How I Sold My Car on Craigslist

CraigslistMy first car was a 2000 Chevy Malibu It looked very similar to the one in the picture above. KITT, as I went on to name it was a great car. I purchased KITT during the summer of 2007. That car got me back and forth from Savannah to Atlanta plenty of times during the six years I had it.

In 2012, KITT blew a head gasket. I debated on getting another car but opted for my mechanic to fix it. He was able to put another in the car for me. That fix lasted for about a year until the head gasket broke again. There was no way that I was going to pay another $1800 – $2000 for another engine. I decided to get another used car, which I did. The Malibu was still sitting in my parking spot, and I needed to get rid of it. I had a decision to make. Should I give the car away or should I sell it? The hustler in me decided to sell the vehicle.

KITT was too big for me to sell on eBay, so I decided to sell it on Craigslist. Since the car wouldn’t drive for too long without shutting down, I didn’t wash it or clean the inside that much. I did do a few things to get it ready to be sold.

Took Pictures

I took nice pictures of the outside and the inside of the car.

Details

In the Craigslist ad, I made sure that I listed all of the details about it. I stated that it had a blown head gasket and a couple of other issues. I also included info about the CD player that I had installed in it a few months earlier. I did that hoping that it would get a little more money for it.

Price

I listed the car for $1100. I knew nobody was going to pay that much for a junk car, but I figured what the hell. I didn’t have anything to lose.

Title

I made sure that I found the title and had it readily available once I found a seller.

Bill of Sale

I wrote a makeshift bill of sale. If the car had been newer and working normal, I would have typed one up.

During the 1st week that my car was listed I received a few e-mails from people saying that they were interested and that they wanted to see it. Nothing came from those e-mails, though. The people flaked. The next week I got a message from a dude in Mississippi saying that he was interested. I ignored him. I thought to myself who would come to Atlanta from Mississippi for a messed up Malibu? He e-mailed me againĀ asking if the car was still available. I replied to the e-mail this time even though I still had my doubts about him being serious or not. He stated that he was thinking about coming to Atlanta in a few days and that he wanted to check out the car. This was on a Tuesday evening. I e-mailed him my number even though I really didn’t think he was going to show up.

I got a call from him Friday evening saying that he would be in ATL early Saturday afternoon. I was shocked and happy at the same time. I was close to having KITT sold!

On Saturday around noon, the buyer came to my apartment with a dolly. He told me that he’s a mechanic and buys cars to fix them up. He stated that Chevy Malibu’s were his favorites. He checked the car out and even drove it around my block before it had the chance to cut off. He wanted the car but asked if I could lower the price. I asked him to make me an offer. He said $300. SOLD! Making $300 is better making $0.

For me, the process of selling a car on Craigslist was relatively easy. I’d probably do it again.

Have you ever sold a car on Craigslist before?


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  1. Thank you for the tips. I need to let go of my 5-year old car. This will be very helfpul to me.

  2. Thank you for sharing this tips. This is a big help since i am going to sell my 13 year old civic. Good Read!

  3. Noor

    You are definitely right Selene! I think people sometimes try to cut corners on car maintenance and it can definitely hurt you in the long run! Thanks for stopping by!