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How reserve prices work

Sellers often set a reserve price when selling in an eBay auction in the Motors category. A reserve price is the minimum amount the seller is willing to sell for, so if the reserve price isn't met, the vehicle won't be sold.

Sellers don't have to reveal what they've set as the reserve price. Unless they state their reserve price in the listing, you won't know what the reserve price is until you meet it, or bid above it.

If you place a bid that's below the reserve price, you'll see a "Reserve not met" message. This means that even if you're the highest bidder at the end of the auction, you won't win the vehicle.

Sellers on eBay.com.au can only add reserve prices to listings in Motors categories.

Sellers can lower their reserve price during the auction, or make a Second Chance Offer once it's ended. This means you may still have a chance to buy the vehicle – we'll send you a message if either of these happen.

If you see "Reserve not met" after placing a bid, you won't win the item even if you're the highest bidder at the end of the auction.

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