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There are many ways to sell a car, but the second-hand car market can be a difficult place to navigate when looking for the best price. This is why Motorway exists. Motorway is the UK’s first comparison site to sell your car. By entering your registration, you can compare prices from online buyers and specialist dealers across the UK. Every used car owner can choose their highest instant offer and sell fast for free, with zero hassle. 

Finding the right deal for your car can feel like a daunting process. As there are so many buyers to consider and multiple ways to sell, the road to a good offer can seem long and complicated. Savvy car owners experienced in selling used cars privately may have the market knowledge to find a competitive price by themselves, but not all of us are experts.

The value of your car is important to understand. Even if you’re not into cars, it’s likely your vehicle will be one of your most valuable assets. Maximising your final sale price is absolutely essential for the health of your bank balance. Motorway understands all of this and is here to help.

Which kind of car buyer does Motorway compare?

We work with every type of used car buyer who will buy your car – from specialist dealers, car buying sites and online scrap buyers. We give you a full price comparison experience for selling any car. Whatever type of vehicle you own, and whatever its mileage or condition, you can compare car buyer offers and find your best offer in seconds.

Is selling your car with Motorway easy?

With Motorway, the process of selling a car is simple, transparent, 100% free and most importantly, fair. We do all we can to make the car selling process quick and simple, so you can sell today in as little as 24 hours!

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How do I sell my car?

When you first decide you need to sell your used car, you are immediately confronted by the question of “who will buy my car?” The choice can often seem complicated and incredibly overwhelming. It can also be hard to figure out how much your car is worth. 

For many sellers, the first route they consider will be a private sale. The most common way to sell privately is through UK classified websites like Auto Trader, eBay, Gumtree and Motors.co.uk where you can post an ad.  These sites allow you to create ads with lots of information to entice buyers to get in touch directly. However, you’ll often need to show your vehicle to strangers from home and may get ‘time wasters’ on your doorstep. There’s also the risk that you’ll be unable to find a buyer, meaning a potential waste of time and energy, with no guarantee of a reasonable amount of money at the end of the process. It’s also not always free to list your car for sale.

The other traditional way is to sell your car to a professional dealer in the trade, either outright or for part-exchange for a new one. This can often mean a good price if you find a dealer who genuinely wants to buy your vehicle to retail, but they can be hard to find. When part exchanging, car dealers sometimes offer low trade-in prices for cars they do not want to place on their forecourt, which they’ll need to sell on later. They do this solely to get vehicle purchases to go through smoothly.

There are also online car buying websites like The Car Buying Group, Best Car Buyer and CarConverter. They offer to take all the hassle out of selling your used car by buying it fast, but prices can sometimes be lower than other routes.

Which selling option is right for you? 

The best way to sell your car often depends on the situation you are in, and what your priorities are when it comes to speed and price. It’s all about comparing your offers. And your offers will vary wildly.

Motorway presents online car buyer and dealer options for you in a comparison format, allowing you to compare offers while weighing up the pros and cons of each type of buyer. If you are ready to sell your used car now, it takes seconds to start, it’s free and it’s always fast to sell.

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Best ways to sell

With so many routes available to sell cars, what is the best way to get cash for yours? Well it depends how much your used car is worth and what your priorities are. Often the choice is about choosing between achieving the highest possible price, and getting your car sold as swiftly as possible. 

Selling your car privately both online and offline may get you the best deal – especially if it’s a high value, premium vehicle. Advertising your car on a classified site can get you a good price, but it’s rarely free and the process can take time, with no guarantee of success. So, if you would rather avoid the hassle, then going private may not be the best way to sell, especially if you want to get cash for your car quickly and your car is not in great condition.

What if I just want to sell my vehicle quickly?

If you’re looking for quick cash for your car (especially if your car is worth £8,000 or less), car buying websites may be your best option. The main reason being that online car buyers offer a very fast service designed to be simple.

What about car dealers?

There are also car dealers to consider. Going to a professional buyer has long been a traditional method for selling your car, most frequently as a part exchange, but also for a straight cash sale. However, a lot of dealers don’t really want your vehicle unless they can make a good profit margin at their dealership by selling it directly on their forecourt. If not, they will need to sell your car on to another dealer or take it to a car auction. In these instances, they may give you a low car valuation to make it worth their while. The trick is often in finding a car dealer who actually wants to retail the car themselves.

How does my valuation change my buyer?

When you value your car on Motorway, if your car is eligible, our Premium Service automatically connects you with trusted car dealers in our UK-wide network who are actively looking for cars like yours, as well as instant buyers who will buy your car today. 

You can enter a few details on Motorway to get an online valuation, select your best offer, then arrange an appointment to either drop it off or have it collected. Free home collection is also available from nearly all our car buying partners, with home pick-up the norm for most specialist dealers and instant buyers. 

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Online car valuation

When selling your car, it’s useful to gain a good understanding of how much your car’s worth. The wealth of free car valuation services online in the UK will enable you to gain a comprehensive understanding of your car’s value. Getting a range of free valuations online is a quick, simple process of entering your registration and mileage on lots of different websites to get an idea of your potential sale price. There are several popular online car valuation calculators in the UK, including Motorway’s at the top of this page. Other popular valuing tools are available from Parkers, WhatCar? and Regit. Be careful though – all online valuations given are always estimates and they should be treated as guide prices for selling your vehicle rather than genuine offers.

As well as these services, free car valuation tools are also to be found on many car selling websites, and the majority of these are free to use too. However, the way each work varies. For instance, before setting up your advert on Auto Trader, you can use a valuation tool that gives you a guide price to expect from your listing, based on the private sale prices from their website. Motorway meanwhile provides valuations and offers from instant online buyers and specialist dealers which may be vastly different.

Do car valuations vary online?

Fundamentally, valuations will vary enormously depending on what kind of prices you are looking at – whether a retail price, a price to sell on a private classified site, to a car dealer or via an instant online buyer. But as most online car valuation tools are free, it’s always a good idea to value your car using a number of valuation tools to set your expectations. This costs you nothing and will give you a decent “target price” to aim for. Having a great  understanding of your car’s value when you start selling always pays dividends later.

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