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Buying a car | 10.03.2014 - 18:51

The Six Best Sites for Online Car Shopping

There are plenty of online resources to purchase the car that you've always wanted, but here are the six best that you should consider

Imagine walking down the street and seeing your dream car on the corner with a sign in the window letting you know its for sale. Unfortunately, this rarely happens and instead you're stuck driving around the same car that you've had since you graduated college. Well, don't stress too much because you are in luck. The Internet has changed the way that people search for and purchase things that they desire, including new vehicles. There are now plenty of online resources to purchase the car that youve always wanted, but here are the six best that you should consider.


Hemmings is aimed at car buyers who are looking for classic vehicles. The site is full of remodels, restorations and even bodies for the purchaser to restore themselves. If you are looking for something that will help you take a trip down memory lane, Hemmings is the way to go.


Due to active marketing and a number of successful television commercials, AutoTrader may be one of the most familiar names to make this list. The site's fame, however, is not due entirely to good marketing—AutoTrader has a great search tool for quickly narrowing down available cars to a group that meets your specifications and budget. AutoTrader also gets a lot of traffic from commercial auto dealers, which increases the likelihood that you'll find a vehicle of excellent quality.


Craigslist makes the list due to the sheer number of transactions which take place there on a daily basis. Sure, there are a few stories here and there of issues with buying a car from Craigslist. But, if you take the necessary precautions, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. You can get tons of great deals on Craigslist, as well as find cars that need to be sold immediately for when you are in a crunch. The selection is huge, with Craigslist being one of the most posted-on sites for automobile sales.


There is an entire “motors” section on eBay which offers plenty of options for prospective car buyers. The greatest feature of eBay's car shopping pages is that they provide you with the reputation and sales history of a seller, which can ease any concerns you may have with buying a used vehicle. And, if you have a car you are looking to sell on your own, you can also use eBay to find potential buyers.


The most user-friendly online car shopping experience is found on Cars.com. Their search system was designed with maximum accessibility in mind, integrating search results with information from resources like Carfax and Kelly Blue Book. Cars.com also sells commercial vehicles, often purchasing through online services for vehicle remarketing, resulting in what is usually an excellent deal for a well-maintained car.


Autotempest compiles information from eBay, Craigslist, AutoTrader and Cars.com and puts them into one easy-to-search website. If you want to save time otherwise spent bouncing around from site to site, a quick search on  Autotemptest will provide some very detailed reports of cars you're interested in.

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