biggest scams to avoid when buying a car on Craigslist

Heard of the Craigslist scam where someone offers you a free car? You can’t win, because it’s not free. This is one of the many scams that people use to get your personal information and steal from you.

We’re going to share some tips on how to avoid these scams when buying cars on Craigslist or any other sales site online.

Spoof pages

Craigslist is a great resource for finding deals, but it’s also home to some of the most elaborate scams imaginable. A car that doesn’t exist can be found in many listings on this site; scammers copy and paste images from real postings then make fake listings all over town with them.
Be wary if an individual won’t meet you at your destination or insists on transferring money before receiving anything–they may not actually own either item advertised!
Katherine Hutt director of communications BBB tells Business Insider she has seen identical photos listed across multiple sites nationally after they appeared first online under different names.” Who knows where original steal was,” asks Ms.


There’s nothing illegal about selling your car to an individual instead of going through the dealers. However, if you’re not a licensed dealer and sell certain numbers in different states then there will be rules for this too- like guaranteeing that customers get their money back if it turns out to have been a lemon after all!

And curbstone dealers are often transient or at least difficult to track down by law enforcement agencies looking into where these cars come from when they start doing business locally.

A common misconception is that anyone who sells many vehicles within one year must obtain…

Hidden damage

You might think that auto experts can’t tell the difference between high-end and low-end parts, but your mechanic will be able to pick up on anything wrong with their trained eye. Find out if they have a trusted friend or professional who is better at recognizing quality workmanship before you make an offer.

You’ve probably heard about car guys bragging about what kind of performance modifications were done when it comes time for a sale – don’t just take these words as gospel because word has no meaning without verification! Get confirmation from somebody other than.

The sob story

In the case of Craigslist, those who try and use emotional pressure tactics on buyers can be very effective. They might say that they’re about to be deployed by the military or claim they’ve lost their job and won’t have any way for rent payments without selling off this car right away- which means you’ll need to buy it quickly before someone else does!

If able-bodied people are looking into buying something from us through our site then we should always ensure all documentation matches what is being offered so there’s no confusion in either party.

The little-by-little payment

The scammers know that when buyers see listings for $20k, their alarms will go off. So instead of asking you to put down a large sum all at once like scams usually do with high-value items in demand and an unbeatably low price tag (though often empty), they’ll ask for smaller amounts over time – first as payment then shipping/insurance costs before finally sending the product itself.

This way if things don’t work out after following up on your purchase by phone or email every month or two weeks without hearing back from them at all…

The criminals use various tactics which include getting applicants to deposit payments followed by.

False security

Escrow sites are designed to protect you as a consumer. You pay the third-party site instead of sending it straight to your potential seller, and if anything goes wrong with their escrow service – which is rare! – they’ll give back all of that money (not some scammer).

But fraudsters know we’re always looking out for protection so they’ll trick us into thinking we’ve entered into an agreement by spoofing existing ones or setting up their own run by themselves while masquerading under another domain name: “escrowsitexample.”