Sell a Car on Craigslist

Craigslist is a free online classifieds service that allows you to post advertisements based on location and specific categories such as jobs, personals, items for sale, or housing offers. The service is essentially an online version of the conventional classified advertising most commonly associated with newspapers. This article will guide you through the process of selling your car on Craigslist.


  1. Visit the Craigslist website.
  2. Select your country and city. Craigslist allows you to post based on your location. Picking the country, city and area closest to you will make for an easier process when shipping or arranging a pick up of your goods.
  3. Click the “post to classifieds” link near the top left corner.
  4. Select the “for sale” category. Note: You are not allowed to post items for sale that have been recalled or prohibited.
  5. Select either “cars & trucks- by dealer” or “cars & trucks- by owner” depending on whether you are a private seller or a certified dealer. (The "by owner" option is used in this example).
  6. Choose the area nearest your current location.
    • Alternatively, you can visit the Craigslist forums and follow the onscreen instructions at the top right to request a new Craigslist area.
  7. Fill out the title. The title for the car ad must always start with the year in 4 digits, (eg 2005, not 05), followed by the make name (eg Ford) and the model (eg Festiva).
    • Title Example: 2007 Toyota Prius
    • Title Example: 2010 Chevrolet Impala
  8. Fill out the remaining fields. The price is must be entered in the field provided as well as the location, (town or city), where the vehicle is located. Include a phone number and an email so you can be contacted by interested people.
    • Fill in each field on the page, especially these:
      • status of the title
      • the odometer
      • the transmission type
      • drive type
      • fuel
      • how many cylinders (typically 4, 6 or 8 )
    • If there is a field you do not know how to fill out, go find the answer. Skipping that information will cause people to skip your ad because they will think it is a scam ad. Include all details that you want other users to know when reading your ad and considering purchasing your car.
  9. Always add several pictures to your ad. Ads with no pictures are often scams. Also ads with just a few pics are also often scams. Provide at least one shot of each side of the car (front, left, right and rear, as well as shots that show the clean interior of each section of the car. And if the interior isn't clean, clean it before taking the pictures).
  10. Review your ad. Before posting your ad, you will have the chance to preview how it will appear to potential buyers. If you want to change something and continue editing your ad, select the “Edit” button. Otherwise, click the “Continue” button to continue the process and post your ad.
  11. Read the Terms of Use to familiarize yourself with the rules and policies associated with posting an ad and selling items through Craigslist. Click the “Accept the terms of use” button to agree to the terms and continue posting your ad.
  12. Enter the confirmation code shown in the image and click the “continue” button to post your add.
  13. Retrieve a confirmation email from the reply email you provided and click the link.
  14. Click the “publish” button at the top of the page to post your ad on Craigslist and complete the process.[[Image:Sell a Car on Craigslist Step 14.jpg| sell my truck on Craigslist
    • You can alternatively click the “edit” or “delete” button to continuing editing or delete your ad.


  • Provide as many realistic details about the product you are selling as possible. Potential buyers may pass your ad by if you do not include details that make the advertisement seem legitimate. This is especially true with high value items such as vehicles.


  • Craigslist doesn’t edit or proofread any of your posted advertisements. Therefore you are responsible for any of the content in your posting.

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