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Who will collect my car when I sell? The guide to free collection

When selling your car, “who will collect my car?” might be an important question to consider. After all, the process can be stressful enough, without having to drive for miles to drop your car off to complete the sale.

Fortunately, many online car buyers will collect your car and pick it up from a suitable home or work address, usually for free.

The era of car sales including free pick up with home collection is now! Compare prices and sell your car now or read on for a comprehensive guide to your options…

Need a convenient sale? Have your car collected from home to save time and hassle.

If you’re looking for buyers who can pick up your car, don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we take a look at all the available options when having your car collected as part of the sale is a must.

In our who will collect my car guide, we’ll look at:

  1. Who will collect my car when I sell?
  2. Online car buying websites
  3. Which online buyers offer collection when you sell your car?
  4. Who will collect and scrap my car?

Who will collect my car when I sell?

Private sale

When selling your car privately, the buyer will most likely take the car away with them. They’ll come and view your car, and if you agree a sale, they’ll simply drive off with your car once the money has been paid and the paperwork has been sorted.  

Now, this may sound ideal. However, there are many other things to consider before going down this road. If you’re looking for an easy cash sale and want your car collected then it’s quite likely that a private sale may not be for you…

The process can often be long and drawn out, to say the least. You’ll have to advertise the car yourself, often on numerous websites, and show it to strangers (aka potential buyers who may turn up on your doorstep). This will take time, and there are no guarantees of success after all that work.

Although you may find a buyer willing to collect your car, selling privately is a process that can take a while. If you want to know more about this option, our handy guide on selling your car privately is a great place to start.

Will a dealer pick up my car?

Selling a car to a dealer has also been a popular option for many years. However, the traditional method has usually involved driving to your local dealer.

Even large dealer groups like Evans Halshaw, will still require you to take your car to them, rather than the other way around.

However, that’s not to say some dealers won’t offer home or work collection. Nowadays, there are a number of dealers that will be willing to collect your car. Motorway work with over 3,000 dealers who will buy your car, and most of them will collect from home.

If they really want it, a dealer will make the effort to collect a car from a work address.

No matter where you start on your quest to find a dealer who will collect, you’ll need to do your research to make sure you find the right dealership for you and your car.

This involves making sure the dealer specialises in the make of your car to maximise the price of sale, and obviously need to find one willing to pick it up.

So, if you want to find the right dealer, we might be able to help. Motorway works directly with verified dealers to get the best deal for customers.

You can also read our full guide to selling your car to a dealer.

Online car buying websites

Online car buying companies have become an increasingly popular method for many sellers over the last decade or so. They aim to make the process as quick and easy as possible, meaning you’ll always get a fast sale. They’re also likely to offer free home collection.

To make the process as simple as possible, many of them will pick up your car (from home or work), saving you a trip to a local drop-off centre (this can often be quite some way away). Some will be able to do this for free, others will require you to pay a collection fee.

However, not all online car buying services provide a pick-up service. Many that involve you needing to drive to a branch or drop-off point will simply not pick up your car for you.

Instead, you have to drive to a collection centre to complete the transaction. Not ideal if you want it collected!

Which online buyers offer collection when you sell your car?

So, if some buyers won’t pick up your car, which online car buyers will? And what do we mean by free home collection?

Well, online car buyers have different policies on the issue. A home collection is when they’ll come and pick up your car from an agreed address. This could actually be from your home, or a place of work.  

So what are your other options then? Here’s a small list of nationwide online car buyers that will collect your car (some of them for free):

  • The Car Buying Group
  • Car Take Back
  • Money For Your Motors
  • Best Car Buyer
Many instant car buyers offer to collect your car from home or place of work

The Car Buying Group require you to book an appointment to have your vehicle collected from home. They will then visit your address to collect your car and complete the sale.

This appointment can be arranged at a time to suit you as well, and you won’t have to wait long for the appointment date, it can often be sorted and sold within 24 hours.

Normally, they will give you a price over the phone. Once they have arrived at your chosen destination, they will give the car a quick inspection to confirm everything discussed, before transferring the agreed sale fee. If you choose to accept their offer, you’ll be paid by bank transfer the same day.

This process is similar for most online buyers, but depending on which buyer you choose, the time this will take to reach your account will vary. For some, it’ll take up to 2-3 days to reach your account, though you can normally pay an additional fee to get a same-day payment.

Many online buyers provide free same-day payments on the day of pick up. This means the money is paid before they drive away with your vehicle and the cash should reach your bank account within 15 minutes, though you might have to wait a couple of hours in some circumstances.

It really does vary between buyers, but ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, most instant buying companies will offer to collect your car from home, but it’s not always free. Do check, as some companies may charge a non-refundable application fee before the agreed collection date. Being non-refundable, you may still have to pay it regardless if you sell to them or not. If you fail to pay the application fee in time, you’ll need to re-book an appointment and pay it.

Thus when looking into which companies will collect, make sure you weigh up the added cost of any additional charges that may arise. Driving somewhere is always a pain, but the cost-saving may be worth it on some occasions.

Who will collect and scrap my car?

If your car is a complete write off, you may just want to give up the chase and have it scrapped. Now, there are numerous ways to proceed with this. You could break up your car and sell it as spare parts.

Doing it this way, it might be possible to get buyers to come and collect the spare parts. However, finding buyers will more than likely take a good amount of time and effort. Not to mention a potentially huge amount of time-consuming Gumtreeing or eBaying!

Of course, if you’re looking to get a fair price for your scrap car, but save the effort of selling it for parts, there are companies that could offer you a solution by coming to collect your scrap car.

Our scrap partner, Car Take Back will pick up your car for free, ensuring you won’t have to go to any bother in order to get rid of it.

Not bothered by home collection?

Selling a car can be a confusing and painstaking process, and the collection criteria is just another thing to consider.

If you want to read a bit deeper on specific ways to sell, Motorway recommends you read our extensive guides and selling pages: