What Can We Do To Make Craigslist Car Buying Safer?

Private-party classifieds are such a great place to find or sell cheap and interesting vehicles, but the reality of meeting “someone from the internet” has inherent risk. Especially when cash is involved. What can we do to make peer-to-peer car sales safer?

It’s a question worth considering in light of the shooting death of a young man trying to sell his 350Z on Craigslist. That’s a tragic story that hits close to home for enthusiasts, who look to Craigslist on a regular basis for cars and parts.


The easiest safety precaution to adopt for your next Craigslist deal is probably just to meet in a well-lit, public place. But what if you’re trying to buy a derelict out of some guy’s personal junkyard?

We’ve got to come up with a few more protective measures so the law-abiding masses of us can trade cars without fear of being the victim of some heinous crime.

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