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eBay Car Shipping

Posted on 01/02/2023


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Shipping a car you bought on eBay

 
If you are considering purchasing a car through eBay Motors, you might be wondering what your options are for getting your new car home. You have four primary options, taking a flight to the seller’s location and driving it all the way home, towing it yourself, using one of eBay’s shipping partners or choosing your own vehicle transport company. Let’s take a closer look at each of these options.
 
Taking a flight and driving the car home will give you the peace of mind that someone else is not responsible for your vehicle on its way home. That’s where the advantages end for that option. Depending on where the seller and vehicle are located, this can take at least a day of your time if not several. You will also need to pay for an airline ticket for which prices are currently at historic highs. On top of that, you will likely be putting several hundred miles on the car right off the bat.
 
Towing the car yourself will also cost you some money and time which you could have otherwise saved. You will end up paying a small fortune on gas, not only because of the trip, but your truck will be burning fuel so much more quickly towing the weight of another car the entire distance. Also, expect this to take just as long if not considerably longer than driving the newly purchased car home yourself.
 
If “Does eBay ship cars?” was one of your first questions, shipping with one of eBay’s shipping partners could work theoretically. However, it is an overcomplication of what could be simplified by dealing directly with an auto transport company yourself, rather than dealing with an auto transporter through eBay as an intermediary or middleman.
 
When you deal directly with a car shipper like RoadRunner, you will have much better communication with the shipping company regarding your shipment. There will likely also be much more flexibility in terms of when you can ship your car and when it can be delivered. In short, there is a good chance that you will get your car as soon as possible when dealing directly with a car shipping company.
 

Making sure the car doesn’t have problems

 
As you likely already know, when you buy something online everything may not be as it seems. Sometimes the way an online purchase is presented on-screen is quite far from reality. This can even be the case with trusted brands. So, when you are dealing with a private seller on a site like eBay, it will be of great benefit to do your homework on the potential vehicle purchase prior to committing to anything.
 

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Getting the car inspected

 
Before you go ahead and agree to buy a particular vehicle that you have in mind, you absolutely need to go check the car out yourself, or at the very least, hire someone to conduct a prepurchase inspection for you. Even if the car has a clean history on its Carfax report, someone needs to check it out in person.
 
A prepurchase car inspection will allow you to ensure the car is in working condition as well as that there is no unreported cosmetic damage on the exterior or interior. A prepurchase vehicle inspection can include the following services:
 

  • Pictures – A prepurchase car inspection will usually include several (if not a dozen or more) pictures taken by the inspector to give you a super up-to-date look at the vehicle.

  • Road test – This is equivalent to a test drive. It will enable your inspector to ensure there are no surprises once you start driving your new car. Any noises or issues operating the car will be included in the report.

  • Exterior check – The exterior check will be a detailed reporting on any dings, scratches, dents or clear paint respraying.

  • Interior check – The interior check will include things such as any indication of cigarette use and/or burns on the upholstery, if the power seats function correctly, if the windows function correctly etc.

  • Engine check – The engine check in a prepurchase inspection will include checks on the condition of the battery, hoses, brakes, belts, radiator and much more.

 
Most prepurchase inspection companies offer their services in different tiers. So, if you want the most out of your inspection, you will need to pay more. You can usually find specific information about what is included in the different types of inspections by visiting an inspection company’s website. Also, luxury vehicles and collector cars will cost a bit more for an inspection.
 

eBay seller’s feedback

 
Do not forget to check the seller’s feedback on eBay itself. Odds are the seller has sold another car or two on eBay before. Unfortunately, you cannot filter a seller’s feedback on eBay by past items sold. So, the way you can find out if a seller has sold any cars through eBay in the past is to use your internet browser to do the following:
 

  1. Click the seller’s username

  2. Click X% Positive feedback under their username near the top of that page

  3. Scroll to the bottom of that next page and click “See all feedback”

  4. Filter the feedback by clicking “Received as seller”

  5. Scroll to the bottom and filter “Items per page” by clicking the highest number

  6. Hit the “Ctrl” + “F” keys on your keyboard

  7. Search for related car terms like “car” “auto” “suv” “corvette”

  8. You can then see specific feedback related to automotive sales made by this seller

 
Regardless, the seller’s feedback should be excellent, because disputing the purchase and getting your money back through eBay will be extremely difficult. You will likely need to take legal action which will be extremely costly and time-consuming . As a rule of thumb do not purchase a vehicle from a seller on eBay if their feedback score is under 99.8%. That may seem extreme but sellers with less than a 99.5% score on their feedback are considered to have a very low score by common standards.
 

Money saving advice

 
If you are looking to save money on shipping a car that you bought on eBay, there are a few easy ways to do so. You should first ensure that you forgo any upgraded shipping options such as shipping on an enclosed carrier. These upgraded auto transport options certainly have their advantages, but they will run you an extra couple hundred dollars . If saving is your primary concern, ship on an open-air carrier without choosing to top-load.
 
Talk to the person that you are considering buying the car from and see if they can hang onto it for a month or two after the purchase has been completed. If they can, you will be able to give advance notice to your car shipper which will help you save a bit on the cost of shipping. Finally, make sure that your car is running correctly. If it is not operational, you will need to ship it as an inoperable vehicle which will cost a few hundred extra dollars because a special type of car carrier is required to ship non-running vehicles.
 

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Conclusion

 
Getting a vehicle home that you bought on eBay does not have to be a source of stress nor does it have to break the bank. You can easily have your car shipped with a company like RoadRunner Auto Transport. Just be sure that you go and check out the car that you are considering buying before you make any final decisions. If you are unable to go see the car yourself, you can always hire someone to do a prepurchase inspection for you. In addition, be sure that the eBay seller’s feedback is perfect or at least excellent.

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Posted on 01/02/2023


ebay-car-shipping
 

 

Shipping a car you bought on eBay

 
If you are considering purchasing a car through eBay Motors, you might be wondering what your options are for getting your new car home. You have four primary options, taking a flight to the seller’s location and driving it all the way home, towing it yourself, using one of eBay’s shipping partners or choosing your own vehicle transport company. Let’s take a closer look at each of these options.
 
Taking a flight and driving the car home will give you the peace of mind that someone else is not responsible for your vehicle on its way home. That’s where the advantages end for that option. Depending on where the seller and vehicle are located, this can take at least a day of your time if not several. You will also need to pay for an airline ticket for which prices are currently at historic highs. On top of that, you will likely be putting several hundred miles on the car right off the bat.
 
Towing the car yourself will also cost you some money and time which you could have otherwise saved. You will end up paying a small fortune on gas, not only because of the trip, but your truck will be burning fuel so much more quickly towing the weight of another car the entire distance. Also, expect this to take just as long if not considerably longer than driving the newly purchased car home yourself.
 
If “Does eBay ship cars?” was one of your first questions, shipping with one of eBay’s shipping partners could work theoretically. However, it is an overcomplication of what could be simplified by dealing directly with an auto transport company yourself, rather than dealing with an auto transporter through eBay as an intermediary or middleman.
 
When you deal directly with a car shipper like RoadRunner, you will have much better communication with the shipping company regarding your shipment. There will likely also be much more flexibility in terms of when you can ship your car and when it can be delivered. In short, there is a good chance that you will get your car as soon as possible when dealing directly with a car shipping company.
 

Making sure the car doesn’t have problems

 
As you likely already know, when you buy something online everything may not be as it seems. Sometimes the way an online purchase is presented on-screen is quite far from reality. This can even be the case with trusted brands. So, when you are dealing with a private seller on a site like eBay, it will be of great benefit to do your homework on the potential vehicle purchase prior to committing to anything.
 

buying-a-car-from-ebay

 

Getting the car inspected

 
Before you go ahead and agree to buy a particular vehicle that you have in mind, you absolutely need to go check the car out yourself, or at the very least, hire someone to conduct a prepurchase inspection for you. Even if the car has a clean history on its Carfax report, someone needs to check it out in person.
 
A prepurchase car inspection will allow you to ensure the car is in working condition as well as that there is no unreported cosmetic damage on the exterior or interior. A prepurchase vehicle inspection can include the following services:
 

  • Pictures – A prepurchase car inspection will usually include several (if not a dozen or more) pictures taken by the inspector to give you a super up-to-date look at the vehicle.

  • Road test – This is equivalent to a test drive. It will enable your inspector to ensure there are no surprises once you start driving your new car. Any noises or issues operating the car will be included in the report.

  • Exterior check – The exterior check will be a detailed reporting on any dings, scratches, dents or clear paint respraying.

  • Interior check – The interior check will include things such as any indication of cigarette use and/or burns on the upholstery, if the power seats function correctly, if the windows function correctly etc.

  • Engine check – The engine check in a prepurchase inspection will include checks on the condition of the battery, hoses, brakes, belts, radiator and much more.

 
Most prepurchase inspection companies offer their services in different tiers. So, if you want the most out of your inspection, you will need to pay more. You can usually find specific information about what is included in the different types of inspections by visiting an inspection company’s website. Also, luxury vehicles and collector cars will cost a bit more for an inspection.
 

eBay seller’s feedback

 
Do not forget to check the seller’s feedback on eBay itself. Odds are the seller has sold another car or two on eBay before. Unfortunately, you cannot filter a seller’s feedback on eBay by past items sold. So, the way you can find out if a seller has sold any cars through eBay in the past is to use your internet browser to do the following:
 

  1. Click the seller’s username

  2. Click X% Positive feedback under their username near the top of that page

  3. Scroll to the bottom of that next page and click “See all feedback”

  4. Filter the feedback by clicking “Received as seller”

  5. Scroll to the bottom and filter “Items per page” by clicking the highest number

  6. Hit the “Ctrl” + “F” keys on your keyboard

  7. Search for related car terms like “car” “auto” “suv” “corvette”

  8. You can then see specific feedback related to automotive sales made by this seller

 
Regardless, the seller’s feedback should be excellent, because disputing the purchase and getting your money back through eBay will be extremely difficult. You will likely need to take legal action which will be extremely costly and time-consuming . As a rule of thumb do not purchase a vehicle from a seller on eBay if their feedback score is under 99.8%. That may seem extreme but sellers with less than a 99.5% score on their feedback are considered to have a very low score by common standards.
 

Money saving advice

 
If you are looking to save money on shipping a car that you bought on eBay, there are a few easy ways to do so. You should first ensure that you forgo any upgraded shipping options such as shipping on an enclosed carrier. These upgraded auto transport options certainly have their advantages, but they will run you an extra couple hundred dollars . If saving is your primary concern, ship on an open-air carrier without choosing to top-load.
 
Talk to the person that you are considering buying the car from and see if they can hang onto it for a month or two after the purchase has been completed. If they can, you will be able to give advance notice to your car shipper which will help you save a bit on the cost of shipping. Finally, make sure that your car is running correctly. If it is not operational, you will need to ship it as an inoperable vehicle which will cost a few hundred extra dollars because a special type of car carrier is required to ship non-running vehicles.
 

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Conclusion

 
Getting a vehicle home that you bought on eBay does not have to be a source of stress nor does it have to break the bank. You can easily have your car shipped with a company like RoadRunner Auto Transport. Just be sure that you go and check out the car that you are considering buying before you make any final decisions. If you are unable to go see the car yourself, you can always hire someone to do a prepurchase inspection for you. In addition, be sure that the eBay seller’s feedback is perfect or at least excellent.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the vehicle transportation process.


When determining your car shipping cost, there are a few factors that we take into account in order to provide you with an accurate price quote. The mileage between the origin and destination is the biggest factor that contributes to your total rate. In addition to the distance of your relocation, another factor is the type and condition of the vehicle being shipped. The final factor is the date that your vehicle will be ready for transport. There are also additional options, such as enclosed carrier and top-load service that can be added to your shipment at the time of booking for a higher level of service. Read more about how much it costs to ship a car.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. To calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The transit time for your shipment is based mostly on the mileage between the pickup and delivery location. Generally, every five hundred miles will add one day to the transit time - so for a 1,000 mile transport, the transit time would be 2-3 days. Check out our estimated transit times for a detailed view of approximate delivery times.

Yes, online tracking is available to you 24 hours a day and is updated in real time. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a unique booking number that will allow you to track the status of your shipment online. Your tracking portal will also give you the ability to live chat with a shipping agent that can answer any questions you may have regarding the status of your shipment.

All shipments include basic liability coverage during transit. Comprehensive insurance options are available for an elevated level of shipment coverage during transit. You will be able to select a level of coverage during the booking process. If you have further questions regarding insurance options give us a call.

We accept all major credit cards, electronic transfer, postal money order, and bank/certified check for the deposit or full pre-payment of your shipment. If a balance is due upon delivery, it can be paid directly to the driver and can be paid in either cash, bank/certified check, or postal money order.

Yes, there must be someone present to release and accept the vehicle, provide keys to the driver and sign the initial and final inspection reports. This person can be anyone over the age of 18 that you trust with releasing or accepting your vehicle.

You may transport personal belongings in your car, as long as their total weight does not exceed 100 pounds and they are stored in the trunk or back seat (below the window line). Please keep in mind that personal belongings are not covered by insurance if they are reported as damaged or missing.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator above or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. In order for us to calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The further in advance you schedule your shipment, the more likely we will be able to meet the time requirements you desire. For best results, we suggest scheduling your transport at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Expedited shipping options are available to accomodate shipments that require . You can always give us a call and ask one of our car shipping experts what your options are in terms of the schedule for your car transport.

The driver will get the car transporter as close to your door as he can legally and safely get. In most cases, the driver will be able to pickup and deliver directly to your door. Some cities may have restrictions on large trucks that prohibit them from driving into residential areas. Auto transport trucks are large and need lots of room to maneuver and turn around, so if access to the pickup or delivery location is restricted by narrow streets, low-hanging trees or tight turns, the driver may ask that you meet at a location nearby with a large parking lot, such as a grocery store.

Open transport is the most common car shipping method. There are two types of open-air transporters. The Majority of shipments are be made with 8-10 car carriers. Smaller carriers which hold 2-3 cars are used for shorter, local car moving. There is a broader network of carrier availability for open-air carriers since they are used more often. We suggest choosing enclosed car shipping methods when shipping classic, luxury or exotic vehicles. Enclosed vehicle transportation guarantees maximum protection from exposure to any open-air elements on the road. We suggest booking your enclosed transport in advance since carrier availability is limited. Read more about the difference between open and enclosed transport

RoadRunner Auto Transport specializes in shipping all types of vehicles including sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans, oversized vehicles, antiques, classic cars, motorcycles, construction vehicles, inoperable cars and boats. If you are not sure whether or not we can ship your vehicle, you can give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

You should have about a quarter of a tank of gas in your car at the time of shipment. This leaves enough for the car to be loaded and unloaded but doesn't add much additional weight.

The Bill of Lading is a very important document used by car shipping companies that documents any pre-existing damage on the vehicle during the time of pickup. It also serves as a record of your contact info and the official agreement for transport. If you want to file any insurance claim regarding your shipment you will need the Bill of Lading.

Top load service is when your car is placed on the higher deck or level of an open auto transport trailer. This is considered to be preferable to the bottom load because the cars on the lower deck are at risk of possibly having fluid from the cars above leak on them.

Make sure your car has been completely cleaned, both inside and outside. This is particularly important because this will help the driver conduct their inspection in order to assess any pre-existing damage on your vehicle. You will also want to make there are no additional personal items in the vehicle unless you intend to ship those with the vehicle (remember those items must total less than 100 pounds combined and be kept below the window-line of the vehicle). Be sure to inform the driver of any special circumstances concerning the vehicle. Finally, make sure there is a quarter tank of gas in the car at the time it is picked up for shipment. Visit our car shipping checklist to make sure you are prepared for your vehicle shipment.

Yes, we can ship vehicles that are in non-running/inoperable condition. When inoperable cars are shipped, a special auto carrier is required that makes use of a winch which is connected to your car and slowly and safely pulls your vehicle onto the carrier. There is an additional fee for inoperable vehicles because of the special equipment and extra work involved with securing the vehicle onto the transporter. You can select the inoperable option on the online booking form or inform your shipping agent if you make your reservation by phone so that the proper arrangements can be made to accommodate a non-running vehicle.

We offer open car shipping and enclosed car shipping services. Open car shipping is used much more frequently and is the type of auto transport that you see on the highway where carriers are hauling vehicles on two decks that are exposed. Enclosed car shipping is when your vehicle is shipped in a trailer which has walls and a roof, they look like a larger version of a regular eighteen-wheeler. This method is recommended for luxury, exotic or classic cars.

Door-to-door car transport is the full-service delivery of your vehicle directly from the door at the pickup location to the door at the delivery location. Our drivers do their best to get as close as physically and legally possible to the pickup and delivery locations, but in certain instances there may be restrictions preventing them from being able to reach your door safely. Our transporters need ample space to maneuver and load/unload your vehicle. If your street is too narrow, or if there are hazards such as low-lining trees or power lines, drivers may ask that you meet them at a location nearby where they can safely load or unload your vehicle, such as a large parking lot or shopping center nearby.