eBayMotors.com is an automotive website for the purchase of new, used and certified preowned vehicles and parts owned by ecommerce company eBay, Inc. in San Jose, California. The company started in 1995 as an online auction website for collectors. It has since expanded its features to allow straight retail purchasing without need for the auction. In 1999, eBay business development specialist Simon Rothman was seeking a die-cast model of the Ferrari sports car. Accidently, he stumbled onto the real thing. After a review on categorizing vehicles together, ebaymotors.com was born. The company started offering financing in 2003. Within 4 years of its inception, it had sold one million cars. To celebrate, eBay Motors refunded the purchase price to the new owner of a Honda Odyssey as a gift.
- Great deals on cars and parts
- Mobile app available
- Vehicle protection program
Adventure and the opportunity to get a great deal on new and used cars and parts are the biggest appeal to eBaymotors.com. Sellers can simply create an account and list their vehicle to be seen by millions of users each day. You do not need an account to purchase a new or used vehicle. The mobile app has a section where you can find out if a specific part or accessory is compatible with your make and model vehicle. Sellers are easy to connect with so you can get more information on the vehicle that interests you and ask questions.
eBay Motors provides a number of service to buyers. Their vehicle protection program will pay up to $50,000 in fraud protection free of charge for transactions that are eligible. You can check a vehicle's past through AutoCheck and arrange an inspection from Inspect My Ride. You can use PayPal to put down a deposit and get shipping quotes to transport your new purchase.
- Restrictions on the protection program
- Fees for listing
Be careful while searching for a new or used vehicle. eBay Motors lists automobiles by sellers who have created accounts on the website. These sellers may not be reputable and consumers have complained about fallen victim to scam artists. You may or may not be protected by the vehicle protection program offered by eBay to protect you from fraud depending on the circumstances. The protection program will not shield you from wear and tear after your purchase, overpayment of a car's value, disclosures you may miss, or misunderstandings concerning features and qualities of a purchased vehicle. Be vigilant when contemplating a vehicle purchase.
If you are looking to sell a car, there is an extensive listing of fees that are dependent on the options you choose. These can add up pretty quickly if you are not careful. You can sell your car free on eBay, but your options are incredibly limited compared to other websites. Plus, listing fees are free only if you are a high-volume seller. Typical fees for low-volume sellers range between $60-$125.
The Bottom Line
While eBayMotors.com offers vehicle protection service programs to new and used car buyers, it does not appear to be a trusted or secure website. Proceed with caution and research thoroughly before making any purchase. Make sure sellers are verified and read car descriptions and a seller's past history information on eBaymotors.com carefully.