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The 5 Best Used Car Websites in 2019


October 28, 2019 Buying Guides By

Shopping for a used car is a daunting task from the very first 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: nowadays, there are hundreds of used car websites that can help you winnow down your options and find exactly the car you want, rather than whatever happens to simply be convenient.

To narrow down the options and help you focus your search, we at Gear Patrol pulled together this list of the best used car websites to use.

CarGurus

CarGurus is the gold standard when it comes to general issue used car shopping. Not only do they drive and review popular models, but their pros advise on whether a deal on offer is above 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. One of the advantages BaT has over the other sites is its active community; members regularly comment on auctions, offering personal insights and knowledge about the featured cars. Sellers usually respond to questions and interact in the comments section, too. And unlike the rest of the internet, 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 conventional used car site where buyers can contact the seller directly, instead of through a forum like on BaT.

Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book is the best of the old breed of used car websites. 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 explaining each car’s value compared to the market price for that model, based on the options, trim level 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; many are right-hand-drive Most of the models available have just qualified for the 25-year old vehicle import law. 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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