Is your ride rusted, dusted or busted and you can not afford a car payment? Do what others are doing and get your next car or truck on Craigslist Fairbanks Alaska. Purchase a car using a private party transaction and you can get the best of both worlds – a cheap used car with no car payment. Does this sound too good to be true? Well continue on and learn how to get a nice running cars in Fairbanks for less than $1500.
How to find a $1500 car on Craigslist
When searching for a car in this price range, you may become discouraged as most of the cars that appear need some type of major mechanical work. You may find cars that need engines or possibly a transmission. While there are quite a few out there, the majority of cars being sold for under $1500 need no major work at all. The key is to separate out the good from the bad.
For starters, take a quick look through the listings on the Fairbanks Craigslist website. There are usually 10 or so new postings per day with vehicles that are being sold in this price range. In order to narrow down the list, quickly read over each ad and see what they are offering. Here are a few things that I look for when weeding out the good from the bad.
- Must have a good engine or transmission
- Car must have less than 150k miles
- Try to keep the age of the car to 20 years or newer
- Cosmetic issues are second to mechanical
- Avoid salvage cars
Follow these 5 golden rules and you will be well on your way to getting a used car for a reasonable price.
If you don’t believe that good running autos come this cheap, check out some of the ones that I recently found on the Fairbanks Alaska Craigslist site.
Cheap Car listings in Fairbanks Alaska
All of these are actual cars that I found that meet my criteria and are located in Fairbanks. You may want to take advantage of one of these deal while they are still around.
2000 Ford Windstar $1400
Need a good van for your family or perhaps a work van. Check out this 2000 Ford Windstar in the Fai/Np area. One nice thing about this van is that it had its transmission recently rebuilt just a couple years ago. A van this age usually has transmission issues and this one you will not have to worry about for many more years to come.
This van comes complete with a clean title ready to go. While shes not a beauty, this van can get the job done and keep you from having a monthly car payment. The interior is well worn and a vehicle this age likely has at least 150k miles on it. As always, its good to check out the vehicles history before making your purchase.
1984 Isuzu pickup truck 4 wheel drive $1,200
If you are looking for an old beater truck and don’t want to spend a ton of money, this 84′ Isuzu pickup might be the ride for you. It gets excellent gas mileage with a 4 cyl 1.9 L engine. This is a running truck but might need a little TLC. After, its a 30 year old truck and will get the job done. Best of all, you can’t beat the 4 wheel drive feature which is a must in the Alaska snow and harsh driving conditions.
1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo $800
Look here folks, this is a really great deal. Pick up this sharp looking Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado for only $800. This seller must be desperate to get rid of this jeep as it has a good engine and good transmission.
This beast comes fully tuned up with new plugs and wires but has a few minor problems such as a window that likes to pop out of track. Overall, you really cant go wrong with this ride. It even has good tires to keep you on the road. A little elbow grease and this will be one sharp looking ride. You may even get the seller to come down a little on the price.
1985 Toyota Pickup truck
Its old, its ugly but its one great truck. Toyota trucks run forever and this one is still on the road and running strong. The 1985 Toyota PU features a small 4 cyl engine and a 5 speed manual transmission. This car has good heat, a new battery and runs great. Best of all, it is located right here in Fairbanks.
The downside is that it needs some brake work which should not be too difficult to remedy. Also, it is only a 2wd so this may be an issue if you plan to do a lot of winter driving in the snow. Basically, this is a beater with a heater and runs great. For the price of $1000, you get a truck that can haul just about anything that you need and will run for many more years to come.
As you can see, it is very easy to find cheap cars for 1500 or less on Craigslist. The trick is to check back frequently to see if any new cars have posted. Once they have, contact the seller and pick up a deal before someone else does. If the car is gone when you go to check it out, don’t worry. There are new cars listed every day on Craigslist so just check back again tomorrow.
One new feature with craiglist Fairbanks Alaska is the ability to search for cars by picture. No more opening each ad to see what kind of shape the car is in. Simply browse by looking at a small picture of each car. While this may not be the best way to choose a car, it is a good way to start. Cars in this price range are usually not the most attractive cars. Remember that it is what is under the hood that counts so keep cosmetics second to the mechanical workings of a car.