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My guide to buying a car off of Craigslist

At times I feel bad for Autotrader when it comes to the used car market as they have suffered with the advent of Craigslist’s classifieds section.  I look at used cars all the time; many mornings I’ll spend about 30 minutes just looking at cars for sale over a cup of coffee as I never know when I’ll find a deal.  I’ve also helped many people over time who bought a used car from a Craigslist ad to figure out what the new ride is in need of.  Unfortunately, I usually see these cars after the deal is done.  Some get lucky and some wind up in a world of hurt.  So before you go out test driving, I thought I’d give you a little guide on how to read Craigslist ads, what to look for, and how to proceed once you think you’ve found a good candidate.

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