What Is eBay AutoCheck?

Definition & Examples of eBay AutoCheck

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eBay AutoCheck is a service offered to eBay vehicle sellers that gathers information from many different sources to give shoppers a dependable history of the vehicle they are viewing.

Buying or selling a vehicle through an internet platform is a challenge. It's hard to know if you are getting exactly what is advertised, even if you go and see the vehicle—it's just as difficult to convince shoppers that information on a vehicle is legitimate. eBay has offered assistance to buyers and sellers by partnering with Experian for their AutoCheck service.

What Is eBay AutoCheck?

The basic idea behind AutoCheck (and similar services) is to prevent buyers from getting saddled with a vehicle that has an unusually (and potentially dangerous) history, or that is embroiled in more legal or title trouble than may be desirable.

AutoCheck is an affiliate company of Experian, one of the major credit bureaus. They have partnered with eBay to bring a better experience for vehicle shoppers, and help ease the concerns most people have about a vehicle's history.

How eBay AutoCheck Works

AutoCheck is a paid service on eBay—high-volume sellers (defined as anyone who has listed more than seven vehicles in a one-year period, becoming a permanent status) must have a subscription to AutoCheck to display vehicle histories, while sellers that are not listed as high-volume sellers are automatically given histories to display.

Shoppers can view a vehicle's AutoCheck report for free when a seller has purchased one.

If you are a high volume auto seller, you can purchase a subscription service via eBay's vehicle shopping section, or go to AutoCheck.com, register, and purchase the history through the company directly.

Auto sellers and shoppers can purchase an auto history directly from the vehicle sales page, or log in if they already have an account.

AutoCheck also guarantees their reports with a buyback option. If you find a missing state title brand—a state designation of vehicle damage or unsafe driving condition—they will buy back the vehicle at up to 110% of NADAguides.com value.

Advantages and Disadvantages of eBay Autocheck

There are a number of advantages and disadvantages when using AutoCheck.

Advantages
  • If it was reported stolen, salvaged/discarded for salvage, or rebuilt.

  • If the vehicle was deemed a lemon under state laws.

  • Whether the vehicle has been in a serious water damage situation.

  • If the vehicle has been in serious accidents.

  • Whether the vehicle's odometer is known to be inaccurate or not.

  • If the vehicle has been used as a rental or corporate fleet vehicle.

  • Whether a vehicle title is likely to be available and issue-free.

Disadvantage

Advantages Explained

The eBay AutoCheck will explain multiple conditions that may exist for a vehicle. It should list whether a vehicle has ever been reported stolen. Also listed will be any cases of abandonment, salvage, or major accidents—this is usually tracked by the vehicle identification number (VIN), and can be important to know as there might be safety issues.

The report will specify if the vehicle ever met state requirements to be considered a lemon—where there are too many breakdowns and repairs needed to a vehicle after purchase.

Water damage from any source, whether it be from a flood or negligence on a driver's part, will be explained in the report.

Odometer readings can be altered. However, the AutoCheck report specifies if the reading has been claimed to be true by previous owners.

Rental and corporate vehicles are generally not cared for as well as some people prefer. The report shows whether one has been used for these purposes before and whether there is an issue with the title.

Disadvantages Explained

Some eBay users consider seller feedback to be an important part of shopping on the platform. The AutoCheck report itself doesn't provide any of the feedback, so shoppers have to rely on the seller's eBay profile for reviews, including their customer service.

While the auto report states if a vehicle was classified as a lemon or in major accidents, it doesn't provide information on whether it needs maintenance or if there is any cosmetic damage.

There may be additional steps for closing on the vehicle purchase, registration, and licensing. AutoCheck does not provide any information on these possible occurrences, leaving it up to the consumer to make sure they acquire the information needed.

Key Takeaways

eBay AutoCheck is a paid service provided for eBay shoppers and sellers to help them market or purchase vehicles.

  • AutoCheck is an affiliate of Experian, one of the three credit bureaus, making it fairly trustworthy and reliable.
  • You can purchase a single-vehicle report on eBay's website, or subscribe if you are a high-volume seller.
  • The report is not intended to replace due diligence for either party involved in a sale. It is best if used with other tools, such as a mechanic's inspection.

Article Sources

  1. AutoCheck. "Welcome To AutoCheck." Accessed July 1, 2020.

  2. eBay. "eBay Motors Vehicle History Report Update." Accessed July 1, 2020.

  3. AutoCheck. "Vehicle Buyback Protection." Accessed July 1, 2020.