Ebay is a public website. Why would you expect the seller to publicly post the HIN, registration
and other personal info, which could then be used in a real scam?
In my book, an ad should provide enough info to convey the condition and value of the boat, then it's up to you the buyer to contact the seller and start the discussion. If you're clearly a serious buyer, then it might be reasonable for the seller to divulge the HIN, registration
, location etc. at that time.
And then, before any money
changes hands, you need to see the boat.
Now, maybe the deal's so juicy and your vibe from the seller is good and you're willing to pony up a down-payment sight unseen.... it's happened... I've even had people send me stuff before I paid because they trusted me (and I did pay, pronto, so they were good judges of character
). But that's all into risky territory.
Anyway... no I don't think there's any obligation on the seller to publicly post the HIN.