Originally Posted by JC316
I don't get that mindset, even with ebay or auto trader, you're still meeting a perfect stranger. I've dealt on craigslist for years and never had an issue.
I bought a 17K mile 96 Impala SS on craigslist. The guy was more scared of me than I was of him. He asked me to meet him in the police station parking lot.
Millions of successful CL transactions happen. Let's be clear, you are right. Of course you are meeting a stranger but think this way
. You are advertising a nice car locally, telling every scumbag in your
city that you have a rather expensive car for sale. If a seller isn't 'street smart' he might just give out his address to anyone that calls. Within 5 -10 minutes he might have a gun shoved in his face. This stuff happens. As I stated earlier, it is rare
, but why open up yourself up to the criminal element just because you want a 'freebie'?? Of course arranging a meeting at the local police station or Sheriff's office is the way to go with CL if you want to use it. Our small town here in NC encourages use of their lot for CL transactions.
With 'national' publications/ads, your local scumbag isn't perusing those ads for victims within a '25 mile radius'. Not as likely anyway. I haven't heard about many Autotrader murders/robberies, etc.., but CL? Yeah, unfortunately. With 25 years of law enforcement behind me, I don't look for trouble anymore and I tell my family and friends the same advice I dispense here on this site. I look for a peaceful existence now. Wouldn't it be something to have to use deadly force now while a retired citizen after never needing it during my career? I'm always prepared but why increase the odds? So many cars out there without the added risk factor. I don't look and I don't sell.
No one has to agree with me but when someone, like the OP asks
, I express my thoughts about CL. If I help even one person from a bad experience, my time posting this was worthwhile.