A Classic Mercedes-Benz sold on ebaymotors
1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S ponton with leather seats
I successfully sold a vehicle via eBay and their ebaymotors site. This was a Mercedes-Benz classic four door sedan. This article will describe some of the experiences that occurred during the auction and afterward. Using eBay to sell a car is a great way for you to use the entire market of classic car buyers. Good luck!
Three times I listed cars on eBaymotors. Only one of the times was unsuccessful. The other two did result in successful sales. Each of the auctions had different behaviors by the various ebay bidders and viewers. Your experience will, of course, be different, but the process should hopefully work for you as well. Selling a car on ebaymotors can work as your car will be shown to many people through the website. Unfortunately a lot of the viewers are not buyers but some are. If you describe your car well, have lots of pictures and respond to viewer comments, you should be able to sell your car using ebaymotors and get a price close to what you need.
The first vehicle I sold on ebay was a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S. This was a four door sedan with leather covered seats and a standard transmission. It had the performance six cylinder engine with dual carburetors. It was not a coupe or convertible, which are much more highly desired by the Mercedes collector car market. My car had been listed in the local newspaper,on the Internet and on an Internet Mercedes group but without success. The car was really clean when it was listed on ebay. It was fully described and there were a lot of pictures uploaded. The photos showed exactly what was good and not with the car. All imperfections, such as a little rust, were shown. Some of the chrome was old and dull so I showed good pictures of those. For it's age, the car was in great shape and it was obvious that it had been well looked after.
When the auction was underway, I watched the progress on ebaymotors. I could see details via my account selling features. I had posted a link to the listing outside of ebay on some other site. In the first days of the auction, the number of viewers started to increase. It continued to go up in small increments through the auction. This was a different pattern than the first time that I tried to sell the car on ebay. Then the number of viewers stalled. Like the first auction, I started to received questions about the condition of the car. One person contacted me and asked what it would cost to ship the car to Toronto. I promised to check. Another asked about the engine. Others asked about the tires. I had listed that the tires were quite new so it seemed that these viewers had not bothered to read the auction notes. I didn't expect to see any bids from most of the people asking questions. Still, I answered the questions as they came in. Most of the questions, with my answers, were uploaded to the active listing. Ebaymotors gives you the option to do this when you submit an answer to the received question.
In the first auction, no one purchased the car. There were a lot of bids but it never met the reserve price. The bidding pattern was interesting. The bids pushed up the price right away and then it stalled. There were no more bids until very near the end of that listing. On the second occasion, the number of bids seemed consistent through the whole auction. Luckily the reserve price was met well before the auction closing time. I was hoping for some profit over the $7500 amount. That never happened. Once it met the reserve, no further bids were received. I had paid $8000 for the car and put about $3000 more in the three plus years that I owned it. I had only put about 5000 miles on the car when I had it. I reasoned that the $3000 was normal operating costs for such a car so I really only lost $500 on the deal. I hadn't used the car as much as I thought I would so it was good to sell it to someone else who might use it more.
After the close of the auction, I received a phone call from the buyer. He was of Croatian descent and was located in Toronto. I was in British Columbia. I remember thinking that this was the second Croatian who was interested in this car but this time he bought it. This person had already asked how much it would cost to ship the car to Toronto and I had received a price of $400 from a shipper. The buyer promised to courier a bank draft for $7900 the next day. Of course, I didn't see any draft the next day or the next. I was starting to get concerned on the third day when it arrived. It was for the exact amount as promised. It was a real bank draft issued by one of the large Canadian banks. I had no trouble cashing the bank draft at my bank.
That night, after I deposited the bank draft, I got another telephone call from the buyer. He was pleased that I had the bank draft. He asked me to ship the car to Chicago instead of Toronto. I promised to check the next day. The cost to Chicago turned out to be $492. I decided to cover the excess myself. I shipped documentation to the buyer and included all of the history that I had about the car. The next day, I took the car to the shipping drop off point near Vancouver. The company was located in an industrial area that I was not familiar with. When I arrived at the given address, it turned out to be a regular house. There was no one home. I called the contact phone number and talked to a representative. He said that the vehicle had to be dropped off at another location, about 5 miles away. I proceeded to this location. It was another house and again no one was home. I put the keys in the mailbox as instructed and made my way home via transit.
In the end, the bids on the car pushed the final price up to $7500, my reserve price. I was sure right up to the end that someone would push the price even higher. No one did. Most of the people that asked questions didn't even bid. I did manage to sell the car and I received confirmation that it was shipped safely to Chicago. The recipient, a cousin of the buyer, seemed happy with the car as received. Some months later, I received a telephone call about it asking me how to start the car. This was strange as he had obviously driven the car already. It turned out that he did not know the dash controls of the car, despite having an original owner's manual. Instead of the choke, he had been pulling out the dashboard light control. I identified the actual choke control to him and he was then able to start the car right away. This ebay selling experience was successful for me and the buyer was happy. I never heard of any problems with the car right up until he notified me that was selling it due to job loss. I don't know if it was listed on ebaymotors again.