EBay has a recommended four-step process for buying vehicles. The steps are: find vehicles, do research, bid on a vehicle or buy it outright and complete the purchase.
Use the eBay site's search and browse functions to find a vehicle that is suited to the budget and needs of the primary driver.
The research step is extremely important, because it can mean the difference between getting a good deal and getting junk, according to Edmunds.com. Start by doing an Internet search to find reliability information on the make and model of the car of interest. The next step is to check the value of the car with a valuation resource such as Edmund's True Market Value tool. The final research step, according to eBay, is to check the reputation of the seller. This involves checking feedback and speaking with the seller on the telephone to ensure the listing is legitimate and the proposed terms of the sale are clear to both parties.
The bid or buy step involves bidding on an auction or using a "Buy It Now" button to make a purchase. Many auctions require the winner to provide a down payment on the vehicle.
The purchase completion step involves paying for the vehicle and making arrangements to pick up the vehicle in person or have it shipped.