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AutoTrader.com 10/10 NOW BELOW
Collector Car Trader Online 9/10 NOW BELOW
Automotive.com 8/10 NOW BELOW
NADA 8/10 NOW BELOW
Get Auto 8/10 NOW BELOW

Overall Rating: 10/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
AutoTrader.com - Cars For Sale: Quick Search
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/index.jsp

AutoTrader is the giant of the used car sites. A search of all used vehicles any distance from my zip code found over 1.7 million cars. But its search tool also ranks it at the top of this category. The way that results are displayed and how you can manipulate them is not the best in the category but it's adequate. Details on individual cars are good and getting more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
As mentioned above there are plenty of cars in this database. The search tool is excellent with a 'simple search' allowing you to choose make, model, age range, price range and search range from your zip code (10 miles to any distance). The format for how results is displayed is good and you can re-sort them by price, mileage, make/model and year. Details on individual cars are good and usually include VIN and photo(s). Getting more information can usually be accomplished with an email but some private sellers may only have a phone number listed.

Cons:
It's unfortunate that mileage is not a search criteria on the 'simple' search tool. It would be nice to be able to re-sort results by distance from your zip code. VIN and email address should be mandatory information for every seller to enter - whether private or a dealership. To request further information you may have to submit personal information on a non-secure form.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Specify the type of vehicle you are looking for (Used, Certified Pre-Owned, New or All), make, model, age range, price range and search radius. Click on the Search AutoTrader button.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Once you have obtained a list of cars (see above) simply click on the vehicle name to see more details. On the details screen you can click on the Email Seller link or the Get Phone Number link if it is a private seller.


Overall Rating: 9/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
Collector Car Trader Online - Search Collector, Exotic and Specialty Vehicles
http://ww2.collectorcartraderonline.com/search.php

With over 70,000 collectible vehicles to search through this site is at the top of the heap for specialty vehicles. Its search tool is a bit awkwardly set up but is adequate. Result display format and manipulation of the results is not that great. Details on individual cars are fair and getting more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
This site probably has the highest number of specialty, exotic and collector cars online. Details on individual cars are good and contacting the seller for more information is easy. I especially like the tabs on the detail page that allow you to see other vehicles in the specific dealership's inventory, a map to the dealership's location and a gallery of some of the cars they have on their lot. You only have to submit your first and last name and email address to request more information on a specific vehicle.

Cons:
The search tool, which is split in to three parts, is rather cumbersome (why not amalgamate all the sections) and does not allow you to include mileage as a search criteria. Results can not be re-sorted once displayed (they can be sorted previous to the search). It would be nice if sellers were forced to put in mileage as that is a fairly important criteria.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Input your criteria, choose how you would like results sorted and click on Search at the very bottom of the page.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of cars you are interested in (see above). Click on the photo for any given vehicle and you'll see the detail page. Click on the Contact Seller tab to email the seller or look for a phone number above the photos of the vehicle.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 7/10
Used Car Basic Search at Automotive.com
http://www.automotive.com/used-cars/basic.html?

This site supposedly has ove 2,000,000 used cars for sale. Search tool is quite basic but results are well displayed and can be re-sorted by a variety of criteria. Details on individual cars are fair but there are some additional information features that make this site a good option. Getting more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
There are lots of cars in this database. The results display format is good and it is great to be able to re-sort by photo, year, model, type, price, colour, mileage and distance from your zip (especially since the original search is so basic). Details on individual vehicles are not that great but the tabs at the top of each detailed listing allow you to learn a lot about that particular year/make/model combination - information like pricing, recalls, safety and specs are all there.

Cons:
The search tool is very basic and you can't use mileage as a search criteria. Some listings don't have a VIN. To request further information you have to submit personal information on a non-secure form.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Select your make, model, age range and input your zip code. Click on search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Once you have obtained a list of vehicles (see above) click on the vehicle name to see the details page. On the details page input your information in the Contact the Seller form and click on the Contact button.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 7/10
One of our Favorites!Find and Buy Your Next Car or Truck Online with NADA
http://www2.nada.org/find-inventory.cgi

It's hard to know exactly how many used vehicles are in this database - the site says there are over 1.4 million new and used vehicles in their database. The search tool is excellent with a lot of cool features and results are displayed very efficiently. Details on individual cars are good and getting more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
As mentioned above there are plenty of cars in this database. The search tool is excellent - not only can you specify age range, price range and mileage you can search for up to 6 makes and models spontaneously. The format for how results is displayed is good and you can re-sort them by year, vehicle, price, mileage, colour, location (alphabetically) or distance from your zip code. By clicking on the heading again you can change the order from ascending to descending. Details on individual cars are good and usually include VIN. Getting more information can be done easily with a simple click. The link to Carfax for a vehicle check does not require you to cut and paste the VIN - it is done automatically for you.

Cons:
To request further information you may have to submit personal information on a non-secure form.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Input your search criteria and click on Search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Once you obtain a list of cars (see above) simply click on the vehicle name to see more details on the vehicle. To get more information click on the Send me a price quote link and submit your personal information.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 7/10
One of our Favorites!Vehicle Search: Find a new or used car, truck, SUV
http://www.getauto.com/vehiclesearch.php

GetAuto has lots of vehicles in the database but a simple search tool that could use a few more criteria. Details on individual cars are good and getting more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy. The way results are displayed could use some work but details on individual cars are good. There are over 600,000 vehicles in the database which puts them near the top of this category in number of listings.

Pros:
As mentioned above there are plenty of cars in this database. The search tool is easy to use and results can be re-sorted by year, price and mileage. Details on individual vehicles are good and usually include VIN and photos (often more than a single photo). You can compare vehicles to each other within the results list.

Cons:
There is no advanced search tool and mileage is not a criteria for the search. Results can not be re-sorted by distance from your zip code. To request further information you may have to submit personal information on a non-secure form.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Input your criteria and click on Search Vehicles.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Once you have obtained a list of cars (see above) click on the name of the vehicle or its photograph to see the details page. To get more information click on the contact dealer button or call the dealer/seller at the number displayed.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
Buy new & used cars online, research prices & dealers
http://www.cars.com/

There are lots of cars in this database although an exact number is not known. The search tool is good and results are also displayed very effectively. Details on individual cars are good and getting more information is easy.

Pros:
As mentioned above there are plenty of cars in this database. The search tool is good and if you click on the Advanced Search link you get a lot of extra criteria to search on including the ability to select multiple makes, models and years. The format for how results is displayed is good and you can re-sort them by year, vehicle, price, mileage, seller, body type, colour and distance from your zip code. Details on individual cars are good and usually include VIN and photo(s). You can get more information via telephone or email. If you want a Carfax report you simply click on the link - you don't need to copy and paste the VIN in to the Carfax page yourself.

Cons:
To request further information you may have to submit personal information on a non-secure form.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Click on the Advanced Search link, input your criteria and click on the Search button.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of cars (see above) and click on the vehicle name. To get more information use the email form on the left of the page or use the phone number displayed (under "More Information About This Seller").


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
One of our Favorites!Used Cars, Used Trucks and Auto Dealers
http://www.carslave.com/UsedCars.aspx

There are lots of cars in this site's database - probably in the low 20 thousands. The search tool is good and results are displayed effectively. Details on individual cars are adequate and getting more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
There are plenty of cars in the database and the search tool is good. You can search on age range, make, model, colour, price range, mileage and distance (from 10-150 miles) from your zip code. The displayed results list can be re-sorted by year, make, model, colour, price, mileage and distance. Details on individual cars are very variable - some vehicles have lots of information and photos whereas others do not. You can get more information easily via an email form on the details page.

Cons:
It would be better if this site had more mandatory information collected from the seller and thus had less variability between listings. To request further information you may have to submit personal information on a non-secure form.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Click on the Advanced Search link, input your search criteria and click on Go.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of cars (see above) and then click on the model name to display the details page. To get more information input your details in the contact form on the right hand side of the page and click on the Go button.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
Car Prices new car prices, used car prices, auto financing and car research
http://www.carprices.com/

To get started click on the Buy A Used Car link in the middle of the page (ust below the Used Vehicles link). Then click on the Advanced Search tab.

It's hard to know how many cars are in the database exactly but there seem to be several thousand at least. The search tool is good and the results are displayed effectively. The results list can be re-sorted. Details on individual vehicles are good and getting more information on the vehicle is easy. AutoTrader is the giant of the used car sites. A search of all used vehicles any distance from my zip code found over 1.7 million cars. But its search tool also ranks it at the top of this category. The way that results is displayed and how you can manipulate them is not the best in the category but it's adequate. Details on individual cars are good and getting more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
As mentioned above there are plenty of cars in this database. The search tool is good allowing you to search on make, model, body style, price range, age range, mileage, exterior colour and distance from your zip code (30 miles to any distance). The format for how results is displayed is good and you can re-sort them by year, make/model/trim, bodystyle, price, mileage, exterior colour and distance from your zip code.

Cons:
Information on individual vehicles could be a little more elaborate. Contacting the seller is done on a non-secure form and may sometimes link you through to another site (such as Autobytel) which can be a bit disconcerting.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    To get started click on the Buy A Used Car link in the middle of the page (ust below the Used Vehicles link). Then click on the Advanced Search tab.

    Input your criteria and click on the Search button at the bottom of the page.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of cars (see above) and click on the See Details button to see the detailed information on the vehicle. On the details page click on the Contact Dealer link and input your personal information on the email form on the next page.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 7/10
MotorZoo - Buy New Cars, Buy Used Cars
http://motorzoo.com/

There are nearly 380,000 used vehicles in the site's database. It's unfortunate that there really isn't a search tool on this site. The results display format is cumbersome but can be re-sorted. Details on individual vehicles are very sketchy. Getting more information is easy and done on a secure page.

Pros:
As mentioned above there are plenty of cars in this database. Results can be re-sorted by vehicle, price, city, state, mileage and date the ad was posted. Input of your personal information is done on a secure page.

Cons:
There is really no search tool on this site - to get started you simply click on the brand you are looking for under the Used for Sale heading on the main page. The way results are displayed is cumbersome and takes up a lot of screen real estate. Details on individual vehicles are quite minimal.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Click on the brand you are looking for under the Used for Sale heading on the main page. This will create a list of vehicles of this brand throughout the nation. To see vehicles within a certain distance of your zip code input your zip in the box on the top right of the page and then click on a radio button for distance to search within (10 miles to anywhere).

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of vehicles (see above) and then click on the vehicle name to see the details page. On the next page click on the Get More Information link, input your information on the secure page and click on the Send to Seller button.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
Search Used Cars For Sale - Autohopper.com
http://www.autohopper.com/search/search.asp

AutoHopper is average in terms of numbers of cars in the database, the search method and way you display results. However the site has a nice crisp design, is easy to use and the 'want ads' feature is a good one.

Pros:
The search tool is simple and easy to use and it's nice to be able to search by fuel economy. The format for how results is displayed is good and you can re-sort them by price, mileage, make/model and state. Details on individual cars are good and usually include VIN and photo(s). Getting more information is easy and can be done via telephone or email. The 'want ads' feature is great - this allows you to put in a very detailed request for a car that you are looking for.

Cons:
It's too bad that there is no ability to include mileage as a search criteria and it would certainly be better if you could re-sort results by distance from your zip code. The form where you submit your email address is not secure - not that this is that important since you only have to give them your email address. The Carfax link does not input the VIN automatically when you click on it - you have to copy and paste in the VIN from the details page to the Carfax page.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Input your criteria - click on the Show More Search Options if you want more criteria. Click Search Autohopper when you have filled in all your criteria.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of cars (see above) and click on the name of the car you are interested in. To get more information put your email address and questions/comments in the form on the details page or call the telephone number displayed.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
One of our Favorites!Used Cars for Sale - Prices below Kelley Blue Book Value
http://www.enterprisecarsales.com/carsales/usedCarFinder.do

Enterprise Auto Sales don't have hundreds of thousands of cars but they do offer a selection of 100-200 vehicles in major cities and are definitely worth checking out. The vehicles on Enterprise's site are also of higher quality than you might find on other sites. The search tool is not that full featured but you can search by location (major cities). Details on individual cars are good and you can easily get more information on any vehicle.

Pros:
Cars offered for sale by Enterprise Car Sales are late model, certified and offer a limited warranty. Details on individual vehicles are good and getting more information on is easy.

Cons:
There is a search tool on the site but it is fairly basic. The form where you enter your personal information is not secure.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Search for a used car by Make/Model, vehicle type or by city-metro area.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    After you obtain a list of cars (see above) click on the car name. On the details page complete the email form on the right hand side of the page or call on the toll-free number provided.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
Hertz Car Sales - Find Your Car
http://www.hertzcarsales.com/FindYourCar/index.jsp

Hertz Car Sales don't have as many cars as Enterprise but they do have late model vehicles for sale. The Details on individual cars are good and you can easily get more information on any vehicle.

Pros:
There aren't thousands of cars available but what is available is late model and relatively low mileage. The simple search tool allows you to search by distance from your location, browse all Hertz car sales location or look for a vehicle by type (2-door, 4-door). Results are displayed in an effective format and details on individual cars are good and include VIN. If you want more information you are given an email contact form on a secure page.

Cons:
There are not thousands of cars in the database and because of this some searches will come up empty (repeatedly). The inventory list for a location can not be re-sorted. Many of the vehicles do not have photos - it would be nice if Hertz put in even a stock photo so you could get a hint of what the vehicle looks like.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Choose your search method - search by location, browse all locations or browse vehicle categories.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Once you have obtained a list of vehicles click on a specific vehicle name (under the make/model heading). Once the car details page is displayed click on the "I want this car" logo.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
Find Used Cars. Trucks, SUVs, and Minivans For Sale - The Big Lot!
http://www.thebiglot.com/

There are plenty of vehicles in this database though it's hard to know exactly how many. The search tool is good and the quick links that allow you to quickly search for antique vehicles or handicap equipped vehicles is very helpful. The results display format is okay and details on individual cars are good. Contacting the seller is easy.

Pros:
Plenty of vehicles in the database can be easily searched using just make and model or age range, price range and some other options. You can search by your state or from 25-200 miles from your zip code. The format for how results is displayed is good and details on individual cars are fair. Getting more information can be accomplished via email or telephone.

Cons:
You can't search on mileage and results can not be re-sorted. You must request VIN from the seller (it is not displayed). The links on the page - to Kelley Blue Book or to Vehicle History Report for example - do not take directly to information on the specific vehicle you are looking at but rather to the kbb or autocheck sites - this isn't helpful at all. To request further information you have to submit personal information on a non-secure form.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    To get started click on the Used Cars link on the main page. On the next screen put in your search criteria and click on Search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Once you have obtained a list of cars (see above) click on the vehicle name to see the details page. To get more information fill out the Contact the Seller form on the right hand side of the page (or call the seller on the telephone number provided).


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
One of our Favorites!TheSamba.com - Volkswagen Classifieds
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/search.php

If you're into Volkswagens this site is for you - there are about 4,000 vehicles in the classified section of the site. The search tool is okay and a bit tricky to use - pay attention to instructions. Results display is pretty cumbersome. Details on individual vehicles vary quite a bit depending on the seller's whim. Getting more information on a vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
There are plenty of vehicles in the database and the search tool is strong in terms of searching by location. Getting more information is easily accomplished (just click on the email this advertiser button).

Cons:
The search tool is not particularly full featured and the results display method is cumbersome and can't be re-sorted. Details on individual vehicles vary depending on what the seller has entered. Entering your personal information is done on a non-secure page (but you only have to put in your name and email address).

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Select your criteria (including your choice of optional location criteria in the right hand box) and click on Search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Once you've obtained a list of vehicles (see above) click on an individual listing's description to see the details page. To get more information simply click on the Email this Advertiser button in the lower left hand corner of the page.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
Used Cars for sale at usedcars.com
http://www.usedcars.com/queryCFS.shtml

Lots and lots of cars on this site. The search tool and the result display format are fair. Details on individual cars are also fair and getting more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
There seem to be lots of cars in the database but other aspects of the site detract from this abundance of vehicles. Details on individual vehicles are okay and most have a photo and all seem to have VIN.

Cons:
There is no way to include mileage as a search criteria. You have to type in your model rather than selecting it from a pull down list. Results display format is cumbersome and results can't be re-sorted. Links to lemon check do not put in VIN automatically (what's the point of including a link if the user has to copy and paste the VIN?) To request further information you have to submit personal information on a non-secure form.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Input your zip code on the main page and choose All Used or Certified Used Only then click on Go. On the next screen choose your search radius (25 miles to nation wide), make, model (type in field - weird), age range, price range and a variety of options. When you're done selecting your options click on Search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    After obtaining a list of vehicles (see above) click on the View Full Ad/Contact Seller link to display the vehicle details. On the details screen click on the E-Mail Seller link or Contact Seller link (option will vary depending on where the original listing comes from - some listings are from other online used car sites like Autobytel).


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 6/10
CarsAhoy.com - Used cars and trucks
http://carsahoy.com/

CarsAhoy is just starting out so I haven't penalized them for the low number of vehicles in their database (around 150 at present). However if this number doesn't increase at least 10 fold in a year ... I'm not crazy about their search tool but their display format is good and can be manipulated in a variety of ways. Details on individual vehicles are not great but getting more information is easy.

Pros:
The advanced search tool is great except for the inability to search by distance from your zip code. The advanced search allows you to specify make, model, body style, colour odometer, age, price, doors, engine, fuel, drive and transmission. I like the way results are displayed although I'd like to see more per page. Results can be re-sorted by year, make, model, listing type (private or dealer), price, odometer and location (alphabetically). The VIN is supplied on the details page and is clickable to a free check (no copying and pasting required). I also like the 'more search options' on the details page that allow you to look for more vehicles like the one you're currently looking at (from a variety of aspects like price).

Although you submit your personal information on a non-secure page to get more information you do get some options to make your data more private and you only need to supply your first name.

Cons:
My only complaints against the site at present are the inability to search using distance from your zip code as a criteria and the somewhat sketchy information on the details page.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Select your criteria and click on Search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of cars (see above) and click on the View button in the row that belongs to the car you are interested in. To get more information you can telephone the seller (if the number is supplied) or click on the Email Seller button and supply either an email address or telephone number and your first name on the form supplied.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 4/10
Used Car Search
http://www.car.com/content/Buy/used/index.cfm

There seem to be a fair number of vehicles on this site but it's hard to tell how many there are. There are three different search tools which is good but none have that all important mileage criteria. Results display format is okay and results can be re-sorted. Details on individual cars are good and getting more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
As mentioned above there are plenty of cars in this database. You can search using a basic search tool, a payment search tool or a category search. The format for how results is displayed is good and you can re-sort them by vehicle, price, transmission, mileage and distance from your location. Details on individual cars are good and usually include VIN and photo(s). You can get more information via email or telephone. VIN is lnked with the Carfax check and is automatically put in the VIN box (no copy and paste required).

Cons:
It's unfortunate that mileage is not a search criteria on any of the search tools. To request further information you have to submit personal information on a non-secure form.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Choose your search method, input your search criteria and click on Go.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Once you have obtained a list of vehicles (see above) click on the vehicle name to display the details page. Use the email form on the right hand side of the page to email the seller or - if provided - use the telephone number shown.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 4/10
The Car Experience LUXURY AND SPECIALTY CARS ONLY
http://www.thecarexperience.com/search03.htm

In fairness to the other listings in this category I must point out that this is not the site to come to if you are looking for an economical, practical and reliable family car. This site deals exclusively in exotic and fanciful vehicles some of which cost more than most of us will MAKE in our entire lifetime! So if you're looking for something to get you to work each day and into the countryside with the family on the weekend this is not the site for you.

That being said - if you are seriously searching for that collectable vehicle this is the place to come. The search function is not particularly full featured but does the trick and there are over 2,500 vehicles in the database.

Pros:
The search is quick and easy and most vehicle listings are quite good with at least one photo and quite a lot of detail.

Cons:
Vehicles are located all over the world and there is no way to filter out those that are far away. Results can not be re-sorted. To get more information you have to submit your personal details on a non-secure form (but only name and email address).

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Input your search criteria (make, model, year range and price range) and click on submit.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of vehicles (see above) and either click on the Email Seller link on the results listing page or click on the Details button to see the vehicle details page. If you do the latter you can click on the email seller link within the details page to get more information.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
eBay Motors: Home
http://www.motors.ebay.com/

There are over 33,000 vehicles on eBay Motors. Although there is not a single traditional search tool there are lots of different search options that allow you to find a specific vehicle quite easily. Result display format is okay but details on individual cars vary widely. Getting more information is simple.

Pros:
There are lots of vehicles in eBay Motors. You can search using a variety of tools that should allow you to find almost any specific vehicle. Results can be re-sorted by price, year, mileage, condition and distance from your zip. Details on individual cars vary quite a bit but usually include VIN and photo(s). You can get more information via email.

Cons:
You can't search on mileage. Display format is a bit cumbersome.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Click on Passenger Vehicles (in the left hand column) and then on a specific make/model combination or click on a specific brand underneath the Passenger Vehicles heading. Then choose your search, input your criteria and click on Search or Show Items.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Once you have obtained a list of vehicles (see above) click on the vehicle name to display the details page. On the details page click on the Ask seller a question link (you'll need to register at eBay and log in to send a message).


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 5/10
Deals on Wheels Publications
http://www.dealsonwheels.com/search/

There are just over 6,400 vehicles on this site. The search tool is fair and has a GLARING omission and the result display format is cumbersome. Results can however be manipulated. Details on individual cars can vary quite a bit in content but obtaining more information on an individual vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
Results can be re-sorted by year, make/model and price. There are quite a few cars in the database and details on individual cars can be quite extensive depending on what the seller has decided to enter. It's easy to get more information and since just an email address is supplied it is up to you how much information you reveal to the seller.

Cons:
The search tool has a lot of type in fields (rather than drop down lists), no mileage criteria to search on and most crucially no ability to search for vehicles in relationship to where you are located. It would be nice to be able to re-sort results by mileage and it is crucial that searchers be able to see where vehicles are located. Sellers are not forced to put in VIN or even a price - there should be some information that is mandatory for sellers to supply.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Enter your search information and click on search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of vehicles (see above) and click on the vehicle's name to display the details page. To get more information on a vehicle simply click on the email link to the seller that you are shown (or copy the link and paste in to your email program). However if you copy and paste your link in to your email program you will not get the vehicle details included in the subject line of your email.


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 4/10
Classic Cars for Sale
http://www.collectorcarads.com/

There are just over 3,000 vehicles in this database. The search tool is fair but the results' display format is cumbersome and can't be manipulated. Details on individual cars are sketchy but getting in touch with the seller is easy.

Pros:
This database has some interesting vehicles for the collector but is hampered by many deficiencies. Vehicle detail pages do have a contact seller button.

Cons:
The search tool is very basic and searching by state/province rather than distance from a zip code simply doesn't cut it in today's classifieds' sites (plus if you go to the search by location option you'll see that some vehicles are actually located outside of North America). The search tool requires you to type in your model (rather than using a pull down list) and has no price or mileage criteria. Result display is cumbersome and can't be re-sorted. Details on individual cars are very minimal and some don't include mileage.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Input your make, model (type in field rather than drop down), age range and choose a location and click on Search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of vehicles (see above) and click on the Details link to display the details page. On the next page click on the Contact Seller button to get more information on the vehicle.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 3/10
CarDealerWorld.com - Your guide to finding car dealerships, car insurance, and car loans in your local area
http://cardealerworld.com/

This is a very new site -- with no or very few vehicles listed. Time will tell if it gets some traction. The rest of this review relates to the 'used cars' section.

Pros:
Both Quick Search and Advanced Search are very simple to use, allowing you to specify distance from your Zip Code. The Advance Search lets you enter a price range as well.

Cons:
Input forms are not on secure pages. No Privacy Agreement. No About Us info.

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Select your criteria and click on Search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of cars (see above) and click on the View Details link in the row that belongs to the car you are interested in. To get more information you can telephone the seller (if the number is supplied) or click on the Contact Seller button and supply either an email address or telephone number on the form supplied.


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 3/10
Car Buyer: New cars, used cars, auto insurance, auto classifieds, factory recalls, automotive links,
http://www.carbuyer.com/index.html?s=&typen=Cars&adv=1

There might be lots of vehicles in this database but the site is hampered by a pathetically bad search tool. The results' display format is pretty good but details on individual vehicles are sketchy. Getting more information on the vehicle is quick and easy.

Pros:
The results' display format is efficient and can be easily manipulated - you can re-sort by make, model, year, mileage, price and city/state. You can easily get more information on a vehicle via email.

Cons:
The search tool is horrible - you have to type in your model name, there is no mileage criteria and you use area codes rather than a zip code for searching by location. Individual car listings do not include VIN and are very sketchy on details (obviously letting sellers enter as much - or as little - information they feel like).

How to:

  • Locate a car
    Select your make, type in your model, type in age range and price range then select location and enter Areacodes. Finally click on Search.

  • Request more information from seller/dealer
    Obtain a list of vehicles (see above) then click on the vehicle name to see the detail page. Input your email address and message in the email form at the bottom of the vehicle listing.


 
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