How Do You Search Craigslist for a Car or SUV?


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To search Craigslist for cars and SUVs, simply click on the Cars+Trucks link under the For Sale heading to access the database for detailed search parameters. A customizable range of search options allows you to find exactly what you're looking for.

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When you open the Cars & Trucks section on your local Craigslist, you're presented with three options to choose from: view all cars and trucks (dealer and by-owner); by-owner only (private party, no dealers); and by-dealer only (no private party). You can arrange your results by list, thumbnail, image gallery and map. The latter lets you see exactly where these vehicles are located. You can browse all the ads in descending chronological order, or in order of highest / lowest price, and specify your search details: minimum and maximum price, year, and odometer reading; make/model; number of cylinders; drive type; fuel type; paint color; vehicle size; title status; transmission type; and specific vehicle type. Having selected your desired features, you can now browse through options to look at pictures and read descriptions to find just the vehicle you're looking for. You can also type your search directly into the search bar to find results featuring your key words.

The product page should provide one or more pictures to get a good visual, ideally highlighting any rust patches or problem areas that you should know about. The page gives a price and suggests if it is firm or if you are able to make an offer, and provide a contact number. Remember to always take precautions when meeting buyers from Craigslist.

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