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November 23, 2022 1 min read

Ebay Bans Sales of Tuning Devices

"Products that bypass, defeat or render inoperative emission-control systems aren’t allowed, either on their own or when combined with other hardware or software," reads eBay's policy on prohibited items. The policy officially prohibits the following items from being sold on its platform:

  • ​Tuners, services, software or devices that modify the performance of vehicles, such as cars, trucks and off-road vehicles
  • Aftermarket standalone (non-OEM) electronic control unit (ECU), including full electronic fuel injection (EFI) conversion kits
  • Powertrain or exhaust parts intended for “race only” or “off-road only”
  • Active fuel management/Dynamic fuel management or auto start-stop disablers
  • Blocking plates for emission control systems
  • Products that remove factory catalytic converters (CAT) or diesel particulate filters (DPF), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)
  • Throttle response controllers
  • Exhaust servo eliminators
  • Devices intended to bypass or reduce flow to oxygen sensors

The EPA has been cracking down for a while but now they have finally defeated Ebay and made them bow.

Ebay has now banned the sale of handheld tuners, test pipes, oxygen sensor spacers, or other products designed to improve the performance of a car while also defeating certain emission controls.

If Ebay is found to be selling any item listed they could face a fine up to $4,800 per occurrence by the EPA under the Clean Air Act. Considering they sell millions of items per day, this could add up to bankruptcy numbers really fast. 

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