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Basics of selling vehicles, parts, and accessories

You can sell all types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and boats, as well as parts and accessories, in the Motors category on eBay.

Vehicles, parts, or accessories can be listed in the same formats as most other product categories, including auction, Buy It Now, and Best Offer.

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Your items must meet eBay's selling requirements and eligibility criteria in each country where you sell. In order to list vehicles on ebay.com and international eBay sites (e.g. ebay.de, ebay.co.uk, ebay.it and others), you must meet local requirements. eBay encourages members to familiarize themselves with the laws regarding the sale of vehicles prior to the sale of a vehicle. These may include, but are not limited to: eligibility for cross-border trade, import policies, availability of import release documents, seller licensing rules, title requirements, emissions standards and registration policies, and others. 

Please note: When you sell to international buyers, you must comply with the laws of both your country and the buyer's country. You are responsible for the calculation and remittance of any taxes owed to any governmental entity based on your eBay activities. 

Please contact Customer Service for more information

Selling a vehicle on eBay 

Creating an effective Motors listing is much like creating any other listing on eBay. Before you create one, you’ll need to gather important information about your vehicle such as year, make, model, and mileage. Our Sell Your Vehicle checklist outlines the information you’ll need.

It's also a good idea to visit the Vehicle Resource Center to find helpful materials, including listing checklists, best practices, webinars, and more.

Since a vehicle is a big investment for potential buyers, make sure that any branded title or history (such as flood or salvage) is disclosed in your listing description. Even if you have a current clean title, you need to let buyers know if there was a salvage title in your vehicle’s history.

Adding a vehicle history report to your listing

When shopping for a vehicle, buyers want to know a vehicle's condition and past usage. So it's a good idea to include a vehicle history report in your listing, if it's available on the eBay site where you're listing (e.g. AutoCheck® by Experian on ebay.com or HPI Check® on ebay.co.uk). Listings with vehicle history reports get a boost in search results. Knowing there aren’t any hidden problems or undisclosed issues gives buyers more confidence in making a purchase.

Vehicle history reports give buyers instant access to important details about used cars. They can include vehicle's title details and all ownership transfers, accidents, use of the vehicle as a rental or cab, use of the vehicle as collateral, potential odometer rollback, and other information.

Fees for selling vehicles

Motors listing fees for selling vehicles in Cars & Trucks, Motorcycles, Powersports, Boats, and Other Vehicles & Trailers categories are calculated differently from other listings. 

Learn more about the fees for selling vehicles on ebay.com

Changing the price on a vehicle listing

You can change your item’s price on vehicle listings with a reserve price in some categories. However, you can only change it in the following Motors categories: Cars & Trucks, Motorcycles, Other Vehicles & Trailers, and Powersports.

Why revise your price?

Revising your price may increase your chances of selling your item. You can lower your reserve or Buy It Now price, add a Buy It Now price, or remove the reserve price.

Revising your price: requirements table

ChangeWhat’s allowedWhat happens
Lowering your reserve or Buy It Now priceYou can lower the reserve or Buy It Now price any time before your reserve is met or your listing ends.When a reserve or Buy It Now price is lowered, all bidders are notified by email, but we don’t tell them what the new price is.However, if you lower the reserve or Buy It Now price below the high bidder’s maximum bid, the high bidder’s maximum bid is lowered to $1.00 below the new reserve price. Your new reserve price is emailed to the high bidder. This allows the high bidder to confirm that they are still interested in the item.If you lower the Buy It Now price below the reserve price, the reserve price is lowered to the same amount as the new Buy It Now price.
Adding a Buy It Now priceYou can add a Buy It Now price after a listing has received bids. The new Buy It Now price can be any amount above the current high bid.
This option only applies to reserve price listings that have not met the reserve price. You won’t be able to add a Buy It Now price if you list your vehicle locally. Vehicles listed locally only accept best offers.
If the new Buy It Now price is below the reserve price, the reserve price is lowered to the same amount as the new Buy It Now price. All bidders are notified by email that a Buy It Now price has been added. For the Parts & Accessories category only, the Buy It Now Price needs to be at least 10% higher than the starting price.
Removing your reserve priceYou can only remove the reserve price if no bids have been placed on your listing. If bids have been placed, you can only lower your reserve price (see above).When the reserve price is removed, the next person to bid the highest amount will win the auction.

How to change your price

Follow these steps to revise your vehicle’s price:

  1. From My eBay, select All Selling.
  2. In the row for the item you want to change, from the Actions dropdown menu, select Revise.
  3. On the Revise your listing page, make your changes. (Gray sections can’t be revised.)
  4. Select Save and Continue, then select Submit Changes.

Other terms and conditions

When you lower the reserve price, the high bidder will need to confirm their interest in winning the item — they won’t automatically win the item, even if their bid was higher than the new reserve price. The high bidder may have bid on another vehicle when they didn’t initially meet your reserve price. If the high bidder still wants to purchase the vehicle, they’ll need to bid again at or above the new reserve price or use the Buy It Now option.

Ending a listing early

See the Ending a listing article for more information. 

Other terms and conditions

  • You’ll still be charged listing fees (such as an insertion fee and any optional feature fees) if you end your listing early, even if you don’t sell to the high bidder. If you want to change or improve your listing, consider revising your listing instead
  • Sellers aren’t allowed to cancel bids and end listings early in order to avoid selling an item that did not meet the desired sale price. Although there are legitimate reasons for ending a listing early, abuse of this option will be investigated
  • When sellers list a vehicle on eBay Motors, they are also allowed to sell it locally, like in their local newspaper. If the vehicle sells locally, sellers are allowed to cancel all bids and end the listing early

Policies and regulations

Sellers are responsible for reviewing applicable laws for their registration country and the buyer’s registration country. These may include seller licensing rules, title requirements, emissions standards, registration policies, etc.

Please remember that when registering a private eBay account, you should specify the country where you reside (registered), and when registering a business eBay account, you should specify the country where your business is registered.

How to change your registration country

Listing on ebay.com

When sellers list a vehicle on eBay Motors on ebay.com, they are also responsible for reviewing applicable laws for their state and the buyer’s state and the Federal Trade Commission’s Used Car Rule. These can include seller licensing rules, title requirements, emissions standards, and registration policies.

Based on the physical location of the buyer or the seller, state consumer protection laws may apply to your transaction on eBay and may limit what you can legally sell. For information about your state’s motors regulations, please visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Review Vehicle, parts and accessories policy for more information on what’s allowed and what’s not when listing on eBay Motors.

Listing on international eBay sites

When sellers list a vehicle on international eBay sites, they are also responsible for reviewing applicable laws for their country/region and the buyer’s country/region. These can include seller licensing rules, title requirements, emissions standards, and registration policies.

Based on the physical location of the buyer or the seller, local consumer protection laws may apply to your transaction on eBay and may limit what you can legally sell. For more information about the rules for selling cars on international ebay websites, please see relevant pages.

If you are not ready to ship items to specific countries and regions, you can exclude certain shipping locations from all your active listings or for specific items.

How to set shipping exclusions to specific regions

If you still have questions, please contact Customer Service for more information

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