eBay likes to make lots of noise about how it offers the best possible consumer protection -- that was the entire basis of its failed attempt to make PayPal compulsory -- so it's rather odd that it's decided to withdraw the Vehicle Protection Program, which protected buyers of cars on the site in the case of gross misrepresentation.
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According to eBay, the cost of running the program has become prohibitive as the number of claims have decreased, and hence it will cease from November 23. Its advice? Buyers should now rely on their own checks. While we'd never advise buying a car from anyone without getting it inspected, the logic seems shaky to us: if fewer buyers are making claims, that should cost less. And as cars aren't even covered by PayPal's basic guarantees, there's essentially no protection involved.
The simplest response to this would seem to be to buy cars elsewhere. Just as with the failed PayPal scheme, it sounds like making more money is the only goal -- and eBay hardly deserves the reward of your business for that, does it?