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Selling parts that fit specific vehicles (parts compatibility)

What is parts compatibility?

Parts compatibility allows sellers in most Vehicle Parts & Accessories categories (see exclusions) to show all the vehicles that are compatible with their part or accessory. This helps to save time and money by reducing the number of listings you need to manage, and increases the visibility of your listings in search results. You can choose up to 1,000 compatible vehicles per listing from a master vehicle list (MVL) of more than 40,000 models.

When you assign compatible vehicles to your listing, buyers will find the parts they're looking for more quickly and can buy with confidence knowing that they're buying a part that fits their model. This should help result in fewer queries and returns.

Watch this short video to find out more.

How to list using parts compatibility

To add parts compatibility to your listing:
  1. Click Sell at the top of most eBay pages to start creating your listing.

  2. Enter a description of the item, for example "brake disc", and click Start selling. Select the matching category for your item.

    If parts compatibility is available in the category you selected, you'll automatically be prompted to specify compatible vehicles. If you want to skip this step and enter them later, you can also click Add compatibility on the listing form.

  3. Select the vehicle make, model, year and other relevant info from the drop-down menus. You can add notes for any exceptions.

  4. Click Add, and the matching vehicle(s) will be added to your item description. You can then add other compatible vehicles in the same way.

  5. When you're ready, click Save and continue. You'll return to the form to complete the rest of the details about your item.

Adding parts combatibility in SYI listing form 

Master vehicle list (MVL) download

If you want to see all of the vehicles available for parts compatibility, you can download the latest version of the master vehicle list (MVL). This can help you to compare the information you have about your item with the data used by eBay.

Download master vehicle list
(You'll need to accept a User Agreement in order to download the file.)

Find out more about MVL updates in our FAQ section below.

Using the master vehicle list (MVL) with File Exchange

Selling Manager Pro subscribers can use File Exchange to update their listings with parts compatibility information.

Here's what to do:

After processing, your listing should be updated with the appropriate vehicle compatibility data. It normally takes 30-60 minutes to process your file, but it can take longer depending on how many listings you're updating.

Listing title and description

Once you've added compatibility information to your listing, you don't need to repeat it in your listing title. This information will already be displayed to buyers in the Compatibility section of the listing and used in search.

Instead, we recommend adding search terms and additional information – such as brand, part type, part number/name and material – to your title and description.

Make sure you select item specifics for your item carefully as buyers often search for products using these filters.

FAQ about parts compatibility and the master vehicle list (MVL)

You can't add parts compatibility information to listings in these categories:

Vehicle Parts & Accessories >

Category ID

Car, Truck Parts > Audio, Video

38635

Car, Truck Parts > Charging, Starting Systems > Other

33578

Car, Truck Parts > Car Care & Cleaning

72200

Car, Truck Parts > Decals, Badges, Detailing

50444

Car, Truck Parts > Exterior > Splash Guards & Mud Flaps

50455

Car, Truck Parts > Glass > Window Tint

63689

Car, Truck Parts > Glass > Other

6781

Car, Truck Parts > Interior > Seat Covers

33702

Car, Truck Parts > Interior > Other

42612

Car, Truck Parts > Navigation, GPS

169362

Car, Truck Parts > Number Plates

421

Car, Truck Parts > Safety, Security > Fire Extinguishers

33722

Car, Truck Parts > Safety, Security > Seat Belt Shoulder Pads

50458

Car, Truck Parts > Safety, Security > Other

6779

Car, Truck Parts > Tools

34998

Car, Truck Parts > Wheels, Tyres

33743

Car, Truck Parts > Wholesale, Bulk Lots

40019

Car, Truck Parts > Other

6763

You can use:
  • Sell your item listing form

  • Selling Manager and Selling Manager Pro

  • API

Check with your third-party provider.
You're allowed to list up to five separate listings for identical parts as specified within our Duplicate listing policy. Please make sure that the list of compatible vehicles is different for each listing.
You can add a maximum of 1,000 compatible vehicles per listing. If a vehicle is added with all the criteria, such as make, model, variant, year, submodel and engine, then it often counts not as one vehicle, but as several.
Examples:

If you select the following:

It's counted as

Why?

  • Make: Holden

  • Model: Commodore

  • Variant: 2004-2007 AWD Ute

Four vehicles

Each production year (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) is counted as a separate compatible vehicle

  • Make: Ford

  • Model: Focus

  • Variant: 2011-2014 FWD Sedan

  • Year: 2013

Three vehicles

Each submodel (GDI, TDCi, i) is counted as a separate compatible vehicle

The MVL is regularly reviewed and updated. When this happens, new vehicles are added and small improvements made to existing data. For example, production periods are closed if a vehicle is no longer being manufactured.
Where an active listing includes compatible vehicles where any details have changed in the updated MVL, we'll automatically update the listing. If you're relisting an item, any updates from the MVL will also be automatically added.
You only need to revise existing listings if your item is compatible with vehicles that have been added to the updated MVL. Remember that you can't have more than 1,000 compatible vehicles per listing.
To request the addition of vehicles that you believe may be missing from the MVL, please send an email with the title "MVL Missing Vehicle Request" to sdsupport@ebay.com. For each vehicle, make sure you provide the make, model, year and output (KW and HP, if known) so we can accurately validate your request.
Listings containing vehicles with an open production period (year ranges) may be blocked during a revision of the MVL or when being renewed in the new year.
The new year is added automatically for listings containing these vehicles, which may mean that the total number of compatible vehicles for an individual listing exceeds the maximum of 1,000. In this case, you'll need to remove some vehicles in order to be able to revise or relist the item. You may be able to create another listing for the other compatible vehicles – please see our Duplicate listing policy for guidelines.
Have a look at the following videos to give you a good understanding of eBay Fitment. They'll help you save time and boost your items visibility.

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