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Bidding on vehicles
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Before you can place a bid in eBay Motors, you'll need to register. Register now, or learn more about registering.

A bid for a vehicle is considered non-binding. However, you shouldn't bid unless you intend to complete the purchase. Read the User Agreement for details.

There are a number of costs involved in purchasing and owning a vehicle. Make sure you know how much you can afford before you bid or buy. Consider the following costs:

  • The cost of the vehicle

  • Insurance cost

  • Registration cost

  • Maintenance costs

  • Taxes

How to bid on a vehicle

When you find a vehicle you're interested in, here's how to bid:

  1. Carefully review the listing, and then click the Place Bid button. You may need to sign in.

  2. On the next page, enter your maximum bid, and then click the Continue button.

  3. Review your bid, and then click the Confirm Bid button.

About eBay's bidding system

eBay Motors bidding system is the same as that of eBay.  We'll automatically bid on your behalf up to your maximum bid amount. eBay's bidding system is based on increments. A bid increment is the amount by which we automatically raise your bid each time another bidder outbids you. However, we won't go higher than your maximum amount. You'll get an email confirming your bids.

At the end of the listing, you'll receive another email indicating whether you've won the vehicle, and an explanation of the next steps.

Getting outbid

When another buyer has placed a higher maximum bid than yours, you've been outbid. Learn more about getting outbid.

Bids over $25,000

To place a bid of $25,000 or more, you need to provide a valid credit card. Your credit card is used for identification purposes only and won't be charged.

Blocked bidders

Sellers can make their listings unavailable to a specified list of bidders, such as those with low Feedback scores. Blocked bidders will receive an error message that states they are not allowed to bid on that seller's listings.

If you are blocked from a listing and want to discuss the situation with the seller, click the seller's user ID or the Ask a question link in the listing.

Note: Blocked bidders are not permitted to bid on a seller's listings with another user ID. Doing so could result in indefinite suspension from eBay.

Learn about the blocked bidder list from a seller's point of view.

Shill bidding

Shill bidding is the deliberate use of secondary registrations, aliases, family members, friends, or associates to artificially drive up the bid price of an item. This tactic is also known as "bid padding." Shill bidding is strictly forbidden on eBay. If you engage in shill bidding you will receive warnings or an indefinite suspension of your account.

Learn more about our shill bidding policy.

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