Craigslist is one of the biggest classifieds websites in the world. You can find just about anything on that platform. From love to shared apartments, everything can be accessed by the click of a button. You're also likely to get some rare gems when it comes to cars. Craigslist is always the first place everyone thinks of when trying to sell an item. The cars that are posted on Craigslist are, in most cases, exclusive to the site alone. There are also a couple of con artists you need to look out for.
The rule of thumb is always to assume everyone you're dealing with is a con. You need to practice thorough due diligence before buying a vehicle. You should also meet in public and tag a friend along with you. Never accept to meet the seller at his or her house. Ask for past records of the vehicle and why the owner is selling it. Don't be in a hurry to go on a test drive. Never bring cash with you no matter how tempting the deal is. A genuine seller wouldn't hesitate to produce their ID, registration, and insurance. You should also know the worth of the car if you want to have an upper hand in the bargaining process. Having said that, here are 24 sick cars you get on Craigslist for cheap.
24 BMW Z4 Convertible- $8,500
The BMW Z4 was produced from 2002 to 2008. It came in either a coupe or a roadster version. The first one to be launched came with a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder and 6-speed manual transmission. There's a 2004 model on sale on Craigslist with just over 90k miles. The owner must've taken really good care of it, and it doesn't look like it's aged, even a day. The Z4 was the successor to the Z3 and had a stiffer and larger chassis. The car had a top speed of 155 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds. It's a beautifully designed vehicle with sporting cues, and you can get a better price if you know how to bargain.
23 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon- $9,214
You can get a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon for less than $10,000. It sounds too good to be true. Car And Driver described the vehicle to be rarer than some expensive exotics. The car had a $60,000 base price when it launched, which is one more reason I'd be skeptical of this one that's being sold on Craigslist. Under the hood, you get a twin-turbo V8 engine. The car can go from 0 to 60 in 6.1 seconds, which is still remarkable, given that it's a Wagon. The car was popular in Europe but still managed to capture the attention of North American buyers. A 2014 model has likely not covered a lot of miles, and this one right here must just be the deal of the year.
22 Ford Mustang Convertible- $9,500
The 2009 Ford Mustang Convertible had a base price of $26,485 when it first launched in 2009. The Mustang heritage is over 45 years old. The 2009 model got a new refresh and an even a more powerful V8 engine compared to its predecessors. The V8 engine can produce up to 300 hp, and the acceleration is something even imports cannot keep up with. The convertible version is the best variation you could possibly buy. The car was produced to compete with the Dodge Challenger, and the Chevy Camaro did an impressive job at that. There was also a V6, 210 hp variant, but some people thought it was underpowered and should've never gone to market.
21 1979 Corvette- $15,000
The design of the 1979 Corvette was ahead of its time. It's hard to believe that this car is selling for only $15,000 with such killer looks. There were a total of 53,807 units produced, and only a couple are still roadworthy. The one being sold on Craigslist has a 5.7, 6-cylinder engine and makes for a good classic car. This is the type of vehicle that gets you all the girls if that's your kind of thing. The car was priced at $10,000 when it first launched, therefore breaking the import barrier. The engine could output up to 195 hp, which is a feat that modern vehicles are still finding hard to achieve. You can hassle the owner to give you the car for $10,000 if you know the history well.
20 Camaro RS- $11,900
The Camaro RS is a Chevrolet car that doesn't get the attention its siblings do. It's one of the most reliable American sports cars. The first Camaro was produced in 1966 with the sole intention of challenging the Ford Mustang. The 2011 Camaro has a 3.4-liter V6 engine, which can produce up to 304 hp. There were some criticisms from car enthusiasts that the 2011 Camaro didn't look like the concept car. The car had a base price of $31,000 when it launched, and getting a 2011 version for below $12,000 is more than a bargain. It has a top speed of 155 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds, which was expected for such a car.
19 Dodge Challenger SXT- $18,000
This 2015 black beauty is definitely a bargain. A lot of muscle car owners on Craigslist have cited getting a truck as the main reason why they're selling.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger had a 3.6-liter V6 engine, which could produce up to 305 hp. It has a top speed of 182 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds.
The matte-black finish gives it a premium look, and any muscle-car owner wouldn't mind having it in the garage. The top-of-the-line Dodge Challenger SXT was about $46,000 when it first launched. This could be a great first vehicle for someone who's been in love with American muscle cars for a long time. It has just 26,000 miles on its odometer.
18 Jaguar XJ- $23,500
The XJ has been Jaguar's flagship vehicle since the '70s. It epitomizes luxury and performance in a full-size car. The current generation is based on the X350 platform, which was launched in 2009.
It comes with a V8 engine, which can output up to 385 hp. It's also good on gas, as you can get 23 mpg on the highway.
The interior finishing is class-leading, which is synonymous with the Jaguar luxury brand. The one which is being sold on Craigslist has covered 54k miles, which might be a dealbreaker for some people. Other than that, everything else looks fine, and you don't need to be a genius to know you're getting a good deal since the original price of the vehicle was around $70,000 when it first launched.
17 Chevrolet Corvette 2001- $11,000
The 2001 model saw a departure in terms of design for the Chevrolet Corvette. The car has aged quite well, and I honestly feel it looks way better than the current models. The car was retailing for $40,000 when it first came into the market in 2001. The $11,000 price point is more than fair for a car that's been driven daily for the last 17 years. The one that's been listed on Craigslist currently has 133k miles on its odometer, which could be seen as a good excuse to ask for a discount. This is the kind of vehicle you'd buy for your kid as a gift when he or she has just passed their driving test. It has a limited top speed of 175 mph.
16 Mercedes CLS 55 AMG- $18,000
The AMG badge is all about performance and luxury. There's a 2006 version of the CLS that's going for $18,000 on Craigslist. According to the owner, he's spent over $8,000 on accessories and modifications. The car has a premium look, and it would be hard to notice that it's 12 years old. The 2006 Mercedes CLS 55 AMG has to be the best-looking car from the company in the last 20 years, but that's just my humble opinion. The only disadvantage is the shoddy paint job, but the owner of this one gave it a new coating. The car has a 5.4L, 8-cylinder engine that can produce up to 469 hp. It has a top speed of 155 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds.
15 300 SL Mercedes Convertible- $2,900
You can get this bad boy for just $2,900! At first glance, it's still in good condition, and the convertible top makes it more appealing. The only downside is that the vehicle has covered close to 200,000 miles, which is considered the death valley for a car.
The 300 SL Mercedes has aged gracefully and was one of the most beautiful cars during its prime.
The car has a legacy in sports and shares a badge with some of the best vehicles to have ever been produced by Mercedes-Benz. This one, in particular, has leather seats, and the air conditioner is still working, which is incredible for a car that was manufactured in 1991. The price is just unbeatable.
14 Aston Martin Rapide- $39,000
This one here is also a bargain, as the retail price for a new Aston Martin Rapide was $201,000 for a base model. It's just amazing the beautiful and high-performance cars you can get for cheap on Craigslist if you take your time. A second-hand 2010 Aston Martin Rapide is likely to set you back around 50 grand. It was launched with the philosophy of a sports car as the first priority and of a sedan as the second. It was a big challenge coming up with a 4-door that would still be as fast.
Under the hood, you get a 6.0-liter V12 engine, which can produce up to 470 hp.
It had a top speed of 188 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds.
13 Nissan 370Z Touring- $20,000
This 2015 Nissan 370Z has just 8,000 miles on it. You also get an aftermarket audio system, which could be a great addition. The original price for the Nissan 370Z Touring was $34,000 for a base coupe version. It has a 3.7-liter V6 engine, which can produce up to 332 hp and also comes with the option of a 6-speed manual transmission. The car also performs well when it comes to fuel consumption, as it can manage 18 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The main value proposition for the Nissan 370Z touring is its shining sports heritage and great handling capability. The one being sold on Craigslist has a 100,000-mile guarantee, which is a great bonus.
12 1966 Chevy Impala- $30,000
Anyone who loves classic cars knows how hard it is to get a 1966 Chevy Impala that's still running. Even if you manage to get one, chances are high that it'll be in terrible condition, and you'd spend a fortune trying to restore it.
For just $30,000, you get a fully restored 1966 Chevy Impala.
There was a facelift for the Chevy Impala in 1966, a facelift that gave it a revised front grille. In terms of power, the car ran on a Petrol engine and could produce 155 hp pulling 235 lb-ft. It had a top speed of 98 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in 13.2 seconds. The one being sold on Craigslist has an updated interior with a modern audio system.
11 Mustang Roush Stage 3- $25,000
This has to be one of the best vehicles from Mustang in terms of looks. A premium edition was priced at $43,000 for the 2012 model. It features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 420 hp to play with. The metallic paint gives it an exquisite look, and you wouldn't get the same aesthetics on any other muscle car. According to the owner, the car has never seen rain and has very low mileage. The price might be a little on the higher side, given the fact that the market is flooded with Mustangs. The selling point for this Roush Stage 3 has to be the personality of the owner, which is reflected in the vehicle, especially when you look at the interior.
10 Bentley Continental GT- $30,000
"Cheap" is relative in this situation, but the price is still a bargain, considering the vehicle you'll be getting. The Bentley Continental GT is among the best high-performance luxury vehicles in the market today.
It's popular with celebrities, and the latest model can cost up to $500,000, which goes to show the pedigree of the vehicle.
The 2007 version has a charcoal custom-stitched leather interior with 22-inch Vossen wheels. The car had a starting price of $169,000, which is still a lot of money if you factor in inflation. It came with a 6.0-liter W12 engine, which could produce up to 552 hp and 6,200 rpm. The Bentley Continental GT has a top speed of 202 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds.
9 Porsche Panamera- $36,000
The Porsche Panamera is another vehicle that's popular with Hollywood celebrities. The 2013 version had a base price $96,000 when it first launched, but you can now get it for less than $40,000 on Craigslist. You'll probably have to go through a dealer because owners don't like selling the vehicle. Under the hood, you get a 3.6-liter V6 engine, which outputs 300 hp. The 2013 variant has a top speed of 189 mph and can complete the 0-to-60 race in under 3.9 seconds, which made it one of the fastest cars in its vertical when it first launched. There have been minor changes to the exterior over the years, and the 2013 version still looks good even when compared to the latest version.
8 1971 Volkswagen Dune Buggy- $7,000
You've probably never heard of or seen this car before. The car was designed for recreational purposes and was mainly driven during the summer. There aren't so many of them that are still available today. The first generation involved modifying the Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle was the perfect choice for the modification, mainly because of the positioning of the engine, which facilitated the design of the dune buggy. The first ones were meant for deserts and beaches, but they've become more versatile. Owners like to experiment with the performance by tweaking the engine. You can get one of these cool vehicles for just under $7,000 on Craigslist. The car is also popular with armies around the world.
7 Ford Thunderbird- $20,000
The Ford Thunderbird pioneered the personal-luxury niche. There have been 11 generations of different models from 1955 to 2005. The 2002 model was a world apart from its predecessors. It had a futuristic exterior design and looked good with the detachable hardtop. The base price was $45,000 for the luxury trim. This one here has less than 40k miles and could be the reason why the owner is selling it at half the price 16 years later. He's also the only owner, which could be another justification to buy it, but there's always room to knock off a couple of thousands from the stated price. The car has a 3.9-liter V8 engine, which can produce up to 252 hp.
6 1971 Chevelle- $15,000
This is another classic that'll never disappoint. The exterior design is to die for, and the metallic paintwork is what gives it an edge over other muscle cars from the same era. The red finishing with black racing stripes isn't a combination that you'd find, even in modern muscle cars, unless it's a custom paintwork. There were a total of 9,502 units ever built, and the car had a base price of $4,000. A big majority of that number have been turned into scrap metal.
The 1971 Chevelle had a standard engine displacement and could produce up to 365 hp.
The car could go from 0 to 60 in 6 seconds, which made it one of the fastest muscle cars during its time.
5 Tesla Model S- $20,000
Owning a Tesla can be a daunting endeavor. You can't just walk into a dealership and drive away with your car. You'll have to deal with the company in one way or another, and there's a long waiting list. The easiest way to own a Tesla is buying a used one, and you can get a Model S for less than $25,000 on Craigslist. The Tesla that's being sold has covered just about 50k miles and still looks good. You get all the fancy tech that comes with a Model S. The car was first launched in 2012, and one had to pay up to $110,000 for the premium trim. The electric car has a top speed of 155 mph.
4 2008 Jaguar XK- $15,000
The XK is a vehicle that's rarely mentioned when people talk about Jaguar. There was a limited version of the 2008 model of which a total of 200 units were produced. The car was electronically limited to a top speed of 174 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in under 4.3 seconds. It's still hard to believe you can get this car for less than 15 grand. The XK had a base price of $75,500 when it first launched. It came with a 4.2-liter V8 engine, which could produce up to 420 hp. The 6-speed automatic transmission came standard. The one being sold on Craigslist has just crossed the 100k-mile mark.
3 Honda S2000- $15,000
This is a roadster vehicle that was produced by Honda from 1999 to 2009. There have been several revisions and upgrades that have been made to the car over the years. These revisions involved the engine, the gearbox, the suspension, and the interior of the vehicle.
For the 2001 version, there was a 2.2-liter L4 engine with 237 hp and it came with a 6-speed manual transmission.
You can bargain until around $10,000 for this car because the original price was just about $40,000 when it was launched. The car might be a little small for guys who are well built, but it can still make a fun daily driver. The power retractable convertible comes as standard, and it's rare to find a vehicle that has one that functions.
2 Porsche Carrera S Cab- $35,000
The 2006 model of the Porsche Carrera S Cab had a base price of $106,000, but you can get it for about 35k on Craigslist, which is definitely a good deal. The car had a 3.6-liter H-6 engine, which could produce 325 hp. This is a supercar that you can use for daily driving because it hasn't compromised on ergonomics for it to look good. The one that's being sold on Craigslist has covered 57k miles. This means you could drive it for another 5 years without any problems, so long as it's well maintained. The Porsche Carrera S Cab has a top speed of 190 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds. It's a good car to own if you're looking for something that's sporty and comfortable.
1 Maserati Quattroporte S- $25,000
This is another great deal, as the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte S was priced at $133,000 when it launched. It has the looks and the performance of a sportscar, even if it's a 4-door sedan. That was exactly the plan, and the manufacturer succeeded in coming up with the masterpiece. The 2009 model faced a couple of improvements 5 years after the car had been launched. The silhouette is a feature that you'd still recognize from a distance, even after 9 years since the car was manufactured. It featured a 4.8-liter V8 engine which could output up to 396-HP. The Sports GT S variant had a 4.7-liter V8 engine with a total output of 425-HP. It could go from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds.
Source: Craigslist.com; topspeed.com; wikipedia.org