How to Get Paid on eBay Motors

When you sell your used car on eBay Motors, you probably want to get paid. That’s not as easy as it sounds. There simply aren’t many great ways for sellers to get paid for their car, on eBay Motors or elsewhere—until now, that is.
While eBay Motors gets your car seen by many potential buyers, it doesn’t do much to help you get the deal done.

We created PrivateAuto Pay to protect you against the fraudsters that abound on eBay Motors and other listing sites—and to make vehicle transactions smooth, convenient, and fast.

What are the Payout Options on eBay Motors?

eBay Motors is amazing for getting a lot of eyes on your listing, but it doesn’t have much transactional infrastructure.

Listings sites, such as AutoTrader and Craigslist, function as “meetingplaces” to connect a buyer to a seller—and then leave them in the lurch to negotiate issues such as payments, document signing, and the rest.

eBay Motors doesn't provide payment support. They leave you and the buyer to navigate payment on your own. Here are your options:

PayPal: fees and transfer limits
Cash: risky and inconvenient
Bank transfer: cumbersome, exposes your banking info to strangers
Checks: slow, inconvenient

Then there’s PrivateAuto Pay. It’s so easy and intuitive, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life.
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Is PayPal a Good Type of Payment?

Peer-to-peer payment apps like PayPal seem convenient, but they have transfer limits, fees, or both.

PayPal’s fees of 2-3% quickly add up on large payments.
Low sending limits are unsuitable for high-dollar transactions—PayPal has a $10K limit on personal accounts.

While peer-to-peer apps work great for splitting bills, they fall woefully short as secure payment methods for vehicle payments. For a secure car payment solution with ironclad protections, choose PrivateAuto Pay.

Is Cash Safe?

Physical cash is a bit sketchy, especially where large sums are involved.

Here are some drawbacks to receiving a physical cash payment:

Counterfeit cash: while counterfeiting is rare, do you know for sure that the bills are genuine?
Physical safety: do you know the person you're dealing with? How do you know they’re not going to attack you and take back their cash as soon as you’ve transferred the title and handed them the keys?
Inconvenience/awkwardness: do you enjoy counting out stacks of bills under the watchful eye of a stranger?
Paperwork: do you know how to do the bill of sale and title transfer for your state? Will you have a record of the transaction in case the other party wants to contest it?

PrivateAuto Pay allows you to pay cash—digitally. All the benefits of physical cash, none of the drawbacks.

Are Bank Transfers Any Good?

Bank wire transfers are a frustrating and cumbersome way to get paid.

1. Inconvenient. You and the buyer need to have multiple back-and-forth exchanges to orchestrate the transaction. You’ve got better things to do with your time and attention.
2. Slow. Transfers can take days to fully process due to low account limits. If you’re smart, you won’t hand over the title until you’ve received the funds into your account. This forces the buyer to pay you, then wait—an act of faith on their part. It also turns what could be a quick transaction into a drawn-out affair.
3. Potentially risky. Exposing your bank account details opens the door to fraud.

PrivateAuto Pay enables instant transfers between verified user accounts 24/7 with no limits or transfer fees. Encrypted data keeps your information secure. You get escrow-like safeguards in the palm of your hand, and the PrivateAuto deal flow keeps both you and the buyer protected.

What About Checks?

If you're clever, you won't even think of accepting a personal check unless you wait for it to clear—and who wants to deal with that delay?

While cashier’s checks are more trustworthy, even they can be forged. The only way for you to be certain a cashier’s check is good: meet the buyer at their bank and have the bank verify the funds.

If you want to skip the inconvenience (and the limited banker’s hours), welcome to PrivateAuto Pay.
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DealNow Is Your Answer

PrivateAuto is an end-to-end solution that allows you to list your vehicle for sale, do the deal, and get paid. PrivateAuto Pay is our integrated banking gateway that facilitates instant, fee-free fund transfers of any amount.

PrivateAuto Pay is great if you’re listing your car on PrivateAuto, but what about an eBay Motors listing? We want you to have a safe and secure payment method there, as well.

That’s why we created DealNow. Start a transaction on eBay Motors (or anywhere) and finish it on PrivateAuto with all the advantages of PrivateAuto Pay. Here’s how it works:

1. Invite the buyer to DealNow via a custom link.
2. Enjoy identity verification, in-app messaging, and a test drive scheduling feature (none of which require you to exchange contact info).
3. Meet the buyer and let the buyer drive your car.
4. You and the buyer go together through a step-by-step transaction process in which you each confirm relevant details right in the PrivateAuto mobile app. From mileage to the VIN to the condition of the vehicle, we help you both prevent any errors.
5. You and the buyer each electronically sign an official bill of sale. This is stored in your PrivateAuto account as a legal record you can refer to down the road.
6. The buyer is prompted to initiate payment.
7. You get a notification of funds received and confirm receipt of payment.
8. You sign over the car title and hand over the keys.

DealNow is so smooth, so safe, and so fast that you’ll never want to sell a car without it. No matter where you find your buyer—from eBay Motors to Craigslist to the friend of a friend—DealNow will help you get the deal done and get paid, right now.

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What are the most popular alternatives to eBay?

If you're thinking about selling a car online, alternatives to eBay include:

- Social media. There are plenty of Facebook Groups designed to help people sell, and trade vehicles.
- Classified ads websites. Craigslist is nationwide, but most cities have local classified ad websites for car transactions. For example, Salt Lake City, Utah, has KSL Cars.
- Other car listing websites like, CarGurus, and Autotrader allow you to list your vehicle for sale to reach targeted buyers actively searching for cars. These sites offer various listing options.
- PrivateAuto is a secure peer-to-peer marketplace designed specifically for private-party used car transactions. We give you technology solutions for every stage of the deal—from listing to paperwork to payments—for a streamlined experience. If you want to auction your vehicle, PrivateAuto’s auction feature gives you all the benefits of a self-serve auction, backed by the power of PrivateAuto Pay and our transactional infrastructure.

Whether you opt to use PrivateAuto or another site, you can always take advantage of our transactional features by using DealNow.

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