Used and new ice cream trucks can be purchased through specialized vehicle dealers, as well as through local classified sites such as Craigslist or online auctions sites such as eBay. As with any vehicle purchase, it is important to inspect the truck prior to purchase and compare available prices.
The Craigslist website allows individuals to create listings to sell a variety of items within a local geographic market, typically segmented by major cities within a state. Users are not required to create an account when posting, nor are accounts needed to view listings. This allows both parties to remain anonymous and protect their identities, but it does not allow for much transparency during the interaction. As such, it is common to encounter scam postings on Craigslist that are intended to phish for personal information. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to avoid scams, such as using the Craigslist email relay system to hide email addresses from other parties.
Anyone positing an item for sale on eBay is required to create a special seller account that allows other users to rate them based on verified interactions. This allows users to judge the quality of the seller and avoid potential scams.