The Complete Guide to Buying a Vauxhall Vectra on eBay

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The Complete Guide to Buying a Vauxhall Vectra on eBay

The Vauxhall Vectra is an Opel car model produced during a 21-year period between 1988 and 2009. The car was sold under a variety of different names, such as Holden Vectra in Australia and Chevrolet Vectra in South America. In the UK, this model was sold mostly as the Vauxhall Vectra, although some cars available on eBay may be simply labelled 'Vectra' instead of the full name. The Vectra was sold as a domestic car but some models of it were actually used in touring races. The car was sold as a standard auto and as a caravan, both of which are available on eBay most of the time.

Since Vauxhall Vectra is no longer in production, buyers interested in purchasing this model must find a used version of the Vectra, and eBay is usually a great place to find a used car. From there, choosing everything including age, condition, price, and personal preference items such as colour can help buyers to make a decision. The tips listed below are meant to help buyers with everything they need to know about finding and purchasing a Vauxhall Vectra on eBay.

Vauxhall Vectra Models

There were three basic makes of the Vauxhall Vectra, each produced in a different year. While most buyers probably want the newest model, the Vectra C, the older the car, the cheaper it is likely to be. Buyers can look into each of the Vectra models to see which suits their needs based on engine, performance, and capabilities. The following list includes the three basic makes of the Vectra including year dates, which can be used to recognise them on eBay.

Vauxhall Vectra Body Style

Vauxhall Vectra Doors


Standard four-door auto


Five-door auto with four seats


Five-door sedan

The Saloon model is usually considered to be the standard auto make and model, while the Hatchback is the same model except with a door to replace the boot. The Estate is a five-door sedan and is slightly longer and heavier than the other models, usually considered more appropriate for families because it is easier to store large items such as carriages and groceries in the boot. All three of these models of the Vauxhall Vectra are available on eBay most of the time.

Vectra A, 1988 to 1995

The original Vauxhall Vectra was produced from 1988 to 1995 as a standard auto and a hatchback. The original models of the vehicle featured a 1.4 litre or a 4 litre engine, neither of which are compliant with today's emissions regulations. In 1993, the car was updated to a 2.0 litre engine, which complied with the new regulations. The Vectra A could also be purchased as a diesel engine, which was well known for its longevity, and definitely a good idea for anyone who does not mind a diesel car. There were some 21 different engines used in the Vectra during this period, so it may be difficult to tell the difference between one and the other.

Vectra B, 1995 to 2002

The Vectra B was produced from 1995 till 2002 and replaced the 8 valve engine with a 16 valve engine. It was this model that was used to develop race car models, although the Vectra B should most likely not be purchased for racing purposes. The car was released with a gasoline and diesel engine, as well as a top of the line V6 engine model. The Vectra B was released multiple times in limited edition models including the 2.6 GSI of which there were only 500 models made. Other limited editions include the GSI, Super Touring, and i500.

Vectra C, 2002 to 2009

The Vectra C was produced from 2002 to 2009 and was sold as an auto, a four-door sedan, and a hatchback. The base model included a 1.8 litre engine while the turbocharged featured a 2.1 litre engine and the diesel model a 3.2 litre engine. While none of the models were quite as powerful as the Vectra B, they were more designed towards family use and did have better handling than previous models. The C was the least popular of the Vectra line, and production was ceased in 2009.

Vauxhall Vectra Engine

The first thing to do when purchasing a Vauxhall Vectra on eBay is to check the engine. Look at the year of release and then read the full description to see what sort of condition the engine is in. Typically, sellers list engines with the number of kilometres on the engine, the horsepower or kW rating, and any damage that has happened to the engine. In general, if the car is listed as 'refurbished', then the engine has been majorly repaired at some point. Usually, it is a good idea to check the power of the engine, the number of litres, and the number of kilometres on the engine before purchasing it.

Vauxhall Vectra Condition

The condition of the car should play a very large role in the purchase of the car, unless it is priced very low. Buyers should pay attention to the condition of both the interior and exterior of the car as any rust spots, dents, or damage must typically be fixed before the auto is used on the road. Try looking at photos to see any damage on the car, and remember to read the description. It is very easy to send the seller a message to ask about the condition of the car, or about any photos, or even to ask for more photos. A car is a big purchase and it is always a good idea to spend more time going over the details. If the car is priced very affordably, it may be fine to purchase one that is in bad condition and pay to have it repaired.

Location of the eBay Seller

The location of the seller should also be an important consideration. Typically, the further away the seller is, the more it costs to pick up the car. Most people should look for a local seller as picking up a car requires either bringing along another driver or renting a trailer and vehicle that is powerful enough to tow a car. In either case, it may be costly and inconvenient to pick up a car that is located more than two miles away, so most buyers should consider searching eBay for local sellers. It is possible to purchase from anywhere, as long as travel and pick-up issues are not a problem.

Payment Considerations

Buyers who are interested in buying a Vauxhall Vectra on eBay, especially lower priced cars, should ensure that they have the funds to make the purchase as many sellers might require full payment within three to seven days of the purchase. Anyone who does not have the money might be able to consider taking out a quick loan in order to pay for the car, as most vehicles, including the Vauxhall Vectra, tend to retail for very good prices on eBay and there may be other buyers interested in the same item.

Buying a Vauxhall Vectra on eBay

After reading the tips listed above, you can go on eBay and begin your search for your new vehicle. Vauxhall Vectra cars on eBay typically sell at affordable rates although these do sometimes vary depending on the make, model, and condition of the vehicle. Most buyers can simply search for either a Vauxhall Vectra and browse through the results or search by year and then choose one of the listings.

Important considerations include checking the amount of time allowable until full payment, the exact location of the vehicle, and of course its condition. The older the vehicle, the less valuable it is, so this should be taken into consideration. Finally, remember that if you have any questions about the car, you should contact the seller before buying the vehicle. Once you know everything about the vehicle, you can purchase it and then go to pick up your Vauxhall Vectra.


The Vauxhall Vectra is a great used car, and is usually very easy to purchase on eBay. The car is perfect as a family car, but can also be used as a student car for anyone who is not quite ready for a new one. Buyers on eBay can search for a specific year, model, or engine. The Vauxhall Vectra was produced in a range of models including with a gasoline and diesel engine, so both options are choices for buyers when of course these are both available on eBay.

Important considerations when purchasing a Vauxhall Vectra on eBay include whether or not the seller is located nearby, as well as the condition of the car. Both interior and exterior damage do devalue the car so anyone who is purchasing a used car should take this into account. Finally, it is a very good idea to check and compare multiple models on eBay before making a purchase.

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