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Selling bike/vehicle on eBay? - December 30, 2017, 02:30 PM

Thinking about putting my current bike up for sale on eBay so I can get a lot more eyes on it. However, I've never used it for that (have a good sellers profile, but non-motors items).

Has anyone else done this before either with a bike or other vehicle? How can I best prevent scammers, delays, etc? Any tips for best success?


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Thinking about putting my current bike up for sale on eBay so I can get a lot more eyes on it. However, I've never used it for that (have a good sellers profile, but non-motors items).

Has anyone else done this before either with a bike or other vehicle? How can I best prevent scammers, delays, etc? Any tips for best success?
There's usually a fee associated with putting up a listing. I had trouble selling my daytona for $1500...craigslist proved more successful.

Still, doesn't hurt to try if you're interested in using ebay


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I've sold 2 bikes on ebay. I've sold 30-40 others using cycletrader, advrider, and CL. Prepare to relist your bike several times on ebay. I had a bunch of deadbeat bidders, some people who bid last minute and then asked me a shit ton of questions in the last 20 minutes of the auction only to retract their bid. Selling used bikes is almost always a shit show regardless of venue. Ebay was troublesome though. At least from the auction standpoint.


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I am a professional seller of vehicles on ebay, you can put in place conditions to bid (IE at least 5 positive feedback) and the secret is to monitor the bids closely and cancel the ones that come from suspicious looking users that don't respond to direct inquiries. I normally write something like "hey, I'm trying to weed out fake bidders, drop me a line about why you're interested in the car please", if they don't respond, I cancel their bid.

Ebay is good to sell valuable stuff. For the cheap projects etc Craigslist is much better unless you have something exotic.


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There's usually a fee associated with putting up a listing. I had trouble selling my daytona for $1500...craigslist proved more successful.

Still, doesn't hurt to try if you're interested in using ebay
Yeah, I usually use and have great success with CL, but this time it's been no dice.

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I've sold 2 bikes on ebay. I've sold 30-40 others using cycletrader, advrider, and CL. Prepare to relist your bike several times on ebay. I had a bunch of deadbeat bidders, some people who bid last minute and then asked me a shit ton of questions in the last 20 minutes of the auction only to retract their bid. Selling used bikes is almost always a shit show regardless of venue. Ebay was troublesome though. At least from the auction standpoint.
I've never used Cycletrader. May give it a try.

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I am a professional seller of vehicles on ebay, you can put in place conditions to bid (IE at least 5 positive feedback) and the secret is to monitor the bids closely and cancel the ones that come from suspicious looking users that don't respond to direct inquiries. I normally write something like "hey, I'm trying to weed out fake bidders, drop me a line about why you're interested in the car please", if they don't respond, I cancel their bid.

Ebay is good to sell valuable stuff. For the cheap projects etc Craigslist is much better unless you have something exotic.
The message caveat is a good idea. As stated above, CL is my usual go to but I'm trying to sell a $5K+ bike and the cheapos on CL don't seem to be feeling it. So trying get some more non-local eyes on it.

Any advice on the "after auction"? I know a deposit has to be sent, but how the rest of the process generally go (both for if the person comes in person to pick-up or if they having it shipped)?


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I bought one of my Street Triples on ebay. I sent the deposit via Paypal and then drove to NJ and paid for the rest in cash. Basically like a regular transaction with a deposit up front before I saw the bike.

I also just bought a Thruxton R from a dealership in New Orleans. I've already paid for the bike via a cashier's check and the dealership sent me the title. I'd probably do the same if selling online. Have the person send me a cashier's check and then I send them the title. I'm still trying to sort out a shipper, but hopefully that'll be sorted by tonight or tomorrow.
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Any advice on the "after auction"? I know a deposit has to be sent, but how the rest of the process generally go (both for if the person comes in person to pick-up or if they having it shipped)?

I am always open to whatever the buyer feels more comfortable with, provided they give me a deposit in some form in a reasonable timeframe and that they understand that neither the vehicle nor the title move before it's paid in full.


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Any advice on the "after auction"? I know a deposit has to be sent, but how the rest of the process generally go (both for if the person comes in person to pick-up or if they having it shipped)?
Sold a car on Ebay many years ago. This was before PayPal and they had linked up and had protections in place.

I kept the post-winning terms simple.

10% non-refundable deposit due 48 hours after close of auction.

Remainder due 7 business days after which a photocopy of the title will be sent.

Sale is final (if not already stated)

Verified funds only.

All Pay-Pal funds sent as "Friends & Family" (F&F is non-refundable and has no transaction fees)
I say F&F because under the standard PayPal / Ebay system some unscrupulous people will buy an item, then file a week or so after they receive the item file frivolous dispute (while stripping what they need off the vehicle (a hot engine, parts, etc.), which lock ups your money and then they are refunded, and forces you chase them for the money or the item or the parts they stripped.

If they use standard Pay Pal, add 3% to final auction price for transaction fee. (I'm not willing to eat 3% of my profit because they want the security of PP standard).


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Sold a car on Ebay many years ago. This was before PayPal and they had linked up and had protections in place.

I kept the post-winning terms simple.

10% non-refundable deposit due 48 hours after close of auction.

Remainder due 7 business days after which a photocopy of the title will be sent.

Sale is final (if not already stated)

Verified funds only.

All Pay-Pal funds sent as "Friends & Family" (F&F is non-refundable and has no transaction fees)
I say F&F because under the standard PayPal / Ebay system some unscrupulous people will buy an item, then file a week or so after they receive the item file frivolous dispute (while stripping what they need off the vehicle (a hot engine, parts, etc.), which lock ups your money and then they are refunded, and forces you chase them for the money or the item or the parts they stripped.

If they use standard Pay Pal, add 3% to final auction price for transaction fee. (I'm not willing to eat 3% of my profit because they want the security of PP standard).


Buyer responsible for shipping.

You cannot pay for a vehicle via paypal on ebay, you can only use it to pay for the deposit. The rest has to be certified funds or cash. Different story if you go outside the system and use paypal regardless. In which case DO NOT do the F&F like Heist said.

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Funny, I have a much better time selling on Ebay than CL. I get so much BS with CL. I've sold maybe 10 vehicles on ebay. Only 1 did I have an issue with. It was a non paying bidder. Even then Ebay had it sorted out within a week.

I require a deposit via paypal. Rest is cash, or we go to the bank for a transfer. I haven't sold anything too expensive so it's been cash. Only time I took a certified check... we went to the buyers bank.


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Funny, I have a much better time selling on Ebay than CL. I get so much BS with CL. I've sold maybe 10 vehicles on ebay. Only 1 did I have an issue with. It was a non paying bidder. Even then Ebay had it sorted out within a week.

I require a deposit via paypal. Rest is cash, or we go to the bank for a transfer. I haven't sold anything too expensive so it's been cash. Only time I took a certified check... we went to the buyers bank.
I’m assuming all of these sales were in person, no shipping involved?


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