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How do you find a car using online classifieds?

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Find a used car in online classifieds by entering your desired car information into a national database or searching local listings. AutoTrader and Cars.com are the top national online car classifieds, according to About.com. Many regional newspapers, including the New Orleans Times-Picayune, provide online counterparts to printed car classifieds.

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Enter your preferred type of car, including make, model, year, location and price, into an online car classifieds database, such as AutoTrader. Some sites allow you to search for cars within a certain distance of your location, while other classified sites show all cars in a market area, explains About.com. Both AutoTrader and Cars.com feature side-by-side comparisons of cars, though AutoTrader has a larger database and more extensive search options.

Carfax is another popular national database. This site allows users to search for cars based on car history, and it includes filters to find cars that have had only one owner or no reported accidents.

Newspapers typically have online car classifieds for subscribers in the area. The New Orleans Times-Picayune provides online car classifieds for the greater New Orleans area on the Autos section of Nola.com. In New Jersey, the Bergen Record lists its car classifieds on NorthJersey.com in the Automobiles category of its Marketplace. Online newspaper classifieds may not have the same search features as car-specific websites: while Nola.com has a search tool similar to the national car databases, NorthJersey.com only provides a list of cars, similar to a printed classifieds section.

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