm saves you time and copious research by calculating how good of a deal a car is versus other sales and listings.
Bring a Trailer
Bring a Trailer has become a go-to site for car enthusiasts. It’s an excellent place to auction off your car, bid on a ride — or, like many of us, lurk and fantasize about vintage off-roaders. Bring a Trailer’s active, knowledge community fuels what may be the Internet’s only genuinely constructive comments section.
eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace, and their Motors section provides a secure platform for local or national car sales. It’s also useful for tracking down that rare part or vintage car manual that would be impossible to find anywhere else.
Hemmings is a more traditional classic car site. It features both auctions and private sales, as well as a marketplace for parts. It also has a straightforward, easily searchable database to find the exact car you’re looking for.
Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book has been a trusted resource for car buyers and sellers for nearly 100 years. It’s an excellent resource for car reviews, valuations for your current or future vehicle, or you just want recommendations for the best cars to buy.
Cars & Bids
Cars & Bids is a new Bring a Trailer rival that launched this year. It dispenses with the Baby Boomer favorites, instead focusing on modern enthusiast cars from the 1980s onward. It also provides information easily digestible bullet points. Plus, each vehicle gets a quick take from YouTube star and site founder Doug DeMuro, if that’s important to you.