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The Advantages Of Online Car Listings

Author : Cameron Rochelle   Top Author

It was not long ago that buying a used car could be a stressful and often inefficient process. Weekends spent walking around second hand car lots and pouring over the classified section of newspapers only to find that the car was sold or unsuitable could be very frustrating wastes of time. Luckily, car listings have come a long way since those days and now inhabit a new world just waiting to be discovered.

It may come as a surprise to people who still imagine this is still the only way to buy a second hand car, that the internet can actually be the best option for anyone in the market for their next car. There are a number of reasons for this, but the most important is that the advent of online sites dedicated to selling used cars has opened up the possibilities to a whole new level of user-friendly convenience. These sites can help the prospective buyer see what is on offer in a number of categories.

For example, a buyer may be after a specific model, say a 2003-8 Mini. He or she will be able to search on the model so that only Minis come up. Of course they may not have a specific model in mind. In this case, they can see what is available and then form a short list. One of the key search criteria to use is a location field. This means a buyer can narrow down the cars by location, so if they were in the Napa Valley, they could rule out cars in New York. Choosing a location takes just a few seconds and yet results in a much more realistic and usable list of potential purchases.

Of course, car listings are not just for those wanting to buy a car, they are also for those selling. The best sites will be just as suitable whether the user is buying or selling. They will offer the seller the ability to describe their car, record location and asking price as well as providing the much needed option to attach one or more photographs.

Whether the user of such a site is a buyer or seller, there are a number of things to look for in a site that will help separate it from lesser sites. The first thing is, of course, cost. The better sites will have a free option. Obviously this will be a basic advert, but there are occasions when this is all that is needed. Avoid sites that insist on payment for every type of advert. Obviously, for a buyer use of the site should be completely free.

The next thing to look for is ease of use. In this case buyers and sellers both want the same thing: a simple to use site on which browsing is straightforward. This is often easier said than done, so look for a site that offers a simple search engine that just needs to know whether a specific model is required (or type of car, such as station wagon or sports car) and where the buyer is located.

Beyond this, probably the most important feature is that it is easy to click through to get more detailed information’s such as engine size, fuel type and mileage. If this is the case, then the chances are that the site will be easy to use.

Choosing car listings online can make the whole process much more enjoyable and, more importantly, help both buyer and seller reach the maximum number of people to help ensure that they get the best possible user experience and end result in a stress free manner.

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