How to: Tips for searching

Want to narrow down your search results on CLASSIC.COM? This post explains various tips to narrow your search by year, remove certain keywords, and more.

For the examples below, imagine you are searching for a Land Cruiser:

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You could start with a very broad search for “Land Cruiser”
Or, you could narrow your search by including a year, or range of years. You can also use the word “to” – using “1981 to 1984” or “1981-1984” will return the same result. Note: placement isn’t important, you could add the year before or after the keyword.
Then, if you only want to see certain models, you can use “quotes” to have an exact match for only that term – such as “FJ40” shown here.
Or, you could include “negative” keywords by using a “minus” symbol before a keyword. In this example, you would see all results except for any vehicles that include “fj40” in the title. Note: capitalization is not important, FJ40 would be the same as “fj40”.
And, if you want to see two different terms, you can use (parenthesis) with “OR” in-between the terms to include both – as shown here, searching for FJ40 or FJ43.

Have fun and search away! But before you go, here are a few more frequently asked questions about search:


  • Capitalization does not matter, results for “FJ40” would be the same as “fj40”
  • Order of keywords does not matter, results for “1984 FJ40” would be the same as “FJ40 1984”
  • Spelling is important! If you aren’t seeing results, double-check your spelling.

Let us know in the comments:
What other filters would be useful for you while searching for your dream car?


6 thoughts on “How to: Tips for searching

    1. Hi HT – that feature is available! On desktop, you can sort by clicking on the column headers, and on mobile you’ll see a “sort by” dropdown.

  1. *Grammar correction* during “”Or, you could include “negative” keywords by using a “minus” symbol before a keyword. In this example, you would see all results except for any vehicles that include “fj40” in the title. Note: capitalization is note important, FJ40 would be the same as “fj40”.”” The ‘Note: …’ portion to close the section uses ‘note’ instead of ‘not’ for what should read “not important…” Feel free to delete comment after. Cheers!

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