Craigslist Crapshoot

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly-ish search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.  Yeah, it’s been a whole…

The problem with randomly looking for cars you don’t need is that you often find something you want. But let’s say you needed a used car but you’re picky. It’s a vehicle to transport your loved ones and their stuff. You want something that’s been well maintained, accident-free, and cared for. It helps if it is comfortable. These are frequently described as “clean cars”. They are not modified and if there are upgrades, they are of OEM or better level. Things such as professionally-installed speaker system that sounds much better but does not look any different.

In the northeast, one tell-tail sign is the inclusion of winter tires on a second set of wheels. Or perhaps a set of quality, fitted rubber floor mats. A stack of service receipts always helps. A craigslist ad with nicely taken pictures and a well written description is another sign of a vehicle that was cared for. And all of those signal of a seller that is not a lunatic/idiot/druggie.

But the world that Craig created has many such vehicles – they are almost new vehicles being sold be a dealer. But that’s not what we want. Ideally, we want a vehicle that is being sold by its original owner and for a fair market price, and a price that has taken the hit of the initial depreciation. We’re looking for a vehicle that is not necessarily you but someone you know should buy because it’s so good.

So, today, in the first Craigslist Crapshoot since our friend Graverobber bid as adieu, we are actually not looking for a vehicle. Rather, we are looking for an owner of a vehicle who is obsessive, yet a reasonable human being. Show us what you got!

30 Comments

    1. classic example of price paid for mods is added to sales price crack pipe. FWIW I see the “bulletproof” diesel a lot on Oregon CL ads. along with the occasional “bulletproof” 5.4L 3V Triton, I take this with a grain of salt the size of Haystack Rock. Especially after discover 4 of these abominations https://www.dormanproducts.com/p-3179-42025.aspx in my 5.4 2V Triton

      https://static.dormanproducts.com/images/product/icon/42025-007.JPG

  1. I’m more sympathetic to the “lunatic/idiot/druggie” end of the Craigslist spectrum, but I suppose “obsessive, yet a reasonable human being” is workable:

    https://images.craigslist.org/00606_fUSDoAk82AJ_0CI0t2_600x450.jpg

    “It does need a new clutch, I’m fairly certain the prior owner chose Kevlar or some similar synthetic material for the cone clutch. Personally I’m not a fan of changing from the original leather clutch, which works great in our other cars. It’s quite grabby and needs to be upgraded. I’ll personally pay for the relining of the clutch, but you’ll have to do the labor!”

    1916 Overland, $18,000.

    https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/mount-vernon-1916-overland-touring/7196391183.html

    1. That is lovely. Don’t see many E36 convertibles with the factory hardtop. That’s cheap enough that you might make money on BAT after enjoying it for a year or two. That would depend on what breaks in the interim.

  2. Hell yes! Way happy to see Craiglist Crapshoot back. Of course I dont have the time to contribute right now, but I’ll try and add something later.

  3. A car with typically caring owners is the Suzuki Kizashi…here’s one right over the mountains behind my house, looking good, many new parts and even a fresh ceramic coating, the buzzphrase of “I care”:

    https://images.finncdn.no/dynamic/1600w/2020/9/vertical-0/18/1/191/970/551_727893358.jpg

    2010 for 12700$ isn’t cheap, but neither were these when new; depreciated by about 75%:

    https://www.finn.no/car/used/ad.html?finnkode=191970551

  4. 1996 Pontiac Trans Am 18,400 Original Miles – $15,900

    https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/d/fate-1996-pontiac-trans-am-original/

    I am selling my rare 1996 Trans am convertible. This TA has only 18,423 original documented miles and is an investment quality car. Features include the 5.7 Lt1, Auto trans, pw,pl, tilt, cruise, factory stereo, and power top. Interior is tan leather with a tan convertible top. I also have the original window sticker and other dealer documents including a copy of the original buyers check. This car is in exceptional unmolested stock condition and has always been stored indoors. Everything works on the car including the power antenna. I just had brand new tires put on it and have less than 100 miles on them. The ac was just recharged also at a local GM dealer. The parade cover for the top is in the trunk. This car is one of only 632 Trans Am convertibles produced in 1996 and one of only 57 (48u) dark green metallic convertibles in 96 making it a truly rare “bird”.

  5. I am not interested in this car, but I’m tempted to drop by just to give this guy a punch in the nose.

    https://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/cto/d/fort-worth-update-ls460-54k-original/7194975801.html

    UPDATE LS460 54k original miles for sale or trade (2008)

    “1 owner EXCELLENT condition no accidents. Lexus was never on my radar until my wife got a GX. These are among the best built vehicles I have encountered. This car has more luxuries than I can begin to name. It is powerful and SMOOTH. Brand new brakes tires and wheels. I have the stock rims that are in perfect condition as well. Clean carfax window sticker is 72k. The only feature this car lacks is automatic opening doors. Has the Mark Levinson sound system. Trade value 24k. 22K OBO CASH PRICE. Do not bother me with what you think the car is worth and I will not tell you what your car is worth. If you took the time to input all features condition and mileage you will see that I am not on crack or at least not smoking as much as I could be. The beauty of owning cars at the point of letting them go is I decide what I want for them. I will lower the price when I see fit and am mostly interested in trades. There are tons of $14000 LS460s out there (they have 150000 miles on them) this is not one of them. Will entertain most trades but keep your garbage I don’t want it.”

    1. Yeah, I don’t understand these “attitude-up-front” kind of ads. I mean, if a potential buyer throws you an insulting lowball, then you have the opportunity to be irate in response. There’s no reason to preface the haggling with such douchebaggery in the ad.

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