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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 a great deal. This is why Motorway exists. Motorway is the UK’s first comparison site to sell your vehicle. It’s quick to compare instant offers from online buyers and specialist dealers across the UK. Every used car owner can select their highest price and sell fast with zero hassle. 

We work with every type of car buyer who will buy your used vehicle today – from franchised and independent dealers, to car buying sites and online scrap buyers. We give you a full price comparison experience for selling any car. Whatever motor you own, and whatever its mileage or condition, you can compare offers and find your best price in seconds. Our service is 100% free. See how it works or simply enter your reg to start.

Finding the best deal for your car isn’t always easy – 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 before selling it. 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 can help steer you in the right direction by valuing your car as well as finding your highest offer from trusted dealers.

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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 – and this is where many people start when exploring the value of their vehicle. The most common way to sell privately is through a classified ad website where you can post your own advert. There are many classified sites who specialise in autos, as well as general ones who offer all kinds of goods to purchase.  These sites allow you to create ads with lots of info to entice buyers to get in touch directly – some of these are free to list, while some require a weekly or monthly payment.

Paid for or not, with classified sites, you’ll often need to show your vehicle to strangers from home and may get ‘time wasters’ on your doorstep who may not proceed with a sale. There’s also the risk that you’ll be unable to find a buyer at all, meaning a waste of time and energy, with no guarantee of a reasonable amount of money at the end of the process. 

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 these 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. Dealers often allow a part exchange just to get a vehicle purchase to go through smoothly.

There are also instant car buying websites who offer you a price or valuation to proceed with online. They offer to take all the hassle out of selling your used car by buying it fast, but prices can sometimes be reduced on the day of sale and are often lower than selling direct to a dealer.

Which car selling option is right for you? 

The best way to sell your car often depends on how fast you need the money, and how long you can hold out to find the vest possible deal. It’s all about comparing your offers. And your offers will vary wildly depending on where you look.

Motorway presents online car buyer and specialist dealer options for you in a comparison format, allowing you to compare prices 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 100% 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 listing 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.

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 £4,000 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, and they may need to ask less questions if your car is of lower value.

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. Motorway does this for you, automatically.

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 sites 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.

To start valuing online, just enter your reg and mileage on lots of different services to get an idea of your potential sale price. Be careful though – online valuations given are always estimates and they should be treated as guide prices for selling your vehicle rather than final offers. You can also try valuing your car at the top of this page to get an instant idea of your likely sale price if you proceed with Motorway.

Free car valuation tools are to be found on all the different types of car selling websites, and all are free to use too. However, the way each work varies. For instance, before setting up your advert on many classified sites, 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 service. Motorway meanwhile provides buying offers from instant online buyers and specialist dealers which may be vastly different as valuations.

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 when you get to the stage of selecting a buyer.

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