Where can I sell my car?

There are two main routes you can take when selling your car. You can either sell it privately or via a third party. The below methods fall into one or the other:

  • You can sell privately on an auction website
  • You can advertise it privately on a used car website or selling app
  • You can sell it direct to a car dealership
  • You can sell privately by putting a note up in a local advertisement board, like you’d find in a supermarket
  • You can sell direct to an online car buyer


Privately on an online auction site

Companies like eBay and Shpock

Pros

  • You may be offered more than a dealership as you are selling direct to the next owner
  • You can advertise to a large audience
  • You can set the price and decide whether you negotiate
  • You can manage everything from home

Cons

  • You’ll have to take the time to advertise your car and arrange viewings or collection
  • You could possibly pay listing fees or commission
  • You must manage the financial transaction which could involve large sums of cash and could put you at risk of fraudulent activity
  • You have to ensure the car is fully road legal which may incur a cost

You can advertise it privately on a used car website or selling app

Companies such as Auto Trader and Gumtree

Pros

  • You’ll reach an audience specifically looking to buy a car
  • You may be offered more than a dealership as you are selling direct to the next owner
  • You can set the price and decide whether you negotiate
  • You manage everything from home
  • There are usually apps you can download to keep an eye on your sale and respond to any messages

Cons

  • You’ll have to take the time to advertise your car and arrange viewings or collection
  • You may need to pay large listing fees to ensure you reach the optimum number of people
  • You must manage the financial transaction which could involve large sums of cash and could put you at risk of fraudulent activity
  • You have to ensure the car is fully road legal which may incur a cost

You can sell it direct to a car dealership

Dealerships such as Fords of Winsford or Evans Halshaw

Pros

  • You can save time with a quick sale
  • You’re likely to receive expert advice
  • You could receive same-day payment
  • You may have the option to part-ex your car
  • You do not get harassed by calls and messages enquiring about your car which could be at any time of day

Cons

  • You may be paid a lower price for your car as the dealership will need to prep the car for the next owner
  • You may have to wait around at a dealership while they value your car
  • You’ll have to get your car to the dealership and find a way home if you are not getting another car from them
  • You’ll have to make sure the dealership you sell to is reputable

Local Advertisement Board

Such as supermarket notice boards

Pros 

  • You could possibly advertise your car for free
  • You may be offered more than a dealership as you are selling direct to the next owner
  • You can set the price and decide whether you negotiate

Cons 

  • This is an outdated method to selling your car and your advert may not be seen by many people
  • You may have to put up with haggling
  • You must manage the financial transaction which could involve large sums of cash and could put you at risk of fraudulent activity
  • You have to ensure the car is fully road legal which may incur a cost

You can sell direct to an online car buyer

Companies such as Car Store

Pros

  • You can get a valuation for your car quickly and easily from the comfort of your home
  • You can sell any car to these online sites regardless of make/mode/age/condition
  • Same day payment is often available from these buyers

Cons 

  • You may be offered less than if you sold the car privately as you are not selling direct to the next owner
  • You will need to drop the car off and make sure you have a way to get home
  • If you do not enter the correct information online the price may alter when your car is inspected in store
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