eBay Motors: Making It Easier to Buy and Sell Cars

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Love it or hate it, there’s no arguing that eBay Motors usually has more cool cars for sale than every other site on the internet. Heck, just their collector car category currently has more than 13,000 vehicles listed–and that’s just a small fraction of the broader automotive category. 

There is a catch, though. eBay Motors hasn’t always been the easiest place to sell or shop for a car, and the reason is obvious: The site was clearly built with shippable items in mind–iPods, purses, T-shirts and watches–with that architecture adapted over to car auctions. And while that works well for eBay Motors’ parts sales listings, it’s always been a clunky way to buy or sell your car. 

The way eBay Motors tells it, those days are now behind us. Today the company is launching the beta test of their new mobile app with a singular goal: Make buying and selling cars on eBay Motors easy. 

And they seem serious about it, building this app from scratch with zero lines of code inherited from the traditional eBay site. In fact, this new app only works for cars: You’ll find no other products to distract you from that sweet project car that you could totally keep at your friend’s house for a few months until you figure out how to sell the idea to the rest of the family. 

We’ve been test-driving the app for a month now, and have to say: We’re impressed, to the point that we’ve already been bidding on a few cars. 

What makes it good? eBay points to a few key reasons:

  • List With Just Your License Plate: When selling a vehicle, the user will be prompted by the app to take a photo of the license plate, which the app will use to automatically populate key details such as make and model, year and VIN. In just a few steps, and in less than 5 minutes, a seller can create and populate a listing, including uploading images and a video of the vehicle to entice the right buyer. 
  • AI-Powered Image Sorting: When listing or viewing a vehicle on the new eBay Motors app, images of the vehicle will be automatically organized by AI to provide a listing which looks like it was created by a mechanic.
  • Featured Searches: Check out featured searches, ranging from low riders to lifted trucks. Need some inspiration? Look for the cars from your favorite movies, or vintage cars that were popular in years past. Find something you like? Use the favorites feature to save it.

So it’s easier to list and find a car, but we’re big fans of the new layout, too. In short, the eBay Motors app makes car listings look good. If you’ve ever seen a poorly coded HTML listing from a used car dealer, you’ll appreciate this layout:

eBay Motors seems to have put some effort into the new search features, too, as it’s now easier to find the weird cars we love. The homepage is personalized with recommendations for each user, too, officially making this app a worse influence on us than that friend that’s always emailing us used car links at 11 p.m. This new app is the first from eBay to prioritize location filtering, too, which matters much more when buying a car than when buying a pair of headphones. 

Worried about completing something as complicated as a car purchase over the internet? eBay Motors thought of that, too. The app includes eBay Motors’Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) plan, which covers up to $100,000 for vehicle non-delivery, missing title, or major undisclosed defects. This service is free for most vehicles sold on the platform. And in a few months, once the app officially launches, eBay Motors plans to launch a new escrow service, meaning it will be a professional–not a random person on the internet–making sure each party fulfills their end of the bargain.

In short, eBay Motors realized things could be better, built a new app from scratch, and is letting our readers take it for a test drive before the broader world even knows it exists. Download the free app right here to check it out for yourself.

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_ Dork
12/9/19 10:29 a.m.

Two questions: does the app let you separate out dealer ads? And can you search the dollar amounts without getting the idiots that list their Camaro for $10?

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise Dork
12/9/19 10:52 a.m.

I never used to be believe in ebay motors, as I always had most success on Craigslist 

 

however I sold 3 cars last 18 months 

mazda5

tacoma 4 door 

2005 lexus ls430 

 

and all transaction I got what I wanted, went smooth, and out of state buyers gobbled them up for more than I would get locally 

 

I am a believer . 

Tyler H
Tyler H UberDork
12/9/19 11:49 a.m.

I bought my current car from eBay Motors after months of scouring the other outlets.  Got frustrated while browsing at work, popped up eBay Motors just out of curiosity, and there it was.  

Called the seller on Friday made him a Buy It Now cash offer that included guaranteed trailer pick up before 10am on Saturday, deal done.

Now I'm going to go to the attic dig out all of those iPods that I can apparently discard on eBay.  laugh

 

Facebook Marketplace (I don't FB) and Bring a Trailer have destroyed the market at both ends of the spectrum of cars I'm interested in.  Hopefully eBay Motors provides a nice middle ground between the cheapest and costliest places to buy cars.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
12/9/19 12:59 p.m.
_ said:

Two questions: does the app let you separate out dealer ads? And can you search the dollar amounts without getting the idiots that list their Camaro for $10?

Don't ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone for any reason ever, no matter what, no matter where, or who, or who you are with, or where you are going, or where you've been, ever, for any reason

Yes, you can filter for each of those things.

FuzzWuzzy
FuzzWuzzy HalfDork
12/9/19 1:05 p.m.

I should sell the E30 on eBay.

Might actually see a profit if I sold it that way instead of local.

Andy Neuman
Andy Neuman SuperDork
12/9/19 1:47 p.m.

Can't wait to test this out in a few weeks. 

therieldeal
therieldeal Reader
12/9/19 2:03 p.m.
You’ll find no other products to distract you from that sweet project car that you could totally keep at your friend’s house for a few months until you figure out how to sell the idea to the rest of the family. 

blush

_
_ Dork
12/9/19 2:27 p.m.

Downloaded the app, it only lets you go to a minimum of $10,000. That makes it harder to find challenge priced cars.... not sure if this was one of those promotional type posts from the staff. If it is, please let the person at eBay you're talking to know about this. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
12/9/19 3:18 p.m.

_, I'll pass that along. Pretty cool that the GRM Forum is serving as eBay Motors' focus group here. 

frenchyd
frenchyd PowerDork
12/9/19 3:55 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

My experience with E. Bay is less than Sterling.
I listed and sold my Black Jack special and in the sprited bidding It reached nearly what I felt it's current market value was.  
A day later the bidder admitted he couldn't pay for it and I was forced to re-list it. Now bidders assumed the worst and the few bidders best bid was much less than 1/2 its previous high.  
 

Twice I've been the high bidder only to have the car/ item withdrawn.  Once at the buy-it-Now price.  

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
12/9/19 3:57 p.m.

This is the response from eBay Motors' head of product to the pricing question:

We intentionally set the price to be <$10000 and not lower for a few reasons:
  1. eBay is auction based so prices are always changing as the bidding occurs. A $50,000 car easily could be $2,000 at any time as the auction is in process.
  2. We don’t want to limit the price too low so we don’t get just cars whose price isn’t representative of their final value or no results returned.
 
You can order by price from low to high and use the extensive filters to help with finding deals and then go through the pages to discover your perfect project. 
John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
12/9/19 4:16 p.m.
Tom Suddard said:

 

  • AI-Powered Image Sorting: When listing or viewing a vehicle on the new eBay Motors app, images of the vehicle will be automatically organized by AI to provide a listing which looks like it was created by a mechanic.

What does this mean above? 

I realize that AI is artificial intengence.  What I am questioning is, "...provide a listing which looks like it was created by a mechanic"  

What should a mechanic created listing look like?  Will the AI be inserting a phoney background of a auto repair shop to the photos?  Will the listing look like it was done by someone who's main proffession is not slick marketing materials but rather tires, oil, tools and moving parts?  

Freeland Shopper
Freeland Shopper None
12/9/19 7:59 p.m.

Is this just a phone app, or will something similar be available for PC use?  Also, the article did not address my two major concerns about purchasing through eBay Motors.

If I'm serious about a car, will eBay provide a qualified mechanic to do a thorough inspection (even if it costs me $100)?  I'm not talking about someone who just does a cosmetic walk-around.  And eBay guarantees the quality of the inspection?  Maybe an eBay version of a CPO where its mechanic's report is available to all buyers and its accuracy is guaranteed by eBay?

Does eBay contract with shippers so I wouldn't have to deal with figuring out that angle (including worries about costs, timing, reliability, and preventing damage to my purchase)?

If eBay provides this, it really would be easy car buying.  Otherwise, it still seems like a crapshoot.  

 

RWP
RWP New Reader
12/10/19 1:34 p.m.

In reply to Freeland Shopper :

Looks like ebay Motors format is implemented on PC.  They are adding dedicated device apps.  I don't use device apps typically since they are harder to maneuver and hard to see detail.

 

03Panther
03Panther New Reader
12/11/19 7:15 p.m.

List With Just Your License Plate: When selling a vehicle, the user will be prompted by the app to take a photo of the license plate, which the app will use to automatically populate key details such as make and model, year and VIN. In just a few steps, and in less than 5 minutes, a seller can create and populate a listing, including uploading images and a video of the vehicle to entice the right buyer...

Um, not only NO, but H, E, Double Toothpicks NOOOOO.

Remember, just 'cause I'm paranoid, don't mean NOBODY'S after me!!!!

I have bought a car from e-bay that went well, 'cause I drove 4 hrs to inspect it, and put the winning bid in in the mans driveway on my laptop!

I have and will buy and sell parts, but I am EXTREAMLY carful.

Read up on some people that have had problems with e-bay and Paypal, even before they became one company... Stuff like that is actually illegal and immoral, but just try and win against ah HUGE illegal and immoral company that makes a lot of peoples lives easier.

"people that give up freedom (privacy) for security, deserve neither, and end up without either."

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