Use parts compatibility to save on insertion fees and maximize search exposure
In addition to Car & Truck Parts and Vintage Car & Truck Parts sub-categories, parts compatibility is available in Motorcycle Parts, ATV Parts, Personal Watercraft Parts, Snowmobile Parts, Boat Engine Parts, Scooter Parts, and Golf Car Parts & Accessories categories.(see exception categories below).
Listings with parts compatibility information make it fast and easy for buyers to find parts for a specific make and model and for sellers to add a single listing for parts that fit multiple vehicles. This convenient and familiar way to shop for parts means more buyers, faster sales, and fewer buyer questions.
Save listing time, save on Insertion Fees. With parts compatibility, you can create one Auction-style or Fixed Price listing describing a single part and—for no extra cost—add a complete list of compatible vehicles. Parts compatibility eliminates the need to list one part multiple times for all compatible vehicles, which means huge savings in Insertion Fees and in time spent managing and creating listings.
Maximize exposure in search results. Listing with parts compatibility helps get your relevant items in front of buyers via search. Since the compatibility information on your listing and your title, as well as other product identifiers like brand and manufacturer part number, are all used to match the buyer's search, you can now use all 80 characters in your title for popular search elements and other critical information. That means you'll show up in more—and more relevant—buyer searches.
As with any new listing feature or practice, it's best to test to determine the most efficient listing strategy for your business. With that in mind, we recommend the following steps:
- Check your on-site inventory for eligibility and determine which listings you'll want to include parts compatibility.
- Gather the information needed—Brand names, part numbers, UPCs and compatible vehicles.
- Create a new parts compatibility listing in one or more of the available categories (or you can revise an existing listing to add compatibility). Check that all compatible vehicle types appear in the compatibility section in your new listing. Best Match uses this information along with your title to help determine relevance to a buyer's search.
- Since Best Match uses compatibility information, your title, and product identifiers like brand and manufacturer part number to determine relevance, use all 80 characters of your title for other popular search elements for a chance to show up in more relevant searches. Repeating compatibility information in your title is allowed, but it is unnecessary and it will not increase exposure in eBay search. See FAQs for examples.
- Consolidate your existing listings. If you currently have multiple listings for one product, consolidate them into a single parts compatibility listing and avoid violating eBay's Duplicate Listing Policy. Learn more about our Duplicate Listing Policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is parts compatibility?
Parts compatibility is a better way for sellers to list parts that fit a variety of vehicles. It's also a great way for buyers to find parts that fit their car, truck, boat, motorcycle, or powersports vehicle. With parts compatibility listings, you can create one listing describing a single part and add a complete list of compatible vehicles. This eliminates the need to list one part multiple times to ensure all compatible vehicles are found in search.
Why should I use parts compatibility listings?
Using parts compatibility, you can include a detailed list of compatible vehicles for a single part right in one listing, reducing the number of listings you need to create. Compatibility information appears on the item page and is searchable. You can then use your 80 character title for other popular search elements like brand or location on the vehicle (e.g. driver, passenger) to market your listing better.
What is the benefit of using parts compatibility?
We developed the parts compatibility feature to help you run your business more smoothly by simplifying listing creation and management and reducing repetitive listing. Buyers will be able to find parts faster and with more confidence that the part will fit, resulting in fewer returns and inquiries. Plus, fewer listings mean you pay less in fees.
Do I have to use parts compatibility in my listing?
No, using parts compatibility is currently optional. However, listings that display compatible vehicle data will help get your relevant items in front of buyers via search and helps to avoid using multiple listings for the same item, a violation of eBay's Duplicate Listing Policy.
In what categories can I list with parts compatibility?
Parts compatibility is available in most Car & Truck, Vintage Car & Truck, Motorcycle, ATV, Personal Watercraft, Snowmobile, Boat Engine, Scooter, and Golf Car Parts categories in eBay Motors. The following categories (category numbers in parentheses) are currently excluded:
- Car & Truck Parts – Accessories (#179413)
- Car & Truck Parts – Decals, Emblems & Detailing (#50444)
- Car & Truck Parts – Electric Vehicle Parts (#177701)
- Car & Truck Parts – Wheel + Tire Packages (#66479)
- Vintage Car & Truck Parts – Accessories (#42606)
- Vintage Car & Truck Parts – Decals, Emblems & Detailing (#80736)
- Vintage Car & Truck Parts – Wheel + Tire Packages (#140748)
- Motorcycle Parts – Decals, Emblems (#35570)
- ATV Parts – Decals, Emblems (# 43975)
- Snowmobile Parts – Decals & Stickers (#100454)
Parts compatibility is enabled in the following boats parts categories:
- Boat Parts – Inboard Engines & Components (#50440))
- Boat Parts – Outboard Engines & Components (#111121))
- Boat Parts – Trolling Motors & Components (#171105))
- Boat Parts – Sterndrive Motors & Components (#177713))
We will announce the release of parts compatibility listings in additional categories as they become available.
Will I get better search visibility if I use parts compatibility?
Consolidating your listings using the parts compatibility feature may help your visibility in Best Match search results.
How does the listing process work?
There are two ways to list with parts compatibility:
- Search for your product in eBay's parts catalog while you are listing your item. If the item you are listing is in our parts catalog, a complete list of vehicles that your part fits will be filled out for you on your listing, along with other important information like brand and manufacturer part number.
- If you do not find a match for your product in our catalog, you can fill in necessary compatibility information manually—for tires and wheels by tire/wheel specification, and for all other parts use the vehicle details—year, make, model, and trim and engine where necessary.
Why is the listing flow different for some sub-categories?
For parts with clearly defined specifications like tires and wheels, you'll be asked to provide details about the part itself. For example, specifications for tires include width, aspect ratio, rim diameter, load index, and speed rating.
For all other parts, you'll be asked to provide details about the vehicle for which the part is compatible. These details include year, make, model, trim, and engine.
For tires, specify compatible vehicles using the comprehensive eBay catalog. Or use Item Specifics—Section Width, Aspect Ratio, Rim Diameter, Load Index and Speed Rating. For Wheels, use Rim Width, Rim Diameter, Bolt Pattern and Offset. Make sure you exclude any special characters (e.g. #,*,$,%) in Item Specifics for your listings to trigger compatible vehicles in View Item and Search.
How do I list using parts compatibility?
On the Sell Your Item form:
Enter a title for your listing, Brand, Part Number, or other keywords and click “Get Started”
Identify your category, e.g., Discs, Rotors, & Hardware and click “Continue”
Review the parts returned from the eBay catalog:
If you see too many parts, you can narrow down your search by adding more information in the “Enter Brand, Product type, or Model” box or by specifying a vehicle that is compatible with your part.
When you find your part, click “Sell Yours”, then proceed to complete your listing
If you can't find your part or if you prefer to enter the information manually, click on “Continue with your listing” under the compatibility section
If you are entering the information manually, once you proceed to the “Describe your item” section, look for the Part Compatibility box and click on “Add compatible vehicles”
The Part Compatibility pop-up will appear. Follow the instructions to enter the correct information, click “Save & Exit” and proceed to complete your listing
How are the compatible vehicles displayed in my listing?
In eligible categories, compatible vehicles are listed in a "Compatibility" section in the item description just above the "Item Specifics" section. The buyer will see a list of all vehicles compatible with your part.
What are vehicle details?
Vehicle details include year, make, model, trim and engine. These are the details you can enter in the manual process of entering vehicle compatibility.
What if I do not know or don't want to provide all the information about a compatible vehicle?
Even if you do not enter all the details (e.g., you provide year, make, model but not trim or engine), the list of compatible vehicles will still include compatible vehicles with the details you provide.
Example: A seller has a headlight that fits all 2002 Dodge Durango trucks. The seller chooses Year: 2002, Make: Dodge, and Model: Durango. The system recognizes that this 2002 Dodge Durango has multiple trims and engines. The system presents all compatible 2002 Dodge Durango trucks, with all trim and engine options, for inclusion in the vehicle compatibility list. Please note the system will return only information on vehicles using the details you provided (in this case 2002, Dodge, Durango).
What if my part is not in the eBay catalog?
If your part is not in the eBay catalog and you know with which vehicles it is compatible, you can add them to your listing by providing year, make, and model of the compatible vehicles. You can then specify select trim and engine information, or you can select all available trims and engines.
What if I disagree or am not sure if the compatible vehicles for my part are correct when selecting a part from the catalog?
If you are unsure that the information returned to you when you input your part type, manufacturer, or number is accurate, you can manually modify the compatibility information on the listing, or you can list the part manually without selecting a product from our catalog.
Should I repeat the compatibility information in my title or description?
There is no need to repeat compatibility information in your listing title. Instead, use your title for popular search elements like brand, part type, manufacturer part number, equivalent OEM part number, part name, color, size, material, location on the vehicle, and any other part numbers (e.g., Platinum number). Some examples:
Old title: Ford Ranger 88/07 Short Bed New Tonneau Bed Cover 6ft.
New title: Freedon 9630 Black Tonneau Truck Bed Cover 6 ft
Old title: 1992-1994 1995 Honda Civic EG6 Headlights+Vision
New title: JDM Black Crystal Headlights w/Vision Amber Corner Lights
You can repeat compatibility information in your listing description, but this is not essential since this information will already be displayed on the compatibility tab and is used in search. Compatibility information in the description may not be surfaced in search.
Can I transfer compatible vehicle information in one of my existing listings into a new listing?
Yes, you can use information from your existing listing in a new listing with parts compatibility by using the "sell similar" or "relist" options in the Sell Your Item form. Be sure to create a new title using descriptive popular search elements with your new parts compatibility listing. Please be certain the information you transfer to your new listing is correct since you are responsible for presenting accurate information about compatible vehicles.
Do eBay tools support parts compatibility listings?
Yes, all eBay listing tools will support the new parts compatibility listing format for Parts & Accessories:
- Sell Your Item (SYI)
- Selling Manager Pro
- Turbo Lister
- File Exchange
View tutorials about how to list replacement parts and Tires & Wheels with SYI or Turbo Lister here.
I use a third party service to help create my listings. Can I still use the parts compatibility feature?
Check with your third party service provider or check here to find out which service provider will support this new feature.
If I use parts compatibility, how do buyers find my item?
Most buyers search for parts by entering the part description and information about their vehicle. With parts compatibility, your listing will appear each time a buyer searches for relevant parts by describing the vehicle—not just when the title matches the individual keywords.
With parts compatibility, search will return listings using the vehicles in the compatibility section of your listing, the keywords in your title, and certain product identifiers like brand and manufacturer part number. This means you can use your title for more descriptive keywords and popular search elements to market your listings better.
I live in Canada. Can I list with parts compatibility on the Canadian site?
Not at this time. However, Canadian sellers can list on the U.S. site to access the parts compatibility feature.
What will happen to U.S. parts listings on the Canadian (English) site?
Listings created on eBay.com with compatible vehicle data will be findable on eBay.ca. You should specify your product is available to ship to Canada in your listing.
How will U.S. listings with compatible vehicle information appear on non-U.S. sites?
US listings on eBay.com will not display compatible vehicle data on the item page, search results pages, or use compatibility to surface or sort listings on non-US eBay sites (e.g. ebay.co.uk and ebay.de).
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