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Basic Search

To search from the homepage, enter search terms, select a posting type, and click " > " to search.

Front page search widget.

On some CL sites you can narrow your search to a particular subarea:

Sub area tabs for sfbay.

To search a single category, click on the category name and search from its index page.

Housing search widget.

  • Some categories offer additional search options (e.g. rent min/max in housing).
  • To search a specific subcategory, select it from the dropdown menu provided.

Advanced Search

Phrase Search

You can use quotation marks to search for a phrase:

"low miles"

Excluding Terms (filtering)

honda black -red

This search finds postings that have 'honda' and 'black' but not 'red'. 

"OR" Searches

honda | toyota

This search finds postings that have 'honda' or 'toyota' (or both).


You can group terms together in parenthesis when queries are complicated:

red (toyota | honda) -2000 -2001

This finds listings that have 'red' and either 'honda' or 'toyota' (or both) but do not have 2000 or 2001.


  • hond* civ*  (match "honda civic", "honda civil", etc)
  • wood floo* (matches "wood floors," "wood flooring", etc)
  • iphone* (matches "iphone," "iphones," "iphone5," etc)

Use 2 or more characters before the * and none following it, e.g. "ip*d" will not work