How to Buy a Skoda on eBay

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How to Buy a Skoda on eBay

With more than one hundred years of car manufacturing experience and close to one million cars sold, the car manufacturer Skoda has come such a long way from being a bicycle repair shop in the Czech Republic. Today Skoda is a multi-national brand backed by the Volkswagen Group, with 32,000 employees collaborating to create cars that bear the company's mark.

A Skoda is a car that is in demand, so there are plenty on eBay. Buyers visiting the site to search for one find such a huge number that it may be a challenge to choose the right one for their requirements. However, there are ways to narrow down the search to find the perfect Skoda that fits the needs, as well as the wants, of buyers. Knowing the different models and model years, as well as the available options for fuel type, mileage, amongst others factors, helps buyers in their decision-making process. Understanding the important factors to consider and how to use eBay's search and filter options allows buyers to select the right Skoda.

Models and Model Years

Skoda is a brand that has many car models to offer its market. Although some of those produced in more than a century of car making have been discontinued, the models that people love are still available in different varieties, which can be found on eBay.

Superb      

Superb models are the flagship cars of Skoda, first produced from 1934 to 1949 and reproduced from 2001 onwards. The first generation Superb models are four-door, five-seat saloons similar to the Volkswagen Passat Lingyu, only with a longer wheelbase. The second generation Superbs have been in production since 2008 and are known to be the largest and most luxurious Skodas.

Octavia

To date, there have been three generations of Octavia, with the current models being an estate and a hatchback. The first generation Octavia was launched in 1998 in the UK. It is known for its solidity, refinement, and value for money. Skoda continued to produce Octavia until 2010. The second generation was launched in 2004 and was patterned after the Volkswagen A5 platform. It has been in production continually since its launch and is called Laura to distinguish it from the first generation. The third generation Octavia, launched in February 2013, has a longer and wider body type than its predecessors. The estate of the third generation Octavia was launched in May 2013.

Fabia

Fabia is available in a hatchback, a saloon called the Fabia Sedan, and an estate called the Fabia Combi. The first generation Fabia was produced from 1999 to 2007, and the cars of that generation were the first to be equipped with Volkswagen Group's A04 platform used by Volkswagen Polo Mk4 and SEAT Ibiza. The second generation Fabia was launched in 1997 and remains in production. These cars are slightly larger than their predecessors and use the PQ24 platform.

Roomster

The Roomster started production in 2006 and the first set of cars were five-door, five-seat multi-purpose vehicles. In 2007, Skoda Praktik, a two-door, two-seat panel van from the Roomster range of cars was launched. These large vehicles have luggage space of 1,900 litres and a payload from 550 to 640 kilograms.

Yeti

Those that are into SUV models can buy a Skoda Yeti. Yetis are five-door, five-seat compact SUVs that were launched in 2006. In the UK, the Yeti models come in five different trim levels: E, S, SE, SE Plus, and Elegance. These cars are five-star rated by the Euro NCAP, scoring 92 percent for adult occupant protection in the frontal and side crash tests. This Skoda SUV model has received numerous awards and citations, including Top Gear's Magazine Best Family Car in 2009 and the Auto Express Car of the Year in 2010.

Rapid

Rapid models are subcompact cars from Skoda manufactured in India, and the first in the range were launched in 2011. The Rapid is similar to the Volkswagen Vento, except for the headlights, taillights, bumpers, grille, interior and exterior trim. The international version of Skoda Rapid was launched at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and sold in Europe, China, and Russia.

Citigo

Skoda Citigo cars are rebadged versions of the Volkswagen Up, with redesigned rear and front parts. They were produced in tandem with the SEAT Mii, and while the model of the SEAT features five doors, the Citigo variety has three doors.

Summary of Skoda Models

The table below shows the Skoda models, including their respective model years. Buyers can find these models on eBay, when searching for a used Skoda.

Model of Skoda

Model Years

Octavia

1996 to 2010 (first generation)

2004 to present (second generation, "Laura")

February 2013 to present (third generation)

Fabia

1999 to 2007 (first generation)

2007 to present (second generation)

Superb

2001 to present (first generation)

2008 to present (second generation)

Roomster

2006 to present

Praktik (under Roomster)

2007 to present

Yeti

2006 to present

Rapid

2011 to present

Citigo

2011 to present

The table above is a quick reference for buyers that wish to know the different types of Skoda that are available on eBay. Other Skoda models on the site include the Monte Carlo, Golf, and SLX.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Skoda on eBay

A range of Skodas are available on eBay. Buyers can choose the body, fuel, and transmission type. They should also decide whether to buy a used car, and if so, the range of mileage that is acceptable.

Body Types for a Skoda

There are several Skoda body types available on eBay. The most common are four-door saloons. Buyers can also find five-door estates and sports types. Skoda Octavia is also known as a taxi car and you can find that type listed on eBay.

Fuel Type for a Skoda

When it comes to fuel type, buyers can search for either diesel or petrol-powered Skoda cars. Diesel provides excellent torque, but is a relatively expensive option in the UK. Many car owners prefer petrol because it is more cost effective that diesel. Buyers can also find Skodas that run on a combination of petrol and LPG.

Transmission Types for a Skoda

There are options for transmission types for Skodas available on eBay. Buyers can choose the widely available manual transmission, a semi-automatic, or an automatic type.

Used Skodas

Buying a used Skoda has a number of benefits. The first, and the most obvious, is the low price. Buying a used Skoda also provides the benefit of not having to suffer too much from the depreciation of the car. The value of a new car depreciates typically by around 30 percent within the first two years of use.

Vehicle Mileage

If purchasing a used Skoda, buyers can also choose the vehicle mileage. Used Skodas for sale on eBay can have fewer than 10,000 miles on the clock. Buyers can also find used Skoda cars that have been driven for more than 10,000 miles. As a rule of thumb, a car should not have more than 15,000 miles of use per year, so if a car is four years old, buyers should not accept it if its mileage is beyond 60,000 miles. Buyers are advised to check the mileage of the car using a vehicle history report to get a good idea of the actual mileage. The odometer alone cannot be relied upon to provide the accurate mileage as unscrupulous sellers may have adjusted it to create a more desirable car.

Buying a Skoda on eBay

There are many Skodas to choose from on eBay, so whether you are looking for a saloon or a hatchback, you can find it on the site. To begin your search, simply type in the keywords into the search field of the site, such as "Skoda". There are category and filter options that allow you to narrow down your search to a specific car. Skoda is a popular brand, so there is a possibility that you can find a seller that is nearby, making it easy and convenient for you to test drive the vehicle.

One of the benefits of buying a used car on eBay is that many, if not all, sellers offer an inclusive package price. You may find used Skodas on eBay that are complete with a multimedia player, child seat anchor points, and heated door mirrors. Always read the item description for the Skoda thoroughly before you make the final purchase, and if you have any concerns do not hesitate to contact the seller through eBay.

Conclusion

Skoda is one of the oldest car manufacturing companies in the world, and since being acquired by the Volkswagen Group it has become even more prominent. There is a wide range of Skodas on the market, including saloons, estates, and SUV types. Popular models are the Octavia, Fabia, Superb, Roomster, Yeti, Rapid, and Citigo. When searching for a Skoda on eBay buyers that are not familiar with the cars offered should search first by model, and model year.

The next step is to determine the preferred body, fuel, and transmission type. It is most likely that buyers find used Skodas on eBay, which is great news for those that are looking for affordable European cars. However, new cars are also available. When searching for a used Skoda it is important to check the mileage using both the declared number of the seller and a vehicle history report. eBay has created user-friendly category and filter options to make searching for a Skoda a convenient process.

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