Where to go online to find a used Truck

Find Used Truck! How?

There are numerous sites that provide vehicle listings, with the vast majority of activity occurring on Cars.com, AutoTrader.com, CarsDirect, Vehix.com, and eBayMotors.com. MSN Autos is powered by AutoTrader so when you attempt to search for vehicles for sale on MSN Autos you are taken directly to AutoTrader. Yahoo! Autos has the same arrangement with Cars.com.


┬áThe two largest online classified sites in terms of monthly unique visitors are Cars and AutoTrader. Another option for people that want a reliable used car, but don’t want to deal with a long term payment is participating in a lease marketplace where you take over the lease from another person. One of the industry leaders in this category is Swapalease.com. Let’s examine each site in detail, focusing on ease of use, and inventory available.

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AutoTrader.com – Autotrader.com is also an easy-to-use site, but the initial search form requests more information. One nice feature of AutoTrader is that you can search both new and used inventory simultaneously. Another nice feature is the ability to search for up to three different make and model combinations in one search, like Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, and Ford Fusion. You can also save your search, thus saving time when you return to the site later. Search results can be sorted by price, mileage, distance from the zip code entered, model year, vehicle, and whether the vehicle has a special offer. Like Cars.com, AutoTrader lets you save vehicles you might be interested in. AutoTrader provides more vehicle information on the search results page than Cars does, but does not allow you to narrow your search directly from the search results page.

Drilling down on a particular vehicle brings you to a page where you can look at photos, read more about the vehicle’s features, email or call the seller, view a map and get directions to the seller, fill out a loan application, get an insurance quote, and view a free Carfax vehicle history report if the seller offers one.

A quick search of available inventory found over 3,000 new and used Hondas available for sale within 50 miles of Chicago, over 6,500 new and used Hondas available for sale within 50 miles of New York City, and over 4,500 new and used Hondas available for sale within 50 miles of Los Angeles. There are over 7,000 new and used Fords available for sale within 50 miles of Chicago, over 6,500 new and used Fords for sale within 50 miles of New York City, and over 6,500 new and used Fords for sale within 50 miles of Los Angeles.

eBayMotors.com – There are two ways to search for vehicles on eBayMotors. You can as much or as little information about the make you are interested in (ex: 2010 Honda Odyssey) in the search box at the top of the page, or use the dropdowns to search as you would on the other vehicle inventory sites. If you have ever purchased anything from eBay you are likely familiar with their auction and buy it now processes. eBayMotors works the same way. You can purchase a vehicle via the standard auction process, or use the buy it now feature. Some listings include a best offer option, allowing you to make an offer on the vehicle. On the search results page the sort capabilities are basically the same, allowing you to sort by year, mileage, distance from zip, and price. You can also sort by the time left for the listing. eBayMotors offers all the same search refinements as the other sites (transmission, mileage, color, engine cylinders, seller), and also lets you refine your search by eBay Top-rated sellers. Top-rated sellers are sellers that consistently receive the highest buyers’ ratings, ship items quickly, and have earned a track record of excellent service.

The specific car detail page varies from listing to listing. There are consistencies throughout the listings, but eBayMotors sellers get much more flexibility when describing the vehicle. Standard information on the details page includes mileage, location, condition, whether or not the vehicle has a warranty remaining, photos, payment and shipping information, and a vehicle history report. For more information on vehicle history reports view the “Purchase a Vehicle History Report” section. Beyond that standard information the seller can include additional information about the vehicle that they create and format.

A quick search of available inventory found over 500 new and used Hondas available for sale within 50 miles of Chicago, over 300 new and used Hondas available for sale within 50 miles of New York City, and over 400 new and used Hondas available within 50 miles of Los Angeles. There are over 1,500 new and used Fords available for sale within 50 miles of Chicago, over 1,000 new and used Fords for sale within 50 miles of New York City, and over 1,250 new and used Fords for sale within 50 miles of Los Angeles.

CarsDirect.com – CarsDirect’s search process works a little differently than Cars’ and AutoTrader’s. If you are searching for a new car you are not taken to a search results page populated with vehicles being sold by dealers. Rather, you are taken to a page where you see the MSRPs for the styles you might be interested in. You then click on the drive style you might be interested in, and are taken to a page where you receive the “CarsDirect Price” and more detail on the vehicle. You then have the option of purchasing directly from CarsDirect, or you can fill out a form that will provide quotes directly from dealers. CarsDirect offers a guarantee on their price. If within 3 days you find a lower price for the same identically equipped vehicle they will refund the difference between the price you paid and the other advertised price you found. The used car search process works as it does on AutoTrader and Cars. Once you arrive at the search results page you can refine your search by model, color, whether or not it’s certified, the distance from your zip code, the year, price, mileage, and seller type. CarsDirect adds a wrinkle to the seller type as they offer something called the “Trusted Dealer”. These dealers are businesses that have a high level of positive consumer feedback. You can also sort by year, price, mileage, and distance.

When you drill down on a specific vehicle you do not receive the same depth of information that you do at AutoTrader and Cars, but you are able to view photos, examine additional information about the vehicle, contact the dealer and purchase a vehicle history report from AutoCheck.

A quick search of available inventory found almost 1,000 used Hondas available for sale within 75 miles of Chicago, over 2,000 used Hondas available for sale within 75 miles of New York City, and over 1,000 used Hondas available for sale within 75 miles of Los Angeles. There are over 3,000 used Fords available for sale within 75 miles of Chicago, over 4,000 used Fords for sale within 75 miles of New York City, and over 2,000 used Fords for sale within 75 miles of Los Angeles. CarsDirect does not disclose the amount of new cars they have for sale in a given market.

Vehix.com – Vehix.com’s new car search tool is a hybrid of CarsDirect’s and Cars’/AutoTrader’s. When you search for a new car you eventually arrive at a page containing top level information on all the styles you are interested in, and the invoice price and MSRP. From there you can click on a link taking you to a page that contains the local inventory. They also have a great feature called the TrueCar Price. This feature provides accurate real data on what that vehicle has actually sold for in your area. They also provide the historical prices buyers have paid, going back 6 months, thus giving you an idea of how prices are trending. In addition, they provide something called the TrueCost, which is an estimate of what the dealer really paid for the vehicle once the holdback and other dealer incentives are included. Check out the section entitled “Driving the Hardest Bargain” for a detailed description of holdback. The used car search process is similar to the process on the other sites. The sort capabilities are basically the same, allowing you to sort by year, mileage, distance from zip, and price. One way Vehix stands out from the other sites is that in addition to the standard search refinements (model, price, year, mileage, color, and seller type) they also offer advanced search refinements. These advanced refinements include the type of audio provided, whether or not it has air conditioning, safety features, fuel type, engine cylinders, break type, whether or not a free Carfax vehicle history report is available, and numerous other features.

The specific car detail page is very similar to CarsDirect’s car detail page. You can contact the seller, view photos, examine additional information about the vehicle, and view the Carfax vehicle history report if it is available.

A quick search of available inventory found over 1,750 new and used Hondas available for sale within 50 miles of Chicago, almost 2,000 new and used Hondas available for sale within 50 miles of New York City. Vehix is just starting to enter the Los Angeles market so there were only 23 new and used Hondas available within 50 miles of Los Angeles. There are over 1,000 new and used Fords available for sale within 50 miles of Chicago, almost 1,000 new and used Fords for sale within 50 miles of New York City, and only 23 new and used Fords for sale within 50 miles of Los Angeles.

It is difficult to recommend one of these sites as better than any of the others. If you are looking for the website with the greatest number of vehicles Cars.com or AutoTrader.com are your best bets. If you are looking for the site that has the deepest detail on pricing and sales history Vehix.com or eBayMotors are probably the two best sites. If you want a new car and do not want to haggle over price CarsDirect is the site for you. Hope you like this find used truck tips.

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