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How to Buy a Vehicle
Table of Contents
Overview

Step 1: Find Vehicles

Step 2: Research

Step 3: Bid or Buy

Step 4: Complete Your Purchase

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Complete Your Purchase: Pay the Seller

Once you have been notified that you are the winning bidder, follow the seller's instructions regarding accepted payment methods as they were described in the Seller’s Description. It’s always best to communicate with the seller regarding payment.
 
The seller’s payment instructions may include some type of deposit, followed by the balance payoff amount.
 
Using safe payment methods for vehicles protect both the buyer and the seller. Some of the safe methods include:
  • Loan – The lending institution provides secure funds transfer and the convenience of handling title paperwork for both you and the seller. The Financing Center can help you get a vehicle loan.
  • PayPal – You can pay a seller with a Business or Premiere account for amounts greater than $2,000.
 
Note: Never use instant money transfer services, like Western Union or Moneygram, to pay for a vehicle.

Deposit

It is common practice for sellers to require a deposit within 72 hours after the end of a successful sale. The Seller’s Description on the vehicle listing should contain any relevant deposit information and instructions. If this information is not available, contact the seller directly.

Balance Payoff Amount

Refer to the vehicle listing to learn how and when the seller would like you to send the balance payoff amount. If this information is not available, contact the seller directly. If you will be picking up the vehicle directly from the seller, you may be required to bring a check to pay off the balance.
 
Note: Never use instant money transfer services, like Western Union or Moneygram, to pay for a vehicle.

Financing

You can get matched to a financing company to help secure a loan to pay for your vehicle right on eBay Motors. Be sure to do this before you buy a vehicle since the approval process is not instant. Find out more in the Financing Center.