How to Buy a Vehicle
Table of Contents

Step 1: Find Vehicles

Step 2: Research

Step 3: Bid or Buy

Step 4: Complete Your Purchase

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Bid or Buy: Bid

Most eBay Motors vehicle listings are in an auction-style format where items sell to the highest bidder. To bid on a vehicle, click the Place Bid button (or Buy It Now or Make Offer button, depending on the listing) on the vehicle listing page and enter the maximum amount that you want to spend.

Here's How Bidding on eBay Works:

  1. When you place a bid, enter the maximum amount you'd be willing to pay for the vehicle. Your maximum amount is kept confidential from other bidders and the seller.
  2. The eBay Motors system compares your bid to those of the other bidders.
  3. The system places bids on your behalf, using only as much of your bid as is necessary to maintain your high bid position (or to meet the reserve price). The system will bid up to your maximum amount.
  4. If another bidder has a higher maximum, you'll be outbid. BUT, if no other bidder has a higher maximum, you win. And you could pay significantly less than your maximum price! This means you don't have to keep coming back to rebid every time another bid is placed.
If another bidder outbids you before the listing ends, eBay will send you a notification email. Learn more about placing a bid.
Note: When you place a bid, you are entering into a contract with your seller. Make sure that you want the item before you bid or buy.

Reserve Price Auctions

Some auctions have a reserve price - a hidden minimum price. A reserve price is the minimum price a seller is willing to accept for the vehicle. As a buyer, you are not shown the reserve price, only whether or not the reserve has been met.
When you're bidding in a Reserve Price Auction, bid as usual by entering the maximum amount that you're willing to pay. Watch the label next to the current price to see whether the reserve price has been met. Until you see that the reserve price has been met, there will be no successful bids in the auction. Once the reserve has been met, the vehicle will sell to the highest bidder when the auction closes.

Confirm Your Intent to Purchase

Sellers may choose to email potential buyers to verify their intent to purchase a vehicle. It is important that you follow up with the seller, because he may legitimately cancel your bid if he does not receive a reply within a specified period of time.
Many buyers follow up with the seller using the "Ask the seller a question" link or by phone.