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Vehicles, parts and accessories policy

Vehicles, parts and accessories that don't follow government regulations are not allowed.

What is the policy?

The following types of listings are not allowed:

  • Leased vehicles or offers to lease vehicles
  • AutoCheck or Carfax reports
  • Deployed or rebuilt airbags and airbag covers
  • Recalled airbags
  • Vehicle titles cannot be included when offering parts
  • Products not following the Emissions control defeat devices policy - opens in new window or tab
  • Vehicle Emission Control Information (VECI) labels
  • Parts or accessories designed to bypass any portion of an exhaust system, such as an exhaust cutout

Sellers can list the following items:

  • Vehicles with a valid Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) recognized by the eBay VIN decoder
  • If the VIN isn't recognized by our systems, the VIN must be included in the item description with an explanation as to why it wasn't accepted, such as:
    • The vehicle was manufactured for a model year before 1980
    • The vehicle was manufactured outside of North America
    • The vehicle wasn't intended for street-legal use
  • Airbags and their parts or accessories may only be sold by approved sellers under the following conditions:
    • Only used airbags that have never been deployed are allowed
    • Must not be part of an equipment recall. Sellers are responsible for proactively maintaining their inventory to remove any recalled items
    • Must be shipped in accordance with applicable regulations using hazmat shipping and a carrier other than the US Postal Service
    • Must include the following statement in listing descriptions: "I certify this airbag is not subject to recall and will be shipped in accordance with hazmat shipping requirements"
    • Sellers must maintain Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) Certification
  • Imported vehicles certified by the United States Department of Transportation
  • New and used gasoline-powered vehicles registered in California that pass the California smog check
  • Catalytic converters that meet EPA requirements for aftermarket sale. Used catalytic converters must be recertified or listed as scrap metal, with no make or model information
  • Vehicles, engines, and portable fuel containers with a valid U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certificate of Conformity (COC) demonstrating conformity with all applicable emission requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Products that require an EPA COC include:
    • Light-duty vehicles
    • Recreational vehicles
    • Highway motorcycles
    • Heavy-duty engines
    • Nonroad compression-ignition (NRCI) engines
    • Small nonroad spark-ignition (NRSI) engines
    • Large spark-ignition (SI) engines
    • Marine spark-ignition (SI) engines
    • Marine compression-ignition (CI) engines
    • Stationary internal compression engines
    • Locomotive engines
    • Evaporative emissions components (e.g., fuel tanks, lines, caps, portable fuel containers)

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn’t, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

Visit Seller Help - opens in new window or tab to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps our buyers and sellers follow government regulations concerning the sale of vehicles and vehicle parts and accessories.


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