Purchasing a used car can be a frustrating effort, even more so when consumers start sifting through all the choices online. There are plenty of websites, ads, and information flooding consumers about where and who to buy from. It's even worse if the consumer already has a specific classic car in mind. However there are several used car selling sites that make searching for and buying used vehicles easier.
To find cars for sale in your area, Craigslist might be your best bet. Anyone is able to list cars or parts on the site-including dealerships-and there are different regional Craigslist sections for cities and counties throughout the country. It's up to the seller to decide how many images and how much information they want to provide, though, so sometimes listings can be lacking. Recently, Craigslist implemented a change where sellers now have to pay $5 before listing a car, likely to try and combat scammers.
Craigslist can be frustratingly hard to search, though, especially if you're looking in multiple locations and for a particular kind of vehicle. In that case, we recommend the smartphone app BRZO. Currently only available for Apple products, BRZO allows for detailed, customizable Craigslist searches that can span the entirety of the site or specific regions. It lets you filter by keywords, model years, transmission type, and much more, and brings up organizable results that can be saved and updated. Once you've used BRZO, you won't want to browse Craigslist the regular way ever again-and we'd know, because we've found and purchased some of our own cars using the app.
At this point, online auction site eBay is a household name, and the eBay Motors section is dedicated to sales of cars and car parts. You can sort by year, make, model, location, and more, making it easy to look for specific cars. You can also add listings to your watch list, which will give you notifications when new bids are placed. Like Craigslist, the amount of photos and information put in each listing is up to the seller, so sometimes the listings can be a bit sparse.
Read more here