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BeaArthur
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13 Jul 2016, 9:33 pm

So, I have listed a used car on Craigslist. Does anyone have experience selling an auto there? (I have sold small household items successfully but never something in the thousands of dollars.)

In the "safety" hints, Craigslist tells you not to accept a certified or cashier's check, since they can be forged easily enough, and the bank will hold you responsible. So what are you supposed to do? Get cash?

Also, what's the protocol around letting the individual take a test drive? Do they leave something as collateral? How do you know they are ever coming back! Should I photocopy their driver's license? Should one of us go with them, and one remain behind?

Where's a good place to meet them? I don't want them coming to my house. I thought maybe in front of our bank, since a bank will have security cameras.

Grateful for any advice.


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14 Jul 2016, 7:24 pm

Why would you let them take the car on a test drive without you in the car? Meeting in front of a building with working security cameras is probably a good idea. No idea about the payment though. I'd check thejr drivers license and make sure your insurance company covers other drivers besides yourself. Don't count on their policy.


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14 Jul 2016, 10:37 pm

Thank you, Noca.

We actually sold the car in about 16 hours after posting on Craigslist. The guy did get us to drop the price but we aren't too worried about that. He paid in cash, and we had our bank test the bills before finalizing the deal. I like doing this kind of thing in the area of a bank, we were also able to make a photocopy at no expense. (We have substantial business with this bank.) I did write down his driver's license number before he and hubby drove it.

I would sell a car this way again. I like doing business on Craigslist, it's fast and free, and of the 5 or 6 times I have used it, I've had no problems.


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16 Jul 2016, 11:06 am

Great report.

I didn't think of Craugs list.
Last month we went to Walmart and got a For Sale sign.
We put it in the car window.
The next day we sold the car for cash.

Next time we will take your wise solution - have my bank test the bills.
The cash was used with no problem, but you never know. Thanks for sharing the complete process. 8O


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