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

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The car I sold in one day!

The car I sold in one day!

What's the Best Way to Sell a Car?

Driving down the road, I often see cars with “for sale” signs out on front lawns. As a kid, I remember how when my dad wanted to sell a car, he parked it on our front lawn. So recently when I decided to sell my car, I was a bit worried since I don’t have a front lawn. I live in an apartment community up on a 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, and I didn't know any local businesses well enough to ask if I could park in their lot, and although I have sold a few things on eBay, selling a car there didn’t seem feasible.

Then my husband pointed out the obvious. “Why don’t we list it on Craigslist?” he asked. I decided to give it a shot.

Below, you'll find a glimpse at my Craigslist car-selling experience and tips for what to do if you want to sell your car online, as quickly as possible.

How to Sell Your Car Fast, Online

  1. Do your homework and be realistic. List the car for a fair, realistic price. Pricing it too high will likely lead to a long wait for a sale. Below, you'll find instructions about how to research and check the blue book value of your vehicle.
  2. Make the best first impression possible. Clean your car inside and out before you show it to prospective buyers. Make sure it smells clean, too.
  3. List the item on Craigslist, or some other site. See instructions below for posting strategically and protecting yourself from online predators.
  4. Post and handle offers strategically. Below, I share my negotiation stories and offer tips for protecting yourself from online predators.
  5. Remember: Honesty is the best policy. Be up-front with prospective buyers about the car's history, condition, and maintenance.
  6. Take the best offer. That means you have to be patient. Even if you get a full price offer, don't take it on the spot if other buyers are showing interest. Keep track of the offers and tell each buyer that you plan to take the best offer. Just don't make them wait too long for your decision.
  7. Close the deal. Below, you'll find tips for handing the vehicle over and transferring the title.

1. Do Your Homework

Before you list your car for sale, it is important to do your homework. How much is it 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 your vehicle and a range of values for trading it in or selling it yourself, in your area. Knowing that my car had gone quite a few miles, I looked at the value on the site for “fair condition” and “selling by owner,” and Kelly Blue Book told me that my car was worth just over $3,000. I was shocked by that amount, as I wouldn’t pay that price for my car if I were the buyer!

With that number in mind, I continued to do my homework. I went to look at other listings on Craigslist in order to understand my competition. Since I was selling a 2004 Hyundai Elantra, I did a search for other Hyundai Elantras for sale on the site. I compared age, mileage, and condition of the 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 $2,500. 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, and this turned out to be smart. More on that gem later.

A clean car makes a good impression: shake the mats and vacuum the back seat!

A clean car makes a good impression: shake the mats and vacuum the back seat!

2. Make a Good First Impression

When you show the car, make sure it is presentable. Before I took pictures, I gave it a good vacuum and wiped down all the surfaces in the car. I removed all of my personal items and 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 another wash. Every person who came to look at the car commented on how clean it looked. Remember that first impressions count.

3. Create a Listing on Craigslist

The next step 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 (how many miles are listed on the odometer)
  • a brief note describing the car’s condition (i.e. “excellent condition,” or “needs work”)
  • your asking price
  • contact information (I included my name and phone number, but Craigslist gives the option of an anonymous contact email or text if you prefer)
  • good photographs: Craigslist allows you to upload several photos of your car for free. Make sure that you show both the interior and exterior 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 to hide the number.

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

4. Post Strategically

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 it. Before noon, I already had several showings set up for that afternoon.

5. Protect Yourself From Online Predators

  • 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 any 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.
  • When they come to see the car, consider meeting in a busy public area rather than giving your personal address.

Including the words "or best offer" in your ad is often a great strategy.

6. Handle Offers Strategically

After the first showing, I had my first offer. The man who took a test drive offered me $1,800. 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 $2,200. I told him I would think about it and get back to him.

After the second showing, I had another offer for $2,200.

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."

I went on: "The ad stated $2,500 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, gave me her contact info, and drove away as the next prospective buyer pulled in.

7. Stay Honest

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. It was a whirlwind day, and the buyer and I were both happy with the results in the end.

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.

8. Close the 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.

  1. 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.
  2. After delivering the car, I removed my plates and my registration sticker from the window.
  3. I filled out the back of the title and exchanged 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 I'd get 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who pays the sales tax?

The buyer always pays sales tax. In New York State, there is a DMV form called a "Statement of Transaction" that both the buyer and seller fill out to facilitate the sales tax.

Do I have to remove the license plate when I sell my car?

Every state has its own rules, so you need to research your state's policy.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: Why would you block out your plate number on Craigslist?

Answer: Privacy, I suppose. I was advised to do so.

Question: Where does the sales tax come in when selling your car on Craigslist? Who is responsible for it?

Answer: When an item is purchased, the buyer always pays sales tax. In NYS there is a dmv form that both the buyer and seller fill out called the statement of transaction. It facilitates the sales tax.

Question: Do I have to remove the current license plate if selling on Craigslist?

Answer: Yes, at least in NY you do.


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Have 1975 cj5 for sale 304 V8 almost every thing mechanically. New. Green with new Tan top


Ann cairnes on November 22, 2019:

Mercury sable year 2005

1600 dollars good solid car recent workdone

Michael on October 21, 2019:

Leather sunroof 4 wheel drive new battery 700 dollar touch screen with remote tinted windows

Cyndi on October 25, 2018:

Donna, great and some useful information, but if you didn't think you had priced it low, then what accounts for such an insane number of calls and for your wondering if you had? Would you mind divulging the year, make, and model at least, to help some of us newbs out? Thanks.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on October 07, 2017:

I think you could try Craigslist for this as well.

Bob on October 05, 2017:

Whats a good place to sell Exotic Cars

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 10, 2017:

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!

BeeBee on July 06, 2017:

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?

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on February 06, 2017:

I wasn't aware of the charge. Thanks.

Justin Ball on February 01, 2017:

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 ?

James Wnd on November 30, 2016:

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.


Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 20, 2016:

I respectfully disagree, Greg.

Greg on August 19, 2016:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on July 13, 2016:

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

Zeb on May 20, 2016:

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.

Authenticz HubPage from North America on February 01, 2016:

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

Antonio on November 14, 2015:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on June 07, 2014:

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.

manuel morales on June 06, 2014:

Hello craiglist

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on April 13, 2014:

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.

Leonard on April 10, 2014:

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!

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 27, 2013:

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!!!

Shasta Matova from USA on August 27, 2013:

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.

Brian Lokker from Bethesda, Maryland on August 27, 2013:

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.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on August 26, 2013:

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!

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on March 22, 2013:

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

luisj305 from Florida on March 22, 2013:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on March 19, 2013:

Thanks, sj21

sj21 from USA on March 19, 2013:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on February 03, 2013:

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!

David Murree from USA on February 03, 2013:

I think this guide will help me selling my honda civic

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on February 02, 2013:

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!

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on September 19, 2012:

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.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 19, 2012:

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!

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on September 15, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 15, 2012:

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

carol stanley from Arizona on August 16, 2012:

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

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 16, 2012:

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.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on August 16, 2012:

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.

lauramaryscott from Boise, Idaho on August 16, 2012:

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.

lauramaryscott from Boise, Idaho on August 16, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 11, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 11, 2012:

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.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on August 11, 2012:

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://discover.hubpages.com/literature/August-20... wow, double success! Congrats!

jellygator from USA on August 10, 2012:

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.

saumey on August 08, 2012:

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

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 07, 2012:

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.

GiblinGirl from New Jersey on August 07, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 06, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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.

Judith C Evans from Boise, ID on August 05, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on August 05, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on August 05, 2012:

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!

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 05, 2012:

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!

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 05, 2012:

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!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 05, 2012:

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!

Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on August 05, 2012:

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!

John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on August 05, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on August 05, 2012:

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.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 05, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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

dbuddhika on August 05, 2012:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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.

Jason F Marovich from Detroit on August 05, 2012:

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).

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

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

gingerka from Colorado on August 05, 2012:

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

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on August 05, 2012:

Thanks, starsteam. Good luck with your search.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on August 05, 2012:

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

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on July 30, 2012:

My pleasure donnah75. We did the same downsizing trick.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on July 30, 2012:

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.

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on July 30, 2012:

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.

Donna Hilbrandt (author) from Upstate New York on July 29, 2012:

Carol: Good luck with your sale.

Kashmir56: Thanks so much!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on July 29, 2012:

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

Well done and vote up and more !!!

carol stanley from Arizona on July 29, 2012:

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.

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