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    Anonymous commented  · 

    People do use OfferUp, even for rare models. Therefore, at least a button or a note would be nice. Especially international buyers who are not aware of the US marketplaces get a hint that there is yet another place to search for. Although, yes, OfferUp is blocking IP addresses from foreign countries: ‘Sorry, we weren’t able to determine your location. OfferUp is only available in the US.’ Anyway, at least a note that there is another place would help already.

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    I was able to double-check all my findings via a US-based IP address. They hold. In the US, the default search region in the vehicle section is 40 miles (the same as 65 kilometers). And without being logged in, it cannot be changed (neither increased nor decreased).

    However, listings older than 26 weeks (half a year) get missed when changing from the vehicle search to the general search. Consequently, if you look for a rare car, to catch those listed more than a half year, you could go for the largest cities <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population> on your first search. Later on, the list above is sufficient.

    Another issue: Facebook blocks IP addresses but in stages. A fully blocked IP address requires you to log in, which is easy to see. However, a half-blocked IP address does not show those half-year-old listings.

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    103068843066004 (FL) Spring Hill
    107985299229215 (VA) Wytheville
    108052195883580 (AL) Eutaw
    109678005718276 (AR) Texarkana
    111944552156240 (NM) Clayton
    103760142996458 (VA) Staunton
    112673872077767 (VT) Burlington
    milwaukee (WI) Milwaukee
    104115892957840 (TX) Kerrville
    109338919083742 (MN) Benson
    108013345886344 (MO) St. Louis
    109455315747723 (NM) Ruidoso
    107905809230142 (CO) Walden
    106123226086089 (AZ) Wikieup
    104140992957049 (CA) Sonora
    112042838811952 (WY) Sundance
    109630852396914 (ID) Leadore
    108377775857285 (OR) Mitchell

    Please, double-check. Not sure whether all are needed and/or they cover everything.

    Yes, Facebook Marketplace is a drama. I think I found another issue: When I search for a car model which is known to Facebook, AutoTempest uses the parameter ‘model’ and the category ‘vehicles’. However, in that category, I am able to search just 65 kilometers. There is a drop-down menu to change it to 500 but that does not have any effect. I have not tested if that works if I am logged into Facebook.

    Workaround for that, I do not use the vehicle category but enter year+make+model manually, do a general text search (and by this loosing a lot of filters like model year and interior color). Now, I get the full 500 kilometers. Ouch!

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    I am located in Germany and here we have Facebook Marketplace as well. However, we do not use miles but kilometers. Why ever, Facebook detects that and gives a maximum of 500 kilometers not 500 miles. Consequently, I am not able to cover the whole US with the cities provides.

    For example, Southwest is centered in Mercury (NV) currently. My favorite and perfect-match car is located in Salinas (CA). Because I have a maximum of 500 kilometers that car is not covered. Not kidding, happened to me yesterday, found it by using another car and its California city as center of the radius.

    What I tried to get miles: Fresh installation of Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, Mozilla Firefox configured to US-English, without any cookies, not logged in to Facebook ever. Facebook gives me not miles but kilometers. I guess, they determine this up by IP address. I changed the URL and included the parameter ‘radius’ (and ‘radiusKM’) to broaden beyond 500, but the maximum is 500.

    I know this is an exceptional case, searching from a foreign country nationwide in the US. However, my car model is rare. And I am not sure if this affects SearchTempest as well. And I am not sure if this affects other metric based countries like Canada or Mexico already.

    Therefore, I am reporting. My workaround is to setup my own list of cities covering whole US. :)

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    Thanks for reporting. Looking into this now. While those listings are branded AutoTempest, they do come from a number of sources - basically anything that doesn't have a public website like cars.com, truecar, etc., goes under the AutoTempest brand. So it's still a matter of standardizing the info we get from them. We probably missed "Cashmere". Also though, it sounds like you uncovered a bug, since you should be able to search both a standard color and a custom one together and get results. Will get that sorted!

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    Yes, when using a custom color, please, do not AND but OR colors. However, I think there is a second issue: Took me some time to figure that I can use custom colors at all. Therefore, if a color does not fit *any* standard color, I would expect ‘Not specified’ to list such a car, for example ‘Beige + Not specified’ should have worked.

    By the way, ‘Beige + Tan’—once ORed—seems to work, why ever. So no need to go for the very rare ‘Cashmere’. And yes, those interior colors are a drama. Personally, the options ‘dark’, ‘light’, and perhaps ‘colorful’ would be sufficient for me. Especially when it comes to ‘gray’, as there is *dark* gray which is very much same as black. And *light* gray which gives a similar user experience as beige, tan, and white interiors.

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