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eBay Bargain Hunting (Part 2) – WHAT NOT TO DO

Following on from the first email which showed you how to pick up cars on eBay SO cheaply you almost feel embarrassed, this email is all about staying safe on eBay.

DON’T BID WITHOUT A QUICK CHAT FIRST

Just like a Jackie Collins novel, hidden within the written word of eBay adverts can be many sins.

Never seriously consider buying a car on eBay until you have actually spoken to the seller. Many sellers include their telephone numbers, but if not send them a message using the ‘Ask a question’ link requesting their contact details.

Regardless of what questions you ask, the most important factor is how comfortable you feel with the seller. If you don’t feel comfortable, just walk away.

You will also find that talking gives you much greater opportunity to build rapport with the seller, which also helps with negotiation.

NEVER FORGET TO GET A CAR DATA CHECK

It is very important to carefully check the history of any eBay cars as there are a disproportionate amount of ex-write-off cars hidden on eBay.

NEVER PAY FOR A CAR UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN IT

After you have won the car, take the payment to the seller and have a good look around your new wheels before parting with any cash. Also, take it for a proper drive.

If you are unhappy with anything, just walk away. You can quite easily claim that the car is not as described in the listing, and eBay even recently changed the rules so that as a buyer you cannot receive any negative feedback!

I would also avoid leaving a deposit on the car before collecting it, despite what some eBay sellers insist.

So now you know what to do, get yourself over to www.ebay.co.uk and grab a bargain!

Don’t forget to ‘eBay’ the rules!

Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)

At Palmdale we specialise in taking all the hassle out of the car buying process:

 

  • YOU tell us exactly what car you want
  • WE search for every available car in the UK that meets your description
  • WE negotiate with the seller
  • WE make sure that the car is perfect
  • WE collect the car and bring it to your door
  • YOU enjoy your new wheels for many years to come

These newsletters are our attempt to teach you everything we know about car buying; however, if you would like us to find and buy your next car for you, all you have to do is ask!