In today's economy, a lot of people are looking for ways to save money. One of the best ways to economize is by cutting down the expense of owning and operating an automobile. If you are in the habit of buying cars that are brand new, even if you keep one for ten years before buying your next one you are still spending at least two thousand dollars per year on car ownership. If you instead buy used cars from dealers, trading them in every five years or so, you still end up spending at least a thousand per year. But if you buy used cars being sold by owners, and you take the proper precautions to ensure that the car you buy is reliable, you can easily cut your car ownership costs down to five hundred per year or even less. Your car insurance and registration costs will also be less. Even when you factor in the somewhat larger repair costs, you still end up saving a bundle on the overall cost of having a car. Many people who make good incomes only buy cars this way because it is simply a much better deal. Why spend money needlessly?

The main way to find cars being sold by owners is by going online and doing a search in the Craigslist for your area. Craigslist has now largely replaced newspaper classified ads because it doesn't cost anything to post an ad that contains pictures and a lot of text. Craiglist cars are found in the "for sale" division, in the "cars and trucks" listing. At the top of the page you will see that you can filter the list of cars in various ways. You should specify a price range and include only ads with photos and cars not being sold by dealers. You can easily get a car that is reliable for less than $1,500, and I definitely would not go higher than $2000. After applying these filters you should still have a list of more than a hundred ads that are less than two weeks old. Read through each ad carefully, and you should end up with at least a dozen Craigslist cars that are worth taking a look at.

The key to buying Craigslist cars successfully is thoroughly inspecting any car you are thinking of buying. Always take a test drive, and always have a mechanic look at the car, even if you have to pay for his services. If your car passes the inspection, and you maintain it properly, it should give you years of reliable transportation.