So you can go look at them, buy them and not have to worry about shipping your new acquisition. After all, shipping just adds to the ultimate price of your car.
I firmly believe that if you’re in a major city in the US, there must be one example of just about every car within a few hundred miles of you.
It might take a long time for a Euro-spec Mercedes-Benz 500SL with manual transmission from the mid-80s to appear for sale, but when it does, it will probably show up on Craigslist first.
Craigslist is easy and free for people trying to sell a car.
Many cars that show up on Craigslist are uncovered, non-running, borderline barn finds that someone is just looking to get rid of. It’s these sorts of opportunities I like to watch for.
If you can buy the car cheap enough, you can put some work into it and have a friendly little driver, but be careful!
Don’t think buying a $700 car and spending every night for the next 2 months picking parts off it and putting them on eBay is a significant revenue stream.
In most cases, depending upon what you’re parting out, you will end up earning far less than minimum wage after you calculate the hours you’ve put into the project.
At some point, you’ll have to have whatever’s left hauled away to the junkyard if you can’t sell a car that’s been picked clean of all the good bits.
Craigslist makes it very easy to list cars for sale. They don’t ask for many specs or details.
This makes it somewhat challenging to search for specific vehicles, years, or models you might be interested in. You’re pretty much at the mercy of the titles people create for their ads.
I end up using as few words as I can when I search for classic cars on eBay.
Of course, I have to sift through all the Porsche 911 ads from all the years, and here in the twin cities, there are pages of them, but I won’t miss any listings.
If I’m looking for an MGB, I will search using the keyword “MG” and see what comes up.
A little annoying to people seeking for MGBs, I guess, but the seller will get more search hits on their listings as a result. Maybe the guy who had his heart set on an MGB might actually buy his Triumph.
I live in a place where cars rust a lot where it’s cold for 6-7 months out of the year.
Indeed, fewer rust-free cars in the upper midwest. That’s why I often visit other Craigslist markets if I‘m looking for a perfect vehicle or one I’m willing to pay to ship.
Craigslist Los Angeles and San Francisco are both excellent. There are often rare cars for sale on these sites, and they always seem to be more listings for specialty classic cars.
Many new vehicles were sent out to California in the 50s and 60s, so when a garage in southern California is cleaned out, there is a good chance there could be something cool lurking in the shadows.
While it might take a little extra effort, the pictures aren’t always the best, and it’s impossible to carry out a surgical search like you can do on eBay. Craigslist is a great place to find your next affordable classic car.
Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast, and he has years of experience in the automotive field as an engineer. Now he is also active as an automobile blogger and member of the auto community.