Selling Cars and Car Parts on eBay Motors - dummies

By Marsha Collier

Anything and everything automotive can go in the eBay Motors category, and it will sell like giant tires at a monster truck rally. Following are just a few of the car-related items that fit in this category.


  • Car parts: Have used car parts? eBay has an enormous market in used car parts.

    New car parts are in demand, too. So if you catch a sale at your local auto-parts store when it’s blasting out door handles for a 1967 Corvette (a vehicle for which it’s hard to find parts), it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a few. Sooner or later, someone’s bound to search eBay looking for them. If you’re lucky enough to catch a trend, you’ll make a healthy profit.

  • Cars: Yes, you can sell (entire) cars on eBay. In fact, car sales (used and new) have skyrocketed online thanks to the thousands of people who find eBay a trusted place to buy and sell used vehicles every day. Selling vehicles on eBay is a natural business for you if you have access to good used cars, work as a mechanic, or have a contact at a dealership that lets you sell cars on eBay for a commission or on consignment.


eBay Motors and its partners offer useful tools to complete your sale. eBay Motors features Free Vehicle Purchase Protection up to $50,000, one-click access to vehicle history reports, vehicle inspection and escrow services, and vehicle shipping quotes from GigaMoves (an eBay company).

Here are just a few things to keep in mind if you plan to sell cars on eBay:

  • Selling a car on eBay Motors is a bit different from selling on regular eBay, mainly in the fees area.

  • To sell a vehicle on eBay Motors, you must enter all the details, the options, and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the Sell Your Item page. This way, prospective buyers can access a vehicle history report.

  • Although many people who have found the vehicle of their dreams on eBay are more than happy to take a one-way flight to the vehicle location and drive it home, shipping a vehicle is a reasonably priced alternative. You can make arrangements to ship a car quickly and simply.

  • If your reserve isn’t met in an eBay Motors auction, you may still offer the vehicle to the high bidder through the Second Chance option. You may also reduce your reserve during the auction if you feel you’ve set your target price too high.

Estimated Costs for Shipping a Car
Mileage Terminal-to-Terminal Cost
Under 750 $350 to $650
751 to 1,000 $450 to $750
1,000 to 1,500 $550 to $850
1,501 to 2,000 $650 to $950
2,001 to 2,500 $750 to $1,100
2,501 and over $850 to $1,150

An item that you’ve listed on eBay Motors will appear in any search, whether potential buyers conduct a regular search on or execute their search in eBay Motors.