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Old 08-05-2018, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Saint Paul
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Honestly CL is amateur night compared to what I'm used to (I've been selling various items - mostly golf clubs - on eBay for close to 20 years now and CL is sad some times how low the standards are there from everything to details to photos and contacting people).
Craigslist connects buyers and sellers. It does not check either one for honesty. Caveat emptor.
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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a. A good photograph (s) of a clean car's interior and exterior that shows the positives about the car.

b. Never, ever, a photo that shows any of the fingers on the foreground of the person taking the that photo. Just looking at the dirty finger with a fingernail filled with grime is enough for most buyers to ignore the pitch sale.

c. A photo that does not show trash nor anything else but the car. Not even a nude nor a clothed girl, or some male stud (whatever the case may be) sitting on it. After all, you are selling the car, not the trash, nor background, nor the person next to it.
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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BUT, I have seen many ads on DL featuring a Jeep or something similar, with a nice looking female next to it, stating that it comes with a "wench".
I am never sure whether it is referring to the girl or the piece of machinery (a "winch") on the front bumper...
Perhaps when it says "12,000 lb. wench" that makes it apparent.
Or does it???
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:54 PM
 
Location: in the soup
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A carfax on an 18 year old car? Don't bother.

Put lots of photos on the ad. Make it clear that this is a CASH ONLY sale.

Be prepared to meet the dregs of society.
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Old 08-06-2018, 03:43 AM
 
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A carfax on an 18 year old car? Don't bother.
Huh?

Absolutely do a Carfax.
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:41 AM
 
Location: in the soup
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It would never occur to me to ask for a carfax on an 18 year old car. Maybe other people would... I dunno.

In my experience, when a car is 15+ years old and/or 150,000+ miles, standard car-buying rules no longer necessarily apply. People just make their best judgment of vehicle condition. You can't expect reliable records on a vehicle that age.
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Old 08-06-2018, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Man, paranoia runs rampant around here. I just sold my BMW on CL. Guy came to my house and drove it. Handed me half the price in cash. Came the next day with the rest of the cash and a trailer to take it home on (since I have to keep the plates to turn in). Very simple transaction and typical of my CL transactions. I had it for sale for a week and got 3 calls, 2 test drives (with the last one having cash on hand to do the deal) and no lowballers, tire kickers, or scammers. Priced it right, took lots of high quality pictures, and took a week to sell.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:46 AM
 
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Huh?

Absolutely do a Carfax.
True, but Carfax only reports what has been sent to them. Its not uncommon to see a car that has been wrecked or even totaled twice and not even show up on a car fax.


For a 2000 model car, I wouldnt expect much more than that being a back up car unless the seller has the last 5-10 years of maintenance records.
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Old 08-06-2018, 10:49 AM
 
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I have sold 3 of my cars on craiglist. I always make sure that I post atleast 5 images of my car including interiors and under-the-hood. Also the tyre conditions. Best of luck for your sale
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Old 08-06-2018, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Up North
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Something strange happened to me today.


I sold two of the three cars I had on CL today. I had been trying to sell them for over a month and I sold them both today.


But that wasn't the strange thing. The second buyer, a Latino fella who told me he was going to take the car/SUV to El Salvador, or something like that. No harm, no foul. I told him I didn't care what he did with the car after I sold it to him.


So when we got the DMV, I went there thinking this guy probably isn't going to be able to buy it because MN just passed a law within the last year that a BUYER has to have insurance on a car they don't even own yet (try figuring that bureaucratic crap out if you can..) but to my surprise, they let him do nothing! Not show insurance, or anything like that, and they even let him take the original title.


I don't know if I'm losing my mind or not, but I could have sworn that I was forced to have proof of insurance before I bought, and I sure as heck didn't get to walk out with the original title the last couple cars I've bought.


What I'm saying is...bureaucrats apparently have now given more leeway to non-citizens than their very own tax-paying citizens.


Whatever. He paid me, and that is that. But never underestimate our government for acting like first rate -ss--les to their very own tax-paying citizens and giving more leeway to non-Americans.
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