Now that the search is over and we have finally purchased our second car, I have had time to reflect on the car buying experience and how a few well known “car yard” websites helped my partner and I save both money and hours of wandering around dealerships trying to pinpoint the exact make, model, year, colour and variant for our liking.

Don’t get me wrong, salespeople can be very knowledgeable and going for a test drive is a necessary part of the car buying process but unfortunately dealerships are limited by the stock they hold and in our case we found that they didn’t have quite what we were looking for. Fortunately for consumers, the online marketplace provides us with an alternative way to shop for cars.

The big players in the “online car yards” game are Gumtree, Carsales and the new-ish kid on the block Carsguide. With the majority of Australian dealerships listing their cars on these websites daily and private sellers logging on to list their own vehicles for sale, it is no wonder that Australian’s do most of their car shopping online these days. Let’s take a snapshot of how the top 3 online car yards sit in the market and the pros and cons of each.

Gumtree (Free, Easy and Local) – Includes car loan repayment calculator

Not just a car listing website, Gumtree is the place where you can buy and sell everything but the kitchen sink. On second check, you can actually buy the kitchen sink!
Gumtree has a dedicated section on their website where any private seller or dealer can list their cars for sale and at the time of writing this article, there is a selection of 181,246 cars to gawk over. If you are like me, you will spend hours scrolling through the endless feed of listings on your PC or mobile and forget where the time went.