Are you looking for a used car and shopping on Craigslist?

If so Car and Driver just published this article i suggest you read.

Buying Cars On Craigslist
Buying Cars On Craigslist

The vehicle listings on Craigslist are often light on graphics and always free of oversight, and cruising them can be an eye-opening experience. Usable at no cost for most sellers, half-truths are plentiful in the listings and vehicle histories rare, leaving it to you to connect the dots. (Very few people take our advice for selling a car online.) Yet Craigslist can be a highly effective tool for locating the car of your dreams. Here are 10 tips that should help you separate fact from fiction and satisfied with your purchase: 1. Hone your search. Craigslist allows users to configure their search results to include dealers, private sellers, or both. If a warranty, certified pre-owned status, or convenience is high on your list of priorities, you’ll want to restrict yourself to dealer listings, as there’s no reason to waste time scrolling through pages of clapped out Fox-body Mustangs and worn-out work trucks. On the other hand, if driving for two-hours to look at rust-ravaged, Vietnam-era forward control Jeep that “ran when parked” is your thing, you already know the drill: private sellers all the way. Still, the “both” setting can be handy when looking for a nice commuter car or winter beater, as sometimes dealers will offer such things, although that practice is becoming less common.

However in this paragraph i have to disagree: Make sure there’s a clean title. Talk is cheap, and when it comes to a missing or suspicious title, everyone has a story. Sorting out an unsound title or sourcing a duplicate is possible, but our experience proves it can be time-consuming and soul-crushing work. “So unless the car in question is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, walk.” You don’t need the hassle. If a bank or financing company still holds the title on a vehicle, ask the seller to make some calls to ensure everything is kosher, and that the title can be obtained and delivered without undue delay.

It’s common knowledge to car people and many savvy consumers that that “Once in a lifetime deal could very well be a scam” It’s the lure of a too good to be true deal that slays internet car shoppers every time.

I explain in great detail about curbstoners peddling cars with open titles, a common occurrence on Craigslist, and how to verify the vehicle legally belongs to the person that’s offering it for sale. I also cover odometer fraud, existing warranty, what to expect in a used older car, and of course how to avoid getting scammed.

Take the time to read my article “Used Car Buying And Selling Internet Advice” Link below. 😉