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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Deadbeat Bidders Still Wreaking Havoc On eBay

eBay Motors Deadbeat Bidders still a problem in 2017

Deadbeat Bidders are apparently still a problem for eBay Motors car sellers. It’s been 13 years since we first observed deadbeat bidders wreak havoc on vehicle sellers. And judging from this sellers warning nothing’s changed. Today after clicking on a classic car listing in a Facebook group the first thing we saw was the below wording. PLEASE READ ENTIRE LISTING BEFORE PLACING A BID PRIOR TO BIDDING ON THIS ITEM YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO MESSAGE US THROUGH EBAY WITH YOUR CONTACT NAME AND NUMBER OR YOUR BID WILL BE…

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eBay Seller TopsAndWheels Defrauds Car Buyers

eBay Seller TopsAndWheels Defrauded Used Car Buyers

eBay Used Car Seller TopsAndWheels AKA Tropical Automotive, operated by Lisandra Gutierrez, listed as the business owner, and her husband, Anthony Zafarino, face multiple fraud and grand theft charges, including aggravated white collar crime. The couple is accused of raking in approximately $300,000 from lenders, a partnering car dealer and unsuspecting car buyers across the country looking for an online deal. As investigators delved into the case last summer, they noted 33 complaints against Tropical Automotive logged with the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. Fleeced buyers came from…

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Amazon Craigslist eBay Protection Plan Fraud Alert

Brand Fraud Vehicle Scam Example

Consumer FRAUD Alert: Beware of popular online venue brand names being used fraudulently to steal your money and your identity. Popular brands like Amazon and eBay are a scammers favorite target! Brand Fraud is being committed by scammers offering unbelievably low prices on automobiles, electronics, jewelry, vacations. You name it – there is a scam running online for it using a popular brand name as the seller. Smartphone apps like OfferUp and Letgo are being used to rip off local item sellers. Sellers are being robbed, and even murdered for…

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ChargeBack Vehicle Titled Property Costs Seller $8500

ChargeBack On Motor Vehicle Titled Property Costs Seller $8500

From TV8 LasVegasNOW: Boat Seller defrauded of $8500 after buyer filed a fraudulent ChargeBack on used Boat sold on eBay Motors. Most credit card companies will not chargeback on “Titled Property” but this one did. It cost this eBay seller her boat and money. Only accept Bank to Bank Wire Transfer for Motor Vehicle Sales! A local woman called 8 On Your Side Consumer Advocate Michelle Mortensen for help after she sold a boat on EBay through PayPal in May of 2015. Months after the sale the buyer filed a…

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Bad Car Dealers All eBay Cares About Is Seller’s Fees

eBay Inc Bad Seller

Whatever Happened To eBay Trust And Community Values? It’s our opinion all that matters to eBay Inc is their sellers fees! We have blogged about this eBay Motors car dealer seller twice before. The seller is alleged to be have been suspended (NARU in eBay speak) but comes back again and again and again. And is allowed to freely register new sellers accounts. Once again we suggest eBay enable ID Verify for vehicle sellers that are new and have no track record. Doc went through the ID Verify process back…

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eBay VPP & AIA Stalling Car Buyers No Title Claim

eBay VPP & AIA Stalling Car Buyers No Title Claim

Another Crappy Car Deal On eBay Motors. Buyer receives car but does not receive it’s title. Buyer files claim with eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection for a covered claim. It’s been nearly four months since buying the car. eBay and their insurer Auction Insurance Agency of Birmingham AL is stalling the claim. This is another crappy deal that’s killing the last tiny bit of credibility and trust the motors website once had. From the eBay Motors Discussion Board: I purchased a vehicle off ebay in early Dec 2014, received the vehicle…

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Norway Buyer Claims 1978 Caddy Limo Misrepresented

Norway Buyer Claims 1978 Caddy Lime Misrepresented

Export Car Buyer From Norway claims this 1978 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine bought from an eBay Seller was Misrepresented! After receiving the vehicle he is claiming it is a piece of junk. Buyer claims the cars mileage was misrepresented. Said it runs real rough at idle (burnt valves possibly.) Lousy quick paint job. Photos link. From the motors discussion board: Item number 391019289987, Advertised as a MINT 32000 mile car, but received a piece of junk!!! Looks closer to a 230.000 mile than even a 130.000 mile car, With the cheap…

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Altering Or Rolling Back An Exempt Odometer Is Illegal

exempt odometer tampering

Here’s an interesting topic on eBay Motors community forum about exempt vehicle odometer rollback. Same 1974 Honda CB550 as previously sold but with 29,950 less miles From the motors community forum: Motorcycle sold on ebay with 35,000 miles, on 1/24/15. Motorcycle currently listed for sale with 5,550 miles. Same motorcycle, same VIN#, same distinguishing marks. Just because an odometer is of exempt status (10 years old or older) federal law says it’s odometer will not be tampered with. It makes no mention or exception to altering an exempt motor vehicle.…

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eBay Using Jquery To Hide Sellers Descriptions

eBay Hiding Sellers Description

Looks like eBay is testing another change to their marketplace To view an items description a buyer must click a button located where the description text or html is normally located. The description with any additional images or html code then pops up in a jquery fancybox. If you didn’t know it. eBay sellers descriptions are contained in what’s called an Iframe (inline frame) this is a web page embedded within a page. We wrote about how embedding seller’s descriptions in iframes was detrimental to organic search inclusion. Now they…

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Suspended eBay Car Dealers Creating NEW Accounts

bad sellers registering new accounts

Another eBay fraudulent seller. From this complaint on scamguard.com. The articles comments are saying this suspended seller is allowed back after suspension to register another eBay account. Doc has suggested eBay enable ID Verify for new vehicle sellers. It would stop a lot of this bad seller fraud. But we guess all they care about conducting seminars to sign new car dealers up. Situations like this might explain why two of our social media sites are blocked by a robots.txt file. Someone don’t want the message to get out. The…

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Are Motor Vehicle Phishing Scams Still On eBay Motors

Suspeced eBay Phishing Car Scams 11/28/2014

eBay seems to be moving away from their eBay Motors Brand, and are changing their vehicle listing format to resemble eBay core. When looking at cars on the site, nowhere is the wording “eBay Motors.” Just last week it was discovered their eBay Motors Facebook business page had vanished. It’s my personal opinion that early scams and seller misrepresentation that went uncorrected for over 10 years has cooked eBay’s golden goose but good. They refuse to verify vehicle sellers before a listing goes live. If you didn’t know it, there…

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eBay Members YourGmDealer & 661HenryGlen Missing

Back in 2009 when GM emerged from bankruptcy they struck up a deal with eBay Inc to sell new GM cars on eBay Motors and YourGmDealer eBay Motors Sellers Account was born. During this period GM worked the leads and pretty much ignored the listings running on eBay Motors with disastrous results. Bait and Switch, And car already sold were most of the negs GM received. Enter eBay member 661HenryGlen who bought three new GM Cars from YourGmDealer and left positive feedback moments later. It was alleged at the time…

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eBay Motors iPad App Not For Selling Motor Vehicles

eBay iPad App Don't Work For Selling Vehicles

A friend recently tried to list his Harley Davidson motorcycle on eBay Motors using an iPad. Unfortunately for him the eBay iPad app placed the motorcycle in the toys category, resulting in the listing being removed for being in the wrong category. 😆 He then downloaded the eBay Motors iPad app and installed it, with similar results. After trying a third time to create an advertisement for his bike it got cancelled for the 3rd time. Then he called eBay Motors support and waited on hold for 45 minutes. When…

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Why Used Motor Vehicles Should Be Sold AS-IS

1991 TOYOTA MR2 Why Sell AS-IS

It’s best to sell your used car truck van motorcycle boat etc AS-IS With NO Warranty expressed or implied. Buyers no doubt will find faults on used automobiles. This opens the door to sale price renegotiation or threats of legal action. No matter how good of condition you think your used car is in. A buyer might find something to quibble about and want their money back. This private party offered a 1 owner 1991 Toyota MR2 for sale. Seller stated in his advertisement for the car it was in…

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