Buying a used car is about as enjoyable as getting a root canal without anesthetic, while getting kicked in the balls... by your mom. Nothing in this world can make buying a used car a painless process (we’re probably closer to a cure to cancer) but if you know where to look online, it might just be a little less painful.
For some detailed advice, check out this article on how to buy a used car.
General Used Car Sites
There are dozens of used car sites online, and to be perfectly honest, many of them are exactly the same. The biggest differences you’ll get from site to site are the actual cars that are listed for sale. These sites are the biggest and the best, but you should check out at least a couple of them before committing to any sale.
Specialty Used Car Sites
Hot Import Carts
If you’re still itching to be Paul Walker in “The Fast and the Furious,” then this is the site for you. All kinds of used imports from Japan are up for sale on this site, including racer delights like the Nissan Skyline.
Classics And Customs
From pimped-out caddies to cherry red Chevys, this site is great for those looking for a deal on classic cars and tricked-out customs.
Seized cars taken by police can be bought for dirt cheap. Your local drug dealer’s loss is your gain. Don’t bother checking the trunk for some bonus goods though; the police have probably already grabbed the good stuff.
Tired of your leased car? Need to adjust your monthly payment? Try trading your lease for another from somebody who's also unhappy. One man's mistake can be another's opportunity!
You can research used cars here and also see thousands of custom cars.
Services & Advice
This site lets buyers and sellers enter information about the price of the car they just bought or sold. Visitors to the site can search the database and use the data as a reference point to price the used car they are selling or buying.
One of the most important sites to go to when you’re looking to buy a new car, Car Fax can give you a detailed report of the car’s history and will let you know if that great deal you found is actually a lemon.
State Lemon Laws
Accidentally buying a dreaded ‘lemon’ is a constant fear for potential car buyers. This site is a great guide for people who may have bought a lemon, and also goes into detail about the lemon laws in every state.
Free VIN Decoder
This site offers a free VIN decoder. If you want to purchase a used car, just find the VIN number, type it in, and the site will generate a report about the vehicle. There is a lot of vehicle history contained in a car VIN number, and they'll unlock it for you. The basic VIN report is free!
Kelley Blue Book
You ever hear car dealers mention “Blue Book value” and wonder what the hell they are talking about? The blue book is the Kelley Blue Book, which is kind of like a price guide for used cars. The Kelley Blue Book site is free for anyone to use, and is amazingly in-depth. Find out your car’s resale value and check to see if the price you’re being quoted by a dealer is too much.
FTC’s Guide to Used Cars
The Man’s guide to buying a used car. Most used car dealers are slimeballs, and I guess it takes one to know one.
Consumer Reposts: New cars vs. Used cars
The venerable Consumer Reports comes to the rescue once more, offering this detailed article detailing the pros and cons of buying used over new. Consumer Reports is one of the most respected and accurate consumer resources in the world, so you should place their opinion in high regard.
Educational Film on Used Cars
This flick can teach you more about used cars and the salesmen that push them than any guidebook, website or class ever could
The best used car commercial ever
Tonight on Fox: When Spokesmen Attack! This is perhaps the greatest commercial for a used car dealership ever made. It’s definitely the most honest.