Has anyone here used craigslist.org (in their area) to purchase a used car? I’ve been looking around and found a few that seem worthwhile, but a few people I know are telling me that I’m likely to find nothing but lemons and other scams on a site like that. Any opinions? Thanks.[/quote]
I bought my car used on craigslist. It has worked flawlessly since I got it about a year ago.
Just make sure you are buying locally and have a chance to test drive the car AND meet the person selling it. When I was looking, there were obvious scammers (no person would be selling a car this new at this price), guys who might have been scammers (cars were close to too-good-to-be-true status), and regular guys just selling their cars. Every reasonable person selling their car on craigslist should have the VIN listed in their posting. Do a Carfax check on it if it’s a car you’re interested in. The peace of mind is worth it.
Anyway, as you would with any car you buy used, you should be taking the vehicle to your favorite auto shop to get it checked out. It’ll cost you about $75, but they’ll tell you if anything’s wrong. In my case, there were a few small problems but nothing major, so I was able to get the car’s price lowered to reflect the $75 and the few issues that I had to pay to fix.
What I’m getting at is that, if you want to go through craigslist, then meet the seller, test drive the car, look up its Carfax, and take it to a shop. If there is a word of complaint from the seller about any of these – especially taking it to a shop – then watch out. IE, do everything you would do if this were a used car lot.