Originally Posted by LScowboyLS
how is everyone in here getting these immaculate LS400's for $1200?? - whenever I go looking at them, they are $5000 or $7000 or $9000!!!
It's a bit of everything: first of all geography. I find that Los Angeles is cheaper than some other places in CA. Also, in LA you may find a Lexus that was owned by someone who did not mind taking it to a dealer for everything; some other places, such as San Diego, you'll need good luck finding a good car that is also inexpensive.
But above all, I would say, it is how fast you are. I have seen cars appear and disappear from Craiglist within 30 minutes tops. There are these used cars buyers/sellers running around with smart phones and live updates of newest posts on CL, with cash in their pockets and if they see a good deal (and you really have to learn how to read the posts to be able to tell), they call immediately, promise cash in 10-20 minutes and drive there like maniacs to make sure they ****** the car before anyone even sees the ad. In metro areas such as LA or SF, if you see a good deal and it was posted hours ago, it usually means one of two things: it is not as good as it sounds (some dealer already saw it and gave up), or it was sold but ad was not removed yet.
I had two cars snatched from me due to a hard working used car salesman getting there seconds before me. Then they just turn around and post the same car on CL for much more, or sell it on their lot.