Wednesday, December 13

Buying a Car on Ebay

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Also consider this – most of the items that you successfully purchase on eBay will be at a much lower price than at a local dealer.

Just some of the cars found on ebay recently include Dodge Avenger, Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac Pathfinder, Chevrolet Camaro, Plymouth Trailduster, Buick LeSabre, Pontiac Torpedo, Dodge Nitro, Jeep SRT-8 and even a Volkswagen Thing.

How Ebay works

When it comes to online shopping, eBay will really open your eyes. The world’s largest online shopping site, boasting 147 million users (and growing) who reside in over 20 different countries, eBay is a huge online garage sale, toy dealer, computer seller, flea market, shopping center and auction site.

Literally everything is bought and sold on eBay, everything legal, that is. From the eclectic, like a partially eaten grilled cheese sandwich that is believed to have the image of the Virgin Mary on it, to the everyday, like books, cameras and lenses, furniture and hats, to the items with the wow factor like airplanes and Lamborghinis, eBay offers a diverse collection of items at great discounts for people to bid on.

How to Find the Car you Want

When shopping on eBay, finding what you want is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Plug the appropriate term into the search window and you will undoubtedly find many related items. Type in a keyword or two and select a category, then search. If you need more options, go with the advanced search so that you can set more parameters. Once the listings are returned to you, browse the headings to find items that reflect what you want. You can click on the heading links and read the actual listings and if that isn’t enough for you, contact the seller via email to get all the information that you need.

How to Bid

Once you have located that special car that you want, submit your bid. You can bid just enough to outbid your competition or you can set your bid at the highest you are willing to pay. The eBay system will bid in increments until your limit is reached. If you have to leave the eBay system you can still get your bid alerts via email. If someone outbids you the system will automatically email you to let you know. Many people have the alerts sent to their cell phones so that it chimes when they receive an email. This way it is possible to log onto the eBay site and modify your bid if you so desire.

Resources for Helping you Bid

Some eBay bidders will wait until the last few seconds of the auction and then make their unltimae bid. This last bid is usually placed just before the auction closes meaning there is no time for any other bids to be placed. This practice is called “sniping” and it is highly controversial. Some bidders feel that it is perfectly fine and an effective strategy for winning the auction. Other bidders, however, feel that the practice is unethical and sneaky. Whether you snipe or not is a personal decision. It is important, though, that you be aware that it is done regularly on eBay.

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