Craigslist is a haven for the car-obsessed. The site's car buying and selling section is a simple, easy way to find cool cars for sale, or sell a car without fuss. In the 20- years of the site's existence, the service has been free, whether you were buying or selling a car, truck, or anything else. Well, that's about to change. Starting April 15th, 2019, Craigslist will now implement a $5 fee to list a car or truck for sale.
Above, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark (left) and CEO Jim Buckmaster (right) standing in front of the company's San Fransisco office in 2006.
The news comes from Craigslist's listing page. If you go to list a car or truck by owner, a message on the side of the selection box reads "please note - $5 fee per ad starting April 15." The news , and I was able to find the message myself when going through the listing process.
We've reached out to Craigslist to find out exactly why it's implementing a fee for owners selling cars after all this time, and will update this post when we hear back. No official announcement has been given, though if you frequent the used car classifieds, you can probably think of a few reasons. Spam listings and shady ads often pepper search results, making it hard for people to actually find what they're looking for. People will sometimes even repost an ad daily to ensure it's always at the top of search results. And while Craigslist might seem like a simple webpage, it still takes people and servers to run, and that costs money.
If you're a dealer, this fee isn't exactly new. Listing anything in the "by dealer" section, including job postings, real estate, apartments for rent, and event tickets, have had mandatory fees. Now, when it comes to listing cars, private parties will have to fork up cash too.
I use Craigslist daily to shop for cars, and sell several a year on the service. While it's a shame it'll no longer be free, I don't mind paying five bucks to list a car if it means a healthier, spam-free environment. Honestly, I'm surprised this fee wasn't implemented sooner. What do you think?