eBay continues to be the premier website for people around the world to go to buy and sell virtually anything imaginable. Over the years they have expand their auction tentacles to include eBay Motors, a place where you can actually buy a car.
This raises the question, Why would you want to buy a car from eBay Motors when there are both local and alternative options that may actually be easier and more convenient? Before dismissing the eBay alternative, continue reading and discover why you should consider it as a viable alternative.
One of the first and greatest concerns that enter a potential buyer’s mind is security. In many cases you will be buying the car primarily from the photos and information provided to you by the seller. However, eBay Motors has a rating system that is used for buyers to check out and get all the information needed before moving forward on a transaction. Take the time to read all the reviews of the seller, identifying any potential problems. If you are not sure, move on to another seller. Think of the website as a car sales lot as wide as the Earth is round.
Once you are comfortable with your seller selection, take the information of the car and perform an AutoCheck on it. Similar to the well-known CarFax service, AutoCheck has a database that contains the history of the car including any accidents that have been reported and insurance claims have been paid out. The data is organized by state and type of title.
These first two steps will give you a good idea of whether or not you want to proceed. But the third step is the most critical one, as you will make your final decision based on this final step. Collaborate with the seller to have the car checked out by a qualified mechanic in the seller’s area. If they object, then definitely move on as the seller is more than likely to have something to hide. Both buyer and seller need to agree on the mechanic or business that will be performing the checkup.
So what is it that makes eBay Motors equal to or better than the alternatives?
1. No high pressure tactics or subtle influences.
The very fact that you are using eBay Motors gives you a built-in pause until you finally decide to buy the car. It may take several days just to get through the first two steps giving you breathing room to make a final decision.
2. You will have contact with the seller for a number of days, not hours.
The two points where you will make the most personal contact are the initial negotiation and the final checkup by the mechanic. This will likely take place over several days – and it should. You will have the opportunity to get to know the seller and step back to think about things if you get nervous. Buying a car in person does not afford this option as much.
3. Vehicle Purchase Protection
This is a service provided by eBay that will allow you to get your money back in the event the car you bought isn’t everything as it was advertised to be. Before sending any money or agreeing to anything, be sure to carefully read the conditions of the Vehicle Purchase Protection plan and also be sure you understand them. As they say, the devil is in the details. The advantage of choosing eBay Motors that has been repeated over and over here is that there is no rush – you can take your time. If you have ever felt pressured to make a decision about buying a new or used car, you understand exactly what is being said here.
4. You are haggling with other buyers, not just the owner or dealer.
There are options such as Buy It Now and Make An Offer, but if you really want to know if the make and model of car you are buying is in high demand jump into the Auction. Even if you are outbid, you will have a better idea of what the actual value of the car is worth when you jump back in to another auction.
With all that has been said here, choosing eBay Motors is not as risky as many people make it out to be. It may be the better way for first time car buyers to get their feet wet and learning about haggling, how to check out a car, and the amount of time it takes to know exactly what you are getting. The Vehicle Purchase Protection even allows you to make a mistake without taking a financial hit. eBay Motors can be your best choice in searching for you next car.