eBay Motors Simplifies Its Online Auto Parts Buying

Shop professionals and DIYers will find two new ways to shop for parts and accessories on eBay Motors.

eBay has announced its latest auto feature, Shop by Diagram, which lets shoppers use interactive schematics to determine which parts are necessary, and then quickly makes the exact items they need available for purchase.

Also, a newly enhanced My Garage experience allows buyers to shop a personalized virtual garage of parts and accessories tailored specifically to their vehicle.

“More than half of all U.S. adults have tackled some sort of auto repair by themselves, and not knowing exactly which part they need can be one of the biggest obstacles to online parts shopping,” said Jay Hanson, COO and vice president of eBay Americas. “The new features we’re rolling out eliminate the guesswork by helping people find and buy the specific part they need-even if they don’t know exactly what it is.”

Buying the wrong part or not having all the right parts to complete a repair is a common headache for both auto enthusiasts and professional mechanics. According to eBay Motors’ Automotive DIY study, nearly half of consumers (49 percent) have mistakenly purchased a part either online or in-store that was incompatible with their vehicle.

Additionally, more than 70 percent have started a car repair before realizing they didn’t have all the right parts to finish the job. To address this, eBay has built algorithms that connect its catalog of over 80 million parts and accessories to visual diagrams and fitment data.

Shop by Diagram on eBay

eBay’s Shop by Diagram is designed to make it easier to find any auto part-even if a shopper doesn’t know the part’s name or part number-by making the vehicle’s schematic diagrams interactive. Professional and amateur mechanics can use visual diagrams to shop for the exact part needed for a project.

eBay’s proprietary technology combs through millions of listed parts that match the visual diagram for each vehicle, and fitment technology guarantees compatibility with the year, make and model of the vehicle selected by the shopper, according to the company.

Enhanced My Garage Experience

The updated My Garage experience offers a custom storefront for auto shoppers. By saving the details of their cars, trucks and motorcycles including year, make, model, trim level and engine type to the My Garage destination, shoppers get streamlined access to parts specific to their vehicle.

When a shopper searches for any item, eBay will only surface items that fit the vehicles in their virtual garage.

More Powerful Tools for eBay Shoppers

“Shoppers aren’t passionate about cars, they’re passionate about their cars, and eBay is making it easier for them to repair, care for, and upgrade their rides,” the company noted.

Shop by Diagram and My Garage join eBay Motors’ existing tools including Online Repair Manuals, Virtual Tech and Tire Installation Services. eBay is focused on personalization with new experiences like Interests, a feature that tailors the eBay experience for each shopper’s own passions, hobbies and style.

eBay Motors by The Numbers

  • Nearly 80 million live part listings
  • Nearly 220,000 live car and truck listings
  • A wheel or tire part is sold every 7 seconds
  • An exterior part is sold every 3 seconds
  • An engine or engine component is sold every 15 seconds
  • 15 motorcycle parts are sold every minute

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