Selling a vehicle
Creating an effective Motors listing is much like creating any other listing on eBay. Before you create one though, you'll need to gather important information about your vehicle such as year, make, model and mileage.
The VIN is usually located on the dashboard and is viewable through the windshield. The VIN is also often located on the door or engine and in your vehicle registration and title documents.
Adding a vehicle history report to your listing
It's a good idea to include a vehicle history report in your listing. Listings with vehicle history reports from HPI Check® - opens in new window or tab get a boost in search results.
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 these Motors categories: Cars & Trucks, Motorcycles, Other Vehicles, 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.
|Change||What's allowed||What happens|
|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.
However, if you lower the reserve or Buy It Now price below the high bidder's maximum bid, the high bidder's maximum bid is lowered to £1.00 below the new reserve price. Your new reserve price is emailed to the high bidder. This allows the high bidder to confirm that they are still interested in the item.
If you lower the Buy It Now price below the reserve price, the reserve price is lowered to the same amount as the new Buy It Now price.
|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.
This option only applies to reserve price listings that have not met the reserve price. You won't be able to add a Buy It Now price if you list your vehicle locally. Vehicles listed locally only accept Best Offers.
|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 remove the reserve price at any time during a listing.||
If you decide to remove the reserve, the reserve price is first lowered to £1.00 above the current high bid. This new reserve price is sent to the high bidder by email. This is done to confirm that the high bidder is still interested in the item.
The next bid that is placed will meet the reserve, and will remove the reserve price. All bidders are notified by email that the reserve has been removed.
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 (grey 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 cancel a listing), for example, if you had posted your vehicle in a local newspaper, and someone bought it.
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. For example, if you discover a major problem with a vehicle you've listed.
You can also choose to end a listing early 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.
|Timing||Number of bids||Can the listing be ended early?|
|12 or more hours left in the listing||No bids||Yes|
|1 or more bids and you want to sell to the highest bidder||Yes - The successful listing fee will apply|
|1 or more bids and you want to cancel the bids||Yes|
|Fewer than 12 hours left in the listing||No bids, including cancelled bids||Yes|
|No bids, because you've cancelled them||No|
|1 or more bids||Yes, but you must sell the item to the highest bidder. The successful listing fee will apply|
|1 or more bids, but the item's reserve price wasn't met||No|
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 choose End My Listing.
Your listing will end and will no longer be active on eBay. If you're cancelling an auction-style listing with bids, bidders who didn't win will receive an email explaining that their bid was cancelled 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 postcode, 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 have 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 cancelled.
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. Or 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
- 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. This is considered to be a violation of our reserve price policy. 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. These can include seller licencing rules, title requirements, emissions standards, and registration policies.
Visit our Seller Centre - opens in new window or tab for more on 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 1,000 or 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.
Learn more about parts compatibility listings - opens in new window or tab.
Selling second hand parts
If you are an eBay business seller, you can display your environmental permit numbers in your listing, so buyers know you are complying with the Environmental Permitting Regulations for storing and dismantling end of life vehicles.
How to enter permit information in your Business Seller Information on your listing
- In your Site Preferences, scroll down to Business Seller Information and select Show.
- Select Edit beside Display Business Seller Information on listing.
- Under Additional legally required contact information, you can enter your permit information. The Vehicle Recyclers' Association recommends that business sellers display all 3 registration numbers for:
- Environment Agency Environmental Permit
- Environment Agency Waste Carriers Licence (if you collect/deliver ELVs/breakers)
- Local Authority Scrap Metal Dealer Site registration number
- Once finished, select Save.
For more information, visit the Vehicle Recyclers' Association website at https://www.vrauk.org/
Listing in the Motorcycle Parts categories with parts compatibility
When listing in the Motorcycle Parts categories, it’s important to include what models the parts are compatible with. First of all, you may need to check the master motorcycle list.
What is the master motorcycle list (MML)?
The master motorcycle list (MML) is an up-to-date list of motorcycle models that allows a seller to show a list of all the motorcycles that a part or accessory is compatible with in a single listing.
Using the MML helps save time and money by reducing the number of listings a seller needs to manage, plus it helps buyers to find compatible parts for their motorcycle quickly and easily.
If you list within the motorcycle parts categories, use the MML so that buyers can refine their search by model to find your listing.
You should use the MML when listing in the following Vehicle Parts & Accessories subcategories:
- Motorcycle Parts (10063)
- Wheels, Tyres & Tubes (35578) - only if your listing is relevant to Street Motorcycles
How to list using the master motorcycle list
- To create a listing, select Sell at the top of most eBay pages.
- Enter a description of the item for sale, for example "brake disc”, and then select Start selling. Select the matching category for your item. Alternatively, you can manually find the correct category by selecting Browse categories.
- Where possible, use eBay’s recommended values for all item specifics. To make sure buyers can find your item more easily, make sure you include all relevant part numbers.
- Select Add after entering each value.
- Note: When entering values under To Fit Model, make sure that the Model values entered here exactly match those in the MML.
- Complete the rest of the details about your item as usual to complete the listing.
Download master motorcycle list
You’ll need to accept a User Agreement in order to download the MML.
Download master motorcycle list.
How to write an effective title and item description
Item title: Make sure you include search keywords, such as the manufacturer, type of part and OEM/OES reference number in your title. You don't need to repeat information that is already specified in the MML.
Item description: If you've used the MML to create your listing, all relevant search information will automatically be included in your listing. You don't need to repeat this in the item description, but you may want to include additional information about your item here.
Item specifics: Make sure you select item specifics for your item carefully as buyers often search for products using these filters.
To make the most of your selling experience, check out these additional resources:
- eBay Garage Community - opens in new window or tab: Explore and research vehicles, find parts, chat with fellow enthusiasts, and share photos
- eBay Motors Blog - opens in new window or tab: Read the official blog of eBay Motors