Ten Things You Can Do To Make Buying A Car On Craigslist Safer

Every time we see a Craigslist murder we are reminded that buying stuff from strangers through the internet is no walk in the park. But these ten tips could turn it into one.

10.) Be friendly


You don’t need to take the person you meet fishing or tell him/her life lessons and stories about your childhood, but it helps if you treat each other nicely and work out the trust issues.

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9.) Don’t meet at your place

What happened to Budd? Exactly.

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8.) Don’t meet after dark


Why would you? No car can be that important.

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7.) Don’t hold all your cash


It’s not smart to carry lots of cash with you while meeting a stranger. Wire transfer, checks, and PayPal will stop that problem, but paying cash is a great way to seal a deal on CL. A smart compromise is don’t have all the cash on your person. Put the cash in a safe spot in your locked car, not just in your wallet. Only take out the full amount when you’ve finished the deal and seen all the paperwork.

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6.) Meet at a police station


With cameras and cops everywhere, you’ll be fine.

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5.) Meet at a bank


Some people don’t like police stations, and that’s fine. Banks have enough cameras too, plus they guarantee a secure transaction.

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4.) Trust your gut


It might sounds silly, but if something smells fishy, it usually is. Abort the mission and get out of there.

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3.) Tell somebody about the meeting


If you can’t call 911, somebody else should do it for you.

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2.) Bring a friend


Just in case you need backup, it’s always a good idea to have a companion.

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1.) Push Craigslist towards introducing identity checks


Craigslist should learn some tricks from Ebay. The world would be a safer place.

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