Why Are Consumers Still Being Conned After All These Years?

used car scam

Taking a drive over to eBay’s Motors community forum today It’s mostly the same old whine about getting scammed. As it’s often said in the car business, theirs an ASS for every seat. Unfortunately with eCommerce today many fraud victims never get to sit in their new seat. eBay like Craigslist, Auto Trader, or any other websites is just a venue. Scammers have become clever over the years. It’s the buyers responsibility to verify a deals legitimacy! This kind of fraud has been going on for over 16 years that…

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Used Car Scams Still Running Just Like In 2004

1966 Porsche 911 143540016721

A discussion about eBay Motors told of this guys Porsche 911 that a scammer had stolen his photos and description and listed it the motors venue. Guy goes on to say that the listing ran to it’s completion bringing 60k. As like back in 2004 when ebms was founded, eBay did absolutely nothing. Someone’s going to get phished out of their money! This is totally irresponsible by the motors team ignoring scams on their website. What’s even more irresponsible is nothing has changed about eBay and Fraud in over 15…

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eBay Motors App for Android and iPhone Test Drive

eBay motors app

eBay Motors App has just launched for buying and selling motor-vehicles. The NEW motors app is a available for Android and iPhone phones and tablets. After downloading the ios version I’m impressed. Great photos and search functionality. πŸ˜‰ But why did it take eBay decades to release an app that worked for selling automobiles? Doc has blogged several articles about the lack of vehicle functions in the previous versions of the motors app. This post is excellent for it’s πŸ˜† factor. A buddy tried listing his Harley Davidson on the…

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How To Leave Deserved Negative eBay Feedback Without Removal

deserved negative ebay feedback

How To Leave Deserved Negative eBay Feedback. A lot has changed with eBay in the 20+ years since Doc started selling used cars on the platform. Feedback was the cornerstone back then, but since then is alleged to be manipulated. This blog post is about buying automobiles on eBay motors. It’s also about how to leave justified negative feedback if the seller lies or the buyer feels defrauded. Do it right so negs will not be removed! In February 1996, when eBay was just 6 months old, the Community had…

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4% Penalty For Mediated Auto Parts Returns Pads Bottom Line

Auto Parts Returns

So here’s a top rated auto parts seller on eBay Motors complaining about 4% penalty on returns. In this business the wrong part is often ordered that results in a return. Buyer does not want to pay return shipping, and opens a mediated claim. Seller is zinged with a 4% penalty, plus final value fees. πŸ™ Seller claims he tries messaging buyers to be sure the part ordered will fit their car, but must ship the part within 24 hours to comply with eBay rules. Unfortunately in this short time…

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Never Accept PayPal Payment For Motor Vehicles

PayPal Reversal Used Car

After taking a drive over to eBay’s selling forum, a poster claimed he sold his car on eBay Motors, and accepted PayPal for payment that was reversed. It’s a tough loss because PayPal does not cover motor vehicles. He took an initial PP $1,000 deposit, and “friends and family” sent him the balance, also by PayPal. πŸ˜₯ The topic so far has 22 replies with some misinformation. The car is not stolen because the seller accepted electronic payment (PayPal.) This turns the transaction into a civil matter where the seller…

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Why Do People Buy Cars Out-Of-State Without An Inspection?

used car purchased out-of-state no inspection

Buying a used car out-of-state without having it inspected is a foolish buying decision. This is especially true for automobiles with salvage or rebuilt titles. Another unhappy car buyer is crying the blues over this 2016 Chevy Malibu that was in a flood. There’s a reason this car was bought at HALF of book value! Update 07/15/19: Apparently this sellers ID has been changed to rebuiltcars0199. Feedback is still good but always inspect used cars bought online. Cover Yer ASS!! πŸ˜‰ This seller has high feedback and has been a…

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Motors Used Auto Parts Seller Sick Of Dealing With eBay

Used Auto Parts On Rack

This post on the selling forum tells the story of an early eBay used auto parts seller. He tells how his auto recycling business expanded over the years, but now dreads what he used to love. It’s all about the buyer and the hell with sellers! From the selling forum partial: It saddens me to do this but as of yesterday I’ve made up my mind to no longer choose to sell on eBay full time. I have been doing so since I was 18 (almost 30 now) and it…

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Don’t Be A Gift Card Scam Victim This Holiday Season

Gift Card Nissan Maxima Scam

Scammers are hustling the naive this Christmas using unreasonably low priced used cars as sucker bait. As Doc has reported many times, another person lost their money trying to buy a used car with eBay gift cards. This lady swallowed the hook on a 2010 Nissan Maxima on LetGo app. Her money is long gone! πŸ˜₯ As it usually goes the seller claimed eBay Motors was handling the transaction. When she agreed to buy the car her seller (scammer) sent fake eBay emails. She bought the gift cards and emailed…

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1962 VW Bus Owned By Mike of American Pickers Auction

1962 Volkswagen Vanagon

Mike Wolfe is auctioning his 1962 Volkswagen Dual Side Door Microbus on eBay Motors. Bidding is up to $30K as of this post with 2d 22hrs to go. Seems like a lot of money to me, but others on the site are in similar price range. It needs restoration but the basics are in good condition especially the floor-pans. Here is the item number 132865784088 if anyone wants to check it out. He has a slew of photos of the vanagon / microbus on the listing. The market must have…

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Craigslist Van Seller Cleans Victim Out Using eBay Gift Cards

Craigslist Gift Card Scam

It’s happened again, clever scammer cons car buyer into buying eBay gift cards. The car buyer fell for a too good to be true price, and lost his money. Craigslist has become the favorite venue to troll for suckers, and their pros at doing it! πŸ˜₯ There is no such thing as a free lunch. And there is no bargain car in perfect condition with free shipping for half or less book value. It’s that lure of getting something for next to nothing that keeps these cons going. Don’t be…

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Horrible Buying Experience On Salvage Title Cadillac SRX

Cadillac SRS Previous Accident

This guy bought a 2015 Cadillac SRX Luxury Edition Crossover advertised with a Rebuilt / Salvage Title. Seller disclosed previous accident damage, and stated what was done to repair the car. Seller also has trustworthy feedback from other buyers. This Cadillac SRX sold for $13,700 with a salvage / rebuilt title. NADA Guides lists average trade in value at $18,250 with clean retail at $22,175 for a car with a clean title. It’s often said in the used car business, you get what you paid for. Seller claims the Cadillac…

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eBay Seller Talks About High Motors Fees & Fraud

eBay Motors Selling Fees Automobiles

After motoring over to eBay’s motors community forum another interesting topic was discovered. A member posted about fraudulent collector car listings. Another chimed in saying he no longer sells on eBay. The fees are too high for what sellers receive! From motors forum: I’m always looking at Classic Mercedes on eBay and lately I see more and more copied photos & stupid low prices. Listings that are clearly fraudulent and yet they do nothing. I cant even report the listing because the drop down list does not have an appropriate…

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eBay Motors The Junk Car Dumping Ground

Junk Car Being Transported To New Owner

Buying a used car on eBay motors or elsewhere on the net? As a rule used car junk heaps end up advertised on the net because nobody will buy one locally. Doc advises to have an internet car inspected. Otherwise what you receive may be a junk heap. πŸ˜₯ I was somewhat bored and decided to visit eBay motors community forum. There was a topic where an eBay member bought an older car (1992 Something) he didn’t specify what. The buyer admitted he did not have the car inspected first…

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Finding Range Rover Transfer Case With eBay My Garage

eBay My Garage Range Rover Transfer Case

Just how easy is it to find a transfer case for a range rover with eBay’s My Garage? During a random eBay keyword search, Doc happened upon this article published by C|net. An editor had purchased a 1992 Land Rover Range Rover on eBay Motors. πŸ™„ It was lengthily and well written and was a pleasure to read. Reading how he sniped the rover with only seconds remaining brought back thoughts of the good old days. And the Red land rover with black wheels and brush guards looked exceptionally good…

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Problems Reported With eBay My Garage Feature

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eBay my garage is reportedly having problems according to the motors community forum. Members are saying they are unable to remove vehicles from their eBay my garage. Another says “Something went wrong. We’re sorry.” according to the poster. Apparently from what I’m reading the feature was upgraded. Don’t they beta test new features before rolling out to the public? I’m thinking its more like the buyers / sellers and community is the beta testers. πŸ˜† Doc remembers back in 2012 when eBay first offered their my vehicles feature. They spent…

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eBay Gift Card Nissan Maxima Scam Hooks Car Buyer

eBay gift card car scam

Another buyer fell victim to a Craigslist / eBay Nissan scam. As Doc says, beware of a too good to be true deal. There is no “Bargain Used Car” with free shipping! πŸ™ From ABC11 Diane Wilson: One scam caught Ashley Lucas off guard, and she is now out $2,500. She spotted a 2009 Nissan Maxima for sale on Craigslist. It was listed for $1,500, so she wanted to act fast as it was a price she could afford. She emailed back and forth with the seller, and the seller…

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Community Search: eBay Motors Has Become A Joke

EBM Nascar Racing Search

Another gripe about eBay Motors layout and search in two forum topics. More complaints of search queries returning useless junk. And a couple other tidbits. Topic 1: Ebay Motors has become a joke. Is anyone from ebay listening? I am curious how many people are utterly frustrated with the revised ebay motors layout. EVERYONE I have spoke to feels the same way – you have turned ebay motors into a useless piece of **bleep**. Topic 2: Ebay motors is ruined. Whoever came up with the new format sucks. Cant even…

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Theirs An ASS For Every Gift Card Used Car Buyers Seat

Gift Card Car Scam Example

In the used car business it’s often said. Theirs an ASS for every seat! Using gift card’s to buy used cars is a certain scam, you will lose your money! After nearly 14 Years this website has warned consumers of used car scams.. but.. πŸ™ Good people looking for that extra special good deal fall victim to fraud every day! So apparently this dude swallowed the sucker bait and is asking if he can get his money back. Buying used cars with eBay gift cards is a scam! We’ve seen…

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Reconditioned Steering Wheel SRS AirBag Would You Buy One

BMW M3 SRS AirBag

Would you buy a supposedly Reconditioned / Rebuilt Airbag (SRS) for your car? Personally Doc has not heard that term used for srs systems before. Used should be OK as many car dealers rebuilding wrecks often buy used. So there is a seller on eBay selling Reconditioned BMW M3 steering wheels. Seller states his steering wheels leather has been reconditioned. Seller does not state the included airbag is reconditioned. Buyer receives steering wheel but claims the airbag is junk, setting off this interesting motors forum discussion. Hello all! Have to…

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FBI IC3 Car Scam Warning 2018 – Don’t Be A Victim

FBI IC3 Car Scam Warning 2018

Fraudulent Online Motor Vehicle Sales. The Federal Bureau Of Investigation IC3 is warning used car buyers to beware of internet fraud. Scammers are still, after all these years, praying on consumers looking for a bargain automobile. As an update to I-111414-PSA, released November 14, 2014, the FBI is issuing additional information and warnings regarding the fraudulent online sale of cars, recreational vehicles, boats, and other outdoor equipment. Criminals are posting online advertisements of items that are not, nor have ever been, within their possession. From May 2014 through December 2017,…

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eBay Removes Vehicle Mileage From Search Queries

Example CarGurus Vehicle Listing Mileage Included

After taking a drive over to eBay Motors community forum, this topic caught my eye. Mileage of Vehicle not Displayed in Search Results Any More. Doc read the topic and decided to do a comparison between eBay and CarGurus. Recently Ebay removed the mileage of a vehicle from the search results page so now you have to go into the actual listing to see the mileage. When Ebay doesn’t enforce accurate mileage in listings and will allow listings of used vehicles of 0, you now literally have 100s of listings…

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eBay No Longer The Place To Sell Collector Car Parts

Collector Car Enthusiasts At Swap Meet

Another lengthy eBay motors community discussion about selling vintage new old stock (NOS) auto parts. The sentiment here is that sales are poor and some say are non-existent. Today’s post is – what happened to eBay? πŸ™ eBay Motors used to be the number one place to sell just about anything. It was the best place to find nos and collector car parts. The site has done a 360 turnaround where sellers are going back to swap meets to peddle their parts. From this motors forum topic: WHY is eBay…

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PayPal Holds $1000 Wisconsin Car Dealers Money

1986 Dodge Conquest Technica Starion

Newly registered eBay used car dealer sells this rare 1986 Dodge Conquest Technica. (Dodge branded Mitsubishi Starion.) Seller collects $1,000 Deposit by PayPal, who immediately put a 21 day hold on sellers money. Seller is rightfully upset. PayPal is covering their own butt making sure the deal is good and the buyer isn’t using a hijacked PayPal account or stolen funds. From the eBay Motors Community Forum: Car sold, deposit made, ebay now tells me they are holding the deposit for 21 days? **bleep**? Just sold my first car on…

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Car Scams Still Conning eBay Buyers In 2018

Fake PayPal Live Chat Defrauds Car Buyer

This eBay Motors buyer claims he is the victim of a recent car scam. Buyer says the Mercedes C220 was listed on the motors site where fraudsters used fake PayPal chat to defraud him. This is nothing new. ebaymotorssucks.com has been warning consumers to beware of fraud on big ticket items since 2004. We reported on eBay and PayPal fake live customer support chat-rooms nearly a decade ago. Not much has changed! πŸ™ As Doc has said more times than he can remember over the years, eBay should verify new…

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eBay Motors Alleged Sunken Boat Results In Lawsuit

Sunken Boat Nobody Hurt But The Insurance Company

Seller in Alabama auctions used boat on eBay Motors with an Insurance Company title. Buyer claims the boat visited Davey Jones Locker (was sunk) and files lawsuit in Florida. Seller claims there were no title disclosures (rebuilt or salvage) when he bought the boat at another auction. I’m not too familiar with boats, other than that old saying. A boat owners happiest days are the day it’s first purchased, and when it’s sold. Vehicle repossessions are often titled in the lenders name (FMCC comes to mind) to be sold at…

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Example Car Scam From Our Archives – 1929 Ford Model A

1929 Ford Model A Example Car Scam Auction

This 1929 Ford Model A Roadster is an example car scam auction from our classic archives. The listing was captured on 03/18/2007 back when scammers were literally picking eBay Motors buyers pockets clean. Fraudsters today are not as brazen as this example. It was common to plaster buy it now for only $9,500 everywhere on the auction presentation. Anonymous email addresses are still used today by scammers trying to hook a sucker! If you’re car shopping online be sure to read Doc’s Car Buying Tips! πŸ˜‰

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Alleged Ripped Off Buyer Says Don’t Buy On eBay Motors

2011 GMC Acadia eBay Motors

This 2011 GMC Acadia buyer says he got a raw deal on eBay Motors. Buyer claims the seller fearing negative feedback marked the Acadia auction as unpaid, a loophole that hid the negative review he left his seller. πŸ˜₯ Stories like this one are sad to hear. But buyers of motor vehicles should do their homework (inspection title research etc) before bidding or purchasing. Read Doc’s Car Buying Guide first before buying a motor vehicle online! πŸ˜‰ This website is dedicated to educating motor vehicle buying consumers how to prevent…

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Used Car Auction Cancelled For Too Many Bids

1996 Honda Accord Auction Cancelled eBay

Imagine putting your Honda Accord up for auction and having the auctioneer cancel the bids? That’s what happened to Max Lanman who listed his fiances car on eBay Motors. Lanman a film producer, created a video to accompany his listing which apparently led to sport bidders wreaking havoc. πŸ˜₯ From JapoNink: Last week, we all got to experience the beauty that was, in fact, just an ad for a used Honda Accord. Filmmaker Max Lanman made the commercial to help sell his fiancΓ©e’s 1996 Accord, which is worth about $1,500,…

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Restoring Community Values & Trust Will Make eBay Great Again

eBay Community Founders Statement 1996

Back in 1999 Doc started building his reputation as an eBay seller. He offered quality Florida retiree used car trade-ins. eBay provided an exciting new way to sell used cars worldwide and was a huge hit. New markets were created where there were none. He shipped some cars he sold and other delivery’s were what he advertised as fly-in drive-home. Buyers would fly to his local airport and Doc would pick them up. Drive to the car lot and do the paperwork, then issue a temporary tag. This process took…

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