You can find just about anything under the sun on eBay, including cars. There’s a whole section of eBay that’s devoted to vehicles and parts, and to get there it’s as easy as clicking on the “motors” tab on the eBay website. Once you are there, selling a car is pretty straightforward. The process is simple and quick and requires about the same amount of diligence as posting on Craigslist.
The listing process itself is pretty self-explanatory, but we’re going to walk you through the page, so no stone is left unturned.
Choose the correct category
eBay has a roundabout way of listing a vehicle specifically for sale, and not under the parts category. Make sure when you’re selling a vehicle as a whole, it is under the “eBay Motors > Cars & Trucks > Make > Model” category, and doesn’t say “parts” anywhere.
Auction vs Fixed Price
Choose how you want the car to be bought, via an auction or a fixed price. An auction has the potential to get you more money for the car but will take longer to sell.
Set a Descriptive Listing Title
Make a title that is bare bones, but descriptive, i.e. “2009 Honda Civic” is all you need.
Clarify the Condition of Your Vehicle
Since you are selling your own car, it is considered used. eBay does well to clarify what constitutes as a used vehicle, and as such define it as a vehicle that is registered and has been issued a title.
Provide Your VIN Number
This is the vehicle identification number and can be found in many different places. It’ll be on your registration, your insurance policy card, on the vehicle's title, and on the vehicle itself. It is usually on the dashboard behind the windshield, and/or on the inside of driver's side door.
Be Clear About the Specifics
Be accurate with this section. The year is simple, but chances are the mileage will be a big complicated number. If you can’t remember the exact mileage, and aren’t near the vehicle, round the number up. I.e. if you can’t remember that your mileage is 225,756, then go with 226,000. Prospective buyers will be pleasantly surprised and you don't want to be misrepresenting the vehicle. Under the title field, refer to your own title. Be honest with this part as well, especially if there is a lienholder on the title. One way or another, the buyer will find out the
Include Additional Details if Necessary
This is where you inform viewers of anything eBay didn’t already give you a chance to explain. Maybe the transmission grinds or the headlights need to be kicked in order to turn on. Whatever idiosyncrasies or aspects of the car that are unique, this is where those details go.
Add Photos of Your Car
Take good photos during the day time, so nothing is left to question. Get good photos of the interior. We have some handy tips on how to take the best photos for your car. Remember some buyers don’t read the detailed description, they just look at pictures, so it is worth the bit of extra effort and make them count.
Don't Forget to Indicate Shipping
Always make it clear that the buyer is responsible for vehicle pickup.
Specify When Full Payment Is Due
Choose how long the buyer has to transfer funds.
Optional Upgrades for Your eBay Car Ad
eBay is a comprehensive selling platform. While initially it is free to post (unless you are a high volume seller), your ad can be enhanced for nominal fees (i.e. $3 for a subtitle), but these are not required to post.
Transaction Fees When Your Car is Sold on eBay
While it is free to list, be aware that there is a fee for when your car sells on eBay. For a transaction under $2000, eBay will charge you $60. For transactions over $2000, the fee is $125.
Fundamentally the same lessons for listing your car for sale on Instamotor or Craigslist can be adopted for eBay as well. Like Instamotor, eBay Motors checks the vehicle’s history and does so through Experian's AutoCheck, and a vehicle won’t be allowed to list without a VIN. In addition, eBay Motors has a page that neatly describes their protection service. As a buyer, you may view as much of the vehicle’s history as can be attained through AutoCheck. We can't say which is more or less secure, whether it is eBay or Instamotor, but if you're trying to sell your car fast, then listing it on as many platforms as possible can definitely help increase your odds.
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