How to sell your Renault – the ultimate guide

    Groupe Renault is a multinational vehicle manufacturer, founded and headquartered in France. 

    It is known for making stylish, mid-range passenger cars. These range from the small city car Renault Zoe, supermini Renault Clio, and Renault Megane family car, to the larger Renault Captur SUV, and Renault Arkana crossover.

    Renault has a modest market share in the UK at an estimated 3.4%, whereas in Morocco they hold close to 39.8%. This territory is followed by Romania, where Renault’s market share is 34.8%, then Russia with 28.8%, and France with 24.9%. It appears that Renault’s strongest markets are largely in Europe (especially French-speaking), and South America.

    If you want to know more about how to sell your Renault, read on.

    Value my Renault
    Do Renault cars hold their value?
    How to sell my discontinued Renault?
    How to sell my Renault?
    Selling your financed Renault
    Selling your Renault privately
    Selling your Renault to a dealer
    Part-exchanging your Renault
    Selling your Renault to an instant car buyer
    The best way to sell your Renault

    Renault cars are well-known in the UK, and we have about a million of them on our roads.

    Value my Renault

    The first thing you should do if you’re interested in selling your Renault is to get an up-to-date valuation, and have it serviced

    It’s vital you know what your Renault is worth, as well as its condition, and get any repairs done while you’re still in warranty. It’s likely that paying for high-quality repairs yourself will end up costing less in the long run, compared to the money your buyers may take off the car’s price to account for these faults.

    To value your Renault for free now, enter your reg and mileage on the Motorway valuation tool.

    Do Renault cars hold their value?

    Median Renault valuations, by age and model:

    Valuation data from Motorway.

    Renault cars sold through Motorway show a fairly average depreciation curve. The median sale prices for two-year-old supermini Renault Clio and family car Renault Megane models are both just over 60% of the median purchasing price. The compact SUV Renault Captur holds its value slightly better, at 67% of the original purchase price when sold after two years.

    To lose 30-40% of value in the first two years isn’t uncommon, but isn’t as strong a value as we can see in other brands selling on Motorway. 

    After five years, we can see that the median selling price for all three models through Motorway is close to £10,000, although the median new purchase prices range from £21,400 to £25,500. 

    Again, at ten years the range is close at £4,300 to £4,800, with prices representing close to 20% of the original purchase price, across the board. This convergence could be the result of several variables to do with the spec and typical use of each of these cars. 

    The depreciation rates we see in Renault sales on Motorway can be described as fairly average. There are other car brands that certainly hold their value better than Renault, but they typically start at higher prices to begin with. 

    This is based on Motorway’s internal data, and may not be indicative of the value of your Renault vehicle. 

    Read our guide to learn more about how best to care for your car, to keep its resale value as high as possible.

    How to sell my discontinued Renault?

    One of Renault’s recently discontinued vehicles is the Renault Kadjar, built on the same platform as the extremely popular Nissan Qashqai. They are replacing the Kadjar with a new SUV, the Renault Austral, based again on the same platform as the new, larger Nissan Qashqai. 

    This new model will be available as a traditional petrol engine, as well as an electric vehicle (EV). As yet we don’t know whether this will be a self-charging hybrid, or a more eco-friendly plug-in hybrid

    Renault Kadjar cars, which may appeal to fans of the Nissan Qashqai, will become rarer as production ceases.

    Currently, the whole Renault passenger car range (apart from their minivan) is available in either fully electric or hybrid formats. Discontinuations are part of the programme for rolling out an electrified range, in line with the brand’s policy and goals.

    If you’re looking to sell a Renault Kadjar, or another discontinued model, the best thing you can do to get a good price is to make sure that the maintenance level is as high as possible. This means having repairs done quickly, and keeping records of the service history. 

    Cleanliness is also important: keeping your car cleaned and conditioned on the outside will stave off rusting and staining. 

    Read our guide for more tips on keeping your car’s condition optimal, in order to get the best price.

    How to sell my Renault?

    Renault is one of the 20-most common car brands in the UK, and as such there should be a good market out there for your car. 

    You have several options available, depending on whether you’d rather sell to an individual or to a dealership. Within those two possibilities, you can choose the best way to find your buyer, whether it’s connecting with someone local to you or using a national online marketplace such as Auto Trader or Motorway.

    Selling your financed Renault 

    If your Renault vehicle is financed with either a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) or Hire Purchase (HP) contract, your contract should state that once you’ve made a certain number of payments you have the right to sell the car and clear the outstanding finance. Learn more about this in our guide to PCP finance

    You can also part-exchange a financed car – this is a common way to update your car when you go down the financing route. Read more about part-exchanging your Renault below.

    Selling your Renault privately

    To sell your Renault privately, the first step is to think about finding a buyer. You may be in a lucky position to already know people likely to make you an offer for your car. If not, you need to try and market your car to its very best potential, within networks likely to have motivated buyers.

    Depending on where you live, and how appealing your Renault is (primarily, age, mileage, and condition affect this, as well as the popularity of the model) you might be able to find a private buyer locally through noticeboards, messageboards, or Nextdoor. 

    If you think it’s likely you’ll have to cast a bit of a wider net, you can go down the route of marketing your car yourself on a free or cheap classifieds site like Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, Shpock, and similar sites. eBay, an auction site, can also be a viable option, although you have to pay fees based on the value of the car. Auto Trader is a nationwide car classifieds site where you can sell your car to private individuals or dealers, and it helps you put together a detailed description of your car, too.

    However you decide to find your buyers, on all of these services it’s up to you to field incoming interest and convert it into viewings and test drives. Having strangers come to your home might make you feel a bit nervous, so it’s best to look into ways to avoid being scammed ahead of this step. 

    There’s no guarantee that you’ll end up having an offer you’re happy with, no matter how many test drives you organise. This can be a frustrating experience. When you do, though, the work doesn’t stop there – you then have to agree on a safe method of payment with your buyer. 

    Selling privately might seem straightforward at first, but there’s a lot of work involved in finding buyers, negotiating a deal, and finalising the sale.

    When all is said and done, and the money is in your account, the work may feel worth it. But, if you get unlucky with your viewers and buyers, and end up having to negotiate hard or having some of your time wasted, you may wish you had gone down a simpler and quicker route.

    Selling your Renault to a dealer

    If you’re looking for a quick deal for your Renault, you might take it to a few local dealerships looking for the best offer. You’ll still need to clean your car, gather the relevant information, show all the service history, and have an idea of your car’s valuation before you go in. 

    However, you will not have to market and sell your car in such an active way as you would if you were selling to a private buyer. 

    Typically, you can negotiate a little bit with a dealer. While you’ll have an idea of your car’s valuation, you shouldn’t necessarily expect this to line up with a trade price. For one thing, dealerships have a lot of considerations behind the price they offer you. They have their customers to consider, as well as their existing stock, margins, industry trends, etc. 

    Some of their offers may seem on the low side to you. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to get the price up a little bit, but it’s unlikely you’ll achieve the full amount that your car has been valued for.

    However, if you can agree on a price with a dealer, you’ll be relieved to know that the hard work is done. The next steps – transferring ownership and preparing to hand over the car – will be much easier with a professional guiding you.

    Make sure you value your car before taking to a dealership. This way you can know if any offers are acceptable.

    Part-exchanging your Renault

    Another way to quickly sell your car to a dealership is to trade it in, or part-exchange, against the value of your next car. This is one of the quickest ways to sell your car, as you can drive to a dealership in your outgoing Renault and drive back home in your next car. However, it is rare that you will achieve as much money for your car as you would if you sold it outright – even to the same dealer. 

    This is due to several factors. Dealers who often agree to part exchange are frequently looking to sell these cars at auction, rather than on their own forecourt. This gives them more margin, if they can get your car for a low value. Even when selling at a trade price, they should be able to get a quick return. 

    Another reason why you’ll get less for your outgoing car is that, rather than being offered a ‘price’ for it, you’ll normally be offered a value of discount against a new (or new-to-you) car on the dealer’s forecourt. It’s hard to get full transparency into the numbers when it’s not a cut-and-dried deal, like selling your car directly to the same dealer.

    Part exchange can commonly be offered by manufacturer-specific dealerships, with return buyers who are loyal to a car brand or even model. On the Renault website, in fact, you can enter your reg and mileage to find a Renault dealership that will part-exchange your car. 

    However, in the majority of cases, it pays to take the extra steps to sell the outgoing car in a separate transaction.

    Selling your Renault to an instant car buyer

    For a speedy, online experience, you can consider selling your car to an instant car buyer. There is some variation in how they work, from the well-known firm We Buy Any Car to the online services provided by more traditional companies such as Evans Halshaw or Arnold Clark. 

    Typically, you can enter your reg and mileage on their websites to get a first valuation. The next step will be to have your car profiled, and many of these companies do this in person, meaning you have to drive to a local hub. When you and the company agree on a final price, they’ll keep (or pick up) your car, and transfer the money to your bank account.

    The best way to sell your Renault

    If you’re thinking about selling your Renault quickly and easily, at Motorway we offer a simple – and completely free – method of getting the best price when selling, whatever the model.

    Sell with Motorway and our network of 5,000+ verified car dealers compete to give you their best price.

    Just enter your reg on the homepage and you will be provided with an instant estimated sale price based on up-to-the-minute market data. We’ll then ask you a few easy questions about your car and guide you through the photos you need to take to complete your vehicle profile. It can be done right from your phone – in a matter of minutes.

    If you choose to enter your car into a daily sale, it will be shown to our nationwide network of more than 5,000 verified dealers looking to add to their stock of used cars. Interested dealers will then compete to buy your car, offering you their best price.

    In as little as 24 hours you will receive your best offer – and, if you choose to go ahead with the sale, your car will be collected for free by the dealer and the money will be quickly and securely transferred to your bank account.

    Thinking of selling?

    Want to learn more about selling your car? Check out more of our guides here, covering the most popular cars on the road, from Ford to Ferrari, Audi to Mercedes, and everything in-between.