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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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Research: Learn about the Vehicle

There’s a lot to learn about a vehicle to make sure it’s right for you. We offer the tools and features to help you learn as much as possible about the vehicle – from price research to pictures to reviews.

Seller’s Description

The Seller’s Description includes a detailed description of the vehicle in the seller’s own words. Read it carefully and pay attention to details about the vehicle’s condition, terms of sale, payment details, and more. The seller may offer shipping and financing options and those will be described here.
 
There should also be pictures – we recommend to the seller to post photos of the interior, exterior, and any damage. Review the pictures and pay particular attention to any that highlight damage.


Vehicle History Report

An important part of researching any used car or truck is getting a vehicle history report. If the seller hasn’t provided a vehicle history report (it will be provided in the seller’s description if one has been already been purchased), click the History Report tab on the vehicle listing page to learn how to get your own vehicle history report (available on cars and trucks 1981 and newer).
 
A vehicle history report offers a look into the vehicle’s history and any title brands (like “flooded” or “salvaged”). It can also tell you if the vehicle has a clean history! Learn more about vehicle history reports.
 
Vehicle history report tips:
  • On the History Report tab, you’ll see an option to buy a single report or a 10-pack of reports. The 10-pack will allow you to purchase a single report on 10 different vehicles – a great choice if you just started looking for a vehicle. Each time you sign in to eBay Motors, there will be a link on the History Report tab that will allow you to redeem any remaining reports you have from your purchase.
  • The Vehicle Record Summary on the History Report tab outlines any activity “record” on the vehicle’s history report. Records can include mundane activities like title transfers, as well as more significant activities like accidents. When you purchase a report, you’ll be able to see the detail of each record so you can make an informed assessment of the vehicle’s history. Be sure to ask the Seller a question if you have any concerns regarding the vehicle history.

Price Research

Make sure you know what the vehicle you’re interested in is worth. You can find thorough price research without leaving eBay Motors. When researching a vehicle, use the Price Research tab to get detailed pricing information, based on past eBay sales, current eBay listing prices, and industry leading price research data.

Review Ratings, Reviews & Guides

See how other eBay members like the vehicle you’re interested in by checking out ratings, reviews, and guides. At the top of most search results, you’ll find the average rating that other eBay Motors members have given that vehicle. To see all reviews about a vehicle, click on the Reviews link, or look for the Reviews & Guides tab.


Specs & Photos

eBay Motors offers in-depth specifications and photos to help you research your next vehicle. Stock photos offer both interior and exterior views for shoppers to reference while researching, while the specifications cover in-depth details about the vehicle.
 
Note: Stock photos and specs are available for most late-model cars (20 years old or newer).

Compare Vehicles

Look for the Compare Vehicle link at the top of vehicle search results pages. On the vehicle comparison page you can add additional vehicles to compare side by side to help you decide between several different makes and/or models.Look for the Compare Vehicle link at the top of vehicle search results pages. On the vehicle comparison page you can add additional vehicles to compare side by side to help you decide between several different makes and/or models.
 
When you check out vehicle listings, you’ll also find a selection of additional makes and models that other shoppers considered while exploring your researched vehicle. You’ll learn what other vehicles users considered comparable.