August 1, 2017 in Auto

Dude, where’s my title? The safe way to buy a car on Craigslist

Remember the classifieds section of your local newspaper? Online marketplace Craigslist replaced the classifieds a long time ago, making it easy and virtually free to buy used furniture, find a nanny, get rid of that old grill that’s been lurking in the yard, or sell your car. The only thing the site charges listing fees for are job postings in the biggest cities, and apartment listings in New York City.

Craigslist was started in 1995 by San Francisco native Craig Newmark as a simple email newsletter. In 1999, Newmark expanded the business, opening up Craigslist as an online portal available to all. Today, Craigslist has local websites in more than 700 cities in 70 countries. Craigslist users post more than 80 million classified ads in the U.S. each month, and more than 60 million people check those ads.

The vast majority of people who buy and sell through Craigslist are not looking to scam anyone. However, there are a few high-profile cases of people who have used Craigslist to commit crimes. Anyone looking to buy a car on Craigslist needs a plan. Follow these tips to make sure you make a safe, legal, and sound purchase.

Before you leave the house

When you go look at the car

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