I have bought and sold 5 cars over the last few years (for myself and friends / family), and have always posted it in the local newspaper. I have also used CraigsList. The end results are as follows:
Atlanta Journal Constitution (Atlanta Paper): Cost me approximately $50 per vehicle (5×50) or $250 and produced ZERO purchases. I received on average 3 calls per ad from the AJC posting (which is terrible).
CraigsList: Cost me NOTHING for all 5 postings and produced FIVE purchases. I received on average 12 calls / emails of qualified persons with nearly 4 test drives each.
Bottom line: I don’t know if the buyers have moved away from the Classified listings or the platform of Craigslist is that much better – whatever the reason, I will no longer waste my time with the newspaper classifieds.
Also – I have bought 3 other items off of CraigsList with no hassles for items that were not even listed on classifieds.
Thank you CraigsList,