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    How to sell my petrol car with Motorway

    It’s likely that your car is one of your most valuable assets, and – even with the electric switchover coming in 2035 – your petrol car will still be in high demand. At Motorway, you can sell your car for the best price without the usual hassle.

    The traditional way of selling a car is time-consuming and can quickly start to feel overwhelming – but not anymore. Motorway has transformed the way to sell cars. But how?

    • At Motorway, you’ll receive an instant car valuation based on up-to-the-minute market data.
    • Your petrol car will be shared with a UK-wide network of more than 5,000. verified car dealers – who will compete to give you their best price, fast.
    • You can sell your car today in as little as 24 hours.
    • Your winning dealer will collect from your home – for free.
    • Fast payment into your bank account.
    • Selling is always 100% free with Motorway.
    • It’s quick and easy, here’s how it works.

    Why sell your petrol car with Motorway

    Motorway was set up to create a fair and transparent used-vehicle marketplace for sellers of any vehicle – petrol, dieselhybrid or electric, or even an SUV:

    • You will avoid all the stress and uncertainty associated with private car sales.
    • You’ll get an instant, estimated selling price based on an up-to-date car valuation.
    • Your car will be seen by more than 5,000 verified dealers – who will compete to give you their best price.
    • You get an easy, hassle-free way to sell your petrol car.
    •  Your winning dealer will collect your car from your home for free and pay quickly – direct to your bank account.
    • Selling with Motorway is seen as an ‘Excellent’ experience – read what our customers are saying.

    Ready to sell your petrol vehicle?

    Selling any petrol car 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 petrol vehicle.

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

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    We sell petrol cars of every brand

    We can help you find a dealer for a huge range of petrol car makes and models, from popular family cars to prestige models – and everything in between.

    These brands include: Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Toyota, Nissan.

    You can relax. Whatever car you drive, we can find the perfect dealer for you – today!

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    Should you sell your petrol car today?

    It is likely that the cost of fossil fuels, like petrol, will increase as the UK moves closer to the 2030 electric switchover and fewer consumers are likely to want to buy petrol vehicles. Fuel companies are also expected to raise prices to recoup their money as traditional fossil fuels become less desirable. 

    Even if there is a surge in sales of petrol and diesel cars in the run up to the switchover, drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) will still not have to pay road tax, will avoid congestion charge costs, and will spend much less money refuelling their cars – and all these factors are likely to have a negative impact on the prices of petrol vehicles. So, it might be a good idea to sell your petrol car before we get too close to the switchover date.

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    We know that when it comes to selling your petrol car, price is going to be a big factor. But finding a great deal can be stressful and long winded – especially if you’re going from dealership to dealership or running endless negotiations with private buyers that don’t end up in a sale.

    You can even sell your car if it’s on finance, such as PCP or HP. If you’re selling with outstanding finance – don’t worry, your buyer will settle your balance with your finance company, and pay you the surplus.

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    Sell my car frequently asked questions

    Common questions about selling petrol cars

    Do petrol cars depreciate faster?

    Car depreciation refers to the difference between what your car is worth when you buy it and what it is worth when you come to sell. It is closely linked to both the age and mileage of the vehicle. It finally comes to an end at the point that the vehicle reaches a ‘scrap’ status – when its value will be close to zero.

    The average rate of depreciation in the UK for older petrol vehicles has sped up rapidly in recent years, as the nation approaches the 2030 electric vehicle ‘switchover’, which will ban the sale of all new fossil-fuel cars. This is likely to continue as the deadline for the ban draws closer. 

    The recent introduction of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), and other city-based clean air zones (CAZs), has accelerated petrol car depreciation rates still further.  

    Recent research shows that electric cars hold around 48.9% of their value after three years and 30,000 miles. Whereas petrol models only retain around 43% under the same conditions.

    Will I still be able to drive my petrol car after 2030?

    Yes. The ban will only affect the sale of new fossil-fuel cars. 

    The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will stop in 2030 as the UK government introduces its electric vehicle ‘switchover’, with the sale of new hybrid vehicles following in 2035. This is part of an overall strategy to cut carbon emissions in the UK. 

     To avoid the most serious effects of climate change, UK government scientists have stated that carbon emissions must drop to net-zero by 2050 – and the government has signed a legally binding contract to reach this target. 

    The introduction of the electric switchover will not technically impact drivers of petrol and diesel cars – and they will still be available to buy second hand. However, it does mean that no new fossil-fuel models will be produced or sold in the UK and, as the consumer mindset moves towards greener, electric vehicles, petrol models are likely to become significantly less desirable.

    Will petrol cars be banned in the UK?

    There are no plans to ban petrol cars outright in the foreseeable future.  

    You will still be able to drive your petrol car after 2030. The ban will only apply to new cars and there are also currently no plans to ban the sale of petrol.

    The Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK automotive industry experts, suggest that the average lifespan of a petrol car is around 14 years. So, even if you’ve recently bought a brand-new petrol car, and have no plans to trade up to something else in the foreseeable future, you will be able to carry on driving it for as long as you need – assuming it remains roadworthy. 

    If you think it is likely that you will develop a more ecological mindset or will want to beat the rush towards buying an electric vehicle ahead of 2030, you may be able to take advantage of car scrappage schemes. EVs are also likely to become much more affordable in the near future, with nearly £600 million in grants being made available to make production cheaper.

    Will petrol car prices crash after the 2030 switchover?

    It’s difficult to predict what will happen following the switchover, as there are naturally many variables to consider. However, the likelihood is that the cost of fossil fuels, like petrol, will increase as fewer consumers use them – and, therefore, traditional fossil-fuel vehicles will most likely become less desirable with average consumers. 

    Whilst it is possible that there will be a surge in sales of petrol and diesel cars in the run up to the switchover, drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) will not pay road tax, will avoid congestion charge costs, and spend much less money refuelling their cars which will make them more desirable – and this will likely have a negative impact on the prices of petrol vehicles.  

    Recent research shows that EVs already hold around 48.9% of their value after three years and 30,000 miles. Whereas petrol models only retain around 43%, under the same conditions. 

    As EV technology advances, the likelihood is this will have a positive impact on the resale value of electric cars – which will, in turn, continue to negatively impact the price of used petrol vehicles.

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

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