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Using eBay Motors to Sell Vehicles Online
Using eBay Motors to Sell Vehicles Online

Everywhere you look, items are going up for sale online. You can take virtual tours of houses, have clothes sent to you, and you can even purchase vehicles and other automotive equipment. When looking for a vehicle to purchase on these sites, it is essential to remember that, in most cases, they come as is. Read the fine print for any problems that may exist with the car and request a test drive. As always, when meeting someone online, make sure you are using proper safety measures.

eBay Motors

You are probably familiar with the eBay brand. List items online, and you can either do a “buy it now” price or include it in an auction. The eBay brand itself was founded on September 3, 1995, in San Jose, California. The motor division of eBay did not enter the scene until five years later in 2000. 

Just like any other site that sells items, eBay has had its fair share of scams associated with the products on their site. eBay Motors does allow for user feedback about their purchasing experience, payment methods that are verified secure, free vehicle history reports, and vehicle purchase protection that covers up to $100,000.

Types of Vehicles on the Site

eBay Motors is not just your one-stop-shop for cars and trucks. A wide range of motorcycles, boats, RVs, and trailers can be found for sale and auction. Along with actual vehicles, eBay Motors has automotive parts and accessories for sale too. From DIY to car care manuals, you can even get your tires online too.

eBay Motors offers a setup that accommodates all of your vehicle needs. You can even sell your own vehicles and parts through eBay Motors. Over five million cars have been sold under the eBay Motors platform.

Each vehicle profile created by a seller shows pictures and the condition of the vehicle or automobile they are selling. There are different formats for purchasing a vehicle through the website, much like the regular eBay shopping site.

Packages for Sellers with Low-Volume

The packages for sellers with lower volumes come in three types. These packages are basic, plus, and premium. Sellers get to choose which format, fixed or auction, they want for their package selection. These packages must be purchased for each listing a seller puts on the eBay Motors website.

  • Basic Package: $25
    • Auction or Fixed-Price Format
      • 12 photographs
      • Auction or listing duration of up to seven days
      • AutoCheck (Car and Truck listings only)
  • Plus Package: $55
    • Auction Format
      • 18 photographs
      • Auction up to 7 days
      • Reserve price up to $20,000 for cars, trucks, other vehicles, trailers, boats
      • Reserve price up to $10,000 for motorcycle and power sport listings
      • AutoCheck (Car and Truck listings only)
    • Fixed-Price Format
      • 18 photographs
      • Listing duration of up to 30 days
      • AutoCheck (Car and Truck listings only)
  • Premium Package: $95
    • Auction Format
      • 24 photographs
      • Gallery Plus upgrade
      • Up to 10-day auction
      • Unlimited price reserve
      • Buy It Now feature
      • AutoCheck (Car and Truck listings only)
      • Upgrades with bold titles and subtitles
    • Fixed-Price Format
      • 24 photographs
      • Gallery Plus upgrade
      • Listing duration of up to 30 days
      • AutoCheck (Car and Truck listings only)
      • Upgrades with bold titles and subtitles

Package Options for Sellers with High-Volumes

Some eBay Motors sellers have higher volumes of vehicle sales or sell multiple times of automotive parts and accessories. For these higher volume sellers, there are two packages they can choose from. These include plus and premium packages for the auction and fixed-price formats.

  • Plus Package: $55
    • Auction Format
      • 18 photographs
      • Up to a seven day auction period
      • Reserve price up to $20,000 for cars, trucks, other vehicles, trailers, boats
      • Reserve price up to $10,000 for motorcycle and power sport listings
      • AutoCheck (Car and Truck listings only)
    • Fixed-Price Format
      • 18 photographs
      • Listing duration of up to 30 days
      • AutoCheck (Car and Truck listings only)
  • Premium Package: $95
    • Auction Format
      • 24 photographs
      • Gallery Plus upgrade
      • Up to 10-day auction
      • Unlimited price reserve
      • Buy It Now feature
      • AutoCheck (Car and Truck listings only)
      • Upgrades with bold titles and subtitles
    • Fixed-Price Format
      • 24 photographs
      • Gallery Plus upgrade
      • Listing duration of up to 30 days
      • AutoCheck (Car and Truck listings only)
      • Upgrades with bold titles and subtitles

Fees Associated with High-Volume Sales

For those sellers using the advanced tool for their high-volume sales, there are additional fees required for using the advanced tool instead of the quick tool used for the packages.

These fees are insertion and successful listing fees. The amount charged will depend on vehicle category, vehicle sale price, buy it now price, or the best-accepted offer. The insertion fee is charged when the vehicle is listed. The successful listing fee is charged once one of the following criteria is met:

  • You receive a bid on the auction-style listing, and the reserve price is met
  • A buyer selects the buy it now feature
  • You accept the best offer

Insertion fees for high-volume sellers:

  • A $50 insertion fee applies to:
    • Cars and Trucks
    • Other vehicles and trailers
      • RVs and Campers
      • Commercial Trucks
  • A $20 insertion fee applies to:
    • Motorcycles
    • Boats
    • Powersports
    • Other vehicles and trailers (except for RVs, Campers, and Commercial Trucks)

Successful listing fees for high-volume sellers are broken down into category and selling price. 

  • Cars and Trucks
    • Up to $5,000: Free
    • More than $5,000: Free
  • Other Vehicles (RVs, Campers, and Commercial Trucks)
    • Up to $5,000: Free
    • Over $5,000: Free
  • Motorcycles, Boats, Powersports, Other Vehicles and Trailers (except RVs, Campers, and Commercial Trucks)
    • Up to $5,000: $30
    • More than $5,000: $60

Optional Listing Upgrades

On eBay Motors, if you opt for the listing upgrades, you will be charged even if your vehicle doesn’t sell. The addition of these upgrades may make for a more attractive ad and a better selling experience.

Optional listing upgrades and pricing:

  • 10-day listing duration
    • $18
  • 30-day listing duration (only available for fixed-price listings)
    • $50
  • Bold title
    • $5
  • Buy It Now added to the auction listing
    • $10
  • Gallery Plus
    • $5
  • Listing Designer (free for Selling Manager Pro subscribers)
    • $5
  • Picture Pack (add up to 24 photos, with a bigger size that opens in a pop-out page)
    • $4
  • Reserve price for items up to $75,000
    • $49
  • Reserve price for items more than $75,000
    • $99
  • Subtitle
    • $5
  • Value Pack (combines gallery, subtitle, and listing designer for a discounted price. Not available for Powersports under 50cc.
    • $7

Other Terms and Conditions

eBay Motors makes their terms and conditions very clear and things that sellers need to be aware of when using eBay Motors as their selling platform. These terms and conditions can be found on the eBay Motors website and are available for any seller or potential seller on the site.

  1. Professional dealers can use third party tools to list on eBay Motors. To include a history report for the vehicle, AutoCheck can be subscribed to separately.
  2. If the use of supplemental or third-party services is used, sellers will be charged for those services. Depending on which services are chosen, these may show on your monthly invoice, and charges may be taken automatically from your card on file.
  3. Any package fees, insertion fees, and any other fees for additional upgrades apply to each listing created and are charged each time a listing is made or is relisted. These fees are not refundable. The fees are based on the terms in effect when the listing goes live.
  4. The fees listed apply to those using the United States site. Fees that apply to other countries are listed on their own applicable page.
  5. All of the fees are assessed in US currency
  6. Due to the instances where it takes longer for your posting to show, understand that it can take up to 24 hours, and exact listing durations cannot be guaranteed.
  7. The fees paid by a seller do not purchase exclusive rights on the web pages of eBay, and at our discretion, we may display third-party ads and listings from other sellers on any web page owned by eBay.
  8. Depending on the tax legislation in your country, local Value Added Tax, Goods and Services Tax or similar taxes might apply in addition to any fees that are charged by eBay.
  9. If a seller subscribes to eBay’s National Vehicle Program, refer to the terms and conditions outlined in the terms and conditions for the program. To change or cancel your subscription, this can be done by calling 866-322-9227. At this time, no other subscribers are being accepted.

These terms and conditions, much like with any business, are subject to change without prior notice. It is up to the seller to check the terms and conditions and any updates made available with the eBay Motors website.

Shipping After an eBay Motors Sale

The standard practice of shipping on eBay Motors is for the buyer to facilitate their shipping methods after the transaction is completed. eBay Motors offers a variety of options for shipping, or the buyer can choose their own shipping service for the vehicle. Professional shipping companies are the most logical solution for the safe transport of any type of vehicle.

If a buyer is worried about inspecting the vehicle, eBay Motors recommends setting up an inspection through SGS Automotive. Once a buyer has all of the relevant information, and they complete their purchase, choosing the right shipping company is the next step after completing payment.

How to Choose a Shipping Company

Once a buyer has begun searching for the right shipping company, they will want to get quotes as quickly as possible. A seller may require shipments to be facilitated within a specific period of time. The sooner the quotes are given to the buyer, the sooner they can decide on the company to use.

Once the buyer finds the right professional transport company to ship their vehicle to their desired location, they will arrange the pick up between the seller of the vehicle and the company of choice. The seller will be the one to do the Bill of Lading with the transport company driver, and the buyer will sign off on it once the shipment is received.

Don’t Get Scammed

Just like the crooked sellers on eBay Motors, some professional shipping companies aren’t as legitimate as they seem at first glance. These false shipping companies often provide poor service or will take payment without completing their obligations. Some essential items to check into when picking a shipping company is:

  • The United States Department of Transportation number and the motor carrier number assigned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These numbers provide information about the companies, including their safety and reliability.
  • The Better Business Bureau can provide some insight into a professional shipping company, especially if they have accredited the company. Companies receive a grade on a various number of things checked by the Better Business Bureau, and customer reviews do not influence these statistics. These are observations made by the Better Business Bureau themselves.
  • Looking at the website of a professional shipping company should let you know if they are the real deal. There should be legal information and terms they post for the public. These should be free of grammatical and spelling errors. They should also be correct and unexaggerated.

Making the Right Choice for Shipping

After purchasing a vehicle through the eBay Motors platform, pickup or shipping arrangements need to be addressed. With over 30 years in the auto shipping industry, A-1 Auto Transport has facilitated car shipments from sellers to buyers on multiple occasions with satisfying results. If you are looking for an affordable approach to getting an automobile shipped in the United States or even overseas, the best solution is A-1 Auto Transport.

 

Joe Webster
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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