Our new classifieds are now up and running alongside our previous classifieds.
The FAQ is located here
Why do we have a new Ad program?
Our old program worked ok, but was for a simpler, friendlier time.
With so many scammers and weasels the old system was vulnerable to being tricked. It did not verify the email address of the poster nor did it check to see if their name was already in use. It was possible to post multiple ads with different names and several did.
The previous program never allowed any feedback so bad buyers and sellers were not being tracked. You can now leave a rating and feedback on buyers and sellers who either treated you great or were impossible to deal with. YES, you can warn others and this system will get action for both sides and may help resolve any disputes.
We had some visitors who felt they should place comments instead of ads and never used their real name. Some posted fake ads only to hassle other people for a variety of reasons.
Overseas (and local) scammers routinely prowl automotive sites and grab hundreds of ads and email addresses. They then send form mails that say they will buy your "whatever" for sale and send more money than it's worth and you send the difference.
Despite running warning banners for hundreds of thousands of times, guys were still being taken in by this. The new program allows you to only deal with other registered buyers and sellers which effectively stops this. You also have the option to put in another email account so as to keep spammers from using your regular email address.
We certainly are not doing this just to annoy our regular users and are open to suggestions. I know from past experience that change certainly isn't welcome for some people (sometimes myself included) but it really is something that we have needed for a very long time.
Please give it a try before posting negative comments.