Craigslist and AutoTrader are websites that list cars for sale by owner, notes About.com. Online car shopping gives buyers the capability to search exact models, features and price. Since Craigslist and AutoTrader both offer car listings by dealerships, buyers must filter search results to show private listings.
Autotrader combines listings from over 250,000 private owners to provide the largest selection for more than 13 million buyers per month, claims AutoTrader. Users are able to filter search results on AutoTrader by make, model, price and zip code. Additionally, AutoTrader allows buyers to simply browse results by make, price or style.
Craigslist is ideal for buyers who do not have a specific car in mind, states About.com. However, Craigslist has a higher potential for scams because it is free to post listings. In addition, dealers can sometimes pose as private sellers. Craigslist offers consumers a list of guidelines to avoid being scammed.