Local newspaper advertisements, online classifieds, online auction sites and specialty auto sales sites are potential sources for finding used cars for sale by private owners. Specialty sites offering used car listings include AutoTempest.com, Cars.com, Cars Direct and AutoTrader.com.
Craigslist is a well-known online classified site with the option to search for local vehicles by selecting the subsection for the local area. EBay Motors allows users to buy used vehicles by entering a search radius from the local ZIP code. The search options include For Sale By with an option for private sellers. Most specialty car sites also allow the user to filter results to include only private sales. AutoTempest.com is an aggregator site pulling from several different auto sites, so the potential buyer can look in one place instead of several sites.