Consumers in the market to buy a used car have two options: buy from a used car dealer or a private party. Many consumers opt to go with a used car dealer, preferring to avoid the hassles of dealing with a private party. But what’s the best way to search for used car dealers?
Short of driving around the neighborhood hoping to spot a used car dealer, the smarter way is to plan ahead. There’s the old-fashioned approach, using the auto classified section of the Sunday or weekend newspapers.
Word of mouth is another way to go. If a friend, neighbor or family member has had good results with a used car dealer, it’s at least worth a look.
A quicker method to find several used car dealers is to go online and conduct a search by state, city, zip code. Here at The Car Connection, our used-car listings count more than 2 million cars available on any given day.
If you want a certified pre-owned vehicle, head over to the manufacturer’s website for the type of car you’re looking to buy. Check out Ford Certified Pre-Owned, GM Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, Honda Certified Used Cars, and so on.
All the sites have filters to allow you to drill down to the specific area, make, model year, and more. With a little practice, you’ll be able to narrow down your search to the few used car dealers that are most convenient, have a large inventory, or have the type of vehicle you’re looking for.