Purchase a used car for sale by locating a listing through a site such as Autotrader.com, CarGurus.com, eBay.com or Craigslist.org, as of 2015. Contact the seller to make arrangements to inspect the car, and then negotiate a price and transfer the payment to the seller to receive the car.
The first step to purchasing a used car is to browse through available listings to understand the different types of vehicles available in your area. Autotrader.com and CarGurus.com both feature a location search tool that allows you to view all dealer listings within a specific ZIP code or city and stage. Auction site eBay.com also contains a ZIP code search feature but only displays the seller's distance from the location. Craigslist.org operates sections dedicated to major cities and regions within each state, ensuring that you only view listings from local sellers. It also allows you to view search results on a map to identify the exact location of the seller.
Once you find a listing for a car you like, contact the seller to inquire about availability and to arrange a time to inspect the car. Look for any issues with its appearance or internal systems, and make the seller an offer according to the cars condition. Once you agree on a price, pay the seller and fill out the appropriate paperwork to transfer the car into your name.