As exciting as it is to buy a new car — err, at least one new to you — the process of finding and purchasing any vehicle can be quite the headache. You wouldn’t be surprised to find a sleazy salesman breathing down your neck as you peruse the lot’s selection, trying to put you in a different car at every turn. Given the aforementioned situation, or a similar scenario thereof, it’s no wonder nobody enjoys perusing Bob’s Used Car Emporium for a new set of cars under such stressful conditions.
Thankfully, the internet boasts a bevy of virtual car lots, lined with everything from mid-size sedans to all-terrain pickup trucks. The sites allow you to swap the salesman and pressure-laden environment for a comfortable desk chair, while providing you with all the necessary information regarding each car’s condition and supposed history. The question remains though, which site is the most competent and void of scammers, crooks, and the like? Here is our top selection of the best used car websites for bettering your online shopping experience — no cheesy slick-backs included.
Contrary to what the website’s ridiculous commercials make you believe, navigating to Cars.com won’t lead your conscious to manifest itself as a second head on your body. Rather, the site is a deep and extensive resource for anyone shopping for a used car. Filters allow you to search based on make, model, and the highest possible price for any used or certified pre-owned car in your area — and once you find your desired car —the website provides quick links to the car’s various Carfax reports. Moreover, you’re given the option to instant message the dealer or owner directly if they’re currently online, or simple email the if they’re not. Cars.com’s simple navigation and robust resource selection make it one of the best for first-time buyers.