Buying a car online is always going to be a hustle. The actual car might not be the same thing you see in the pictures. You should be very careful when transacting online, especially when it comes to deals with no third parties involved. According to eBay, there is five point checklist you should have in the back of your mind when you want to buy a vehicle using their platform.
The first and the most important rule is to never send money using Western Union, Money Gram or any Instant transfer process. Cash transactions are encouraged to be done in person, though never on a first meeting. You should also bring a friend or someone you trust when you are going to meet the seller, as it is easier to be blindsided when you are alone. You should also make sure that the vehicle you are going to buy has Vehicle Purchase Protection. EBay encourages potential buyers to complete the purchase on the platform as that would make you eligible for the buyer's protection program.
Having said all that, there are always amazing cars to be had for relatively affordable prices. There is a vehicle for almost any kind budget on eBay. You can even find rare gems for a lot less expensive than you might have thought.
Here are 20 sick cars you can get on eBay that won't empty your bank account, ranked from most expensive to least.
20 2007 Bentley Continental GT convertible ($35,000)
The only thing that is better looking than a Continental is the convertible version. It had a base price of $201,225 when it first launched and was seen as a vehicle for a privileged few in high society. The car must have been hit by depreciation pretty seriously, as it now costs only a fraction of what it did a decade ago.
The one on eBay has 82,000 miles which can be a deal breaker for some people, as the cost of maintenance may be seen as too much to handle. The car has a 6.0-liter W12 engine which can put out up to 551HP. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting. It has a top speed of 194 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds.
19 2012 Cadillac Escalade Luxury ($32,000)
The Cadillac Escalade has always been known to be a full-size luxury SUV. It never disappoints when it comes to interior styling. It comes with a 6.2-liter flex fuel V8 engine which produces 403HP and 417 lb-ft of torque.
The one listed on eBay has a 40,400 miles on the odometer. This is extremely fair when you consider the price. There is also an existing warranty in place, so you don't have to worry about any issues that may arise.
The car cost around $85,000 for the platinum edition when it launched. The Cadillac Escalade Luxury has received a lot of criticism but it continues to sell extremely well, which probably has a lot to do with its size and interior appeal.
18 2012 BMW 6-Series 650i Convertible ($31,000)
You can currently get the BMW 6-Series 650i Convertible for less the $31,000 on eBay. The BMW 6-Series 650i is by far the largest convertible offering from the German manufacturer. According to Car and Driver, the BMW 6-Series 650i Convertible had a starting price of $87,695 when it launched in 2012.
The one on eBay has covered just 42,000 miles and comes with a buyer's warranty. The biggest engine offering has a 3.0-liter inline-6 V8 which can produce up to 445 horses. The interior is also class-leading when it comes to luxury. You get more legroom since the 650i is bigger than most convertibles on the market.
17 2010 Aston Martin Rapide ($30,000)
According to Car and Driver, the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide was considered a late entrant to the 4-door segment. The car was first launched in 2010 and was to be a high-performance sports saloon car. It was the first 4-door vehicle to come from Aston Martin since the Lagonda Rapide was discontinued.
According to Wikipedia, there was a plan to build 2,000 units of the Rapide every year, but things did not go as expected due to the poor sales. The plant had to be relocated to England for production to remain sustainable. Under the hood is a 5.9-liter V12 engine which can produce up to 470HP. It has a top speed of 188 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds.
16 2003 Bentley Arnage R ($30,000)
You can currently buy a fully serviced Bentley Arnage for less than $30,000 on eBay. If you have ever dreamt of owning a Bentley then this the perfect opportunity.
The 2003 Bentley Arnage R in question has just over 26,000 miles which is very rare to find 15 years after its launch.
The car had a retail price of $199,990 when it launched in 2003. Beneath the hood, you get a 6.75-liter V8 engine which can produce up to 400HP and 612 lb-ft. Bentley did a spectacular job on the engine. The car can go from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds. There are not a lot of modern cars that can achieve such a speed even, with advancements in engine technology.
15 1937 Bugatti Atalante ($26,000)
You can currently buy yourself a Bugatti for less than $26,000 thanks to eBay. It may sound surreal but it's true! The 1937 Bugatti Atalante is currently listed for $26,000, but since there are not any bids at the time of writing, you can always ask the owner for a discount. Maybe the owner doesn't know the real value of this vehicle, as there were only 43 of these ever produced. This makes it a rare collectible.
What is even more amazing is that this particular car only has 4,630 miles on it. You can use it daily if you are comfortable enough with old cars, keeping in mind that they don't have all the modern features found in new ones. The one eBay has had the original engine replaced.
14 2015 BMW 4-Series 428i Gran Coupe ($23,000)
The one listed on eBay has just 34,000 miles on the Odometer and you can get it for less than $23,000. It is always a good idea to try and buy a new vehicle, but if you can manage to snap this one up then it'll be a real deal.
An advanced packaged model could cost up to $60,000 when it first launched in 2015.
The car comes with a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine which can produce up to 320HP. The all-wheel drive was an optional package which is the same as the one on eBay. According to Car and Driver, the size of the car makes it a practical hatchback and it can be ideal for people who don't like 3-door cars.
13 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II ($22,000)
You don't have to be a millionaire to drive a Rolls-Royce. The Shadow II is one of the most famous Rolls-Royce vehicles ever produced. According to Wikipedia, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II is the largest production volume car from the British manufacturer. This could explain why there are still a few units of the vehicle alive today.
The Silver Shadow II name came about because of the changes in pinion and rack steering. There were also notable changes to the exterior, with the bumpers going to alloy from chrome. The one being sold on eBay has covered close to 90,000 miles. The original engine is still intact and the only thing that has been changed is the dashboard of the vehicle.
12 2007 Porsche Cayman ($21,000)
The Porsche Cayman, more commonly referred to as the Boxster, was first produced in 1996 and was in production right up until 2005. According to Wikipedia, the Cayman was the first vehicle by Porsche produced as a roadster after the 550 Spyder.
The 2007 model had a 2.7-liter flat-6 engine which could produce up to 240HP. In terms of transmission, you could chose between a 6-speed manual or a 5 speed automatic when it was new. The car still manages to look good after 11 years. The one listed on eBay has covered a low 57,473 miles, so it definitely still has at least a couple of years left in it.
11 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible ($20,000)
The Chevrolet Corvette Convertible has aged gracefully, so much so that it's hard to believe it was from 2001. The one on eBay has covered just 4,500 miles and has had only one owner, who stored in a climate controlled showroom. It comes with a 5.7-liter V8 engine which can produce up to 360HP.
Getting a car of this quality for $20,000 with just 4,500 miles is something that is almost unheard of.
The manual transmission is also something that car enthusiasts love in a convertible of such stature. The 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is for someone who wants power in a luxury setting. It delivers exceptionally well and makes for a great daily drive because of the interior comfort.
10 2011 Audi A6 ($17,500)
The 2011 Audi A6 is priced at $17,500, but you can always make an offer that is lower than that. The Audi A6 has been on the assembly line since 1994 and a lot of people see it as an alternative affordable luxury vehicle.
According to Car and Driver, the 2011 Audi A6 has stellar ratings and provides excellent handling thanks to the Quattro all-wheel drive.
It has a supercharged V6 engine which can produce up to 350HP. The 2011 Audi A6 was highly rated when it came to fuel economy, as it could manage 18 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway. The high-quality premium finish interior is just another great reason to get the 2011 Audi A6.
9 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish ($15,000)
At the time of writing, the current bid for this vehicle is set at $15,000 with only a few days to go. The Aston Martin Vanquish doesn't usually come anywhere near that cheap, as it was set at $133,424 when it first launched in 2014.
The 2014 model has a beautiful exterior. According to Car Connection, the Vanquish can be customized to satisfy even the most finicky of billionaires' needs. In terms of performance, the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish comes with a 6.0-liter V12 engine which can produce up to 565HP. It also comes with a 6-speed automatic and has a top speed of 183 mph. It can go from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds. The good thing about eBay is you can find desperate people, and sometimes the price might not be reflective of the real value of what you're buying.
8 1970 Cadillac DeVille Coupe De Ville ($12,999)
If you pay the $12,999 asking price, you could be driving home with the 1970 Cadillac DeVille Coupe De Ville. The only downside is that it has covered 133,000 miles. This could be the perfect gift for your kid who has just passed their driving test. It will teach them a lot about cars and - perhaps most importantly - how to drive a stick.
The Cadillac De Ville nameplate was on the assembly line from 1958 until 2005. The first generation defined the exterior designs for many vehicles during the 60s and the 70s. The 1970 model marked the beginning of the third generation. According to Wikipedia, there were a couple of design changes. There were new lamp clusters and vertical rear bumpers.
7 2004 Honda S2000 ($12,000)
The Honda S2000 was on the assembly line from 1999 to 2009. There were a couple of different iterations during its lifetime with most of the big improvements going to the exterior.
According to Wikipedia, the 2004 model was made bigger for the North American market, and also featured an improvement in the engine displacement. The one being sold on eBay has covered 110,000 miles. It will make you look rich even though you'll only be spending potentially less than $12,000. The car can produce up to 237HP, which is great if you want to take it to the race track. The interior also makes it comfortable for daily driving.
6 2004 Lexus SC Convertible ($11,000)
The SC is defined as a grand tourer and was in production from 1991 until 2010. This is another vehicle that has divided opinions, but one thing we can all agree on is that the designers did a great job with its exterior design.
This particular one listed on eBay has hit 168,000 miles but still looks as though it's in mint condition.
Under the hood is a 4.3-liter V8 engine which can produce up to 300HP. According to Wikipedia, the car has a history in competitive motorsport. It came in second in the 2006 Super GT car series, bit that car had to be extensively modified to reach the 500HP minimum requirement.
5 2010 Jaguar XF ($10,000)
The XF is your best bet if you are looking for a cheap Jaguar, as you can get it for less than $20,000 on most online platforms. The car was in production from 2007 to 2015.
According to Wikipedia, the XF was supposed to be the successor to the Jaguar S-Type. It features a 5.0-liter V8 engine which can produce up to 503HP. There was also a revised front bumper and spoiler for the 2010 model. Since it has less than 50,000 miles on it, you'll definitely have to act fast if you're interested, as this one shouldn't be sitting around for more than a couple more days. There is also premium finishing for the interior of the 2010 Jaguar XF which makes it an exquisite automobile.
4 2006 Maserati Quattroporte ($9,000)
There have been six generations of the Maserati Quattroporte, with the first being introduced in 1963. According to Wikipedia, the first Maserati Quattroporte was powered by a V8 engine.
The 2006 model falls in the fifth generation. It has a 4.7-liter V8 engine which produced 395HP. The car has a top speed of 170 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds. It is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The 2006 model that is currently being sold on eBay has only covered 54,000 miles, which makes it a good bargain if you are looking to drive a Maserati. The car seems to have aged really well and there is no big difference between this one and the newer models.
3 1970 Dodge Challenger ($8,000)
The Dodge Challenger was first introduced to the mass market in 1959. It is a quintessential American muscle car. The car is still in production to this very day. The first generation models are some of the best looking cars America has ever produced.
According to Wikipedia, the 1970 Dodge Challenger was positioned to compete against the Pontiac Fire Bird and the Mercury Cougar.
The one being sold on eBay has been entirely rebuilt. The owner has documented the whole restoration process on YouTube, so you can check that out to make sure you're getting a good deal. This is ideal for people who are into vintage muscle cars with custom mopers.
2 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider ($6,000)
If you are into classic vehicles then you should consider the 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider. You can get it right now on eBay for $6,000 with only 60,000 miles on it. It is a convertible and has leather seats that are still in good condition.
According to Wikipedia, the car was in production from 1966 to 1993 and was targeted for the North American market despite being produced in Italy.
The 1987 model is a series 3 and comes with a 2.0-liter L4 engine. It was featured in the popular film The Graduate and there has even been a variant named after it. The Graduate was meant to be affordable and lacked some of the luxury features that were available on other models.
1 1999 Chevrolet Camaro SS ($4,000)
This has to be the cheapest car on the list. According to the owner, he has been driving it for the last 10 years and he never thought he would sell it. The car has 174,000 miles on it, but given the asking price that's totally acceptable. The car comes with a 5.7-liter LSI engine which can produce up to 305HP.
According to Wikipedia, 1999 was also the year that the "Hugger Orange" color was introduced. If you are looking for a first vehicle and are on a budget, this Chevrolet Camaro SS comes highly recommended. You will need to get your hands dirty because the car might not be in the best condition, but $4,000 is a steal for a car like this.
Sources: wikipedia.org; caranddriver.com; topspeed.com