To conduct a local used car search, check local used car dealerships, and find local dealerships on the Kelley Blue Book website. Websites such as Autotrader feature online advertisements for used cars.
Autotrader features an easy search function that allows you to enter a ZIP code and find all cars for sale in the vicinity. Autotrader provides a comparison tool that makes it easy to compare multiple vehicles at one time.
Use the dealership locator on the Kelley Blue Book website to find local dealerships that have the specific types of used cars you are looking for. Enter a make, model and other information, such as the ZIP code, mileage and price ranges.
At local used car dealerships, be prepared with the maximum amount you are willing to spend on a vehicle. Be sure to let the salesperson know this amount, and tell him that you don't want to look at cars over this price. After selecting the budget, bring along someone who knows something about car mechanics and can take a look under the hood. Compare prices of vehicles at the used car dealership to their Kelley Blue Book value. Also take a look at the maintenance records for each car.