Used Car Site Reviews

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TRUE CAR

TRUECar's upfront, transparent pricing and guaranteed savings put them at the top of our list for buying used cars. As J.D. Power's highest-ranked third-party automotive website, they make it easy to find the pre-owned vehicle you want, both at a discount and at a fair price compared with other vehicle sales in your area. TRUECar enjoys a partnership with many household brands, such as Allstate, American Express, and USAA. TRUEcar is our first choice for buying a used car.

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CARS

Cars allows you to find the used car you want at dealerships near you. Unlike many of their competitors, Cars does not require you to enter your contact information to see pricing, which is great if you're hoping to do your research without being contacted by sometimes-pushy salespeople. They also provide a number of resources for researching your pre-owned car purchase.

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AUTOTRADER

While the Autotrader website doesn't have the same visual bells and whistles as their competitors' sites, used car shoppers can quickly find vehicles at local dealerships without having to enter their personal information. You'll also find plenty of tools to help you research which pre-owned vehicle is a good fit for your needs, and an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau means that Autotrader is a trustworthy option as you search for a used car.

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CARS DIRECT

CarsDirect has a number of useful tools to help you find your new car, particularly a comparison feature that allows you to look at two different vehicles and see at a glance how they stack up in terms of features, safety, and value. CarsDirect has several endorsements from well-known names like Time and Forbes, and many customers say that the information the site provided helped them get a good deal at their local dealership.

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EDMUNDS

Edmunds is a trusted name in the automotive world, and their site can help you get the used car you're looking for. From their Used+Perks program that gets you savings and discounts, to the True Cost to Own calculator that tells you what it'll cost to have your car over the next five years, there are great resources on the Edmunds site. Unfortunately, at the time of our review, the functionality for getting those special offers wasn't working.

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WEB2CARZ

When you visit the Web2Carz site, you may think you've stumbled across a slick, well-designed automotive magazine. It also happens to be a good resource for buying used cars! You'll appreciate their solid reputation with the Better Business Bureau and all of the extremely up-to-date information on all of the latest trends in the auto industry. But, they offer fewer capabilities for sorting through all of the possible matches, and getting details about both the vehicle and the dealership require you to use their contact form.

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AUTOMOTIVE

Although its main focus is the car industry in general, Automotive has an impressive amount of information to help you research and find your next used car. Automotive is a solid option for researching and locating your pre-owned vehicle.

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Used Cars

When people need to buy a vehicle, many prefer to buy a used - or "pre-owned" - car. Why You may be familiar with the idea of depreciation, or the loss in value of an item. According to the experts, the simple act of driving a brand-new car off the dealer's lot leads to a depreciation of as much as 11% of the car's value.

For that reason, buying a used car is often an attractive option for those customers who don't mind having a vehicle with a few miles on the odometer. Of course, buying a used car also comes with several considerations that you won't find when purchasing a new vehicle.

First, there may not be a warranty on a pre-owned car. The typical warranty is three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. So, if the vehicle you're considering has passed one of those thresholds, you may want to pay for a separate warranty to cover any surprise repairs that may happen in the future.

Also, you'll want to check the history of the vehicle you hope to buy. It may have been in an accident, had flood damage, or some other incident that may not be visible on the surface. There are a number of free services that allow you to get the full report associated with the car you're looking at.

Finally, be sure to check if there are any manufacturer recalls that haven't been addressed with any used car you wish to purchase. Whether you buy your used car from a dealer or from an individual, there's no guarantee that they've taken care of the repairs necessary to fix the problem, which could be dangerous.

Shopping online for a used car makes it very easy to see what's available in your local area without having to drive to multiple dealerships and car lots. Most websites for buying pre-owned cars are relatively similar: enter the type of car you're looking for, along with your ZIP code, and get quotes from dealers in your area that may have your vehicle in stock.

So, what factors should you keep in mind when choosing the best website for your used car purchase Consider these three criteria:

  • Information. Will the website give you details that can help you with your decision Will you be better-informed with respect to the costs of owning the vehicle you choose Do they offer other details on current trends in the automotive marketplace
  • Price. Does the site offer you a way to get the best possible price for your car, either through a discount or through a relationship with a network of trusted dealers Or does it just tell you where to find the car you want while leaving the haggling up to you
  • Extra Services. Can the site connect you with resources for getting auto insurance, an auto loan, or other relevant products and services

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Used Car sites available today. We hope these reviews will get you behind the wheel quickly in a vehicle that will last for years to come!



Used Cars In The News

Arlington Police Warning Car Shoppers About Used Car Scam

The Arlington Police Department along with the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force and other agencies recently found that the odometers of several older vehicles for sale had been "˜rolled back', especially in 2007 and older models. Odometer ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT



Used car pile-up signals a diversion in the auto trade

Two things struck me about Britain when I first arrived 30 years ago. Electric appliances came without plugs attached. And hardly anyone bought cars new. Only flash types did that sort of thing. Times have changed. Manufacturers now wire up your toaster ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:15:00 GMT



Police seize first 'gone in 60 seconds' high-tech 'relay' device used by thieves to steal cars on driveways by bouncing signals from key fobs inside the home

Britain's first hi-tech 'relay' device used to steal cars in under 60 seconds without keys has been seized by police. The gadget, which looks like a TV set top box, receives signals from a key fob which are then bounced to the car enabling thieves to open ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:06:00 GMT



The Vision Used by Self-Driving Cars Just Got a Major Upgrade

One of the amazing technological feats behind advances in self-driving cars is the light detection and ranging system, or LiDAR. This remote sensing device sends out pulses of laser light and measures the amount of time it takes for the reflection to ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:29:00 GMT



The case of a single-mom waitress vs. a fast-talking used car salesman: Guess who wins

An owner of a used-car dealership in northwest Dallas that I call one of the city's worst defended his company in an interview with The Watchdog outside a courtroom. David A. Kost Jr., owner of 1and2 Automotive, is king of car repossessions. He says he ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:37:00 GMT



Inside the Cheap, Rusty World of Used Car Body Shops in the 1970s

When I started in our industry in 1970, my average body shop customer owned minimal equipment. Many shops had a homemade spraybooth to paint in and a favorite tree stump to pull from. Everybody had a set of tanks and torches to cut and braze, and most had ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:56:00 GMT



Used EVs cost a lot less than you think, study says

In addition to range anxiety, many buyers have concerns about the continued reliability of a used EV and very little practical knowledge of how much a decent example should cost, with many buyers believing that a decent used EV should be as much as $5,000 ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:16:00 GMT



2014 Used Cadillac ELRs Priced In Mid-20s, Chevy Volts From Half That

It's an oft-told story of plug-in cars suffering lower than hoped-for resale values, and that's usually not so good for original buyers, but great for second buyers. A case in point is General Motors' 2014 Cadillac ELR that has been spotted as ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:15:00 GMT



Police finally seize 'relay' car theft gadgets used to steal cars in SECONDS

Police have managed to seize gadgets which are being used to steal cars within SECONDS. New images released by West Midlands Police show what are believed to be the first 'relay' devices in the country to be recovered from a criminal, reports the ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:58:00 GMT




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