eBay Motors
Welcome to the new eBay Motors
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
Since February, we have been previewing the new eBay Motors, which includes research tools, pricing information, an easier way to find local vehicles, and a whole new way to search.

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we've received about the new eBay Motors. We will continue to update this based on your feedback and when additional changes are made to the site.

Why can't I switch back to the old version of eBay Motors?

What new features does eBay Motors have?

How can I search for vehicles and other items like I used to on the old eBay Motors site?

Where are the category links and theme pages?

How do I search for a specific vehicle, part, or accessory?

How can I change my search options?

How can I find out what vehicles have sold for on eBay Motors?

How do I search for vehicles and parts in my area?

How can I narrow my search by price, condition, listing format and other advanced options?

How can I sort my search results?

Where can I find Advanced Search?

How do I search both the title and description?

How do I save my searches?

Why don't some of my saved Favorite Searches work?

What is Best Offer and how do I use it?

What do I do if I run across a problem that isn't covered here?

How can I search for multiple makes and models?

Why can't I switch back to the old version of eBay Motors?
The option to return to the old version of eBay Motors was removed after the site was retired in 2009.


What new features does eBay Motors have?

In addition to improved search functionality, eBay Motors offers new research and pricing tools as well as buyer services to help you find a vehicle, learn about it, and purchase it. Click the Price Research tab to get pricing information based on recent eBay Motors sales as well as third-party used car pricing. Learn more about a vehicle with specs, photos, ratings, reviews, and side-by-side vehicle comparison.

The new eBay Motors also offers services to help make buying a vehicle even easier. Check out the tabs on car and truck listing pages to access vehicle history reports, financing and shipping options. Use the Buyer Checklist, available on all vehicle listing pages, to help guide you step-by-step through the buying process.


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How can I search for vehicles and other items like I used to on the old eBay Motors site?
Combining search operators with your keywords will allow you to refine your search and get more precise results, giving you a search experience that's very similar to the one that was available on the old eBay Motors. Search operators are symbols, such as parenthesis and minus signs, that help you include, exclude, group and sort the terms you enter as keywords.

Here's how search operators work:
  • Find a specific vehicle model's parts for multiple years by entering the model name as your keyword followed by all applicable years in parenthesis. For example, to search for Mustang parts between 1965-69, you would enter "mustang (1965,65,1966,66,1967,67,1968,68,1969,69)" in the search box.
  • Exclude a keyword from search results by entering a "-" symbol in front of the term you want to filter out. For example, to search for all Honda Accord rims that are not chrome, you would enter "honda accord rim -chrome" in the search box.

For more information and a complete list of eBay's search operators, please visit our search operators overview.

Where are the category links and theme pages?
The home page of the original eBay Motors includes a list of the top categories for each section of the site, and a list of popular theme pages. To make these handy links more accessible, they have been moved to the header, where you can now use them from anywhere on eBay Motors. Just hover over the section you're interested in, and the list of top categories and theme pages will appear.



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How do I search for a specific vehicle, part, or accessory?

If your search is relatively simple (such as a certain make, model, and year of a vehicle or a specific part), you can just enter the appropriate keywords in the search field on the home page. For example, if you're looking for a 2006 Honda Civic, use that as your search and click on "Cars & Trucks" to see the matching vehicles.

If your search is more specific (such as condition, mileage, color, and more), click the search option links on the left to refine your search. For example, if you're looking for a 2006 Honda Civic with less than 50,000 miles, click the "Less than 50,000 miles" link under "Mileage".


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How can I change my search options?

When searching for vehicles or parts and accessories, click the links that appear to the left of the search results in the "Refine search" to help clarify your search. The options you have chosen will then appear at the top of the page and your search results will be updated to reflect the change.

Click the "Choose more..." link if you want to add several search options at once. The "Choose more" menu will appear and you can select multiple search options at once. Be careful not to be too specific, or you could end up without any matching search results.

To remove search options, click the option where it appears in the "Refine search" box and your search results will be updated to reflect the change.


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How can I find out what vehicles have sold for on eBay Motors?

Click the Price Research tab on any vehicle's make/model product page, or the Research link next to the page title of a vehicle listing to find price research information for that vehicle, which includes a summary of recently sold vehicles, vehicles that are currently for sale, and third-party price research information.

Or, from any search page, click the "See Completed Listings" link to see the matching listings that have recently ended.


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How do I search for vehicles and parts in my area?

  • You can select the range of your search by entering the amount of miles you wish to search within and your zip code in the "Distance" box appearing underneath "Preferences" to the left of your search results. In addition, you can click the "Choose more" links and fill in your choices in the Distance section of the Preferences menu. This will narrow the search results to show listings near you.



  • If you want to see all nationwide listings sorted by distance, select the "Distance: nearest first" option from "Sort by" drop-down menu. If we don't already have your ZIP Code, you'll be asked to enter it.


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How can I narrow my search by price, condition, listing format and other advanced filters?

Click the "More choices" or "See all" links to get to the More Choices menu. Select the filter you would like to apply from the list on the left. Price, condition, seller and "for sale by" each have their own link. Or click on Buying Options to see listing format, description search, completed search, PayPal, free shipping and more advanced filters.



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How can I sort my search results?

At the top-right of search results is a "Sort by" drop-down menu. Use this menu to sort your search results by Time (when the listing is ending), Price, Distance (listings closest to your ZIP Code will appear first), Year, or Mileage.


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Where can I find Advanced Search?

Click the "Advanced Search" link next to the Search button in the eBay Motors header.



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How do I search both the title and description?

In addition to searching listing titles, the new eBay Motors also searches the category in which the vehicle or part has been listed and the item specifics that the seller provides. To expand your search to include the full seller's description as well, you can select the "Include title and description" checkbox that appears underneath the search box.



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How do I save my searches?

Click the "Save Vehicle" button on a vehicle's product page to save your search. On all other search pages, click the "Add to Favorite Searches" link above the search results.





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Why don't some of my saved Favorite Searches work?

Because of a difference in search options between the new eBay Motors and the original eBay Motors, some of your saved Favorite Searches may not work. We are working on converting the old saved searches to the new format so they will work.

In the meantime, you can resave your searches by clicking the "Save Vehicle" button on a vehicle's product page or clicking the "Add to Favorite Searches" link on any search results page.

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What is Best Offer and how do I use it?

Best offer is a listing format that allows buyers and sellers to negotiate a price for a vehicle. The seller can accept, decline, or counteroffer a Best Offer. Unlike an auction, where the highest bid is guaranteed to win, with Best Offer it's up to the seller whether or not an offer will be accepted. When an offer is accepted by a seller, the listing ends and the buyer is obligated to pay.

If you see the Make Offer button in the listing, the seller has decided to consider Best Offers. Buyers can submit multiple offers, but we recommend that buyers only submit serious and realistic offers for vehicles.


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What do I do if I run across a problem that isn't covered here?

You can use the new eBay Motors feedback survey to report any problems you might find with the new eBay Motors search, or to send us any other feedback or suggestions.
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How can I search for multiple makes and models?

The new eBay Motors allows you to search for multiple makes and models through the use of keywords in the search box. To search for more than one vehicle make, enter the makes, separated by commas, within parenthesis. For example, a search for Fords and/or Toyotas would be entered as "(Ford, Toyota)."



You can search for multiple models in a similar manner by placing the models in parenthesis following the vehicle make. For example, a search for Honda Civics and/or Accords would be entered as "Honda (Civic, Accord)."



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