By no means an I an expert on the subject, but thought I'd type up a little How To about how to go about purchasing automotive parts from eBay. There are too many variants to list, too many different ways to shop, and opinions differ from person to person. This is a write-up based on MY PERSONAL experience on eBay and in no means guarantees that things will work out 100% for you! My intent with this post is simply to help those that have shied away from eBay because of all the horror stories they've heard. A little bit of common sense goes a long way. Let's get started! (BTW- this is a LONG post, I hope it reads ok!) DEDICATED FINANCIAL ACCOUNT FOR EBAY/ONLINE PURCHASES Let me first say I think it is a GREAT idea to have a dedicated bank account for online purchases, including eBay. I'm not totally paranoid but like the extra bit of feeling of security. I set up a checking account at my bank that I use primarily for online purchases. When I am ready to make a purchase, it's as simple as calling the bank and doing the automated transfer from one of my other accounts to the checking account I will be using. IF anything ever happens, someone gets into my eBay or PayPal account, I want to be sure they have no chance of cleaning me out, and have no access to my main money account. I also use this account as my 'toy' money. If you are the type to have a budget, this is a great place to put money set aside for your truck projects or what ever you treat yourself to. AN EBAY ACCOUNT! The first thing you'll need, of course, is an eBay account. I'll assume you already have one so I'll make this section brief in case anyone doesn't know what is involved. When registering with eBay you will be asked all the basic information as well as some more in depth questions. Banking information is asked for, if memory serves me correctly? It seems to be a bit of a pain in the rear but while you are registering just think that anyone that's wanting to register to screw people out of their hard earned cash have to go through the same process, so it's a good deterrent, imo. A PAYPAL ACCOUNT Totally optional, but it makes things so much easier. An, again, if I'm not mistaken, eBay is about to do away with cash and/or personal check transactions. PayPal is actually OWNED by eBay so yes, there is a little bit of a bias there. Rest assured, if you have a dedicated bank account for your online purchasing you will sleep better at night whatever you do! PayPal also has you go through a whole big registering hoop and ask for your banking information. They'll actually verify your banking information by sending you money! Ok, so it's only a few pennies, but they have you check your bank account and then enter the amount of money they put into your account. Once you have tied your account to PayPal you will be able to make instant transfer from that account VIA PayPal so no one ever really sees your credit card number. You can also do checks through PayPal but, as with paper checks, payments are not immediate. USING EBAY TO FIND PARTS If you know exactly what you are looking for, great! If not, have no fear.. most reputable sellers on eBay that have an actually business are great at supplying you with the information you need. It is in their best interest to make sure you receive the right part, in good condition, and that you are happy with the transaction. Good transactions make for good feedback, and good feedback make for even better business. This How-To will be much simpler to understand if we go ahead and make a simulated search and purchase of an item. For sake of this write-up, let's buy an A/C compressor for my 1999 Chevy Suburban. There is no way that this item is in any other section other than eBay Motors. eBay Motors is a dedicated section of eBay for anything and everything automotive, boating, atv, go carting, airplane.. etc etc. So we go to eBay Motors, and then the parts section. We then have to think of what to search for to bring up the items we want to look at and get as many choices as we can. Here is a search for the full name of the part I want: We only get three matches! Yikes... We'll try again with the very basic keywords: 10 items found. Not too bad... That's a good start.