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Best Places to List Your Vehicle for Sale

If you do a search for "used car classifieds" on any search engine, you'll get hundreds of sites allowing you to list your car for sale.

Obviously you don't want to spend hours sifting through all that data and figuring out which sites are worthwhile to list on. Luckily, there's only a few that are really important.

The two largest are Cars.com and AutoTrader.com.

Cars.com syndicates their listings to over 175 newspapers and partners such as Yahoo Autos. They have about 3 million used cars for sale at any given time.

They have a free 30-day listing option and premium options ($40) which include a carfax report and up to 150-day listing.

AutoTrader.com offers a similar package. A $60 listing gets you a money-back guarantee while their less-expensive $20 listing stays active for 3 weeks - but with no money-back guarantee.

Cars.com and AutoTrader offer a huge database of used car listings, but most are actually dealer listings.

The largest for-sale-by-owner site is Craigslist. The listings here can be very un-organized, but it's definitely worth including your vehicle - (Note: as of April 2019, Craigslist began charging $5 to list a sale-by-owner listing)

You'll also want to include your vehicle in eBay Motors Local Classifieds section. They will display your listing to anyone that searches for your car within a 200 mile radius of your location. The service is free and even comes with a limited CARFAX report worth $19.95.

By listing your used vehicle on these four sites, you should have all your bases covered.






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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.
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