How to Find a Cheap Used Car for Sale

March 11, 2020

When searching for a cheap used car for sale, the Internet is your friend. This shouldn't completely replace a trip or two to local dealers to browse their selection, but it will enhance the efficiency of your used car search greatly.


The best place to start your cheap used car search is with a website such as CarsDirect. CarsDirect has thousands of used car listings that you can search through from home. Their search engine will sort vehicles by year, make, model, price, and location, making it easy to narrow down your search to a few likely vehicles. With the vast database of used car listings, you are bound to find a car that fits your needs, wants and budget.


Another great Internet site to look for cheap used cars for sale is eBay. Unlike CarsDirect, eBay is an auction-based site. This means that once you find the vehicle you would like to buy, you must place a bid on it. If your bid is the highest at the end of the auction, the vehicle is yours. However, you must pay close attention as the bid goes on, as there are likely other people interested who will try to outbid you.

Due to its nature as an auction site, there is the potential for great deals on eBay. There are thousands of listings available that are easily searchable, allowing you to locate the vehicle that fits what you are looking for, and has the potential for a low selling price.


Craigslist is a great resource for finding cheap used cars. It is a huge classified-ads style website, broken down into individual sites for large US cities or regions. Unlike CarsDirect or eBay though, the listings are not arranged in an as easy to search manner. There are search functions, but not to the extent of the other two sites. Despite this, craigslist is one of the best sites on the Internet to find great cheap used car deals.

Because of its nature as a free, easy to use classified ad site, many people post their cars for sale on craigslist first before trying a fee-based site. And because of this, there are no added costs to pass onto the buyer. This, along with the sheer number of vehicles listed will aid in your search for a cheap used car.

One downside to craigslist though is the prevalence of scams. Due to its nature as a free site, some people place ads with less than honest intentions. They are often quite easy to spot, but a word of caution is merited.

As you can see, there are more than a few options available online for finding a cheap used car. The best part is that you are not limited to only using one. You can combine these sites, along with many others to find a vehicle that is right for you at the right price.

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