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The 5 Best Used Car Websites in 2019


January 9, 2019 Buying Guides By

Shopping for a used car is a daunting task from the very minute you decide you want one. The whole process can feel like a chore to anyone who’s been on the market before and a concentrated source of stress to the shoppers new to the undertaking. Luckily, you no longer have to comb through the print classifieds outside your local grocery store – there are hundreds of used car websites to use instead. To narrow down the options and help you focus your search, these are the best used car websites to use.

CarGurus

CarGurus is the gold standard when it comes to general used car shopping. Not only do they drive and review popular models, but their pros advise on whether a deal on offer is above, average or below the going market value. CarGurus also provides the same information for new and certified preowned vehicles.

Bring a Trailer

Over the past couple of years, Bring a Trailer established itself as one of, if not the best, vintage car auction site. The number of cars listed on the site seems to grow every day, and BaT now offers newer cars too. One of the advantages BaT has over the other sites is its active community. Members of the BaT community regularly comment on auctions, offering personal insights and experiences with the featured cars. Sellers usually respond to questions and interact in the comments section too. Unlike the rest of the internet, the majority of the comments section here is genuinely constructive.

Read: How To Sell a Used Car Successfully with 5 tips from the founder of Bring a Trailer.

Hemmings

Hemmings is another reliable site that features classic cars, but unlike Bring a Trailer, Hemmings offers both auctions and straightforward sales. Hemmings also operates like a more convential used car site where buyers contact the seller directly, instead of through a forum environment like on BaT.

Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book is best of the old breed of used car websites, but that’s not a knock against it. It features a straightforward user experience where you can search new and used cars by category, make, price or best-selling models. However, Kelley Blue Book’s calling card is listing each car’s value compared to the market, based on the options fitted, trim levels and condition.

Japanese Classics

There’s no hiding this site’s forte – it’s right there in the name. However, these aren’t the ’96 Honda Civics you remember from High School. These cars are imported from overseas and weren’t originally available on US shores. Most of the models available have just qualified for the 25-year old law, so they might be right-hand-drive. That also means there are real gems all over the site you’ve probably never laid eyes on.

Read: The 25 Best Cars You Can Finally Import

Some to Avoid

If you’re currently shopping for a used car, this is a good place to find the cars you don’t want. Read the Story

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