How to Sell Your Used Car Online Using Craigslist

Selling your used car online using Craigslist is one way to avoid using used car dealership, with you in the driver's seat of the transaction. Craigslist offers tools for free Internet advertising of your vehicles. You have nothing to lose, and the best part is that is when using Craigslist tools, you can create a free online advertising campaign with little effort.

Saleswoman by SUV
Avoid the dealership and sell your car online.
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Create an account with Craigslist by visiting the Craigslist website. Craigslist requires an account with valid information, including telephone contact information.

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Select the "Post to Classifieds" option to create a classified ad.

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Select the "For Sale" option, and then the "Car & Truck - by Owner." If you have not fully registered with Craigslist, you may receive a warning about supplying a phone number for account validation. Enter your phone number to validate your account.

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Enter a title for your free online advertising ad. Be specific about the make, model and condition of the vehicle within the title. You may also want to include the price, unless you think the price could drive away potential buyers.

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Enter a description for your free online advertising ad. The description should include details about the condition of the vehicle, mileage, year, and possibly any pictures you have of the vehicle.

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Consider if you would like potential buyers to contact you through email or telephone. Telephone is fairly common especially when it comes to used cars. Buyers may need to test drive your vehicle.

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Sit back and wait to hear from potential buyers. If your used SUV or other used car doesn't sell, consider posting another ad with different terms or descriptions. Include new pictures that are true to the quality of the vehicle.