Our How To Sell Used Car Parts on eBay teaches everything we know about selling used car and light truck parts on eBay – and that’s a lot! We just had some questions from a potential buyer that might help you decide if the course is right for you. The names have been withheld to protect the innocent. :-)
I was just reviewing your course on selling car parts, my question is that do you go over shipping in the course? I would think that car parts could be really heavy and the shipping would be high. Also is this a business that you do personally? opps one last question do you go over the best way to stock these parts (home, storage unit etc)
All great questions! Yes, I personally sell car parts on eBay, along with lots of other items. I created this course to help my daughter and son-in-law (Randy). She’s homeschooling my grandkids and he works 4 days a week and they needed more money. So he acquires parts one or two days/week and she does the listings, etc. So it’s a part-time or full time effort, depending on how much time you want to invest.
You are so right about shipping. It’s absolutely critical on eBay since offering free shipping is the key to a lot of sales. Your strategy, though, depends on what you’re comfortable with. I personally only sell smaller items that are light and easy to ship. Randy, though, is willing to meet people in parking lots, restaurants, etc. I mention an example in the course that he met somebody and sold a car door and made about $800, if I remember correctly. I don’t do that. A woman alone meeting strangers seems very unwise to me but I have to sell a lot of parts to make $800, so everything is a trade-off.
Another important point here is that I never resell parts that have to ‘work’, meaning be mechanically sound. If someone buys a carburetor they expect it to work, obviously. I’m sure there are folks who can figure that out but I don’t have that kind of knowledge or equipment.
As for storage: I have a small utility room in my garage and I also have shelves out there. But it’s not really a problem because I don’t have a vast inventory – there’s no need to tie up lots of money in parts. Sell them, acquire more. And that’s especially true when you’re starting out. I figured that getting parts for high end cars – like a Ferrari, for example – would be a good idea because their owners aren’t poverty stricken. Wrong! I ended up with parts I couldn’t sell and eventually gave away to the Salvation Army. The hardest part of this biz is figuring out what sells, not acquiring the parts.
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