Put another nail in the coffin of newspapers. We say this without glee, as one of the classic car-guy respites – sitting with a cup of coffee and the classifieds, looking for interesting local vehicles to rescue or dream about – has been dealt yet another blow. eBay Motors, one of our favorite time-wasting destinations, is zeroing in on geographic regions with the launch of eBay Motors Local Classifieds.

To launch the service, which is intended to connect local buyers and sellers within a 100 mile radius of their localities, eBay is temporarily offering sellers the new option for free. July 15 marks the day when sellers will have to start paying, but until then, sellers can list up to six vehicles for a seven-day stretch. Fees for insertion and successful listings are waived during this period to help the new option gain a foothold. With daily newspapers continually taking it on the chin, and the rise of internet portals like eBay and Craigslist, we'd expect nothing but success for this new offering from the industry's 800-pound gorilla – and now our man Paukert can zero-in on that Audi Ur-Quattro he's always after. Press release after the jump.

[Source: eBayMotors]

PRESS RELEASE

eBay Motors Gets Local with Classified Ads for Used Cars

SAN JOSE, Calif. (April 8, 2009) – eBay Motors (www.ebaymotors.com), the No. 1 automotive destination online, announced the launch of eBay Motors Local Classifieds for individual sellers. Designed to connect car buyers and sellers within a 100 mile radius of their local market, this new online classified listing option for eBay Motors is being offered free to sellers for a limited time.

"Our new format marries the renewed interest in used cars with the convenience of transacting locally," said Rob Chesney, vice president, eBay Motors, Marketplaces. "We're delighted to give our buyers and sellers yet another trusted way to connect on the eBay Motors marketplace."

Through an initial promotional period ending July 15, 2009, sellers can list up to six vehicles for a seven day period with no insertion or successful listing fees.

Local listings make it even easier for eBay Motors' 12 million monthly unique visitors* to find the pre-owned vehicle they want amongst the best selection of automotive inventory anywhere. Value-conscious consumers looking for a used car can easily search local classifieds on eBay Motors using criteria such as make, model year, color, pricing or mileage to find the perfect fit. In addition to the convenience of a more geographically friendly transaction, buyers have access to an increased selection and depth of assortment, with the option to view the vehicle, kick the tires, and complete the transaction in person.


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