Online resources for purchasing pre owned vehicles

I live in the San Francisco, CA Bay Area and am in the process of shopping around for a recent model used vehicle.

What are some other good websites for conducting such a search besides eBay Motors and Craigslist?

I am interested in services for both local purchases and also out of state services where I might need to travel to or have the vehicle delivered to my area.
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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
There are a lot of these, and as I tried to recall where I have advertised or shopped in the past I was bouncing around a lot.  In that process I found a couple of sites that covered most of the ones I was thinking of, so rather than re0invent I'll share the summary list pages.  I really like "Bring A Trailer", but more for entertainment than pure shopping usage - I'm a bit of a car guy but do more looking than buying.  My experience is often that people selling advertise on several of these popular sites, so much like job hunting, you don't have to hit every one to seee most of the cars.

I'm also a fan of finding websites devoted to a brand and then shopping the "classifieds" there.  I'm a BMW guy, so Bimmerfest is an example of that.  If you have no preference at all to brand then this probably doesn't work for you, but there are sites like this for owners of a lot of different brands and models.  I sold my last motorcycle through a Triumph 675 website classifieds section, to someone that was shopping the site several states away.

Speaking of Craigslist, that can be a great source for the low cost cars (which typically need more care and maintenance).  You might try some of the search sites that try and search more of Craigslist than just your local area, a couple of these are below.

Lastly, there are a few sites that try and do for car sales what Indeed did for job postings, and Kayak for travel.  They aggregate a number of the individual car sales sites together and present a consolidated search and list for you to use.  This can save some legwork going to each site, although my experience hasn't been great on these, they have work to do, and often don't reveal the original source listing that they are showing.  But worth a look, they might have gotten better.  A couple I have looked at, but there might be others...


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