Selling a vehicle
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 - opens in new window or tab outlines the information you’ll need.
We also recommend visiting the Vehicle Resource Center - opens in new window or tab 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
We recommend including a vehicle history report in your Cars & Trucks listing. Listings with vehicle history reports from AutoCheck® by Experian - opens in new window or tab get a boost in search results.
The vehicle history report shows:
- The vehicle’s title details, including all ownership transfers and DMV transactions.
- An AutoCheck® Score, which shows how a vehicle compares to others of the same make and model.
With a vehicle history report, a buyer can see if the vehicle has ever been:
- Stolen, salvaged, or rebuilt
- Turned in under a lemon law
- In a flood or hail storm
- In an accident or fire (if reported)
- A victim of potential odometer rollback
- Used as a rental or fleet vehicle
- Used as a police vehicle or taxi
- Abandoned or forfeited
- Reported as having a lien
Knowing there aren’t any hidden problems or undisclosed issues gives buyers more confidence in making a purchase.
If you create fewer than seven vehicle listings per year, the AutoCheck vehicle history report will be included in your listing for no additional charge. If you create seven or more vehicle listings per year, AutoCheck offers several subscription levels.
If you already subscribe to AutoCheck, you don’t need a separate subscription. Instead, contact AutoCheck - opens in new window or tab and provide them with your eBay user ID and AutoCheck ID. Learn more about subscribing to AutoCheck - opens in new window or tab.
If you sell seven or more vehicles per year and choose not to subscribe to AutoCheck, a vehicle history report won’t appear in the Vehicle History Report tab in your listings. However, you can choose to link to a different vehicle history report in your listing description.
Once you create seven vehicle listings in the same calendar year, you’re permanently considered a high-volume seller and will need to subscribe to AutoCheck to receive any more vehicle history reports. This is true even if you create fewer than seven vehicle listings in future years. Sellers who create up to six vehicle listings per calendar year will continue to receive up to six free vehicle history reports each calendar year. Remember, relisting the same vehicle counts as a new listing.
The following types of vehicles aren’t eligible for free history reports:
- Vehicles manufactured before 1981
- Vehicles without a 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN)
- Vehicles that aren’t intended for the US market, (such as limited production exotic vehicles)
Where the information comes from
AutoCheck uses a vehicle’s unique 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to determine its history.
AutoCheck gathers report information from hundreds of data sources, including:
- State Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- Auto auctions
- Canadian Motor Vehicle Departments
- Consumer protection agencies
- Auto dealers
- Other state agencies
All data acquired from these sources meet the federally mandated Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) and/or other industry guidelines.
About the Autocheck Score
The AutoCheck Score is a rating that evaluates all of a vehicle’s history data using one score, which is based on a 100-point scale for each vehicle.
The AutoCheck Score is determined by:
- The age of the vehicle at the time of the report
- The number of miles on the vehicle given at the time the report was run
- The vehicle class as reported by Automotive News. This list of vehicle makes and models is published annually and is recognized as an industry standard. Examples of vehicle classes include “Sport utility – entry level” and “Mid-range cars – standard.”
- The number of owners the vehicle has had
- The vehicle’s use and history (things like taxi use, accidents, and theft history impact the score)
Frequently asked questions
Do I still need to research the vehicle?
Although a vehicle history report is an excellent resource for revealing a vehicle’s past usage, we strongly recommend that you physically inspect the car or hire a third-party inspection service to evaluate the vehicle’s condition.
Are all accidents and events included in the report?
AutoCheck only reports information that is available to the company. There is no guarantee that a vehicle’s complete history is included in the report.
What does “no history found” mean?
“No history found” indicates that AutoCheck found no information in that category at the time of the report. This could mean that AutoCheck hasn’t yet received that data or it could mean that no issues have been reported.
What is AutoCheck?
AutoCheck is powered by Experian, a company that provides information, analytical, and marketing services to organizations and consumers. Learn more about AutoCheck.
What does this error message mean: VHR data not yet available?
The history report is not yet available for this vehicle.This vehicle’s history report hasn’t been created yet. Check back later for more information.
Where can I see a sample report?
You can see a sample report - opens in new window or tab on AutoCheck’s website.
Fees for selling vehicles
Motors listing fees are calculated differently from other listings. Learn more about the fees for selling vehicles.
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
Lowering your reserve or Buy It Now price
You 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.
Adding a Buy It Now price
You 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.
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 price
You 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:
- From My eBay, select All Selling.
- In the row for the item you want to change, from the Actions dropdown menu, select Revise.
- On the Revise your listing page, make your changes. (Gray sections can’t be revised.)
- 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
In some situations, you might want to end a listing early (also referred to as canceling a listing). If, for example, if you posted your vehicle in a local newspaper and someone bought it through that medium, you would remove that vehicle from eBay.
The guidelines below are for ending a Motors vehicle listing early. Listings in other categories (including Motors Parts & Accessories) have different guidelines. Learn more about ending a non-vehicle listing early.
Reasons for ending a vehicle listing early
When you choose to end a vehicle listing early, buyers may feel disappointed. If you regularly end listings early, your account may be subject to account restrictions and other consequences. However, we understand that sometimes you may have a good reason to end a listing early, such as discovering a major problem with a vehicle you’ve listed.
You can also choose to end a listing early in order to sell your item to your current high bidder or to another eBay member with whom you’ve negotiated a price.
If you made a mistake in your listing, you may be able to revise your listing or change your item price instead of ending your listing early.
Ending a listing early: requirements table
Number of bids
Can the listing be ended early?
12 or more hours left in the listing
1 or more bids and you want to sell to the highest bidder
Yes: The successful listing fee will still be charged, if applicable
1 or more bids and you want to cancel the bids
Fewer than 12 hours left in the listing
No bids, including canceled bids
No bids, because you’ve canceled them
1 or more bids
Yes, but you must sell the item to the highest bidder. The successful listing fee will still be charged, if applicable
1 or more bids, but the item’s reserve price wasn’t met
How to end a listing
To end your listing early and cancel all bids or sell to the high bidder:
If your item has no bids, you can skip this step.
- Enter the item number into the End My Listing Early form - opens in new window or tab. (You can get this number from your listing, your listing confirmation email, or My eBay.)
- If there are bids on your item, choose how you want to end your listing.
- If there are 12 or more hours before the end of the listing, select Cancel bids and end listing early or Sell item to high bidder.
- If there are fewer than 12 hours before the end of the listing, your only option is Sell item to high bidder.
- Select the reason you’re ending your listing early and click End My Listing.
Your listing will end and will no longer be active on eBay. If you’re canceling an auction-style listing with bids, bidders who didn’t win will receive an email explaining that their bid was canceled and that the listing ended early.
You can also end your listing early to sell it to an eBay member who wasn’t your high bidder. You can also use this option to sell the item to your high bidder, but at a negotiated price that isn’t the same as the member’s high bid. You can do this by ending your listing early and sending a transaction confirmation request to your buyer. This will cancel all existing bids and best offers.
To end your listing early and send a transaction confirmation request to an eBay member:
- From My eBay, select All Selling.
- Select End my listing from the Actions dropdown menu next to the listing.
- On the End Your Listing Early page, select Sell item to member and end listing early.
- If your buyer’s user ID appears in the list of members who have bid or contacted you, select it and select Send to Member. If you don’t see the member’s user ID, select send a Transaction Confirmation Request directly below the list of members, enter the buyer’s user ID and ZIP code, and then select Find Member. The buyer’s user ID will appear in the Member found box. Select Send to Member.
- Select the amount of time you want to give the buyer to respond to the request from the Request duration dropdown menu.
- Enter the price that you and the buyer agreed on in the Negotiated price box.
- Enter any additional information for the buyer in the Comments box.
- Select Continue to send the transaction confirmation request to the buyer and end the listing. If there were other members that bid or made an offer on this item, they’ll be sent an email that says their bid or offer will be canceled.
If you can’t end the listing
If you don’t meet the requirements for ending your auction-style listing early, your best option is to communicate with the bidders.
- Before the listing ends: Contact the bidders, explain the situation, and encourage them to retract their bids. In some cases, you can cancel their bids.
- If the listing ends and there is a winning bidder: Contact the bidder and explain the situation. If you and the bidder agree to not complete the sale, you can cancel the transaction.
Other terms and conditions
Please note, if you’re a managed payments seller, you can’t list in the motors category on eBay right now; however, we are working on making this available. Learn more about managed payments on eBay.
- 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 state and the buyer’s state and the Federal Trade Commission’s Used Car Rule - opens in new window or tab. 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 our Vehicle, parts and accessories policy - opens in new window or tab for more information on what’s allowed and what’s not when listing on eBay Motors.
Selling parts and accessories
When you create a parts and accessories listing, we recommend adding parts compatibility (also known as “fitment”). This allows you to add all the years, makes, models, trims, and engines that your part fits (up to 3,000 combinations, depending on the category), which makes it easy for buyers to find the right parts for their vehicle.
When you begin to list your item, we’ll show you your options in the compatibility section of the listing form. You can either choose a product with pre-filled compatibility information or manually enter compatible vehicles.
If you’re listing with variations, your compatibility information must apply to all your variations, because fitment doesn’t change between each variant.
Learn more about parts compatibility listings - opens in new window or tab.
Before you start creating a parts and accessories listing, visit the Parts & Accessories Seller Resource Center - opens in new window or tab: it’s full of information to help you make a sale.
To make the most of your selling experience, check out these additional resources: