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Listing in the Vehicle Parts & Accessories category with parts compatibility
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What is parts compatibility?
Parts compatibility allows a seller to show a list of all the vehicles that a part or accessory is compatible with in a single listing. This helps save time and money by reducing the number of listings a seller needs to manage, plus it helps buyers to find compatible parts for their vehicle quickly and easily. You can choose compatible cars from a master vehicle list (MVL) of more than 16,000 models.
Tip: Make sure you use parts compatibility when listing in Vehicle Parts & Accessories. It helps increase the visibility of your listings in search results and helps to boost sales as buyers can quickly find compatible parts for their vehicles.
You can use the MVL when listing in the following Vehicle Parts & Accessories subcategories:
You cannot use the MVL when listing in the following subcategories:
How to list using the master vehicle list
You can also download the latest version of the MVL. This can help you to compare the information you have about your item with the data used by eBay to create your listing.
Master vehicle list download
To download the latest MVL, use the link below. You will need to accept a User Agreement in order to download the MVL.
To receive email notification of updates to the MVL, please send your email address and eBay user ID to VehicleListUpdates@ebay.co.uk
Note: The MVL is updated quarterly. Find out more about MVL updates in information for business sellers.
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Video and PDF tutorial for creating listings with the master vehicle list
If you're looking for more details, our comprehensive PDF tutorial will give you all the information you need to start creating listings with the MVL.
Information for business sellers
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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 vehicles which have been subject to changes in the updated MVL, these changes are automatically made to the active listing. If you are 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. Where relevant, please note that the maximum permitted number of 1,000 vehicles (eBay method of counting) can be exceeded.
Note: Vehicles that have been added to the MVL are shown in a separate column in the downloadable MVL Excel file.
If this is the case, you are allowed to list up to 15 identical items as specified within our duplicate listing policy. Please make sure that the MVL for each listing is different.
Listings containing vehicles with an open production period (year ranges) may be blocked during a revision of the MVL or when being reposted in the new year.
The new year is added automatically for listings containing these vehicles, which may mean that the total number of vehicles permitted in a single listing (1,000 vehicles using the eBay method of counting) may be exceeded. If this is the case, you'll need to revise your listing and remove one or more vehicles from the master vehicle list, in order to be able to revise or relist the item and, if necessary, to create an additional listing for it. When doing so, please keep our duplicate listing policy in mind.
You can add a maximum of 1,000 vehicles from the MVL. If a vehicle is added with all the criteria, such as make, model, variant, body style, type, year and engine, then it often counts not as one vehicle, but as several. The reason for this is that the production period (year) of a vehicle is counted separately for each year.
Example: BMW, 3 Series, E46 [1998-2006], Saloon, 320i, 2000|2001|2002|2003|2004|2005, 2171ccm 170HP 125KW (Petrol)
The production period (Year) 2000-2005 will be broken down into the single years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. This means that this entry counts as six vehicles and not just as one. This system of counting is also used for vehicles where you have given only the make, model and variant as mandatory information.
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