Buyers comfortable with using online resources can use websites like Autotrader and Cars.com to search for cars for sale nearby; these websites allow users to perform fine-tuned searches. Craigslist is another popular online resource, and its free listings make it popular for individuals selling cars.
Some websites also allow people to search multiple online listings at once. AutoTempest.com collects results from Craigslist, Autotrader and Cars.com and can search large geographic regions. It's important to be cautious when searching for cars online to avoid scams, and it may be worth searching for reviews of dealerships.
Buyers interested in offline resources may want to consider looking for local used car dealers in the phone book. Dealers and individual sellers also sometimes list cars in the classified sections of newspapers, and some areas have periodicals dedicated to running ads for cars.
Another option to consider is looking for local auctions. Government agencies often auction cars, and some auctions allow people to find better deals than what is typically available at dealerships. Private entities sometimes use auctions as well, often to sell seized vehicles. However, it's important to note that auctioned cars typically come without a warranty, and buyers generally don't have a chance to test-drive cars.