How to buy a car from a person
August 3, 2009 10:26 PM Subscribe
I am looking to buy a used car for cash from a local (CA) private party, not a dealer.
What do I need to know?
posted by exceptinsects to shopping (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I am mainly looking on Craigslist, but other suggestions are welcome. I'm looking for a Toyota Echo, if it matters.
So...what should I look out for in terms of scams? (I am already aware of things like shipping cars from far away, etc.) I will of course get it checked by a mechanic but what else should I be aware of?
How should I actually pay for it? Certified check? Giant wad of cash? Goats? I'm expecting it to be in the $5k range.
I am also going to be selling my old car, which is a 1997 Corolla in "fair" condition. Is it better to try to sell it myself, or should I go to Carmax? If I do sell it myself, how should I ask for payment?