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How to Sell Your Car Using Craigslist...I Sold Mine in One Day!

Updated on February 23, 2017
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The car I sold in one day!
The car I sold in one day! | Source

Driving down the road, I often see cars out on the front lawns of homes and businesses with “for sale” signs in the windows. Growing up, I remember my dad parking a car on our front lawn when he wanted to sell it instead of trading it in. Recently, I decided to sell my car, but I was a bit worried, as I don’t have a front lawn. I live in an apartment community up on a rather secluded hill. How would I sell my car when I live in a place where only my immediate neighbors would see it? I didn’t want to drive around with a “for sale” sign in my window. I don’t know any local businesses well enough to ask if I could park it in their lot. Although I have sold a few things on eBay, selling a car there didn’t seem feasible. Then my husband pointed out the obvious. A few years ago, we got a great deal on a great car that he found on Craigslist. “Why don’t we list it on Craigslist?” he asked. And so, after a few weeks of thinking about it, I was finally ready to sell, and I decided to give a Craigslist ad a shot. Following is a glimpse at my Craigslist car selling experience and tips if you want to sell your car in the same way.

Do Your Homework

Before you list the car for sale, it is important to do your homework. How much is the car worth? How much can you sell it for? These are important questions to answer before posting your car for sale. I started this process by checking out the Kelly Blue Book value. On the website, it is easy to find the make and model of any vehicle. The site will give you a range of values for trading in a car and selling it by owner in your area. Knowing that my car had done quite a few miles, I looked at the value on the site for “fair condition” and “selling by owner.” Kelly Blue Book told me that my car was worth just over $3000. I was shocked by that amount, as I wouldn’t pay that price for my car if I was the buyer!

With that number in my mind, I continued to do my homework. The second step I took in my quest to find the right price for my car was to look at other listings on Craigslist. I think it is important to know your competition. Since I was selling a 2004 Hyundai Elantra, I did a search for other Hyundai Elantras for sale on the site. I considered the age, mileage and condition of the other cars for sale. I thought some were overpriced, and it gave me hope that I could get a good price for my own car.

With all of the information compiled, I decided on a final listing price of $2500. Never having sold a car before, and completely unsure of what I was doing, I decided to add the idea of “or best offer” to my listing price. More on that gem later.

A clean car makes a good impression.
A clean car makes a good impression. | Source

Create a Listing on Craigslist

The next step in my process was to create a listing on Craigslist.com. It couldn’t have been easier. After logging into my account, I was only a few clicks away from having a posted ad. When creating an ad listing, keep it simple and to the point. For a car, here is what to include:

  • the year, make and model of your car
  • mileage
  • a brief note describing the car’s condition (i.e. “excellent condition,” or “needs work”)
  • price
  • Contact information (I included my name and phone number, but Craigslist gives the option of an anonymous contact email if you prefer.)
  • Photographs: Craigslist allows you to upload several photos of your car for free. Make sure that you take a photo of the inside as well as the outside of the car. I didn’t like the idea of having my license plate visible in the photo, so I took the photo at an angle which hid the number.

After you have confirmed your listing, your ad will be visible for buyers to see.

Top Tips for Selling A Car

  1. Do your homework and list the car for a fair, realistic price. Pricing it too high will likely lead to a long wait for a sale.
  2. First impressions count. Clean your car inside and out before you show it to prospective buyers.
  3. Honesty is the best policy. Be up front with prospective buyers about the condition of the car.
  4. Take the best offer. Even if you get a full price offer, don't take it on the spot if you have a lot of interest. Note the offers and tell buyers that you plan to take the best offer. Just don't make them wait too long for your decision.


Showing It Off

I posted my Craigslist ad for my car on a Sunday morning. In hindsight, that was a brilliant plan, as people are often off on Sunday and able to car shop at their leisure. When I listed the car, I thought it might take weeks to sell it. I assumed I would spend a few evenings over the course of a few weeks showing the car to prospective buyers. I was not prepared for what actually occurred.

Two hours after I posted my Craigslist ad, the phone rang. The person on the other end was interested in looking at my car and set up a time for that evening. I was excited that I had a bite so early! Shortly after, the phone rang again, and it kept on ringing. I spent the entire day fielding phone calls for the car, and setting up times for people to come to see the car. Before noon, I already had several showings set up for that afternoon.

When you show the car, make sure it is presentable. The day before I listed the car, I gave it a good vacuum and wiped down all the surfaces in the car. I removed all of my personal items, such as my umbrella. I also hung up a new car freshener. Nice smells put people in a good mood. On the morning that I listed the car, I gave the car a wash. Every person who came to look at the car commented on how clean it looked. Remember that first impressions count.

Protect Yourself

  • Make sure to black out your license plate in your listing photos, or take a photo at an angle that hides the plates.
  • Don't make promises to prospective buyers. Tell them you will consider their offer and get back to them. If you tell a person that they won the sale, follow through on that promise.
  • Ask for cash or a certified bank check. You don't want to have to deal with a bounced personal check.

Offers

After the first showing, I had my first offer. The man who took a test drive offered me $1800. I was honest with him that I wouldn’t even consider such a low offer, especially considering that there was quite a lot of interest in the car. He increased his offer to $2200. I told him I would think about it and get back to him. After the second showing, I had another offer for $2200. As the day went on, I showed the car three more times, and each showing produced an offer.

By the third showing of the day, I had a full price offer. Just as that offer came in, my cell phone rang. The next person who was scheduled to take a look was arriving. I had to think fast. At that moment, I was second guessing myself, wondering if I had priced the car too low. The overwhelming interest and stream of offers coming in made me wonder if I should have listed it for a bit more. In that moment, I decided to take a chance on making just a bit more money.

I explained to the woman who made the full price offer that the next prospective buyer was about to arrive. She looked at me confused and said, “But I just offered you full price.” My reply was simple. “I appreciate your offer, but I think it would be unfair not to show the car to this person who drove all the way out here. The ad stated $2500 or best offer. If this buyer wishes to offer me an amount over my asking price, I will accept the highest offer. If not, then you will be the first one in at full price. I will decide by the end of the day and get back to you tomorrow.” She was not happy, but she accepted my terms, handed me her contact phone number and drove away as the next prospective buyer pulled in.

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Honesty

Throughout the whole negotiation process, I was honest with all prospective buyers. After the first full price offer, I showed the car twice more and received two more offers, both of which were over asking price. As I promised to all the prospective buyers, I took the highest offer by the end of the day. Generally, we interpret “best offer” as a number lower than the asking price. However, there is no reason that the best offer can’t be higher than the asking price. I ended up selling the car for $100 over asking price. It was a whirlwind day, and the buyer and I were both happy with the results in the end.

Final Deal

Never having sold a car before, I made a lot of phone calls to my father, to make sure I didn’t miss a step. The process was quite easy, however. After accepting the offer, I decided to deliver the car the next day to the buyer. Delivering the car made it easier for the buyer, as he didn’t have to worry about how to get the car from my house to his without plates on it. It also eased my mind, as I didn’t want a complete stranger driving the car home under my registration. After delivering the car, remove the plates and the registration sticker from the window. Fill out the back of the title and exchange it for the money. I would suggest accepting only cash or a certified bank check, as there is no guarantee for a personal check.

When I posted my ad on Craigslist, I didn’t dream that the car would sell so fast or that it would sell for a higher price than I was asking. In the end, I am grateful that I got a good price for my car and that the process went so smoothly and quickly. I have had positive experiences both buying and selling cars on Craigslist, and I would recommend posting or answering an ad there if you need to buy or sell a car.

Written by Donna Hilbrandt.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 13 days ago from Upstate New York

      I think you could try Craigslist for this as well.

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      Bob 2 weeks ago

      Whats a good place to sell Exotic Cars

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      Donna Hilbrandt 2 months ago from Upstate New York

      BeeBee: I lived in an apartment community that was a closed circle. I allowed test drives within the community, as there was plenty of road to test it out. I lived in the perfect spot for this, as a driver would have to drive past me to get away with my car. Plus, I think there has to be some element of trust. I suppose you could ask for their driver's license to hold or take a photo of before allowing a test drive. Great question!

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      BeeBee 3 months ago

      How did you handle the test drives. I would not get in a car with a stranger and I would not hand over the car keys to a stranger. I would meet them at a local gas station or police station, but they are going to want to drive the car. How did you handle that?

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      Donna Hilbrandt 8 months ago from Upstate New York

      I wasn't aware of the charge. Thanks.

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      Justin Ball 8 months ago

      Great advice ! Craigslist charges $35 now I believe. Is it worth it to pay the $35 and try to sell your car there. Or listing your car on other free listing websites ? Pretty much is Craigslist worth using for $35 fee ?

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      James Wnd 10 months ago

      The real crooks are the car dealers low balling your trade in.

      I sold my last 2 cars on Craigslist and it got me the true value of my cars. How? I'm honest. I present what I'm selling in a good light and I don't fool around. Cash only. Title signed over with the keys. Goodbye.

      Simple.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 14 months ago from Upstate New York

      I respectfully disagree, Greg.

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      Greg 14 months ago

      The lady had a right to be unhappy. You are misrepresenting the phrase "...or best offer." This means you will either take the offer price OR you will take a best offer. If someone offers the asking price, they have met your terms.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 15 months ago from Upstate New York

      I honestly didn't think I had priced it low.

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      Zeb 17 months ago

      You were getting so many calls because you placed your car much to low for what it was actually worth. I mean really that should have been the very first thing you thought. Then again if you just want to sell the car then sell the car.

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      Authenticz HubPage 20 months ago from North America

      Thanks Donna for giving us more faith on Craigslist! Great read.

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      Antonio 23 months ago

      This method doesn't work as easily when selling newer cars that are worth more. More people readily have 2500 in cash than 10k. I've sold cars under 3k very easily on craigslist, but struggled with cars that are better values but cost more.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      manuel morales: I am a person who used craigslist. I am not craigslist, nor do I work for them. This was an honest account of a personal experience. Thanks for reading.

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      manuel morales 3 years ago

      Hello craiglist

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Leonard: there were others with appts on their way to see the car. Would it have been right to not give them a chance to see the car? There is no shame in selling to the highest bidder. I was honest and up front. I have nothing to be ashamed of in getting the highest price for my car. I needed the money, and the person who bought the car was happy with the purchase. I would do the same again. You, of course, have a right to your opinion and to not participate in a bidding war.

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      Leonard 3 years ago

      Let me see if I have this right! Someone showed up on time and offered you your full asking price and had to leave because you decided that you wanted more! Shame on you! Your concern for the person who just showed up didn't hold up for the person who was standing right in front of you! I personally wouldn't deal with you!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Stephanie Henkel: Making the listing complete makes it easier for the seller in my opinion. Who wants to create more work and headaches for themselves. Glad you had luck too.

      Brianlokker: Craigslist is great. I am thinking of using it to sell a large furniture piece that I want to get rid of.

      Millionaire Tips: It wasn't so much "smart thinking," as "thinking on my feet"!

      Thanks everyone for reading!!!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day! I am glad you got so much interest and so many offers on your car. That was smart thinking to price the car under the competition to get the car sold fast and to let the buyers compete with each other so you could get the best price.

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      Brian Lokker 4 years ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      Donna, this is great information and is presented very thoroughly. (Well written, too!) I've had excellent results selling items on craigslist, both in New Jersey when I lived there, and now in the DC area. I haven't ever tried selling a car on craigslist, but I will keep your advice in mind if the occasion arises.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Excellent information on selling a car on CraigsList! I also had very good luck helping my son sell his truck in NY. Sold it for a good price in just a weekend. Your list of information to include in the listing is really helpful. When we were looking for a car for my granddaughter, it was amazing how many people omitted an important fact from their listing!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Luisj, I was definitely thinking on my feet to get cash in my pocket. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      luisj305 4 years ago from Florida

      I have never thought about the best offer amount being higher than the asking price, that was a well played move. A great strategy scored you $100.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, sj21

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      sj21 4 years ago from USA

      Congrats on selling your car so quickly!!!

      A really useful site to use for selling automobiles on craigslist is Craig Upload @ http://craigupload.com With this website, you can create individual albums to upload the pics for each car, track viewing statistics of your ads, and create HTML based templates. Its user friendly and there are no ads.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      hawaiianodysseus: Thank you! I was thinking on my feet, as I wanted to get the most money I could, as any seller would. I hope my method inspires others.

      davidmurree: Good luck with your sale. I hope it is successful!

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      David Murree 4 years ago from USA

      I think this guide will help me selling my honda civic

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Awesome hub, Donna! You painstakingly took us through the entire process, step by step, as well as established an "outside the box" way of looking at the concept of Best Offer. That was indeed a brilliant move on your part.

      Best wishes for continued success here on HubPages!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, vespawoolf. Selling a car is a daunting experience, but I am so glad I chose to do it through Craigslist. It was fast and easy, and I was lucky to find a good buyer. I hope your family has success selling your car. I appreciate the read and comment.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Selling a car would seem overwhelming to me, so this is a huge accommplishment! I don't have much experience with Craig's list, although we just bought a camera that way. It was a good experience and I would do it over again...but a car! Wow. This is a great list of steps that would make the process easier. I'll share it with my husband's cousin as he mentioned selling his car on Craig's list. Thank you!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, rajan. Yes, there were great comments on this one. It makes me happy that people joined in and created a conversation. I appreciate the read.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      It was nice reading your experience with selling a car on Craigslist. The comments too make a fine read.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great information. And it is always good to know a success story.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      lauramaryscott - Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck with your sale.

      writer20 - Glad to see that you had success too. It is good to have options.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      We sold our old 1999 SVU to Enterprise Car Sales with no hassel at all. Right they have a $700 incentive they gave us $2100 for our wreck, all thought the body and insides were good the engine needed a lot of work , that's why we started looking for a regular car to save on gas.

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      lauramaryscott 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      donnah75, congratulations on your Hub of the Day. I forgot to mention that in my previous comment. Your article was well done. You are a good writer. Thanks for sharing.

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      lauramaryscott 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      donna75, thank you for sharing this info with us. I have a sign I want to sell. My kids wanted me to sell it on Craig's list but I chose eBay and had only one viewer. Now that I have your article to use as a guide, I will try Craig's list. Thanks.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      ripplemaker: Wow, I am so excited to find you that I have been nominated for a Hubnugget. Thanks for letting me know, and thanks for reading.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      jellygator: Thanks. I looked into selling with a dealer, but as you said, the offer would have been way to low. I suppose that is a more convenient option, but I didn't mind showing the car to buyers myself. Car dealers need to make a profit, so they will get cars as cheap as possible I suppose. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      It pays to know what to do and the first thing is to do your homework...true true. By finding out your competition and learning the other important details can make your price competitive....you have more chance of success!

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Yes this hub is.... https://hubpages.com/community/August-2012-Olympic... wow, double success! Congrats!

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      jellygator 5 years ago from USA

      Great job! I was offered only $2,000 for my truck from a dealer in 2008, and it still Blue Books at over $4,000 in 2012. I've never understood why people sell to a dealer when they can get a much better price from a private party, who can save by buying directly from the seller. I plan to use Craigslist when I sell.

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      saumey 5 years ago

      I have sold several things on Craig's List, SUV, 4-wheeler, clothes. I love it.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, GiblinGirl. I also thought it was going to be complicated. I kept calling my dad asking, "Is that all? Did I forget anything?" Who knew it would be so straightfoward. I will note that I live in NY, so I don't know if the process changes by state. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      GiblinGirl 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Great information. Selling a car seems like it would be so complicated but you really broke down the steps into an easy set of instructions. I love my car, but if I ever do decide to sell it, now I know how to go about doing it.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billionaire4545: I love free! That is one of the things about Craigslist that drew me to sell there. Awesome that you sold 5 cars there. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, jcevans2009. I think the times led to the high interest, as people are looking for an affordable, good car. A private deal may be a better deal for all parties if it goes smoothly. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Judith C Evans 5 years ago from Boise, ID

      Congratulations on HOTD! Thanks for posting this account of your experience, and for sharing helpful tips -- especially during these difficult economic times. I voted up and useful for this informative hub.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, jpcmc. I was worried about allowing test drives. The first couple of viewers came with another person who stayed with me while they took a test drive. I figured if they drove up in a car, then they were coming back for it. I don't think it would be wrong to insist that you go with them when they test drive. In this day and age, we must always protect ourselves.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Congratulations. Craiglist is really helpful when it comes to selling. But do try to protect yourself from "buyers" I read in the news some car nappers who pretended to be buyers of cars. They took the car for a test drive and he got robbed.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks so much, urmilashukla23. Good luck with your car sale. I hope it goes as well as mine did.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Very informative hub. We need to sell our car and this article will definitely help us out. Craigslist is a great source to use for this purpose. Thanks for sharing your experience. Voted up.

      Congrats on Hub of the day award!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, suzettenaples! It is actually featured today. I was so excited when I saw it this morning. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great article. You give really relevant and good information for selling a car on Craigslist. Congratulations on the sale of the car and congratulations on HOTD. I must have missed this on the day it was featured. Anyway, great presentation, well done and well written and photographed. Voted up!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      mary615: Thank you for your support. I am glad you shared that you also had a positive experience.

      cclitgirl: Thank you! I hope you have success selling your car.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, internpete. It was a gamble to take the chance that I would get an offer over asking, but I figured that there was enough interest in the car that I could take the chance that someone might walk away. I am glad it worked out. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      john000: I was shocked by the response too! I got a couple of calls even after I took the ad down. Thanks for reading.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Congrats on HOTD! I'm glad I came across this - it's good knowing about the experiences of others. I'm thinking about selling my beloved Focus for a slightly bigger car and of course I was going to sell it on Craigslist. But, I would have been REALLY nervous. Now, I can just re-read this hub once I've made up my mind to do it. Thanks again!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! You were very wise in the way you handled this sale. You did your homework and that was smart. I bought my son a used car on Craig's List and was very happy with the whole deal.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.etc.

      PS: I'm happy to be following you!

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great information and story! I really liked your point that 'or best offer' does not mean lower than your asking price! Nice work selling the car, and congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      John R Wilsdon 5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      Very good detail about how to use Craig's List. I was really impressed with the number of calls you fielded. I had no idea there was that kind of traffic from using it. I will definitely use Craig's List the next time I sell a car. Voted up.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      DzyMsLizzy: Thank you for reading and commenting. I am so sorry to hear of your bad experience. I live in NY, so I wonder if area makes a difference. I was also selling a regular, everyday car. I wonder if an item is worth more or rare if it invites more scammers and crooks. Either way, thank you for sharing your story, as people need all the perspectives available when they enter into a financial transaction. It is too bad we have to deal with the negatives in life, but you remind me to be grateful for having a good experience.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, tobusiness. I have had good experiences both buying and selling. It is certainly a good option for some.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Interesting. We had the exact opposite experience. My husband knows cars, and he was selling a COLLECTIBLE vintage 50th anniversary edition Nissan 300ZX (Nissan/Datsun transition year with both brand name badges AND the 50th anniversary emblem badge!). He KNEW what the car was worth in that market, even though it was no longer even listed in the "blue book."

      We advertised it as such on Craigslist, for considerably LESS than its collectible value, (and did all the other things you suggested in your article).

      We waited for e-mails. (We have a private unlisted phone number, and did not want to post it publicly.) We got only a couple of e-mails that were obvious foreign scams. The listing expired. We re-listed it several times, with the same results the 1st time, at which point I added a statement at the bottom of the ad, informing interested parties that the car was for sale, cash only, to in-person buyers, and that no foreign offers, shipping or other third party agents need apply (these are virtually guaranteed to be scams, according to Craisglist's own guidelines).

      We never got another inquiry, and my husband gave up with that avenue, and ended up practically giving the car away to a neighbor across the street who turned around and failed to file the requisite paperwork, so that WE were mailed a parking ticket! (In CA, you do NOT EVER remove license plates--they transfer to the new owner.) We informed the court that the car had been sold, provided proof, and the last we saw of the car, it was being towed away. Since we could not afford to pay the impound fee to get it back, we were very sad, as we realized that the car was probably going to the crusher instead of a collector who would appreciate it.

      I'm glad it worked for you. We've had some success with Craigslist for selling furniture items, but as the economy has continued to deteriorate, that, too, has ground to a halt.

      Congratulations on HOTD, however, and a well-written article. Voted up and interesting.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Congrats. for hub of the day. A very timely informative hub, most people are looking at ways to save money and every little bit helps, I would have never thought of Craigslist for selling or buying cars, thank you for sharing.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, dbuddhika! I didn't think I would get this excited, but I can hardly contain myself!

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      dbuddhika 5 years ago

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great point, Jason. One of the reasons I like Craigslist is that it is a local listing and allows people to meet face to face. I wouldn't have done a transaction that wasn't in person. I wasn't aware of that particular scam, but in our world, we always have to have our radar up for the scammers. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Amazing to hear of so much interest in your vehicle on Craigslist. I'd like to take this opportunity, and it probably doesn't apply as much to big sales like cars, but there is a known scam on Craigslist where the buyer refuses to meet and instead offers to send a certified check. Once you cash the check, they say, they will send someone to pick up the goods. Unfortunately, the check is a phony and the bank will hold you responsible. I'm leery of Craigslist, but I also know people that have made plenty of sales with no issue. But they insisted on completing the transaction in person. (The reasoning the scammer gives for not meeting is that they are disabled, deaf, etc).

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Glad I got you thinking, gingerka. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      gingerka 5 years ago from Colorado

      I enjoyed reading your article and it gave me some food for thought. Thanks

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, starsteam. Good luck with your search.

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      What a timely article for me to read as I am searching for another older Ford Taurus. Thanks~

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      John MacNab 5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      My pleasure donnah75. We did the same downsizing trick.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      John: It does seem that everyone is trying to sell a car these days. It must be a sign of the times. We downsized from two cars to one in order to save a few dollars. Thanks for reading.

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      John MacNab 5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Congratulations, donnah75. Where I live in rural Canada, every second front lawn appears to have a car, or boat, for sale. Some of the front lawns are being used by city friends who have nowhere to display their vehicles.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Carol: Good luck with your sale.

      Kashmir56: Thanks so much!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is all great and useful information for anyone looking to this, great advice and tips !

      Well done and vote up and more !!!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      We are thinking about doing this, so it is timely for me. I like your ideas and suggestions and will bookmark the hub. Thanks for sharing all this valuable information. Voted UP.