Cheap used Craigslist cars for under $1000 – Find good used Craigslist cars for sale without spending a small fortune

by Craig Miller on October 13, 2010

Often times, folks ask whether or not it is possible to purchase a good used vehicle for under $1000 from Craigslist cars. Having purchased several Craigslist cars for sale, I have personally seen many great vehicles for under $1000. While you may not find the most attractive vehicle for $1000, you can certainly find one that will provide basic reliable transportation. Having said that, your main focus when it comes to purchasing a $1000 or cheaper vehicle is to find one that is mechanically and structurally sound. If you are not sure that a used vehicle is for you, read this article on the pros and cons of buying a used car.

Finding a vehicle that is structurally and mechanically sound requires that you have a little bit of automotive knowledge. If you are totally in the dark when it comes to the basic operations of an automobile, it may be best to bring along a relative or close friend who understands how a vehicle should operate. The person that you choose does not necessarily have to be a mechanic, because you should always have a mechanic take a final look at your vehicle before making the purchase. The person helping you out must have basic automotive knowledge.

Before you can go out looking for a good used vehicle, you must first find one by searching the classified section. While traditional methods of advertising, such as the newspaper classified section, are a great way to search for a used vehicle, craigslist.org is an excellent website that has hundreds of new listings each day. Craigslist is quickly becoming the standard when it comes to searching for a used vehicle. Here you can search for vehicles by price using the price range feature at the top of the search results page. Simply enter the price range that you are willing to pay for a used vehicle. In this case, your price range should be somewhere between zero and $1200. The reason why you should choose $1200 is because most buyers are willing to negotiate on the price. If you are searching for a vehicle and are willing to pay $1000, you will likely find several ads for $1200 cars or best offer. Or best offer implies that the seller is willing to negotiate on the price.

Search through the listings and pick out a handful of vehicles that you may be interested in. Remember the object here is to find a mechanically and structurally sound vehicle. If you are not willing to accept a few dents and dings, you will likely never find a used vehicle that you will be satisfied with. When purchasing a vehicle at this price, you should be prepared to deal with common wear and tear associated with an older vehicle. Search for a vehicle that has lower mileage and is as new as possible. Many cars with over 100,000 miles still have plenty of life left in them.

Contact each seller and schedule a time to inspect each vehicle. Bring a friend along if necessary to help you make a decision. Once you have found a vehicle that you would like to purchase, bring it to your mechanic and have it inspected. If the vehicle passes inspection, negotiate with the seller to get the best deal.

Finding cheap Craigslist cars requires that you roll up your sleeves and seek out the great deals that are available. Every day, hundreds of $1000 Craigslist cars for sale are purchased and sold around the world. Take your time searching for your next used vehicle and you too can find a good vehicle for under $1000.

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