Buying a car on Facebook

So now Facebook has a marketplace where people can list items that they wish to sell. I stumbled upon the car listings by a mini version of a listing that showed up in my newsfeed. I scanned through a few of them briefly just to see if there were any gems of deals from college kids who didn’t know what they were doing. Anyway, I have to say that this one was the best one.

it won’t be availible til after holloween but i wanted to put it up early. the outside isn’t perfect, but inside is excellent. it’s mostly burgudy but the hood is silver and drivers front side panel is green. EVERYTHING under the hood except for the transmission is brand new. two new tires. new stereo system. runs great, but i’m selling it because i live on campus and don’t need a car at all.

This ad tells me that someone has been in several wrecks and was too cheap to get their car fixed right. The real crime is that the girl wants $5000 for this car which according to the Kelley Blue Book website is nearly the value one should expect if the car is in “good” condition (that value is $5200). “Good” is defined as:

“Good” condition means that the vehicle is free of any major defects. This vehicle has a clean title history, the paint, body and interior have only minor (if any) blemishes, and there are no major mechanical problems. There should be little or no rust on this vehicle. The tires match and have substantial tread wear left. A “good” vehicle will need some reconditioning to be sold at retail. Most consumer owned vehicles fall into this category.

I think with the funky body, the absolute best she should hope for is $4400.

That all said, I don’t know if I will ever buy a car on Facebook, but it does look like it could be a good resource for finding good car deals. Of course, if I could even talk Lori into considering going that route, I would only buy a FacebookMobile (see what I did there?) if I had Andy give it a thorough inspection.