Cheap cars for sale by owners can be found online through auto classifieds sites such as AutoTrader, general classifieds sites such as Craigslist and auction sites such as eBay. Each site contains information about the car in question and contact information for the seller to make arrangements for purchase.
Buying a used car directly from its owner allows an individual to obtain a clear understanding of how the car was used as well as spend less than if she purchased it from a dealer, assuming she takes several precautions to avoid scams and dad deals. For example, many private sellers may not provide a vehicle's repair history in an attempt to hide poor performance or the need for costly repairs. When an individual sees a listing for a cheap car, it is vital to acquire its history in order to identify any reasons why the car is priced as such.
Once a buyer has completed the necessary research on a vehicle and conducted proper inspections, she must also take precautions during the actual transaction. Sites such as Craigslist do not offer any tools for facilitating payments, which they do not offer any protection if the seller does not deliver the promised vehicle after the payment has occurred.