How To Sell A Car On Craigslist: A Step-by-Step Guide

Listing your car for sale (or anything else) on Craigslist is easy when you follow my simple steps outlined below. Craigslist is the leading classified website on the Internet and best of all its FREE! To make the process as simple as possible, I have included screenshots as I go through the set up process step by step.

Step 1:When you first sign on to Craigslist you have to select your country or state and then you will see the screen below. The right third of the page is a list of countries, states, and cities for each of Craigslist local pages. Pick the region that best defines were you live. Larger cities actually have their own pages, in smaller markets (like Maine) the whole state shares one Craigslist page.

Step 2: Once you select the appropriate regional page for your ad, click the “post to classifieds” button on the upper left hand side of the screen as in the picture below.

Step 3: The page below is the next to pop up. Craigslist wants to know what kind of ad you are posting. Since you are posting an item for sale (a car) click on the “for sale” button. Remember you can post an ad for almost anything (some items/services are banned).

Step 4: The next page (below) is where you select what type of item you are selling. Select the “cars and trucks” button.

Step 5: As you can see below, some regions (such as San Francisco) require you to pinpoint your location so your ad is more focused to people in your area. Choose the closest region to you and click it. In this case I’m clicking the “south bay area”, of course you’ll have a different set of choices here based on what location you are selling in.

Step 6: Below is a picture of the next page that will pop up. This is where you enter the particulars of the car (or other item) that you are trying to sell. Typically under “posting title” you would write the year, make, and model of you car along with a brief description (Example: 2002 Toyota 4Runner, Low Miles). Next you name your price, and then fill in the “posting description”. The posting description will be the main body of your ad were you really want to describe your vehicle as best you can. Below description, you are asked to type in your email address twice (to make sure you didn’t make a mistake the first time).

Step 7: How to include a picture. The screen shot below is a enlargement of the one above. Craigslist allows you to attach pictures in your classified ad. If you want to include a picture (up to 4 free) with your add click on the “add/edit images” I have circled.

Step 8: When you click the “add/edit Image” the page below will appear. The red X’s represent the 4 pictures that you can add. Click on the “Browse” button next to one of the Red X’s to select which picture from your computer you want to include in your add.

Step 9: A second window will pop up similar to the one below. This is were you select what picture(s) you want to include in your ad. You can see where I have circled the location of the 4Runner picture I want to include in my ad. Once you find and select your picture, highlight it with a single click of your mouse (it will be highlighted blue) then click the “Open” button on the lower right hand of the window. If you want to attach more than one file simply repeat steps 8 and 9.

Step 10: When you have selected and uploaded your files, click “continue” and you will be given a preview of your ad like the one below. Notice where I have circled at the bottom of the ad preview. This is an authentication code that protects Craiglist from false ads (they want to make sure that you are a real person and not a computer posting false ads). If everything looks OK in your ad simply retype the verification code in the the text box and click “continue”.

Step 11: Almost Done! You now have to accept Craigslist’s terms of service (the fine print!). There’s nothing tricky here just what you can and cannot use Craigslist for, etc. If your happy with the terms of service, click the “Accept” button.

Step 12: Craigslist will now send an email to your address that you entered in Step 6. All you have to do is click on the link on the email to publish your ad for the world to see. When you click on the link in your email you will see this screen below. Simply click the “publish” button and you are done!! If you want to make any changes to your ad or delete it, you can refer back to this email and click on the appropriate button.




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