Online shopping services are more popular than ever before. Customers can now purchase just about anything through a variety of online shopping sites such as Amazon and eBay. These online sites offer products such as clothing, furniture, household items, tools, electronics, and even cars! In fact, purchasing a car through eBay Motors is actually quite a simple process. It gives buyers a chance to view a much broader inventory of vehicles from all over the country, making it easier to find the exact car they are looking for. While the process of buying a car on eBay is relatively straightforward, consumers must also consider the fact that the car will need to be shipped if it is not purchased locally. This begs the question: Does eBay ship cars? While ebay may provide the option of shipping cars to sellers, this is actually the responsibility of the buyer. Here’s how it works:
What happens when I purchase a car from eBay?
It is important to understand that eBay itself does not ship cars. Although they partner with a courier service called uShip, they do not have a dedicated shipping department for vehicles. Sellers can choose to provide shipping services using their own courier service at an additional cost or they can leave that decision up to the buyer. If a seller offers free shipping, beware because this usually means it’s a scam. In most cases, there is a clause stating that the “Buyer is responsible for vehicle pick-up or shipping.” This means that buyers will have to make private shipping arrangements on their own.
How do I ship a car from eBay?
If you do not live close enough to pick up the car yourself, you will need to make arrangements to have your car shipped. There are a number of auto transport companies that can ship your car for you. You will need to begin by researching auto transport companies online to find one that meets your needs and budget. Be sure to check plenty of reviews, as not all auto shipping companies are equal. You also want to make sure the company you choose has the proper licensing, registration, and insurance. Once you have decided on a shipping company, you will need to coordinate the logistics of the shipment with the seller. You can arrange to have the car picked up directly from the seller, or if the seller is willing, you can arrange for the seller to drive the car to a nearby terminal for pickup.
Make sure to communicate with the auto transporter that you have purchased the vehicle from eBay Motors so they can guide you on how to coordinate a specific time and day for pickup. You also want to ask the carrier to inspect the vehicle prior to loading it onto the trailer. They should be able to provide a full condition report of the vehicle before it is shipped. This is critical in case you need to file an insurance claim later on.
Finally, you want to ask the seller to properly prepare the vehicle for shipment. They should clean the car, remove any exterior accessories, document any and all scratches or dents, leave the gas tank ¼ full, and make sure the car has plenty of fluids. Reputable sellers should be willing to work with you to coordinate every aspect of the shipping process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.
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