I think everyone gets taken at least once in their lives. Many, Many years ago I was desperate for a vehicle and found a great "deal" on ebay. Rolled the dice and took the chance. The photos were of a beautifully detailed Isuzu Amigo, and what I got was a rust bucket from Cleveland, OH. I had to replace the entire exhaust and never could cure the leaky exhaust manifold. I did what I could with it and it got me through a desperate time and was able to sell it to the next guy for pretty close what I paid for it, but I was totally up front about the problems, and he didn't seem to mind. Definitely learned my lesson.
I've bought several vehicles, including my current F150 and have found it to be a good experience. It's not craigslist but the sellers on craigslist. I always take my CCW with me as well cause you never know what wackjob you'll run into out there on craigslist. LOL.
2000 F150 XLT 4x4 Super Cab
Kelly Safari 285/75/16 on Stock Rims, Bilstein 4600 Shocks on Front, Wagner Thermoquiet Semi-Metallic on Front, Intermittent Odometer Issue Fixed