Use AutoTrader.com to Find Good Used Car Values

by Don Elliott on July 5, 2011

AutoTrader.com is the largest vehicle classified listing service in terms of vehicles posted and advertising revenue. People looking for a new or used car can find over 3 million vehicles on AutoTrader.com at no cost.

AutoTrader.com is a division of Cox Enterprises. Cox Enterprises is a publishing conglomerate that owns auto auctions, newspapers, cable, television and radio stations, Kudzu.com, and the Valpak coupon business. AutoTrader.com networks resources with sister companies to provide a complete resource when shopping for any kind of used car or truck.

AutoTrader.com provides several ways to narrow down the vehicle search results. You can search by new or used cars, dealer or private seller, by body style, by model year, or by price range. The site will find all of the cars listed by sellers in a radius of your zip code. A recent search for a 2006 Chevrolet Impala within 50 miles of my home yielded 22 cars with prices ranging from $6,150 to $14,995.

AutoTrader.com has improved their listing format to include more pictures, video, and car prices. Their trademarked “AutoBiography” feature provides a printable summary of everything that the car dealer knows about the car including a CARFAX vehicle history report when available.

Automobile dealers list most of the cars on AutoTrader.com. The advertising arrangements with media partners, auto auction agencies, and vendors make AutoTrader.com easy for dealers to use. AutoTrader.com is also partners with pricing guide sites like edmunds.com and NADA.com.  In addition to its partnerships, AutoTrader.com also powers the “Autos” tab at msn.com.

As a complete shopping site for new and used cars, AutoTrader.com provides reviews of cars by model, advice on how to buy and sell, side-by-side model comparisons, lifestyle suggestions, and reviews from a variety of sources. Links on the site provide access to complete your pre-shopping list. Here are some useful items to assure the best used car value from the car dealership:

  • A vehicle history report
  • Your credit report
  • Prices on cars similar to the one you are interested in buying
  • Car loan pre-approval
  • Insurance quotes
  • Trade-in estimates on your current car
  • Extended warranty availability

To find used cars being sold by motivated sellers, AutoTrader.com has added a section called “Smart Saver.” These are used cars posted by sellers who have reduced their price to quickly sell their car.

It is always a good idea to check out any used car very carefully, particularly when shopping for lower priced cars or a good used car value. Sites like AutoTrader.com provide the information you need to make the right choice when buying your next new or used car.

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