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Vehicles and vehicle parts and accessories policy

You'll find a wide variety of vehicles, boats, vehicle parts and accessories available for sale on eBay.

Our Motors category covers most vehicles and vehicle parts, but it's important to familiarize yourself with our sub-categories so you know where to list your item and the guidelines that apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are bids on vehicles in the Motors category binding?

No, vehicle bids on eBay Motors are non-binding, but you should still only bid if you're serious about buying the item if you win the auction. Read our non-binding bid policy to learn more.

Can I sell a car that was involved in a collision recently?

Yes, as long as you clearly state that the car was involved in a collision. Even if you’ve had it repaired since, for health and safety reasons, you need to let buyers know that the car has, or had, structural damage.

Can I sell airbags?

There are restrictions on the sale of airbags and certain parts. Please see the guidelines below.

Read our full policy

Vehicles and vehicle parts and accessories policy overview

You can buy and sell all types of vehicles, boats, vehicle parts and accessories on eBay.

The eBay Motors category makes a distinction between vehicles and vehicle parts and accessories and has guidelines for each. The guidelines explain what's OK to list, what you can't list, and where you can list these items. Prospective buyers should learn about bidding on eBay Motors and things to do before making a purchase commitment.

We also encourage you to learn about your local government's laws regarding vehicle and vehicle equipment sales.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits on your buying and selling privileges, and suspension of your account.

Guidelines for vehicles

Bids made on eBay Motors vehicles are non-binding. In other words, a legal contract isn't created between the buyer and the seller, but the buyer should only bid with serious intent to complete the purchase. Please read our non-binding bid policy to learn more about this important policy.

AllowedAllowed and recommended

  • Outlining clear terms of the sale. The seller should clearly state which payment methods are accepted and what the payment time frame is
  • Listing the exact mileage of the vehicle. If you're uncertain about the exact mileage, state that in your listing
  • Disclosing structural damage and major repairs or replacements
  • Making sure any liens on the vehicle are disclosed in the listing
  • Providing the vehicle identification number (VIN) in the description is required. If your vehicle was manufactured after 1980 and sold in North America, you must include the unique 17-digit VIN in your listing. There may be some rare instances where your VIN isn't accepted, for example, if your vehicle was manufactured before 1980 or was manufactured outside North America. When that happens, you need to clearly state the VIN number in the Describe your vehicle section of the listing, and also include the reason why it doesn't reflect a standard North American VIN. This applies to all vehicles in the Cars & Trucks category
  • Following state laws related to car dealer licensing
  • Asking buyers to check their state's emission standards. These standards could prevent the buyer from registering the vehicle

Restricted Restricted

Not allowedNot allowed

  • Leased vehicles or lease takeovers
  • Offering a vehicle for lease
  • Imported motor vehicles that have not received certification in advance from the United States Department of Transportation. To see if a vehicle is subject to an import restriction, check out the federal government's guidelines on import restrictions - opens in new window or tab
  • Misrepresenting the title, odometer reading, or vehicle identification number (VIN). Doing so violates state laws and is not allowed

Guidelines for vehicle parts and accessories

AllowedAllowed

  • Most vehicle parts and accessories unless otherwise prohibited
  • New catalytic converters that meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for aftermarket sale
  • Used catalytic converters that have been recertified

Restricted Restricted

Not allowedNot allowed

  • Motorcycle frames with titles. Sellers must list the frame only with no mention of a title or ownership documentation
  • Odometer modification devices and calibration devices (whether manual or electronic). In many places, it's illegal to change the actual mileage on a motor vehicle
  • Stolen property
  • Deployed or rebuilt airbags
  • Airbag covers
  • Imported vehicle equipment that has not received certification in advance from the United States Department of Transportation

Documents

AllowedAllowed

  • Owner's manuals and repair guides

Restricted Restricted

Not allowedNot allowed

  • Vehicle titles without the physical vehicle
  • References to "clean paperwork", "clear paperwork", or "pink slips"
  • Any reference to a title when the item is listed in a Parts category
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN) plates and rivets
  • Drivers' licenses
  • AutoCheck or Carfax reports
 

Applicable laws by state

Before you buy or sell a vehicle on eBay Motors, please review the laws for the applicable state. Important topics include seller licensing rules, title requirements, emissions standards, and registration policies.

Why does eBay have this policy?

You are responsible for following all governmental laws and regulations that affect the sale of vehicles and vehicle equipment. These laws often vary from state to state, so we strongly encourage you to learn as much as you can about the laws governing these transactions.

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