Craigslist is a very popular site for used items, even cars. However, before you buy something from any online classified site, you have to make sure that you get value for your money and that nobody is taking you for a ride. Nobody is born a car expert and for a lay man to get the best deal possible, he must keep a few points in mind.
A lot of people are out there to make a quick buck at the expense of others. You will of course find genuine sellers who do not want to cheat you but it is better to be safe than sorry. If you have a friend or a family member who is a car expert, you should take him along. Make sure you thoroughly check the car for internal and external faults and other signs of trouble.
If someone on Craigslist is telling you that he can send you the car from another state, beware because it probably is a scam. To make the most out of Craigslist, it is imperative that you place an ad or respond to an ad in your area. This way you can meet with the person and take delivery yourself instead of paying up beforehand and getting cheated.
Before you purchase a car, it only makes sense to look around. Make sure you know what the seller is asking for is not too much. People may take advantage of your lack of knowledge and dupe you are buying a car that you could have purchased for a lot less.