People of Craigslist

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If you like cars, and I know you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be here, you know craigslist. You scour the site for hours on end, sometimes even at work (admit it; you know you do), looking at things to buy, things you want, things that are terrible, awesome, rare, expensive, cheap, cool, stupid, silly, and everything else. You’ll send a text message, an email, dial a phone number, and once in a while you’ll even purchase something you scored on there.

You’ve all probably heard of the People of Wal-Mart website. It’s full of the shenanigans from, well, people of Wal-Mart. You will laugh. You will cry. You may even (read: will most definitely) lose a little of your faith in humanity after visiting the site.

The people of Craigslist can be even crazier than the people of Wal-Mart. What they may lack in costumes and general ill-fitting clothing they MORE than make up for with lofty claims, unrealistic prices, and just general laziness. There should be a People of Craigslist.

How is this related to Wagon Wednesday, you ask? Well… last Sunday, my pride and joy Caprice wagon was involved in an accident. It saddens me greatly, but I can’t go into too much detail here. Long story short, it’s pretty much totaled. So, like any car enthusiast who is sad and depressed, I turned to Craigslist to perhaps stumble upon a replacement wagon. Well, not a replacement. The memories I have and the lessons I’ve learned thanks to that wagon could never be replaced. On that note, I also apologize for my lack of promised posting over the weekend. Obviously, I had some things to attend to.

Anyway, the people of craigslist are hilarious. How do they sell cars on that site at all? I cannot fathom it. Today, I left messages, sent emails, and talked to probably 10 different people regarding their Chevy Caprice, Buick Roadmaster, or Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagons. I would venture to say that 70% of them were out of their minds in one way or another.

The first was a dealership. They had a very nice looking wagon with only 58,000 miles on it. I was highly interested. I call, and he explains that there is minor rust issues, but assures me they are nothing major. So I, basically window shopping at this point, inquire and ask for more photos of the rust, and the decal that identifies the options on the car. What I see next is a quarter panel with a hole the size of my fist. Minor rust? Come on now. Why lie to me? That’s not going to sell your car.

The next guy was an independent seller in the Ocala, FL area. He said the car was part of his collection, very nice, and a hell of a deal. That’s all very nice, so I asked about mileage, since it wasn’t in the ad. He evaded the question. I asked about options and perhaps a photo of the decal, like the previous car. He said “I’m telling you, if you come and look at this car today, you will buy it.” Sure. That’s nice. You know what the problem is? I won’t come to look at your car if you won’t give me any info about it.

However, not all faith was lost this day. Another seller with a massively customized wagon in Texas was awesome. He was a real car guy, knew what he had, knew what he did to the car, and had it fairly priced. Honestly, I wish every car conversation went this smoothly. Most of the people we buy cars from at my job don’t even know this much about them. I’m being intentionally vague because I don’t know if a deal is happening on this car yet, but if it is… the Roo Wagon 2.0 is go.

What about you guys and your craigslist adventures? The best? The worst? The most insane? What entries do you have for People of Craigslist? Also, I should probably go buy that domain name….

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Ray Saez, Jr.

Ray is a lifelong auto enthusiast. His father worked on the dealership side of the industry for many years, and his passion for fast, fun, and unique cars has been passed on. Particularly fond of American cars and trucks, Ray is an avid General Motors fan. When not writing, he can be found with his dogs, or at a local car show.

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Comments

  1. Justin says:

    Best deal ever.. I drove to Ohio from Kentucky to trade my GTI to an older guy for a C30 and $3k. He fed me grilled chicken for lunch, his daughter made cookies, we sat around talking for hours, he also filled both tanks on the truck, and we still talk to this day.

    Worst ever.. went to meet a kid for $10 headlights in Louisville and was almost shot because we “sketched” him out, and he had warrants. I then proceeded to bust my oil pan two blocks away from his house, and had to sleep in the car until the parts store opened up the following day.

    1. Ray Saez, Jr. says:

      Ah yes, I remember that C30… briefly. LOL

  2. Krash Kadillak says:

    Sounds like you’ve got at least one promising lead, Ray. I absolutely LOVE car shopping, but one of my personal problems with it is I don’t keep a level head. Last time that happened, I threw about $4k away buying a 2000 Audi A6 Avant…….fell in love with the wagon a bit too much, didn’t do my homework.

    1. Ray Saez, Jr. says:

      It’s wagon sickness. I understand, trust me! :p

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