Browser extension : Craigslist easy phone and email search

Created Google Chrome extension and a Greasemonkey userscript that makes it easy to do search on phone number or email listed in craigslist posting. Its useful for finding out if the listing poster has posted anything else on internet. Easy reverse phone lookup.

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If email is listed then it also creates easy search to find out about the website/company of the poster. Also quick way to do reverse phone lookup on US phone numbers.

    craigslist phone email search addon

    craigslist phone email search links

    craigslist phone email search addon

    real estate secition of craigslist

    Cost of buying US car on Craigslist and import it to Canada

    Created a Greasemonkey Userscript ( Craigslist Car and motorcycle import cost to Canada ) for any Canadian shopping for car on US Craigslist site.
    This is for any Canadian who is looking to buy car or motorcycle from US Craigslist site and import it. It gives approximate overall cost of vehicle in Canadian amount.

    If you find this helpful at all then please write a Review.

    Import car from US to Canada

    Import car from US to Canada


    © 2009 – 2010 tech 4computer

    browser extension : Motorcycle reviews and shopping on Craigslist

    Created firefox addon and Google Chrome Extension targeted at people who frequent motorcycle section of Craigslist. It now also works on following sites:

    • Craigslist motorcycle
    • eBay motors
    • Kijiji (US)
    • Advrider flea market
    • bcsportbikes bike marketplace
    • motorcycleforum

    Features of the utility:-

    • Shows consumer reviews of motorcycle. This is very useful in finding pros/cons of the bike and also if the vehicle suits buyer.
    • Shows similar ads on top found elsewhere on craigslist and Oodle. This gives idea of market price and general availability.
    • Quick indication of if the motorcycle was dropped or was involved in accident.
    • Quick indication if its a moving sale.
    • Recently viewed Ads.
    • Add your Notes to the ads using Recently Viewed list.
    • Shows Factory Recalls. Gives idea of manufacturing defects etc. Also when buying make sure to ask original owner if the factory recalls were done.
    • Shows TSB (Technical Service Bulletin). The service information/updates issued by the manufacturer.
    • If a phone number (US/Canada) is mentioned in the ad then it creates a link on page which lets one easily search craigslist for other ads posted by the poster.
    craigslist ad without the use of firefox addon

    craigslist ad without the use of firefox addon

    top portion of craigslist ad

    top portion of craigslist ad

    motorcycle reviews

    motorcycle reviews

    shows videos of motorcycle make/model

    shows videos of motorcycle make/model

    Motorcycle review at Epinion by owner of motorcycle.

    Epinion motorcycle reviews.

    Motorcycle review from Review Centre.

    Motorcycle review at Review Centre by owner of motorcycle.

    Motorcycle similar make/model ad listing from everywhere on Craigslist right below Craigslist motorcycle ad.

    Same make / model motorcycle ad listing from Craigslist.

    Motorcycle listing from Oodle below Craigslist motorcycle ad.

    Motorcycle listing from Oodle below Craigslist motorcycle ad.

    Updated :
    Version 1.224
    date: 2010-03-04
    * Support for motorcycle sale sections of sites Advrider, BCSportBike and motorcycleforum.

    Version 1.223
    date: 2010-03-04
    * Support for eBay and Kijiji (US).
    * Fixed a bug that sometimes caused unresponsive script popup.

    Version 1.221
    date: 2009-12-17
    * Added Oodle listing.
    * Enhanced feature-block collapsible functionality.
    * Added ability for user to specify ‘year’ and ‘make’ of motorcyle if its not automatically recognized by the extension.

    Version 1.110
    date: 2009-12-07
    * Major change in the layout.
    * Added Epinion reviews.
    * Added ReviewCentre.

    Version 1.10
    * Did some code refactoring and renaming.

    ©  2009 tech 4computer

    Used car shopping research extension for Craigslist, eBay, AutoTrader and Yahoo Autos

    Craigslist car research extension is now available as a Firefox Addon, Greasemonkey userscript and Google Chrome extension. Pretty useful for anyone looking for a car.

    Articles about it

    • CNET news CNET news : Make car shopping on Craigslist less cumbersome .. read
    • lifehacker Lifehacker : Craigslist Car Research Extension Makes Used-Car Shopping Easier .. read
    used car shopping browser extension for craigslist, ebay, kijiji, aol, autotrader, cars.com, vehix and yahoo autos

    Sites this extension works on: craigslist, ebay, kijiji, autotrader, cars.com, vehix, aol and yahoo autos

    Used car listings supported by this extension:

    The Google Chrome version of Craigslist Car extension was one of the top 50 featured extension on the launch of Google Chrome Extension Gallery.

    Download

    Other extension that works well with this one:
    – Craigslist car listing filter

    Also created a related userscript that gives estimated cost of Importing US car or motorcycle to Canada.

    Now this mashup is heavy but adding the enable/disable feature buttons is handy to manage the clutter and speedup browser load.

    If the listing is in correct format then it will get that car’s model’s information from sites like MSN Autos, Edmunds.com, Automotive.com, motortrend.com, etc.

    Features:

    • Gives estimated price from multiple sources. Also provides links for further research.
    • Factory car recalls for the car model.
    • Consumer reviews, this is the real gem.
    • Car reliability information. It shows the msn autos page focused at reliability section. This shows what kinda engine problems occur in that particular car. Other info is also there but reliability info is most useful on that page. Takes like 2 sec to get idea of how reliable that car model is.
    • Scans the posting and shows a highlighted message on top informing about:- accident car, rebuilt car, moving sale, one owner, suggests buyer to ask if the car was involved in an accident.
    • Lists similar (year/make/model) ads from craigslist on top. This gives the idea of going price and the supply/demand.
    • Aggregates car listing.
    • Shows thumbnails from Flickr (Gives idea of what the vehicle looks like and the appeal factor)
    • Recently viewed Ads.
    • Add your Notes to the ads using Recently Viewed list.
    • If there is a phone number in the post then it makes it easy to do a search of the phone number on Craigslist to find out if the ad poster has posted any other ads. This sometimes help in determining if its moving sale or a ad by a reseller etc.
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    suggestions on craigslist car post

    craigslist car price estimate from various sources

    craigslist car price estimate from various sources

    Craigslist car research extension with features disabled

    Disabled / collapsed state of features in Craigslist Car Research

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    craigslist car research showing consumer car reviews

    craigslist car research showing discussions about the model at Edmunds

    Craigslist Car Research showing relevant discussion from Edmunds

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    car reliablility, KBB Kelly Blue Book value, msn autos

    browser extension for kijiji car

    craigslist car extension works on Kijiji too

    (my old site).

    Updates

    Version : 0.945
    Jan 20, 2009

    • Now the extension also works on Cars.com, AOL autos, Vehix, freebo.com and pickuptrucks.com.

    Version : 0.935
    Jan 15, 2009

    • Now the extension works on eBay motors (US) and Yahoo Autos also.
    • Makes it easy to do search on VIN number.

    Version : 0.925
    Jan 10, 2009

    • Now it works on Kijiji (US) too beside Craigslist.
    • Lists similar matches from Yahoo Autos, Oodle. This gives idea of pricing and availability.
    • Now it lets user specify ‘Year’ or ‘Model’ if either one is missing or is not recognized from the listing title.
    • Flickr thumbnail gallery.
    • Improved feature collapse/expand functionality.

    Version : 0.910
    Dec 05, 2009

    • Fixed ‘turn car-research On’ link.
    • Added reviews from ReviewCentre?. This is experimental for now as sometimes it returns wrong results.
    • Added Epinion reviews. This is also experimental feature as it sometimes fail to work in Google Chrome.
    • Added AboutAutomobile? TSB (Technical Service Bulletin).
    • Added Google Videos of relevant car.

    Version : 0.909
    Nov 24, 2009

    • Similar car ads listing is now sorted by price
    • Clicking on main category blocks (Price, Reviews, Reliability) toggles subcategory blocks.
    • Added icon to suggestion box at top, to indicate that its part of extension and not from craigslist.
    • Minor changes to color scheme.

    Version : 0.905
    Nov 12, 2009

    • totally changed layout
    • created main category blocks Price, Reviews, Reliability.
    • moved some of the features from top of page to bottom so that the screen looks more clean and less busy.
    • added +/x buttons to enable/disable features. Removed old enable/disable buttons from top.
    • added background to indicate this is separate content then the original craigslist post.
    • now using safe `JSON` method to parse data instead of `eval` or `return new Function`
    • changed the search engine for finding Similar car ads on craigslist. Now it returns more recent listings.
    • re-enabled MSN Autos frame.
    • web annotations links (twitter, facebook,..) feature is removed for now.
    • re-designed the car-research on/off button and functionality.
    • now ‘Home of this utility (feedback)’ is minimized at first run.

    Version: 0.501

    • Added Edmunds TMV price.
    • Fixed Enable/Disable buttons. They were not working properly in Firefox 3.6b1pre and Minefield 3.7a1pre.
    • Fixed code. Now Edmunds (discussion/reviews), Motortrend pricing, etc are working in Firefox 3.6b1pre and Minefield 3.7a1pre also.
    • Cosmetic change to the bottom block (‘Home of this utility’ block).
    • Added my icon

    Version: 0.312

    • Added a feature that makes it easier to search all craigslist for other ads posted by the poster. Basically searches craigslist for matching phone number listed in the ad.

    Car reviews etc

    Added a new firefox extension “Car reviews etc“. Its a port of the above extension and works on any webpage not just craigslist. Its a strip down version of above extension and works by selecting text (in format “year model”, e.g. “2007 civic” or “2006 toyota camry”) on webpage and right-click to get context-menu. From context-menu select “car reviews etc”. This will show reviews, pricing, recall info etc.

    firefox context-menu with car reviews etc extension

    firefox context-menu with car reviews etc extension

    © 2009, 2010 tech4computer

    Cars on craigslist

    Format the car sale ad properly and increase your chances of a quick sale. People use search queries to quickly find the model they are interested in buying. So if you don’t specify the model name in the ad properly then chances are that your ad won’t turn up in search results. Examples: “honda 125”(bad), “honda cbr125r”(good), “beemer”(bad), “bmw”(good). A buyer would be more interested in car sale ads that includes following information:-

    • Title format: The one line title of the car ad should give as much information as possible. The minimum information that it should have is Year, Make, Model and Price. Example: “1992 Honda Prelude SR 150k miles, moving sale $2500 – (Seattle, WA)”
    • Odometer reading: Include odometer reading total ~ km’s or miles.
    • Pictures: Include pictures of the car. Pictures can save lot of time from unnecessary communication. Craigslist listing/search has an option to filter out ads without pictures and lot of buyers do use it. If you have customized car then post pictures showing the customized part. If the car has been in a (minor) accident or fender-bender then post pictures of before and after repair. This might get buyers interested into the car who would otherwise get spooked by mere mention of accident / claims.
    • Car history report: If you know that the car has clean title then spend $50 and obtain a car history report from services like Car Fax reports or Car Proof. Mention in your car ad that the history report is available for the buyer to view. Also giving out VIN# in email to the prospective buyer should be fine.
    • Contact information: Preferably provide both email and phone number in the ad or atleast email. If using craigslist site then use there anonymized email.

    ©  2009 tech 4computer