eBay Bargain Hunting (Part 1)
Some of the best car deals I have ever found, have
been on www.ebay.co.uk. But... the world's most
popular auction website MUST be used properly.
This is the first of two emails which will give you the top tips of a seasoned eBay expert
- modest old me!
Vs Vs Auctions
Most of the 100-150,000 car adverts on eBay are Classified adverts (or Buy It Now offers). These are just
like the Classified adverts on Auto Trader or any other
website, but it is the auctions where the real bargains can be found.
As with any auction, the seller may not have much idea about what their car is worth. Although
this often means that sellers can be overly optimistic, it can
sometimes result in people letting cars go for far below their true value.
2) Buy, Don't Bid
Although this goes against the spirit of eBay, many people who auction their cars are happy
to end the auction early for a guaranteed sale. Contact the seller (phone is better than
email) and make them an offer - you can often pick up a bargain while everyone else is
still deciding how much to bid.
3) Search for completed auctions
On the 'Advanced Search' page, tick
the box next to 'Completed listings' and your results will show finished items
Those with the prices shown in RED will be cars that have not
successfully sold. These often depressed people are great to email or call with low offers!
4) Badly Advertised Cars
Poor photos and a very short description are not always signs of a bad car... just a bad
By making a few enquiries, you can often get enough detail to discover if the car is actually
perfectly good. This allows you to confidently offer more than other people,
who have made the assumption that the car is not worth much.
Now, this email comes with a word of caution: you are more likely to get ripped off using
eBay than anywhere else. Should you attempt to find a bargain on eBay, you do so at
your own peril... unless you wait for the next email newsletter entitled "eBay Bargain Hunting
(Part 2) - WHAT NOT TO DO ON EBAY".