Originally Posted by 86Scotty
Not at all bothered. There's a difference between being clueless and not being able to type/list on the internet. So many people can't seem to get engine sizes and models correct. The seller has done many of us a favor by mislisting since so many people just search using F350/E350 or 7.3l to narrow searches. Mislistings can be a great benefit to people looking hard for something, though it is still kind of a pet peeve of mine.
The van looks clean and well kept.
You'd kinda hope that the seller would realize what it is that makes it valuable (Diesel, Smog-Exempt, uncommon 4x4, paint seems in relatively good shape (And, it isn't white!), and it's a blank canvas for a camper van) and be able to advertise said detail eloquently.
No, it isn't a big deal, but when it's +$5K because "I got the 7.3", I would think they'd try and milk that for all its worth.
Originally Posted by mikracer
The diligent searchers benefit from listings like this. Things not mentioned in the ad are the aluminess steps, rear pop out windows and a rear step bumper.
Rear drivers side window looked shattered from the single inside picture (As well as not
being a pop-out), and the owner seemed more inclined to show what his house/yard looked like than the van. Perhaps that last bit was a bit harsh, but if the van can't be driven to an empty parking lot for clear photos I'm concerned.
It's the 21st century. There's no excuse for not having, or not being able to borrow a half way decent camera. Even if low-res, they should be in-focus, depicting something important, taken mid day and not in the shadows.
Title: Should accurately describe what's being sold
Photos: In clear view, should show front, both sides, rear, and top of the vehicle. If there is rust or scratches/dings, photos of those as well. There should be a picture of the drivers seat, the instrument cluster (For those who put "100" instead of "100,000"), and a photo looking through the van.
Description: Should contain which owner the seller is, if the seller ISN'T the first owner, should tell when and how many miles the vehicle was acquired with and from whom (Private individual/company/auction), what the vehicle was used for, past maintenance (with dates and mileage), and perhaps most importantly, why the vehicle is being sold.
I'd probably also include what the title actually was (For all the people who list a vehicle as 'clean' to avoid being filtered out), and if the vehicle is from out of state, from where.
If people can't manage half that, I have to wonder how badly they actually want to sell it. Just like the guy who's parting out a '14 Econoline clubwagon in Sacramento who had shitty photos on craigslist, I texted telling him specifically what I wanted, asked if he had them (And if so, if I could have photos to see what exact condition they were in before driving a 300 mile round trip to get them), and his response several days later was, "Yes".