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Car Selling Advice

Private sale, part-exchange or car buying agency? The Car Expert’s car selling advice can help get you get the best result when selling your car.

Selling your car can be a stressful event, and quite a hassle. Whether you’re selling privately, part-exchanging at a dealership as part of buying your next car or selling to a specialist car buying service, it’s difficult to know whether you’re getting a fair price for your car.

The Car Expert has partnered with Motorway to help you sell your car for the best price and least hassle.

Motorway finds the highest offer for your car from its nationwide network of more than 3,000 verified dealers​. The service is free and you can organise the whole thing from your sofa. Most of the dealers will even arrange to collect the car from your home.

We pride ourselves on being independent and impartial when it comes to advising you on anything to do with your car, and we’re happy to recommend that you try Motorway to see if you can get a better price for your car. There’s absolutely nothing to lose and potentially hundreds of pounds to be gained.

Disclaimer

There’s one important disclaimer we need to include right here. If you click on any of those big yellow Motorway boxes on this site and you do end up selling your car to one of its buyers, The Car Expert will get a small commission. It won’t affect the price you get for your car and there are no fees for you to pay, but we’ll get a few quid.

If, for some reason, you don’t like that idea, click on this link here to go to Motorway for the exact same service but without triggering a commission for us. We can’t be fairer than that.

Why should I sell my car with Motorway?

Motorway offers you a safe, convenient and free way to sell your car from home, completely online. From its network of more than 3,000 car dealers, Motorway enters your car into a daily auction where the dealers compete to buy your car for the best price. You remain in control of the process at all time, and you’re not under any obligation to accept the offer that Motorway comes up with.

The winning dealer will pay you via bank transfer, so you’ll get your money quickly. In most cases, they’ll either collect the car from your home, or in some instances you may be asked you to drop it off at a local dealership.

 

Will I get a better price than selling my car privately?

Whether the best price available is better than what you could get selling your car privately depends on a number of factors. These factors include level of damage, service history, specification and rarity of your car.

Selling privately means you have to take photos of your car, write an appealing advertisement and pay to place it on one or more sites to try and find a buyer. The process will inevitably take longer and there is no guarantee of success. It also means relying on either cash payment or a bank transfer from a random stranger, with no assurances of whether their money is legitimate.

It’s worth comparing your offer from Motorway with private sale sites on this basis. Another thing to bear in mind is that you can see what other private sellers may be asking for their cars, but you can’t see what price they end up accepting from a buyer.

What you will always gain from Motorway or any other professional car buying service is safe and secure payment from a verified buyer, and you’ll also save the hassle of selling the car yourself. Motorway finds the dealer in its network that is willing to pay the most, and its service is quick and hassle-free. 

 

Will I get a better price than part-exchanging at a dealer?

Motorway often beats part-exchange prices through its nationwide network of car dealers. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons sellers visit the website after receiving a low part-exchange quote.

Another big advantage in selling your car separately instead of part-exchanging it is clarity and transparency on what you’re really being paid for your car.

When part-exchanging, you’re basically negotiating the price of your current car as well as the price of the new car, and the dealer can play one of those prices off against the other to make it look like you’re getting a better deal than you really are.

By using Motorway, or any other specialised car selling service, you’re getting a transparent price for your current car, which means you can then negotiate the best price with a dealership on your next car.

 

What are the downsides of selling my car with Motorway?

None. If you’re not happy with the price offered on your car, you don’t have to accept it. There are zero obligations to proceed with the sale, so you remain in charge of the process at all times.

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Disclaimer

Motorway Online Ltd is a commercial partner of The Car Expert. If you click on any Motorway banner on this site, you will be taken to the Motorway website. If you proceed to sell your car through Motorway, we may receive a commission. This does not affect the price you receive for your car.