Sell your EV the more money way

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    How to sell your electric vehicle

    With the electric switchover looming, your car will likely be in high demand – and at Motorway, we can find you the best price from our UK-wide dealer network for your EV.

    Selling electric cars used to be a daunting and time-consuming process, but Motorway has transformed the selling experience.

    At Motorway, you will get:

    • An easy, instant car valuation, based on up-to-the-minute market data.
    • Access to a UK-wide network of more than 5,000 verified car dealers.
    • A quick sale – often in less than 24 hours.
    • Free collection of your EV from your own specified location.
    • Fast payment made straight to your bank account.
    • An entirely free service.
    • Dealers compete to give you their best price for your EV.

    Why sell your electric vehicle with Motorway?

    Motorway was started with the aim of creating a fair and transparent used-vehicle marketplace that benefits everyone – whether you’re selling an electric, petroldiesel or hybrid vehicle, or even an SUV:

    • You’ll avoid all the stress associated with private car sales.
    • You can use our smart valuation tech to get an accurate estimated selling price – instantly.
    • Our network of dealers collect the cars they buy for free – and pay quickly.
    • You get an easy, hassle-free way to sell your EV for a great price.
    • Selling with Motorway is rated an ‘Excellent’ experience on Trustpilot.

    Ready to sell your EV?

    Selling your electric vehicle on Motorway is quick and simple to do on our app or website.

    Create a vehicle profile and more than 5,000 verified dealers from across the UK will compete to give you their best price to buy your electric car.

    Approve your highest offer, and the winning dealer will collect your EV for free and make a fast payment.

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    A dealer for any brand of electric car

    We can help you find a dealer for a huge range of car makes and models, from popular family EVs to prestige electric cars and everything in between. We can sell all used cars for free from the leading manufacturers, including: Mercedes, BMW, Vauxhall, Volvo, Renault, Land Rover, Alfa Romeo, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen, Skoda & more.

    If you need to sell your electric car today, we can find the perfect dealer for you, whatever make you drive. Our dealers are experienced in the sale of a wide variety of makes and models from all the top brands.

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    Value your EV

    To see how much you could get for your EV, start by valuing it on our website – and you’ll receive an instant real-time valuation based on the latest market data. From there, it’s a simple process of creating a profile for your car. Once your electric vehicle is ready for sale, you can sit back, relax, and wait for that best offer to roll in.

    Like fossil fuel cars, EVs do depreciate over time. However, many top-of-the-range electric car models – from manufacturers like Tesla and Mercedes, for example – lose their market value much less quickly than most cars on the road. These prestige models will typically retain around 65% of their market value after the first three years.

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    Over 5,000 verified dealers across the UK

    We know that when it comes to selling your electric car, price is a big factor. Finding a great deal has traditionally been a stressful, daunting and time-consuming experience – but Motorway works with more than 5,000 verified car dealers nationwide to find you your best price.

    EV models, from manufacturers like Nissan and Toyota, maintain their value well, and this will always make them sought-after by car dealers. Prestige models will typically retain around 65% of their market value after the first three years. Since they offer buyers the combination of high-performance engines and ultra-low emissions, they remain desirable and will usually retain much more of their original market value.

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    Sell my car frequently asked questions

    Common questions about selling electric cars

    Do electric cars go down in value?

    Yes. As with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, electric vehicles (EVs) are subject to depreciation

    Depreciation refers to the drop in a car’s market value over its lifecycle. This drop in value varies between makes and models but typically represents a drop in value of between 15-35% in the first year and up to 50% by the third year. This rapid depreciation then slows after year three.  

    As with ICE vehicles, the main factors that will cause this depreciation will be age and mileage. Unless it is a classic car, as a rule the older a car is the less its market value will be. Similarly, a high-mileage car will typically be worth less than the same model with less miles on the clock, simply because mileage is a key indicator of a car’s overall condition.  

    For those in the market for a used electric car, depreciation is often a good thing as it means they can pick up a three-year-old EV model that is in great condition – but which will have lost a large percentage of its original market value.

    Do electric vehicles have good resale value?

    As with fossil fuel vehicles, electric vehicles will lose their value over time. 

    However, prestige electric car models – from manufacturers like Tesla and Mercedes –depreciate less quickly than more basic models and will typically retain around 65% of their market value after the first three years. This is simply because they offer drivers the desirable combination of high-performance engines and ultra-low emissions. This makes them very popular with drivers currently dealing with rising congestion and fuel prices. 

    Whereas less expensive models from manufacturers like Nissan and Toyota typically depreciate quicker. As these models generally use cheaper working parts in their EVs, they tend to wear down more quickly – and this often negatively impacts their resale value. 

    What is the bestselling electric car?

    In the UK, the Tesla Model 3 was the bestselling electric car last year – with nearly 35,000 models registered. The Model 3 was also the bestselling electric car in the world in 2020 – with more than 365,000 sold globally. 

    Electric vehicles accounted for 11.6% of all new car registrations in Britain in 2021. The most recent UK statistics show that as of April 2022, the Tesla Model Y is the bestselling EV this year. 

    Which electric cars have the best resale value?

    High-end electric vehicles manufactured by brands such as Tesla and Mercedes typically retain their value for longer than other electric cars

    The Tesla Model X was the slowest depreciating EV over the last three years. A recent report by vehicle lifecycle experts Cap hpi states that the Model X generally maintains around 57% of its original value after the first three years. 

    However, on average, electric vehicles do not depreciate any faster or slower than petrol of diesel models.

    How much do electric cars depreciate per year?

    In the UK, electric vehicles usually depreciate between 15% and 35% in the first year, and up to 50% by the third. 

    Based on mileage of 10,000 miles per year, the average electric vehicle will lose around 60% of its original sale value after the first three years.

    Why do electric cars depreciate so much?

    Few cars are a good long-term investment. Most lose value over time. 

    Early EVs were subject to extreme depreciation – for example, early Nissan LEAF models typically depreciated to the point where they were only worth around 11% of their original sale price after the first five years.

    However, most modern electric vehicles tend to depreciate on a par with their fossil fuel counterparts – apart from high-end Tesla and Mercedes models that tend to hold their market value longer.  

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