Car selling guides

Here at Motorway we’re big on cars and big on making sure customers get the best deal for theirs! If the idea of selling your car, dealing with the DVLA or making the big electric car switch has you confused, we have a guide for you! Browse through our categories to discover everything you need to know about selling, running and maintaining your car.

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selling your car guides

Selling your car

Top 10 tips to sell your car
Get your car sold for the best price in no time with our top 10 tips!

How to sell a car privately
Selling your car privately can help you get a great price, but it can also be a great deal of stress.

How to sell a car with free collection
Because you shouldn’t have to go anywhere to sell your car, right?

Should you sell your diesel car?
The clock is ticking on diesel cars, our guide will help you decide if it’s time to say goodbye.

Should I sell my hybrid car?
Hybrids are already half-way to electric, so should you go the rest of the way and sell it for a greener choice?

Should I sell my petrol car?
Petrol will soon be a thing of the past — here’s all you need to know about parting with yours.

Top 5 ways to sell a car
There’s more than one way to go about selling your car.

Companies that buy cars
Find the perfect buyer for your vehicle.

How to sell your van online
There’s plenty demand for vans out there, here’s how to sell a van online.

How to part exchange your car
Part exchanging can be a very useful way to knock a chunk off the price of a new car.

How to sell a car for parts
A car is valuable even in pieces — learn how to scrap your car for parts.

Car scrappage schemes
Old cars are still valuable cars, allow us to tell you why…

WeBuyAnyCar alternatives
We take a look at other car buying sites available.

Auto Trader alternatives
Auto Trader is the original online platform for classified car listings, but is it the best choice?

Selling a modified car
Learn how much modified cars are worth before you take the step to sell one.

How to become a car dealer
Interested in becoming a car dealer and joining the Motorway dealer network? Here’s how.

How to sell a car at auction
Learn about traditional car auctions, and how Motorway is making a better way.

What are the best selling used cars?
Learn which are the best selling cars at Motorway (updated in August 2021).

Safest ways to accept payment when selling a car
Learn more about payment methods when selling your car.

How to safely sell your car online
Staying safe online is doubly important when your car is on the line, too!

How to sell your car: step by step guide
Here’s everything you need to do to get your car sold.

Free car advertising websites
A guide with everything you need to know about free online advertising.

Can you sell a car without an MOT?
A quick guide with tips for selling your car with no MOT.

How to sell my BMW – the ultimate guide
It’s one of the most desirable brands out there, but how can you get the best price for yours?

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Valuing your car

Car depreciation — the ultimate guide
Car depreciation is a simple idea in theory — but what does that mean for your car value in reality?

How much is your car worth?
Learn how to find the value of your vehicle if you’re thinking of selling your car.

How to get the best price for my car
Lots of things can impact the value of your car, some of them more surprising than others!

Van valuation — the ultimate guide
Learn how to find the value of your van so you can sell for the best price.

Car trade in value – get your highest offer
Trading in your car can be a handy way to knock some money off the cost of your next vehicle.

How much does mileage affect car value?
When it comes to finding your car’s value, just how much of a role does mileage play?

Is my car worth less after an accident?
Buyers will usually ask if your car has been in an accident before — here’s what that could mean for car value.

What is diminished value?
A car’s value can change after an accident, even once repaired, here’s why.

Used car prices – the ultimate guide
The factors affecting used car prices, and the used car market itself, is subject to constant fluctuation — Find out what it all means for the value of your car.

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car documentation guides

Car documentation & the DVLA

What documents do I need to sell a car?
There are documents that are essential to have to hand if you want to sell your car.

V5C — The ultimate guide
The V5C is one of the most important documents about your car, learn more about this key piece of paperwork.

Service history — the ultimate guide
A service history is a crucial look into the condition of any used car — here’s why.

Selling a car without a V5C
Learn what to do if you’re selling your car and don’t have your V5C logbook.

How to replace lost car documents – the ultimate guide
Where and how to replace all those vital car documents. From V5C to your MOT.

How to tax your car
You’ll not get very far if you don’t pay your road tax! Learn why it’s so important.

How to buy or sell a private number plate
The perfect way to customise your car, how do you deal with private plates when you want to sell? Read on to find out.

The ultimate MOT guide
Learn all about MOTs and how they keep car road-safe.

Is your car insured?
Our guide on how to make sure you and your car are protected.

What insurance group is my car?
Read up on how insurance groups impact precisely how much you pay for cover.

Cat A, B, S and N explained
Damaged cars could still have some life in them yet — our guide will tell you just how much!

The ultimate guide to Cat N cars
A Cat N car classification (previously known as Cat D) isn’t something to ignore, learn why in our guide.

Car tax refunds: a guide
Learn how to cancel your road tax and get a refund if you don’t plan to drive your car anymore.

Retain my number plate: ultimate guide 2022
Learn how to retain your vehicle’s number plate when selling your car.

When do ’71 number plates come out?
Twice a year, the DVLA releases new plates, in September 2021 it’s time for the ’71 plate.

What is a V11 Reminder?
If you’re due to pay road tax, you can expect a V11 to land on your doormat, here’s what that means for your vehicle.

How to update or renew your driving licence
You’ll need to update your driving licence once every ten years until the age of 70 — here’s how.

Selling my car with a private plate – the ultimate guide
There are several options when selling a car with a private plate. Our handy guide has all the information to help you decide which is best for you.

Car write-offs: the ultimate guide
Having your car written off doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road.

When do the ’72 number plates come out?
New reg plates drop twice a year, once in March, and once again in September.

When do the ’22 number plates come out?
Find out when the new 2022 registration plates come out and how they impact the value of your car?

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Motorway car finance guides

Cars on finance

HPI check — the ultimate guide
Find out what a HPI check is and if it’s worth getting one on your vehicle.

The ultimate guide to PCP finance
Could PCP finance be your gateway to a new car? Find out with our PCP guide.

Guide to personal car leasing
Leasing a car is a great way to get the vehicle you want even on a budget, find out how car leasing could work for you.

The ultimate guide to no deposit car leasing
Leasing a car without a deposit makes it easy to get a vehicle on the tightest of budgets.

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electric & alternative fuel vehicle guides

Electric cars & alternative fuel vehicles

Electric cars — the ultimate guide
Everything you need to know about the future of cars — the electric vehicle.

How to sell an electric car
Demand for EVs is booming, but there are a few extra things to consider when selling an electric car — here’s what you need to know.

Electric cars — should you buy or sell?
We take a closer look at EVs and if you should make the switch.

Selling your car and the 2030 electric car switchover
Change is on the horizon! If you’re considering selling your vehicle for an electric car, then our guide has everything you need to know.

What is a hybrid car and how do they work?
For those not quite ready to go full electric, a hybrid car might just tick all the boxes, our guide is here to help you decide!

LPG cars — the ultimate guide
Liquefied Petroleum Gas is a fuel alternative to traditional petrol or diesel, here’s all you need to know.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?
Find out how long it takes to get electric car batteries fully charged and ready to go!

How & where to charge your electric car at home and on the road
Keep range anxiety at bay by knowing exactly how to charge your electric car, wherever you are.

Do electric cars pay the congestion charge?
Heading into Central London? Then best to check if your EV is congestion charge exempt!

Do electric cars need servicing?
Every car needs to be taken care of, but you may be surprised by how easy it is to service an electric car.

How much does it cost to tax an electric car (UK)?
See how much you’ll need to pay in road tax every year as the owner of an electric car.

What is a hydrogen fuel cell car?
The future of motoring is hydrogen, at least according to some. Here’s why.

What is a mild hybrid car?
For those not ready to go full electric, or even full hybrid, there is the affordable option of a mild hybrid.

Electric car depreciation – the ultimate guide
Do electric cars depreciate faster? Get all the information on electric car resale value right here.

Electric car grants: the ultimate guide
Find out all the government schemes for buying an electric car.

How to sell a Tesla – the ultimate guide
Selling a Tesla? Get all the information on resale value and how the growing market for eco-friendly cars can get you the best price for your Tesla.

Most frequently asked electric car questions
Get answers to the most commonly asked EV questions and buy an electric vehicle fully informed.

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car ownership guides

Car ownership

Car ownership — ways to own and finance a car
Saving up for years isn’t necessary anymore when it comes to owning a car, our guide explains all.

How to keep your car looking new
Showing a car some TLC is something that will be appreciated by more people than just the owner, learn why in our guide.

How to transfer car ownership
There’s more to giving your car away than just handing over the keys — here’s a rundown on the paperwork you’ll need to complete.

The future of manual cars
What is the future for owners of manual cars, will the electric car switch force us to leave manual transmission in the past?

SORN my car
A SORN will stop you paying road tax on a car you don’t plan to use on the road.

What is car remapping?
Want to make your car more powerful? The secret may be under the dashboard…

Car engine size – the ultimate guide
Need to check your car engine size? Here’s a handy guide to finding out how.

How to look after & maintain a car
Here’s how to keep your car at its best through all seasons and storage, too.

What type of immobiliser and/or alarm does your car have?
Keeping your car safe should be top priority — and so should getting yourself a car immobiliser.

Winter driving 2022: safety tips for snow and ice
The cold weather is coming, and it can do a real number both on your driving and on your car…

Most popular cars on the road – What is the most common car in the UK?
The latest statistics from the DVLA reveal the most popular cars in the UK.

How to replace lost, broken, or stolen car keys – the ultimate guide
The best, quickest, and most cost-effective methods to go about getting new or replacement keys made up for your car.

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on the road car guides

Emissions & Clean Air Zones

ULEZ — the ultimate guide
Learn why the ULEZ is so important if you plan to be driving in London.

The ultimate guide to the LEZ
The ULEZ and LEZ are NOT the same thing — learn their crucial differences.

The ultimate Birmingham Clean Air Zone (CAZ)
Birmingham has it’s own low emissions zone, here’s everything you need to know.

Euro 6 compliance & emission standards
Learn how Euro 6 emission standards effect UK city driving restrictions.

Car CO2 emissions guide
Discover how CO2 emissions can dictate where you can drive, and how to avoid an emission fine or two.

Find answers to all the most frequently asked questions about the ULEZ.

What does the October 2021 ULEZ expansion mean for car owners?
ULEZ rules change from October 2021, see what that means for you and your vehicle.

ULEZ exempt cars
See if your car is exempt from the ULEZ charge.

London congestion zone: the ultimate guide
Don’t get caught out by the congestion charge when you’re driving around London.

Birmingham congestion charge zone: the ultimate guide
Make sure you’re paying the Clean Air Zone charge when driving in Birmingham.

Oxford Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) 2022: the ultimate guide
Learn more about the Oxford ZEZ due to commence in February 2022.

Bristol Clean Air Zone (CAZ) 2022: the ultimate guide
The Bristol clean air zone arrives in summer 2022 — here’s how to prepare for it.

ULEZ compliant cars: the ultimate guide
Is your car ULEZ compliant? Find out all the details of the compliance criteria.

Diesel emissions claims – the ultimate guide (2022)
Owners of any diesel car made between 2007 and 2018 may be entitled to £1000s. Get all the information on the diesel emissions scandal and if you might entitled to compensation

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car selling updates

Selling updates

Contact-free car selling with Motorway
We’re keeping it safe for you to sell your car with Motorway, learn how! Updated July 1st 2021.

Selling your car during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis
Learn how the pandemic is impacting the way you can sell your car. Updated July 1st 2021.

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