Using Craigs List to sell your car or truck faster and cheaper!

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You need to read this article and then start using Craigslist so you can sell your car quicker and for more money!

From time to time we all end up in the predicament of selling a car.  Now sometimes many of us skip this predicament by just taking the vehicle to the car dealers and trading it in.  The problem here is you’re getting ripped off whether you see it or not.  The car dealer and his used car manager will never pay you above rough, wholesale value for your vehicle.  So you’re always better off selling it on your own.  But rather than using the usual classified ads in your local newspaper and spending a ton of money on a tiny little ad, you can use CraigsList absolutely free (its even better then using online auction sites like Ebay!)

Not only is Craigs List free, but also provides unlimited words and the opportunity to use as many pictures as you would like to fully convey the condition and worth of your vehicle to prospective buyers.  This is a great help as your local classified ads won’t let you list 20 or so words with no picture for an exorbitant price.  Most of time nowadays when you list the car under local newspaper classifieds the majority of the calls that you will receive are from wholesalers who are literally trying to steal the car out from under you.  

For instance, if your car is worth $5000 and is in really good shape, these scumbag wholesalers will show up at your house at 7 AM and try and flash $500 cash in your face.  And they will basically nag you to death to try and get your car for that low of a price.  Who needs that?  The good thing about craigslist is that most of wholesalers are a little slow at learning how to use the Internet so most have not discovered Craigslist as of yet.  So the calls you will get off craigslist tend to be real buyers and they tend to be very targeted buyers at that. 

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This is because of all of the wording you are allowed to put for free in your ad on Craigslist plus all the pictures you can place there.  This leaves no question as to the condition of the vehicle, its features, colors, etc…  Now, obviously, if you don’t take advantage of the unlimited words and pictures on Craigs List and make your ad look like the local newspaper classifieds with small ads  then that is your own fault and you will have poor results at best from that listing or ad.

To see what works best is easy.  Just log on to Craigslist for your local town by going to and selecting your state and city.  Then just cruise through the posts and listings for people selling or looking to buy cars or trucks in your local area.  Look at the difference between this you’ll classifieds.  Obviously you can see far more information and great pictures on craigslist so you undoubtedly know exactly what you’re looking at.  This is why your buyers will be so targeted they will know exactly what the vehicle is your listing,  the condition of the vehicle and basically everything you know about it so they can take a look at it and buy it. 

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Generally, the people that come calling from craigslist are serious buyers and not the tire kickers and wholesalers you will find your local newspaper classifieds.  I have actually seen this firsthand as I used to own my own car dealership and the results from using Craigslist versus the local newspaper classifieds here in Charlotte (which would be the Charlotte Observer) are not even close.  Craigslist provided far superior results, sales and profits.  We had hundreds of more people come in and buy the cars through Craigslist then we ever did from the Charlotte Observer classifieds.

So, rather than getting ripped off by trading in your next vehicle, and rather than using expensive classifieds, use Craigslist to sell your vehicle regardless of whether it’s a car, truck or even motorcycle for a higher price and much faster.  With craigslist you will have a far higher number of serious buyers which is what you want because one of these buyers will most likely end up buying your vehicle.  No one wants to waste time with tire kickers, joyriders, wholesalers, etc…

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16 Responses to Using Craigs List to sell your car or truck faster and cheaper!

  1. Freddy Walters on April 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I used to sell my cars through the local classifieds and pennysaver, but I would always have to take them to the car dealer. The car dealer never gave me even wholesale value for my cars. I like the idea of Craigslist. I will have to try this next time. Maybe I’ll be able to get a reasonable amount of money for my cars this time.

  2. Kelly Pritchard on April 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Yes. I agree. Craigslist is free and so much easier to get info on then the local classifieds in the newspaper. I have bought 1 vehicle through Craigslist and a off road atv. I also bought some books and a dvd. All were great deals.

  3. Craig Nelson on April 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I have been trying to sell my 1969 VW bug for sometime. It must be there aren’t a lot of buyers for this particular car out there. I have spent probably $300 on classifieds to no avail. Thanks for the advice on using Craigslist. I never thought of using it to sell my car plus its free – yippee! Thanks, I will see if it will sell better on there.

  4. Michelle on April 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Yes. I agree. Craigslist is free and so much easier to get info on then the local classifieds in the newspaper. I have bought 1 vehicle through Craigslist and a off road atv. I also bought some books and a dvd. All were great deals.

  5. Jayne Ninos on April 20, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Really Nice Blog Dude, I shall be subscribing!

  6. Bob Nelke on April 28, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Great idea. I listed my Honda Accord on Craigslist and actually sold it for $2500 more than the dealer wanted to give me on trade in. That’s $2500 extra dollars – I don’t know about everyone else, but in this dismal economy $2500 is a lot of money! Thanks again for the great tip!

  7. Wizard man on May 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I have used Craigslist for years, but never thought of using it to sell my cars on. Thanks for the great tip.

  8. Craig Keith on May 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. I liked this article on using Craigslist to sell a car. Great idea – wish I had read this last year prior to trading in my Honda Accord at the dealer. They gave me a very low figure for it and it was insulting.

  9. Iotma T. on May 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Great ideas on cars. One can really learn a lot from this blog. Definitely a great automotive resource.

  10. Repe Mendelev on May 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I like the idea of Craigslist, but I heard there are a lot of scumbags and sexual deviats on there. I don’t know if I’d want some of these people coming to my house to buy a car.

  11. Richard Dick on May 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Great article. I have used Craigslist a few times to buy some used furniture and a golf club bag, but I never thought of using craigslist to sell cars on. So I went and took your idea and looked at my local craigslist and found there’s a lot of people selling their cars on there. And you are right you can post an awful lot of pictures and some really high-quality ones so people can actually see what you’re offering versus good local classifieds from our local newspaper where you get a tiny little ad that basically says nothing.

    Thanks for the great idea.

  12. Caddy owner on June 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Craigslist blacklisted me for no reason and I can’t list or post a for sale auto ad.

  13. mychnie-bludaru on September 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Good article. I need a craigslist here in Romania. Do you know when we might get one? And will it be free?

  14. Marizhkamasha on September 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I used Craigslist to sell my Vespa scooter and I got $1200 for it in like 3 days. Worked great for me. Now I am going to save up and get a Jeep 4×4 – I’ve always wanted a bad ass Jeep to go 4 wheeling in and for picking up chicks on spring break!

  15. Fluffydreamer on September 30, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Your tip worked great – I sold my van in like 3 days on Craigslist and the best part was it didn’t cost me anything! Thanks again for the great tips.

  16. sathouse on February 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I used Craigslist and my car still hasn’t sold. What am I doing wrong?

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