How to Buy a Used Car on Craigslist

Are you looking to buy a used car? Your first thought may be to visit local used car dealerships, but do you want to shop without the hassle of salespeople? If so, visit This online classified website is a quick and easy way to browse used cars without the hassle and pushy salesmen and women. 

The first step in buying a used car on the popular online auction website is to visit the main website at From there, you must select your state. On the next page, select your city. Only a limited number of cities are listed. If yours is not, select the next closest. 

Once on the city pages for Craigslist, look on the left-hand side. There, you will find a search box. The search is automatically set to search for sale listings. All you need to do is enter in a search phrase. If your main goal is to find a cheap car, search for cars, trucks, vans, and so forth. If you have a specific make and model in mind, use it to perform your search. 

Next, you arrive at your search results page. This includes a list of all for sale used car listings that meet your criteria. You will see a heading, which should quickly describe the vehicle, the location of the vehicle, and the asking price. Click on each heading for the full listing. When inside, read all information carefully. 

One of the many benefits of using to buy a used vehicle is you get to avoid the pushy salespeople. But, as pushy has they can be, they can also provide you with valuable information. You want this same information, but it must come from the seller. At the very least, a seller should tell you the make, model, and year of a vehicle. Additional information, such as the mileage, overview of extra features, and pictures, is nice to have. 

Once you have found a used car on Craigslist that you like, contact the seller. Review the used car listing to see if you should make contact via the website, email, or by phone. Setup a meeting to view the car. Buying a used car isn’t like buying used baby clothes. The purchase is expensive and very important. Never agree to buy a vehicle without first inspecting it yourself and taking it for a test drive. Don’t let a seller pressure you. 

Your first contact with the seller is to arrange for an inspection and test drive. Also, ask important questions about payment. Do they require cash or check? Cheap cars sell quick. If you like what you see in-person, offer to buy and make payment immediately. You have now bought a used car on Craigslist. 

By Mark Burgunder