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What are some tips for buying cars and trucks on Craigslist?

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Tips for buying a car or truck on Craigslist include checking the Craigslist pages of nearby cities or states to find more choices, using the search filters to quickly find vehicles that meet specific criteria and using the photos to winnow out cars or trucks with problems. The same principles apply when dealing with a Craigslist seller as when dealing with a seller who ran a print classified ad.

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Filters can narrow the search to only cars and trucks for sale by owner or only for sale by dealer, only those posted that day, only vehicles of a certain make and model, or those within a specified price range. Other filters allow the buyer to select a number of car features such as transmission type and paint color.

An advantage of buying from a dealer is that the car usually has an aftermarket warranty and has been refurbished to meet warranty standards. A service plan may be available.

Buying from the owner or a private seller may mean getting the car for a better price. A tip is to make certain that the seller really is the owner by checking the documentation to verify the person's address.

When buying any used car, whether from Craigslist or somewhere else, the prospective buyer should get a maintenance history and safety report on the car, have it checked by a reputable mechanic and take it for a test drive.

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