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There are many different ways to sell your car but the second-hand car market can be a difficult place to navigate. This is why Motorway exists. Motorway is the UK’s first comparison site to sell any car. By comparing prices from online buyers and specialist dealers across the UK, every used car owner can choose their best offer and sell quick with a hassle-free sale at a great price.

Finding a fair amount of money for your car can feel like a daunting process. As there are so many different ways to sell, the road to a good deal can seem long and complicated. Savvy owners and those with experience know that having detailed knowledge of their car will help get them the highest possible price, but few of us are experts.

Even if you’re not a car fanatic, it’s likely your vehicle will be one of your most valuable assets, and getting rid of a vehicle can feel emotional. Motorway understands all of this and is here to help.

We work with every type of instant used car buyer – from specialist car dealers, car buying websites and online scrap buyers. We give you a full price comparison experience for selling any car. Whatever type of vehicle you own, you can compare car buyer offers and find your best offer in seconds. 

With Motorway, the process of selling your car is easy, transparent, and most importantly, fair. We do all we can to make the car selling process quick and simple, so you can sell fast 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 selling privately. The most common way is through classified websites like Auto Trader, eBay, Gumtree and Motors.co.uk where you post a listing.  These sites allow you to advertise your car and let buyers get in touch directly. However, you’ll often need to show your car to potential buyers 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 sale at the end of the process. 

The other traditional way is to sell a car to a professional car dealer, either outright or for part-exchange for a new one. This can often mean a good price if you find a dealer who wants to buy your vehicle, however when part exchanging, car dealers can sometimes offer low trade-in prices for cars they do not want to get a sale to go through smoothly.

There’s also online car buying websites like The Car Buying Group, Best Car Buyer, CarConverter and WeBuyAnyCar.com (who do not work with Motorway). 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 prices.

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 car now, it takes seconds to start and it’s always fast to sell.

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Best ways to sell

With so many routes to sell available, what is the best way to get cash for your car? Well it depends how much your 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 the process can take time and you have no guarantee of success at the end of it. If you would rather avoid the hassle and get cash for your car quickly, then going private may not be the best way to sell, especially if your car is less than three years old.

If you’re looking for quick money 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 car buying sites offer a very fast service designed to be simple.

There’s also car dealers to consider. Going to a professional buyer to either sell your car for cash or as a trade-in, has long been a traditional method for selling your car, most frequently as a part exchange. However, car dealers may give you a low valuation if they do not want to buy your vehicle. The trick is finding a car dealer who actually wants to retail your car. 

When you value your car on Motorway, if your car is eligible, our Premium Service automatically connects you with specialist car dealers in our network who are actively looking for cars like yours. 

You can enter a few details on Motorway to get an online valuation, select an instant buyer, then arrange an appointment to either drop it off or have it collected.

Free collection is becoming more popular every year, and home pick up has become the norm for many online buying services. 

Ready to sell? You can value your car on Motorway to compare many of the options above.

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Online car valuation

When selling your car, it’s useful to get a good level of understanding of how much your car’s worth. Getting a car valuation is a simple process, and can help you get a better deal when selling your car. 

There are several online car valuation calculators out there including Motorway’s at the top of this page, plus Parkers, WhatCar? and Regit, but beware – all online valuations are estimates and should be treated only as guide prices when selling your vehicle. Valuations will also vary 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.

Online car valuation tools can be found on most car selling websites, and the majority of them are free to use. However, the way they 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 different.

As most online car valuation tools are free, it may therefore be a good idea to value your car using a number of valuation tools to set your expectations. This will give you a decent “target price” to aim for, and give you a better understanding of your car’s value when you start the process of selling. The wealth of free car valuation services online will enable you to gain a comprehensive understanding of your car’s value.

Need an instant car valuation from online car buyers? Simply enter your car’s reg along with your mileage at Motorway to compare prices and valuations from many of the best online car buying services in the UK. 

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