The 2005 decision by automakers to offer employee discounts to general consumers cleared new cars and trucks from dealer lots in record numbers. Now that the new-car inventory is low, used-car lots at dealerships are full and dealers are searching for new avenues to move used-car inventory.
The key benefit for consumers is that used-car prices are at the lowest point in two years according to a Wall Street Journal article in August.
Aside from incentives, two other factors point to an influx of used cars. In the coming months, massive numbers of rental and fleet vehicles will enter the used-car market coinciding with new model-year introductions. Also, rising gas prices will drive the resale of even more used SUVs and pickups as consumers leave their gas guzzlers in favor of fuel-efficient cars.
It’s times like these when eBay Motors can really help a dealer, serving as a complementary sales channel that broadens a dealer’s reach to a global marketplace with more than 10 million visitors per month. On eBay Motors, a car or truck sells every minute. Over the past five years, well over a million vehicles have been bought and sold on www.ebaymotors.com. By far, it’s proved to be the most popular and successful online destination for selling all things automotive. In fact, nearly four of every ten automotive minutes are now spent on eBay Motors.
eBay Motors has become a very important channel for hundreds of dealers across America to sell excess inventory quickly at a profit. Listing a vehicle for sale on eBay Motors costs $40, and sellers pay an additional $40 if their vehicle is purchased. In contrast, AIADA’s Marty Bernstein recently wrote that marketing a vehicle in traditional mode and media can cost dealers $400.
With unprecedented numbers of used cars on the lot today, engaging a method to sell them more rapidly and still profitably can produce a significant competitive advantage for a dealer.
During these times, it’s very important that dealers set the right price in order to move these used cars on eBay Motors. Setting your starting price low allows bidders to feel they have a chance to win the auction. Positive auction emotion and momentum take over and the lower starting price has a better chance of increasing.
Traditionally, the eBay Motors site has enabled sellers to list vehicles in any of three formats:
Or, to better replicate the bargaining process of a traditional dealership, the new Best Offer feature allows buyers and sellers to barter together to reach the best price. Buyers can send an offer, and find out whether the seller accepts. Here’s how to take advantage of the Best Offer feature:
Changes in the used car marketplace will force many dealers to rethink their selling strategy. Just as OEMs have looked to incentives to drive sales, used car dealers will need to find ways to move inventory as well. eBay Motors is a proven way for dealers to reach a national consumer marketplace inexpensively and offers a strong strategy for staying ahead of the used-car influx.
Vol 2, Issue 10
Dominion Dealer Solutions announced the release or update of new vehicle-history, CRM, and inventory-management technology.