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There are many different types of used car buyer in the UK. You can part exchange, sell to a dealer or online buyer, list your car on a classified website to find a private buyer, or sell it back to the manufacturer. You can even scrap a car with a scrappage scheme. The best car buyer for you will depend entirely on your individual vehicle and how fast you want to sell it.
The main questions you’ll need to ask yourself before choosing a buyer will concern speed and money. Do you want a quick, hassle free sale today or do you want to try and maximise the amount of money you receive? You’ll need to think hard about this and consider all the various routes.
Selling to an online car buyer could be a great option if you want a speedy transaction. They offer hassle-free selling solutions and you can often get a sale agreed in as little 24 hours. However, you might not get as much money as selling your car privately, or to an independent or franchised dealer who really wants to retail your car themselves.
Here at Motorway, we work rather differently. Our smart technology matches your car with a nationwide network of verified dealers looking for cars just like yours. Dealers will compete to buy your car and we’ll find your best offer. Choose to proceed and home collection with same-day payment happens quickly and securely. By expertly matching your car with verified dealers looking for one just like it, we’re able to secure you an industry-leading price quickly and you won’t need to choose between price and convenience.
Online car buyers
There are now many companies that claim to buy any car online. But is an instant online car buyer the right option for you? Well, if you’re looking for a hassle free, quick way to sell your car then the answer is likely to be “yes”. With instant buyers, you can often sell your car in less than 24 hours but you may get a lower price than selling directly to a company who wants to retail your car directly, or privately to an individual on a classified website.
Motorway is not an instant buyer, but you can sell your car online to a dealer with us and you could make up to £1,000 more. You can always sell your car fast, without leaving your home. We’ll find your best offer from our nationwide network of dealers and get you a great offer from someone you can trust. We also make the selling process easy, with step by step instructions and support, and it’s always completely free.
Car dealers and dealerships
If you are looking for the highest price from a professional buyer, a car dealer can often offer more than an instant online buyer. Rather than exploring dealer options online, many people will simply take their used car to the dealer they purchased it from or another local dealer, and either part exchange their car or sell it direct.
Selling to a dealer can mean more money for you, but it can come with some complexity. The main issues arise if a local dealer does not actually want your vehicle and is therefore only able to offer a low price. As an example, if you take a Mercedes to your local dealership, and that dealership specialises in BMW, then this may affect the price they can offer. You may not be presented with a great deal as the company would have to sell the Mercedes on to another specialist dealer or take it to auction. This can mean time and money for the dealer, forcing them to offer you a lower price.
You’ll likely get the most money for your vehicle from a dealer if you find one that specialises in your car’s brand. For many people this could be miles away and there are also no guarantees, the dealer might already have a few cars of the same model as yours on their forecourts, meaning they’ll likely pay less than expected. This is where Motorway comes in. Enter your reg at the top of this page and we’ll get to work finding your best offer from our UK-wide dealer network.
Private car buyers
Selling your car privately cuts out any professional buyers completely by selling to a member of the public and can mean a great price. This is a popular option in the UK but involves listing your car with a lot of info and it can take a while to sell it. There are numerous classified selling websites in the UK to explore this route.
It’s important to get your advert right and looking great. A bad advert will lead to less interest for your car. You need to ensure you take great photos of the car and it’s helpful to know the specifications and features inside out. It’s also worth giving your car a thorough clean inside and out so it looks as good as possible. No one wants to buy a dirty car.
Once you have paid any listings fees for your advert to go live on a classified sale website, interest in your car should follow. You will then need to organise viewings of your car with any private buyers or purchasing dealers. It’s worth vetting callers to make sure they are serious before having them come to look at your car. This could save you time and money. It’s also good to have a decent idea of your car’s value in advance of listing. And make sure to watch out for people trying to snap up a bargain by assuming you don’t know the true value of your vehicle.