If you've come here looking for a used car, you're in the right place. Edmunds has everything you need to know about buying or selling a used car. From this page, you'll be able to find out what your current car is worth and browse thousands of used-car listings with special offers. You can narrow your search to only certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle listings and be a click away from research articles that will give you the best car-shopping tips and advice. Let's take a closer look at each of these aids to easier used-car shopping.
Browse Used Inventory: You know the car you want. Now it's time to find it on a dealer's lot. The Edmunds inventory tool allows you to cast a much wider net than simply visiting your local dealership's web page. Start with the make and model of the vehicle in which you're interested. You'll have the option to refine your search by price, distance, model year and mileage. If you're looking for specific options or features, a certain trim level or a specific color, there are more advanced search parameters available for you to use.
Click on a vehicle to get more information. You'll find a list of standard features, a description of the vehicle from the dealership (if one has been provided), the contact information for that dealership, a ballpark insurance estimate and a link to see a vehicle history report.
The vehicle history report is important. It will show you how many owners the car has had, reveal any odometer inconsistencies and note any accidents that were reported to the authorities. Most vehicles from franchised dealerships should have a vehicle history report. If not, the same link will take you to a site where you can purchase one.
Are you thinking about trading in your vehicle at the dealership or selling it yourself? Find out what your used car is worth with our True Market Value appraisal tool. Enter the year, make and model to get started. Make sure you know the options on your vehicle and the current odometer reading. Be honest about the condition level. Most cars will fall in the "average" to "clean" range.
The appraisal tool will give you three prices: "Trade-in" is what you can expect a dealer to offer you. "Private Party" is what you might expect to earn if you sold the vehicle yourself. "Dealer Retail" is what you might expect to pay if you were buying this model used at a dealership. If the vehicle is new enough, you'll also see a price that says "Certified Used Price." This price estimates what the dealer might sell it for as a CPO vehicle.
If you are hesitant about buying a traditional used car, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. These vehicles tend to be newer, have gone through a more detailed inspection process and come with a limited warranty. The Edmunds inventory tool will have an option to sort the list to show only CPO vehicles. You can also go directly to the CPO cars page.
Explore Car-Buying Articles: If you're unsure about the next steps in buying a used car ? or car buying in general ? Edmunds has research articles that can help. Take a look at those we've linked to on this page, or visit our research main page for a full list of articles that have been written by Edmunds car-shopping experts.