Craigslist is a good place to buy cars if the proper research is done properly. Never buy a car without seeing it first and paying in person. Do not pay online or over the phone for a car found on Craigslist.
It helps to filter the search results by only looking at vehicles with a picture. After doing that, use other filter options, such as selecting a type of vehicle, make and model, year range, or mileage range. When on a strict budget, the price range option is also helpful.
Before buying a car from Craigslist, check the vehicle history and VIN either before or after seeing the car in person. Bring someone along when looking at the vehicle to be on the safe side. Look at the Kelly Blue Book value of the vehicle to ensure it is a good price for its condition.