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Buying on eBay Motors
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eBay Motors is a specialty site on eBay that gives you the research, selection, and security to confidently purchase vehicles and parts from across the street or across the country.

Whether you're looking for vintage roadsters, RVs, sedans, jet skis, motorcycles, engines, lights, floor mats, or mirrors, you'll find a wide variety of vehicles and products.

1. Learn before you buy
Before you buy, plan to spend some time researching the type of vehicle and options you need. If you're buying a part or accessory, check the product specifications. Take advantage of the many resources available to help you find out more about buying a new or used car or accessories. Learn more about researching vehicles.
2. Register with eBay
To bid or purchase on eBay Motors, you can use your eBay user ID and password. If you aren't an eBay member yet, register now. If you want to bid $25,000 or more, you must provide a valid credit card (your card won't be charged). Learn more about bidding on vehicles.
3. Find a vehicle, part, or accessory
eBay Motors includes search features you find on eBay, plus help specific to finding vehicles; for example, finding vehicles in your area so you can see the vehicle and negotiate with the seller. Learn about searching eBay Motors.
4. Evaluate the listing
Carefully read the seller's description of the vehicle, part, or accessory. If you're buying a vehicle, review the buyer's checklist, which is included in each listing. The checklist contains important information about what to do before, during, and after a vehicle purchase. You can also use the following ideas to help you evaluate a listing:

Know your item

  • Many vehicle listings include a vehicle history report from AutoCheck. Click the Vehicles History Report tab in the listing to see it.

  • Check the Kelly Blue Book value before you decide what you're willing to pay.

  • Use extra caution if an item is listed significantly below the suggested retail price.

  • Be realistic in your expectations of used or older vehicles—expect normal "wear and tear."

  • Personally visit or have a vehicle inspection service visit the vehicle to ensure accurate representation.

  • Consider not only the cost of the vehicle, but also insurance, shipping, registration, and taxes.

Know your seller

Get to know your seller before you buy an item. Check the seller's Feedback rating to gauge their selling reputation on eBay. Contact the seller with any questions about the item or its condition before bidding.

Don't place a bid if the seller doesn't respond to your questions or can't be reached by email or phone.

Consider buying formats

Check the listing to learn about options for buying the vehicle or item. You might be able to bid on the item, use the Buy It Now option to buy it at a fixed price, make the seller a Best Offer bid, or buy through a Local Classified Ad. Learn more about buying formats.

Note: For Parts & Accessories, the Buy It Now price will be at least 10% higher than the starting auction price.

Other terms

  • Use caution when using escrow services. To avoid being deceived by fraudulent escrow services, use www.escrow.com, eBay's approved escrow service. For a small fee, Escrow.com will hold your payment and forward it to the seller after you receive and approve the item.

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