Bargain-priced used cars can be found by searching for listings from private sellers and dealers on sites such as Autotrader, eBay, Car Gurus and Craigslist. Each site offers tools for filtering results based on price and features to locate the most affordable cars for a user's needs.
Autotrader and Car Gurus each allow used car dealers to create listings for the cars in the dealers' inventories, thus gaining exposure to a national audience. Each listing contain pictures of the car, a written description of its features, a breakdown of its condition and information on contacting the dealer, as well as some site-specific features. For example, Car Gurus includes dealer ratings on all listings, which are written by site users based on actual experience with each dealer. Listings on the site also feature a value comparison that shows how the specific sale price compares to the current fair market value of the car.
Classifieds sites such as Craigslist often contain considerably lower prices compared to dealers, though these sales do not come with any legal protection for the buyer. As the sale is handled by a private party and not a business, the seller is not subject to many state and federal regulations.