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Usedcarsforsale.com Becoming the "Go To" Free Classified Site for Auto Dealers

When Craigslist realized that they provided better leads for used car dealers than any of the paid classified sites, they decided it was time to get paid for it.  They are no longer free, but do, on average, provide better quality leads than the paid sites.  Enter, by default, the new, slick looking "FREE" classified site Usedcarsforsale.com.  It is fast becoming the "automotive industries go to classified".  

They are currently signing 150 car dealers per week to the platform, with no end to their growth in sight.  They are now posing such a threat that carsforsale.com will no longer "volunteer" to provide inventory feeds from their (cfs.com) clients to the Usedcarsforsale.com classified site.  This in spite of the fact that they still provide those feeds to the other sites and had been providing those feeds to UsedCarsForSale.com for two months before the stoppage. Remember "fear the beard"?  We now have "fear the free automotive classified site."

With the larger dealer groups jumping on board (Lithia Motors, Group 1, Larry H. Miller), I can see why some vendors might fear the "free".  After all, once UsedCarsForSale.com reaches proper inventory counts per market, dealers will see results that may make them reconsider expensive classified pay sites.  Search is still the dominant force in car buyer research activity, and "used cars for sale" in exact and broad match search queries, drives way over a million searches per month!  It's inevitable that this classified site will be a top organic search ranker within the next several months.  

How does UsedcarsforSale.com make money you ask?  The answer is apparently via 3rd party vendors who use the platform to test a number of emerging technologies and pay for the opportunity.  Dealers become the benefactors at no cost to them because the tab is picked up by technologists testing a variety of concepts to see what best drives serious, bottom of sales funnel car buyers into dealerships both online and into the lot.

One salesman at UCFS.com explained to me that the toughest thing they have to deal with is explaining that it's an absolutely free, basic platform and having the dealerships believe them.  It's true, but some of the dealers they speak to are apparently so jaded that they can't conceive of a concept that includes the word "free".  Imagine that.

 

 

 

Amanda Gordon

With all of the "vendors" out there I can absolutely imagine the apprehension with the word "free." I'm curious as to how the sales people make their money. Going to have to do some research and thanks a million for the article. 

Kelly Kleinman

The site is definitely free. I have seen legit studies that paying for classifieds isn't nearly as cost-effective as taking those dollars and pushing that budget into other ad channels.  I have seen dealers go from #6 to #1 in their PMA by dumping Autotrader and the like altogether.  This site, when fully inventoried (and I hear it's just about there) will be pushing those bottom of the sales funnel leads (it's all based on search engine queries)into dealerships based on geo-targeting.  It's a no-brainer for a dealer to sign up, but it might take a few months or so before leads start sneaking through. A year from now, dealers will be able to rely on the site for 3-5 sales per month based on them having good inventory and closing skills I guess.  

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