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How to Sell a Car on eBay

Broaden your market and sell your used car the modern way by auctioning it off or selling it on eBay.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Create a seller's account Create a seller's account at motors.ebay.com, and provide a bank account or credit card that your seller's fees will be deducted from.
  • TIP: Gather documentation such as the vehicle title and a bill of sale early, so you will be ready to complete the sale.
  • Step 2: Value your vehicle Determine the value of your vehicle using an online guide.
  • Step 3: Take photos Take digital color photos of the car from every angle. Don't forget photos of the interior, odometer, and any blemishes or defects.
  • Step 4: Choose auction or fixed price Decide if you want to hold an auction to sell your car to the highest bidder, or set a fixed sale price. Keep the price low enough to make a sale.
  • TIP: For auctions, eBay lets you set a starting price at which bidding begins, and a reserve price, which is a hidden minimum price at which you are willing to sell. It is possible to revise your pricing requirements while bidding is active.
  • Step 5: Create listing Create a listing on eBay Motors, including a description of the vehicle and its condition, the VIN number, and photos.
  • TIP: Be honest about any major problems with the car. Disclosing the information up front will save you and the buyer from an unhappy experience later.
  • Step 6: Set terms of sale Make your terms of sale clear in the listing. Describe acceptable forms of payment, deposit requirements, and delivery or pickup options.
  • Step 7: Maintain listing Check in frequently on the My eBay page to monitor bidding activity, contact potential buyers, and respond to inquiries once your listing is active.
  • Step 8: Close the deal Contact the winning bidder when the listing expires to close the deal and arrange payment and transfer of the vehicle and title. Congratulations!
  • FACT: In 2004, a man got bids for his ex-wife's wedding gown on eBay for more than three times its original price by posting a photo of himself wearing the dress.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Bank account or credit card
  • Camera
  • Vehicle description
  • VIN number
  • Vehicle sale documents
  • Sale or reserve price (optional)

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