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Now is the Time to Sell Your Car on Craigslist

by craigscars

Reasons Why its a Primetime Selling Opportunity on Craigslist Cars

In a world where natural disasters, economic crises, and unemployment increases are part of over half of the international population’s daily lives, making a profit in any way possible is a must for families to survive. Craigslist cars offers an excellent means of doing just that. Craigslist is one of the most popular consumer market websites, ranking up there with eBay and Amazon Marketplace. What makes selling used cars such an excellent means of making some money this summer? Three distinct factors come to mind: the popularity of Craigslist, the shortage of Japanese car parts, and the way car dealers are responding to that shortage. An in-depth look into each of these factors will prove that now is the perfect time to sell used cars on Craigslist.

Craigslist Used Cars Popularity

The first question that comes to mind is, “Why choose Craigslist to advertise and sell your used car?” The biggest reason is the widespread and popular nature of the website. As of April 2011, a little fewer than 58 million people access the website on a regular basis. Since the entire United States of America has a population of a little over 310 million, the website’s regular users make up over 5% of the national population. In addition to these regular users, traffic statistics point to an average of around 815,789,490 page views per months; that is astronomical. If a consumer needs even more validation for utilizing this excellent web resource, all he or she needs to do is go to the local Craigslist page for his or her city and see the multitude of advertisements from neighbors.

Even though there are numerous benefits from selling used cars through Craigslist, some consumers might still be apprehensive. One reason is because the site has received a lot of bad publicity in recent years due to crimes such as theft and impersonation. Plus, most citizens who keep up with the news will remember the stories about the Craigslist killer, who used the site as a means to pray on innocent victims. What can be said to alleviate these legitimate fears and help consumers be more comfortable with the use of the site? Simply this – be a smart, informed Internet user. It is true that there are predators and unsavory people that use every available avenue to commit crimes. There is no getting around that unsettling fact; however, it is possible to avoid run-ins with such people by being a smart consumer. If a classified on Craigslist seems too good to be true, it probably is. Before purchasing anything or meeting with anyone, research must be done to find out as much about the product and the seller/buyer as possible. Doing so greatly decreases the risk of having dealings with unsavory users.

Shortage of Japanese Cars Production for the Summer of 2011

The second reason that now is an excellent time to sell cars through Craigslist used cars pages is because of the recent shortage of Japanese-made cars like Honda and Toyota. The earthquake and tsunami disasters on Japan’s shores back in the beginning of March have had a tremendous impact on production and sales of Hondas and Toyotas. Honda plants were shut down until March 20th, and Toyota plants were closed until March 22nd. Because these two brands of cars are so popular overseas – due in large part to skyrocketing gas prices in comparison to the fuel-efficient mileage offered by these vehicles – these Japanese automotive giants predicted a shortage of parts by the summer of 2011. Both of these companies, in an effort to offset this supply shortage, have curbed productions in the United States; this strategy has helped, but it has not made the issue disappear completely. As of March 2011, the companies are still uncertain as to when production will return to normal.

In addition to production problems, the shortages caused by the natural disasters in Japan have caused a significant drop in sales for Honda and Toyota. In May 2011, Toyota experienced a 33.4% decline in sales. Honda was not far behind; they had a 16.1% decrease. While it is projected that by June 2011 production will be back up to about 90%, it is still unclear as to whether this return to normal production rates will positively affect the rate of sales.

With these companies experiencing such domestic hardships, it is no wonder that car dealers are reacting the way they are. Because Hondas and Toyotas offer models that are increasingly fuel-efficient, they are in high demand. Not only are these cars some of the most popular in the current market, but used versions of these cars are even more of a hot commodity. Since gas prices are still so high and the economy is still not out of the recession, shoppers are looking for miraculous deals. Car dealers know this, and they want to be able to supply their customers with the cars they want for a price that works for both parties. They are having a problem doing so, though, because there simply are not enough used Hondas and Toyotas to go around.

One reason for the lack of available Japanese cars, in addition to the shortages, is the fact that Americans are keeping their cars a lot longer than they have in years past. Do not follow that trend. Car dealers are desperate to buy used cars and then re-sell them to turn at least a small profit. In the current market, consumers are paying on average $11,660 for a used car or truck. That price is up 30% since the beginning of 2009! Imagine the money one can get for selling a fuel-efficient used car that has been well-taken care of; it would almost pay for a new car by itself.

Now is the perfect time to sell your used car through Craigslist cars. By listing a car on this site, the seller can reach over 5% of the American population and potentially get the best deal possible in over 16 years. You can have success in selling your used car on Craigslist because of its popularity, the shortage of Japanese car parts, and car dealers’ desperation for fuel-efficient used cars. Think long and hard about this option, and make the smart choice – list your used car on Craigslist today, and watch the offers pour in.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

bob koch July 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm

2007 metallic black hundai tiburon 44000 miles great condition one owner

bob koch July 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

asking 11500

fabian torres July 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

1999 chevy s10 blazer $4000.00 obo color white 149k miles great condition
new motor put in at 100k miles and transmision put in at 115k miles and fuel pump
any questions call me at (818) 554-2094

Nicole July 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I have 18 rims for sale paid 1000 only want 125 call 7273203758nicole

john uhrhammer July 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I see how to find to buy, but not how to add my car to the list. Could someone provide clues as to what I’m missing? HELP!


Manny Chuchuca August 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

I have car for sale 99 chevrolet astro van work van asking $ 1200 my phone 848 250 29 31

Jane Burgess August 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

I have a 1992 Toyota Corolla DX 220,000 miles it top running condition. One owner and has 4 studded snow tires $500 tow package . Only damage is to driver front fender where a deer ran into the car. It drives great no problems with the car. It is a 5 speed…I am disabled and can’t drive anymore so need to sell it. Blue book at $1500 will consider $1200 possibly a little less. Can contact me at email address listed or 208 962-7011. Please only serious buyers call..It takes me sometime to get to the phone if I don’t answer leave a name and callback number.

ROSE TRUJILLO August 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm


sam davari August 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

2008 suzuki sx4 sport MANUAL.air .power. cruse. i phone .am fm cd 51000 MILES.comes with another 49000 miles bumper to bumper waranty.9450 DOLLARS FIRM.CALL 925 548-3394

edward August 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

i am looking for a car for my wife can’t spend alot

bill rapp August 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm


Eugene B. Bilal September 2, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I have a Classic 1977 Chevrolet Camaro.It is loaded with high performance equipment. It has a spool,600cfm edelbrock carbeurator,Weiand low rise intake,Crane cam 292 lift,and lifters.The body needs some work.The transmission has a shift kit,350 turbo.It need to be repaired. It has Hedman hedders,dual flow masters.It has a small block 402, bored .040 over.It has the old Cragar rims.Less than 35,000 miles on street car.The asking price firm is$1,500. This car is in S. C.

Bobbi September 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

Ford Escort ZX2 coupe Blue, 72,000 miles, excellent condition, driven by old lady (I’m 70 now). Perfect maintenance, oil change every 3 months, service manual maintenance up to date, driven very little and never abused. Never in accident. Asking $4000.00 Make an offer. Stored in garage.

Wilfredo Monterrosa September 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

2003 black ford f-250 crew cab, diesel, 6.0 motor leather seat, 4 doors, 106,000 miles. its in very good asking for $12,500. you can contact me at 832-661-5923

Wilfredo Monterrosa September 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

2001 white chevy silverado 2500, with 128,000 miles. the cost is $4,500

Ariel Arana September 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm

2004 Toyota sequoia, grey color, 75000 miles, one owner, very nice car for the family. Excellent condition, very clean, asking 11,000 OBO.

paul eckley September 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

I have a 1996 Infinity I30.The car is loaded.Body in great shape.New tires.Car needs a motor.Not running.Asking 1500.00 .make an offer

chiffon September 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

2001 chevy malibu 4door automatic,automatic windows with sunroof a plum color great a/c and heat,clean,new motor but in need for a transmission so it cranks but dont drive…must go and must go for $700..if interesred u can call/text me at (706)267-3444

Luther A Adams October 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

1998 Toyota Camry LE Excellant conditon . This car gets 30 mpg and if you test drive this car yu will buy it. Phone # 405-488-7881. Price 3750.00 firm.

Celeste October 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

I have a 1998 Plymouth voyager for sale it runs great but needs a water pump I am asking 2000.00 or best offer. please reply by email to

celeste October 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

The a fore mentioned Plymouth voyager is in eastern NC

Tom October 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

2007 Honda Element 4 door manual 50,000 miles

Foster Green October 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

1995 Chevy van 20/ 44.970 Miles nice living room/bed/Tv/dvd/vcr. $ 4000.00 obo # 770-534-1667

Paul March 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

2002 New Beetle /cyber green/Sun Roof/milage 70,7000/Remote Starter/ $6,600.00/401-825-7676

Paul March 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

Car is in excellent shape.

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