Scanning "for sale by owner" car section, the prices are generally insane. Seem like retail prices you mind find at a dealership and an increasingly poor deal. 1997 Suburban for $6000, 2006 Crown Victoria with gazillion miles (and probably bought at an auction for $1000) for $4000, 15 year old Tacomas for $7000, etc. etc. etc. 1993 Ford Tempo for $1500, just keeps on going, except a dealership might give you a 30-day warranty and the private CL sellers don't care if the engine falls out of it 20 minutes later once you are gone. I've noticed that CL auto are seriously overpriced lately. I mean if I tried to sell a vehicle, I would never get that kind of money. Is the idea here to inflate the h3** out of it, leaving room for negotiations? I don't know if this is specific to Wash DC area but other areas don't seem to be any better. A little cheaper but still in line with dealerships which are also a little cheaper than here. some guy recently tried to sell me a 17 year old parts car for $1400. All the parts stashed all over, engine in pieces, but the POS Subaru "only" had 97000 miles. it was basically $400 in parts at most.