Many people today are looking for ways to reduce their expenses. Since owning a vehicle is most people’s largest expense, reduction of this expense is usually targeted first. While looking for a car most ask “How cheap can I get a car for on Craigslist?” The answer to this question all depends on what you consider cheap and your tolerance for spending money to make repairs in the future.
Cars and trucks from the Honda, Toyota, Ford F150, Chevy Silverado 1500, to Audi, Lexus, and BMW can all be found at a reasonable price on Craigslist. Unfortunately, there is sometimes a trade off for such a low price. For instance, you may pick up a cheap car for $2,000 less than book value because it has over 200k miles. While you may think that this is a great deal, you soon find out that the engine needs to be replaced and that will cost $3,000. In this case, you are paying $1000 more than you should have and must deal with the entire headache that goes with having the car repaired.
In other instances a car seller is desperate to sell their automobile for various reasons such as divorce, a move, or simply no longer have room to store it. In this case you can pick up a car for dirt cheap that runs. People find great deals every day; some find cars for less than $1,000. Others will occasionally come across a $500 car deal but they are not as common as the 1000 deals. Basic transportation in this price range is rather easy to find. This is especially true if you live in a larger city with a huge population. In some areas of the United States people almost give their cars away because the competition for used car selling is so fierce. Military towns for example are an excellent place to land a great deal. Large bases such as Fort Bragg in Fayetteville NC bring about a market flooded with vehicles. People are constantly coming and going, leaving behind cars and searching for new cars.
Depending on circumstance, you may or may not get a great deal. If you are having a hard time finding a bargain on a used car on craigslist I would suggest checking out the listings in other nearby cities. If this yields little to no result you are probably buying the wrong time of year such as during tax season. If this is the case wait a few weeks and then try again. It is likely that you will have much better luck next time.
Finding these $1000 cars is a rather simple process that starts with visiting the craigslist website in your area. Once there, go to the car & truck section. Use the search bar to enter the price range between $500 and $1000. From here you simply let the website do the rest. You can even set up an RSS feed to ensure that you do not miss any great deals.