It's like they didn't even try.
The great thing about selling a car on Craigslist is that it’s incredibly simple to do, whether you’re selling a beater or a supercar. All you need to do is snap a few photos, write up your listing and pay $5 if you’re a dealer; private sellers aren’t charged a fee. This makes it easy for anyone to list a car on Craigslist, which unfortunately leads to scammers trying to part people with their money. At the low level this is deplorable, but on the high end it can be downright hilarious at times.
A little while ago we found a Bugatti Veyron listed for sale on Craigslist that, after a little detective work, we learned was a scam. But there was no need to do any digging. The ad told the entire (fake) story. The same is true for this listing, which features a Koenigsegg Regera for sale in Brooklyn, New York, for $3.2 million. Like with the Veyron we texted and called the number listed on the post and as of this writing the seller has not responded. We searched the number online and found that it was not associated with any dealership. While there are two sides to every story we’re convinced this ad is bull crap for a number of reasons. Let’s explore each one and laugh together.
First off, the seller has no original photos and only one photo appears to be “normal sized,” as in not the size of a thumbnail image. This kind of stuff flies for people looking to buy a beater work truck but not for a multi-millionaire in the market for what will surely be one of the world's greatest hypercars. Next, there is no original information here, just stock stats. To be fair the seller says that global shipping is available, so there’s that. My favorite bit of this entire post has to be the fact that “Regera” is spelled correctly in the ad’s title but then misspelled (“Regara”) in the vehicle specifications section. Proofreading is a pain in the ass but you’d think that if you’re trying to sell a car for $3.2 million you’d want to at least make sure its name is spelled right.
While it’s funny to laugh at scams like this the reality is that Craigslist gets its bad reputation precisely due to listings like this. As much as we’d like the site to become a place where supercar owners can buy and sell cars locally it’s not a 100% safe place to do so just yet...although you'd have to be pretty stupid to fall for something like this. Here’s hoping the seller actually calls or texts back. I’d love to hear that I can reserve my very own Regera simply by wiring $5,000 to a random PayPal account.