How to read used car classified ads? Since used car classified advertisements have very limited spaces, or the seller has too less time to write, they use a lot of abbreviations. Classified advertisements for used cars are filled with mysterious abbreviations that can be daunting to a first-time buyer, these ads can get a bit frustrating if they don’t understand the full description of a car due to the use of abbreviations.Space is the commodity with advertising; abbreviation and brevity is required to get the most into an ads.
To help you have as much fun as we do; this is a list of the most utilized abbreviations, and their meanings, used in online car classified advertisements.
- Auto or AT: Automatic transmission
- 5sp: Manual, five speed transmission
- Fwd: Front wheel drive
- Rwd: Rear wheel drive
- 4wd: Four wheel drive
- Tilt: Tilt wheel steering
- P/W: Power Windows
- P/L: Power locks
- Loaded: has all common optional accessories, usually power locks and windows
- 2-dr: Two door
- 4-dr: Four door
- 3-dr: Three door hatchback
- G/C: Good condition
- Mpg: miles per gallon
- B/O: Best offer
- OBO: Or best offer; the price is negotiable
- Firm: The asking price is not negotiable
Car Classified Jokes, or Not?
These glossary terms may be off jokes, but normally joke is partially based on truth. So check these terms carefully when you buy from online auction and classified ads.
- Needs Minor Work: Needs significant work.
- Needs Nothing: Except a tow truck.
- Easy Project Car: Completely disassembled, bring many boxes.
- Minor Rust: Don’t sit down!
- Minor Rust: Major rust you can’t see.
More jokes… or say… reality exposed.