Updated Dec 22, 2013

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eBay Motors is the premier marketplace for all things automotive, offering auto enthusiasts everything from cars and trucks to collector cars, exotic vehicles, motorcycles, and auto parts and accessories. More than 4.55 million vehicles have been sold on eBay Motors to date.

Auto enthusiasts are also using the eBay Motors iPhone app to access the eBay Motors experience from the palm of their hand, anytime, anywhere. More than 340,000 auto parts and accessories are sold through eBay mobile apps each week.

eBay Motors is consistently ranked the No. 1 automotive site on the Web by Nielsen//NetRatings.

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fraud alert

There are some very bad people out there that will prey upon the uniformed. We have a page with information and links to other sources as to how you can recognize potential scams and protect yourself.

Go to the eBay Motors Security Center page if suspect fraud or to learn how to recognize the signs of an online scam: eBay Motors Security Center

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  1. Jay says:

    I have inquired about two separate auto sales and received the verbatim response, that the car is in storage in s.c., the sale a result of divorce. Is this legitimate?

  2. Julie Rau says:

    Jay, I have a very similar thing gong on now. Did you actually purchase the vehicle? Did you receive it as promised? The person I have heard from said they were in the service and going overseas next week and had to sell it before they left for Afganistan. I have not made any commitment to buy because I am very werrie of buying it site unseen. Thanks for your time, Julie

  3. eBay Motors says:

    Julie and Jay,

    If you cannot bid with confidence on a particular listing, contact us. We may be able to delve a little further.

    Email us at askebaymotors@ebay.com

    • Hello Jay and Mark says:

      I wrote to ask ebaymotors and someone wrote back with not very good English and when I tried again it would not go through any longer…Damn I was so hoping lol…

  4. Mark says:

    Hey, I saw a car for sale and the lady said she wants to use ebay vehicle protection program. But she said to send a money gram to ebay finance center first then they will hold money til I receive the car. The agent’s name if kimberly Ann Russell 154W 20th ST, Holland Michigan 49423. I feel this is no good. Can anyone let me know if she is really an agent and if this is a good transaction.. Thanks for the help..

    • Derek Mau says:


      Your best course of action is to email “askebay@ebay.com” and include all the information you mentioned plus the item number of the eBay listing. Someone will assist you.

    • Hello Jay and Mark says:

      I have a person trying to sell me a car from craigslist to ebay. They are being deployed soon and need to get the cash sooner than later. You can not go from one platform to another (meaning CL to ebay)and want to use their VProPlan. Only if it is purchased through ebay and says “WON” on your account if it was an auctioned car can you use their VPP. This car had all its papers and the extra keys and everything else that goes with it. So I opted out. Better safe than sorry. I mentioned using PP over a money pak and never heard back…

  5. Marilyn says:

    Hey there! I’ve been following your web site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic job!

  6. Galen Davis says:

    We are thinking about purchasing a camper that we seen on craigslist. The lady said she was divorced and said she was using ebay motors to ship the camper and for payment. Is this a service that your company provides

  7. Lenin says:

    Im in contact with a lady who says sell her car, but car is storage at the ebay Motors warehouse number 31. does anyone know if such a place exists?

  8. Derek Mau says:

    If you suspect fraud or possible scam, try one of the following resources:

    1. Spoof@eBay.com – They can contact the webhosting service and shut down any emails/urls related to fraudulent emails.

    2. EU GAP – Can contact Polish Bank and notify the bank of the fraud funds being sent to a bogus account (potentially shutting down the account, or identifying a suspect)

    3. e-crime investigations group, eBay has an on-going investigation on Spoof/off-site motors fraud, so they may be able to gather some additional insight or value if you present evidence of a possible scam.

  9. Angela says:

    Hi, I was looking for a used vehicle on craiglist and found something of interest. Only thing is the vehicle is located in Utah (so the seller says), seller says that they will have the vehicle shipped to me and to use ebay motors as the 3rd party to accept payment. My question? Is this a familiar process to you, or is this a scam. Very good price on the vehicle but it was listed under the san Francisco bay area and the vehicle is actually in Utah.

    Please respond as quickly as possible. I have never heard of anything like this before.

    • Derek Mau says:

      Sounds like potential trouble.

      Our best advice is to collect as much information as possible, speak with the seller over the phone, and ask if the seller will accept PayPal as a method of payment. eBay Motors will not be a part of the transaction unless the seller lists on our site.

      If you have the smallest doubt about the validity of the sale, walk away. There are many, many cars/trucks on the market. If the deal sounds too good to be true, then it is probably something you want to avoid.

  10. Rolland says:

    Beware: There are a lot of suppliers from China offering brand
    name products cheaply. Apart from protecting the environment
    there are other valid reasons behind recycling and
    one of them is data security, disposing of electronic devices is the best way to protect customers from unofficial access to private data information. In an auction-style listing,
    the seller can set a minimum price for an item,
    such that if bidding never reaches that price, the e – Bay auction will end with the item unsold.

  11. Ronnie Woodall says:

    does eBay ever act as a third party in a sale by holding the money

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