Vehicle Parts Compatibility

If you sell vehicle parts on eBay, you can match your vehicle parts & accessories to our catalogue, add parts fitment to your listings and keep on top of our Master Vehicle List (MVL) to give your listings the best chance at a sale.

What is vehicle parts compatibility?

When you create a parts and accessories listing, we recommend adding Parts Compatibility (also known as "fitment"). This allows you to add all the years, makes, models, trims, and engines that your part fits (up to 1,000 or 3,000 combinations, depending on the category), which makes it easy for buyers to find the right parts for their vehicle.

Why should you add fitment data to your listings?

Enabling fitment information for your listings helps buyers to easily find the correct products for their vehicles.

  • It increases your sales potential and visibility on eBay 
  • It better matches you with buyers searching for your items, and maps your listings to the vehicles buyers have saved in their eBay Garage 
  • Reduces the amount of returns and time spent managing customer queries and complaints

What the numbers say

40% increase

In sales potential

on average for sellers who add fitment information to their listings*.

1 in 2 buyers

Shopping in Parts and Accessories

have a vehicle saved in their eBay Garage**.

Every 3 seconds

A car or truck part is purchased

on ebay.com.au***

How buyers search for vehicle parts on eBay

When searching for vehicle parts and accessories on eBay, buyers use the parts finder to ensure the products fit their vehicle. This filters the search to only relevant products. 

When they use the parts finder, their vehicle is saved to their eBay Garage, so they can filter any P&A search to only show products relevant to their vehicle in future.

How to add fitment to your listings

  1. Start by gathering information about the part or accessory. Make sure you have the Brand and Manufacturer Part Number (MPN), as well as the Make, Model and Variant to ensure buyers can find products that are compatible with their vehicles. You can use the Master Vehicle List (MVL) to compare the information you have about your item with the data used by eBay to create your listing.
  2. Decide how you’re going to list your product. You can list your products one at a time or in bulk using eBay tools or third-party tools.

Creating a single listing

Select Sell at the top of most eBay pages and create your listing as you would for any other item.

After you’ve told us what you’re selling and chosen the right category, be sure to enter the Brand and MPN. The MPN is a series of unique numbers and/or letters that are assigned to a part by the manufacturer. It identifies the part as belonging to and originating from that manufacturer. 

Next, select Add compatible vehicles and enter all the vehicle information you have for your item. At a minimum, include:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Variant

Buyers are searching for parts to fit their particular vehicles, so it’s important to be accurate when adding compatible vehicles, to avoid returns.

You can add up to 3,000 vehicles that your part is compatible with. You can use the Master Vehicle List (MVL) with Seller Hub Reports Tool to add parts compatibility data to your listings in bulk.

When you’re updating your listing, make sure to add as many recommended and optional item specifics as you can. These are based on frequently searched terms and help buyers to find your listings and understand exactly what you’re selling. 

 

Select Save when you’re done to return to the listing form.

Creating or revising multiple listings

Use the parts catalogue

If you sell in the Vehicle Parts & Accessories category, you have the option to adopt our parts catalogue. You’ll receive multiple benefits from adopting the Vehicle Parts & Accessories catalogue:

  • A faster and simpler listing process
  • Increased traffic to listings and potentially higher conversion
  • Improved visibility in search
  • Rich features like product reviews
  • Help potential buyers find the exact product fit for their needs

The catalogue allows sellers in most Vehicle Parts & Accessories categories to quickly list items using Brand, MPN or GTIN (UPC, ISBN, EAN) and add valuable data for buyers including images, item specifics and parts compatibility.

There are multiple ways to match your listings to the parts catalogue.

 

  1. Using eBay tools

For New Listings:

  • Enter a Title, MPN, or GTIN (UPC, ISBN, EAN)
  • Review details of the matching products
  • Select the product that best matches the item you’re selling
  • Select the box to prefill the listing with eBay catalogue information
  • Select item condition and provide any additional listing description information
    • Add as many recommended and optional item specifics as you can for your item

For Existing Listings:

  • Search using the Item ID you’d like to revise and click ‘edit’
  • Make sure your item doesn’t feature multiple-SKUs or variations
    • Click on the ‘Find a Different Product’ link to the right of your listing title
    • Enter a Title, MPN, or GTIN (UPC, ISBN, EAN)
    • Review details of the matching products
    • Select the product that best matches the item you’re selling
    • Review listing and click ‘Update listing’

 Using Seller Hub Reports

You can use Seller Hub Reports to create and revise new listings in bulk. Be sure to follow the format of the downloadable template to complete the relevant information for up to 5 categories at a time. Much like File Exchange, which has now been deprecated, you should add data into the ‘Relationship’ and ‘RelationshipDetails’ columns. You can find more information about the Seller Hub Reports tool here.

 Using the Merchant Integration Platform (MIP)

  1. Open/ create the MIP flat file
  2. Add a column designated ePID and provide the number that represents your item in the eBay catalogue
  3. Upload the flat file to associate your items with the eBay catalogue

Using an API

Adopt the eBay Catalogue by assigning an EPID to your items.

Using third-party integration partners

Contact your integration partner to find out how to associate your listings to eBay catalogue entries or explore one of the following bespoke solutions:

Using third-party tools

 

You can use one of the below specialised solutions to assist with adding fitment data to your eBay listings.

Optiseller

Optiseller’s Parts Compatibility Finder can help you add fitment data to up to 150,000 eBay listings at once by:

  • Scanning your eBay store listings
  • Extracting vehicle information and parts-related information (if present) including Title, Brand, Parts Numbers (such as EAN, MPN) from your listings
  • This information is then processed and used to lookup our data-sources for a match
  • If a match is found, a file will be returned with the relevant ‘revise’ information for your listing which will include KTypes and Fitting position data. This can be uploaded to eBay via the Seller Hub Reports tool or via your integration partner

eBay sellers have access to either:

  1. One month free access to Optiseller’s Starter Package AND Parts & Compatibility finder (save $46) or;
  2. Two months’ access to Optiseller’s Starter Package AND Parts & Compatibility finder plus Available at half price (save $250);
    • Access to a live and on-demand webinar training program and;
    • Unlimited email and phone support during the program period

Book in time to talk to the Optiseller team today


To learn more about the Optiseller tool and see how it can help your business, book in time to chat to one of their specialists using the link below.

Find out more about Optiseller’s tools→ Book in time with an Optiseller specialist today →

ZELLIS

ZELLIS Auto’s Parts Compatibility Tool can help sellers who list directly on eBay, or are integrated with Maropost Commerce Cloud (formerly Neto), Codisto, Channel Advisor or M2E Pro add fitment data to thousands of listings, either using their self-service tool, or with the support of their Merchant Services team.

eBay sellers have access to:

  • $100 set up and training, including integration with Maropost Commerce Cloud (save $400)

Then choose either:

  1. Use ZELLIS Auto free for a month to tag your own products (Save $299); or
  2. Get ZELLIS Merchant Services to tag your products for a month at half price (Save $1350)

Book in time to talk to the ZELLIS team today

To learn more about the ZELLIS tool and see how it can help your business, book in time to chat to one of their specialists using the link below.

Find out more about ZELLIS' tool → Book in time with a ZELLIS specialist today →

Partly

Partly is a professional catalogue management platform used by companies ranging from small manufacturers and distributors, to public companies. Partly allows you to manage compatibility in one central location, and easily push your parts to eBay, your own website, or wherever you need via our enterprise API. A Partly subscription gives you access to the following:

  • Dedicated data professional helping to input your data to get set up
  • Vehicle and parts database licensing
  • eBay sales channel (seamlessly publish to eBay with vehicle parts compatibility)
  • Licence to use compatibility data on your own site
  • Professional parts compatibility manager, with easy fitment and OEM part links

Partly are partnering with eBay Australia to provide eBay sellers a free first month with full support.

Book in time to talk to the Partly team today

 

To learn more about the Partly tool and see how it can help your business, book in time to chat to one of their specialists using the link below.

Find out more about Partly's tool → Book in time with a Partly specialist today →

Master Vehicle List (MVL)

You can also manually choose up to 3,000 compatible vehicles per listing, from our Master Vehicle List (MVL), which includes over 40,000 vehicle models. You can use the MVL with Seller Hub Reports to add parts compatibility data to your listings in bulk. 

Assigning compatible vehicles to your listings makes it easier for buyers to find parts, and they can buy with confidence that they're buying a part that fits their model.

Even if you don’t match your listings to our catalogue, it’s still important to manually add compatibility information to your listings to boost your visibility in search, and avoid duplicate listings. 


If you can’t find a vehicle on our MVL, you can request it by emailing us at sdsupport@ebay.com.

Download the latest MVL file →

Master Motorcycle List (MML)

If you list within the motorcycle parts categories, use the Master Motorcycle List (MML) so that buyers can refine their search by model to find your listing

You should use the MML when listing in the following Vehicle Parts & Accessories subcategories:

  • Motorcycle Parts (10063)
  • Motorcycle Tuning & Styling (96382)
  • Motorcycle Wheels & Tyres (35578)
  • Scooter Parts (84149) - later in 2016


To request the addition of vehicles that you believe may be missing from the MML, please send an email with the title “MML Missing Vehicle Request” to sdsupport@ebay.com.

Download the latest MML file →

Start Using Parts Compatibility

Step One: Learn how to get started using parts compatibility to boost your sales.

Step Two: Make sure your parts are visible on our Fitment Finder, using the elements you prepared in step 1. You can download this file to see which categories you can add parts compatibility to.

Parts Compatibility Exclusions

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

Avoiding Duplicate Listings

Avoid duplicate listings, by clearly demonstrating the difference between your items in the title, price, condition, photos, subtitles, item specifics (like MPN), and parts compatibility. 


If you’re selling the same part for different cars, use parts compatibility to avoid unintentional duplicates. If you list with variants, like colour, each variant should be a different product, with different MPNs. If the brand has the same MPN, create a listing for each variant specifying colour as an aspect. 


How to Identify Duplicate Listings

We’d recommend identifying duplicates by viewing all of your active listings, and sorting by title or price + postage, to see similar items grouped together.

With File Exchange, you can export all of your active listings, sort, and edit in bulk. Make sure you check often to make sure you comply with our duplicates policy. 


Removing Duplicate Listings

Removing duplicate listings ensures we remain a fair platform, and often results in a substantial increase in sales.  If we identify that you have duplicate listings, we’ll compare search scores, number of purchases, and time on site, and will remove the listing with fewer sales.

Learn more about our Duplicate Listings Policy

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*Based on year to date average of conversion rate using parts finder vs. without, as at 25 July 2021

**52% year to date average share of eBay registered users who visit ‘Parts & Accessories’ categories with at least one vehicle in their ‘My Garage’, as at 25 July 2021

***ebay.com.au data, May 2020-2021