Auto Sellers on Craigslist: What They Really Mean

Are you interested in buying a used vehicle on Craigslist? If so, you will come across a common phrase used by car dealers. What do they really mean? Continue reading to find out.

It still works: This phrase is commonly used to describe an older car that is still working. The emphasis should be "still." The seller himself basically says "this car is an old piece of junk; I'm surprised it's still working and I don't expect it to be for any longer." Although the vehicle can even now run, you should run the other way.

The exterior is in perfect condition: this is good, but what about the interior? They probably left this for a reason. If a car salesman takes the time to tell you that the car's body is in good shape, you should take the two seconds it takes to write "interior." This may be a sign that the minivan you are about to buy has melted crayons on the seats.

This is big business: seldom will a Craigslist vendor say this; in most cases, they just try to convince themselves that they are asking for a fair price when they are not. This is the only time this phrase should be used: when the seller says, "This is good business because, according to Kelly Blue Book, the truck is valued at $ 5,000 and I'm only asking for $ 4,000." They support the phrase with evidence that you can verify.

A good car for parts: This car can work, but it is not in driving condition. Probably couldn't pass an inspection. Although you can use these cars for parts, they are basically junk, but "a good car for parts" sounds much better than junk cars Raleigh North Carolina or another southern state: You will see that this phrase is used a lot in the Northeast. In most cases, the seller has just moved from the south and is now trying to sell his car in the northeast. What they say is: "Look at me; there is no rust because salt is not used to treat roads."

Inspection Passed Last Year: When this phrase is used, the seller is basically trying to say, "The vehicle passed the inspection last year, but I don't know about this year because I'm not going to try." It may be because the seller bought a new car or because they fear the vehicle won't pass.

A great car to get from point A to point B: junk alert pile. Unless you plan to leave the car in your driveway and use it only for emergencies, it is best to avoid a car that only takes you from point A to point B.

The truck has a few bumps: "Hey, I had a couple of accidents, but the truck still works." A few is the key word; if the truck only had a small dent, the seller would tell. As there is cosmetic damage, be sure to get a discount.

$ 6,000 or OBO - "Although this means the best offer, it also means a realistic offer; so please don't contact me offering only $ 2,000." It's funny, but some car dealers put OBO on when they're really only willing to drop their price by $ 50.

Now that you know how to figure out some common phrases used by car dealers on Craigslist, are you ready to start shopping? Download a Craigslist search tool to search multiple locations and categories on Craigslist, as well as filter car listings without images. For more information visit Cash Cars Buyer.

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