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Who will buy my car?
There are many ways to sell your car, from private car selling websites like Auto Trader and eBay, to franchised car dealerships specialising in specific brands. There are also instant online car buyers who will buy your car via a process that starts with an online car valuation. This part of the car selling market is the newest and fastest-growing and is seen as a quick, easy alternative to listing on a classified website and waiting for a buyer to show interest.
Online car buying websites first came into existence around 2006. A number of services around this time entered the car buying market with a fast way to sell a vehicle on a website with an initial valuation online. For the first time in the UK, sellers could sell online by going to a website and entering their reg for a price to sell it fast, usually within 1-3 days. Companies started to suggest they could buy all kinds of used car, whether old, used or nearly new. With a simple process (value online, then drive to an inspection point or have it collected), this instant selling concept changed the car buying market overnight.
There are now many companies who now offer this kind of buying service. Use Motorway to compare prices from many of these instant online car buyers. From Fiat to Ferrari, Volkswagen to Volvo, enter your reg on Motorway to compare offers from multiple companies who will buy all types of car.
Which companies buy cars online?
There are many instant car buying sites in the UK. Each is different, and each has its own pros and cons. Most online buying companies now offer a very high level of service and can provide instant payment and pre-sale consultations, depending on the seller’s needs. Some buyers also provide free home collection UK-wide and guarantee their prices on the phone in advance of collection day.
Meanwhile, other companies require you to drive to a dealership, branch or ‘drop off centre’ to complete a sale involving a physical inspection from the buyer. This final purchase process does vary between companies in its complexity. Some buyers require large amounts of info in advance, while others are happy to discuss the purchase in person on the day (with prices finalised at the last minute). It’s worth exploring how each buyer works.
Car buying companies that Motorway work with include:
- Arnold Clark
- The Car Buying Group
- Best Car Buyer
- Car Converter
- Car Take Back
Motorway allows you to compare instant offers from all these companies in one place as well as offers from specialist dealers. If you are looking to sell your car and are ready to sell now, it only takes a few seconds to get started on Motorway and get money for your car today.
Choosing a site to buy my car
There are now many car buying websites that allow you to sell your car the same day, taking away all the hassle associated with selling privately on Auto Trader, eBay or Gumtree which can take longer. But how do you know which buyer to choose? Is it just about price? Well, each online car buyer provides a slightly different level of service and each has different buying requirements. Some will also offer free home collection for example, while others will require you to drive to a drop-off point to finalise the sale. This too can mean differing prices between buyers.
Most online car buyers buy cars in order to sell them on for a profit at auction or to a network of smaller car dealers. Each buyer uses different criteria to price cars and will have their own unique network of car dealers they sell to. Each buyer will naturally have brands, models and specs they prefer and will price accordingly for every vehicle. It is also worth looking carefully at review scores for all buyers from online review websites like Trustpilot and Feefo. Motorway collates these reviews for every car buying partner we work with so you can compare prices as well as the level of service you are likely to receive.
Some online buyers also show inflated offers and valuations online, so we developed something called TruePrice which is technology to give you a more accurate estimation of the amount you will actually receive on the day you sell. TruePrice improves the accuracy of online offers by comparing them against the final prices received by 1000s of previous sellers on Motorway.
Value any car
At Motorway we provide online offers from various online car buying websites and specialist dealers. By comparing prices, you can quickly get an idea of how much your car is actually worth to a professional buyer. With one simple valuation, you’ll quickly get an idea of the amount you will actually receive when you sell – no guesswork required! But there’s a few caveats…
Online valuations you receive are only ever estimated and will always vary depending on the condition of your car. Prices vary between instant buyers – but if you combine valuations from online car buyers with prices seen on other sources (such as eBay and AutoTrader) you can quickly get an accurate picture of your used car’s likely value. Things like age, mileage and the condition of the car will affect its value dramatically. For example, there will sadly never be a case where higher mileage will mean a higher valuation, but age doesn’t work in the same way for every brand. Some cars age better than others – for example, some premium brands like Audi, Land Rover and Porsche depreciate in value slower than more budget brands like Renault, Ford or Dacia.
But there are also some things that will always help your car’s eventual sale value. Things like good condition, having a full service history, a low number of previous owners and two sets of keys will always improve the final offer you receive.
And if you want to increase the value of your car on the day of sale, make sure to get the car in tip top, showroom condition. Polish it up with wax and make the wheels look nice and shiny. Take advantage of any quick fixes. See a minor scratch? Get it polished up. Some buyers are pickier than others, but don’t ever give a buyer a good reason to ‘chip you down’.
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Incredibly easy process
Best price across all selling sites. Will definitely use again and have recommended to all friends and family!
Sold his Toyota
Motorway got me £6,000 more than a rival service for my Range Rover. Deal was completed through a reputable dealer who completed the sale quickly.
Sold his Land Rover
Very clear and easy to use
I wanted to get rid of my old car quickly because it wasn't worth much money and I had just bought a new one. I received a decent enough offer via Motorway. Job done - no worries!
Sold his Vauxhall
Quick, efficient and extremely professional. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Quickest and smoothest car sale I've experienced in the last 50 years.
Sold his Audi
Really happy with the service
Got me an excellent price within 48 hours. Dealer came to pick the car up a few days later. Took all the hassle out of it! Would definitely use again.
Sold his Mazda
From start to end the process was seamless, excellent service, good variety of quotes, communication was clear and concise and would thoroughly recommend using again.
Sold her MINI
Very straightforward service
Received a fair offer which made it not worth trying to sell privately and the money was in my bank within 20 minutes. This service really was outstanding!
Sold her BMW
Motorway were fantastic
They kept me well informed and within 24 hours the car was sold. Very happy and hassle free. Highly recommend and would use again.
Sold his Volkswagen
Everything it said on the car
Wife needed a new car so the old one had to go, using Motorway was absolutely painless with really good service. They did everything that was said. Brilliant service and payment as stipulated.
Sold his Ford
Absolutely would recommend
The team were sooo friendly. And everything went smoothly. The payment went in the bank within minutes. If you want to sell your car quickly with a good quote, definitely go with this company.
Sold her Citroen
Really easy website to use. Staff on the phone professional and quick with follow up calls at each stage. Got me a great offer - almost £2k more than another well known car buying service.
Sold his Audi
Much better offer
Got a much better offer from Motorway than a well-known national used car buyer. Very professional and efficient collection at a time to suit us. Highly recommended.
Sold his Renault