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Selling a car online but don’t know which car buying website to use? We trialled some of the best online car buying websites, so you don’t have to. Here’s a review of our experience with each.

Selling your car online is a quick and easy alternative to hawking it yourself or through auction. Of course, you’re likely to get a higher price selling any vehicle privately. However, if a fast turnaround and convenience are more important to you, a car-buying site may be your best option. But with so many providers out on the marketplace, it can be challenging to choose which one to use.

That’s why we decided to trial the UK’s best car buying websites. Below you’ll find a review of each provider, detailing how easy it was to use as well as the valuations we received for each of our test vehicles: a classic VW Golf, nifty Nissan Qashqai and a classy BMW 3 Series.

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Car Buying Websites

Motorway

Motorway offers 100% free car valuations, and you can compare prices across different car-buying dealers, websites and auctions. Its main feature is its TruePrice technology which compares the guide price most of these only buyers quote to the final purchase price offered, in order to give a more realistic estimate of what the car is actually worth. The fact it claims you can turn around your purchase in under 24 hours is also a nice selling point.

Overall, we found the site fast and easy to use. What’s more, you only need to enter the VRM and mileage in order to get an estimate of how much the car is worth from different dealers. Here’s the highest valuation we got for each of our different test vehicles, which were higher in general compared to other buying sites:

  • VW Golf, 2013 = £5,252
  • Nissan Qashqai 2013 = £4,891
  • BMW 3 Series 2013 = £5,715

Given that it was aggregating deals from different dealers, we were left wondering how likely we would be to get the actual price shown. Although Motorway is free to use, there are likely to be transaction and processing fees to pay from the chosen provider. However, these fees are shown upfront in their comparison tables. Overall, Motorway seems to be a great option for hassle-free online car selling with an instant online car valuation tool. 

JamJar

JamJar touts itself as the ‘original car buying service comparison site’ claiming they’ve been helping people purchase vehicles since 1997. The site prides itself on its transparency and the fact that you don’t need to enter any personal details before offering detailed valuations. 

Before offering up a valuation, they did ask us for the mileage, details about the service history (there’s a drop-down to choose from here) as well as the MOT due and car colour.

Valuations offered for our test vehicles:

  • VW Golf, 2013 = £5,141
  • Nissan Qashqai 2013 = £4,813
  • BMW 3 Series 2013 = £5,773

While this service was free, when we hit the unlimited lookups button, it did ask us to sign up.

We Want Any Car

Just as it says in the name, We Want Any Car is willing to purchase any road-worthy vehicle. Not many other competitors to this and that’s on top of the free valuation they offer. Their service is quick and backed up by over 40 years experience in the motor trade.

Just like with Motorway, all we needed to get going was the VRM and mileage of each of our test vehicles. However, the site did ask us for our personal details before revealing any valuations. 

Valuations offered for our test vehicles:

  • VW Golf, 2013 = £5,141
  • Nissan Qashqai 2013 = £4,813
  • BMW 3 Series 2013 = £5,773

We Buy Any Car

A 4-day price guarantee, an option to settle remaining finance and quick sale turnaround times are what We Buy Any Car claims to set itself apart.

However, the experience on their site left us slightly scratching our heads. After entering a VRM, email and postcode, it wouldn’t put us through because we didn’t have an appointment.

Wizzle

What’s neat about Wizzle is that you can get a valuation and also advertise your car to its network of dealers (of which there are thousands).

The process was lengthier than on other buying sites we trialled; however, we understand this is part of how Whizzle works differently to other providers. To start, we were asked to enter the VRM, mileage and features of the vehicle (leather interior, multiple keys, satnav, etc.). Then we were asked about the full service history of the car as well as the condition of several of its components, including the mechanics, windscreen condition, tyres and interior. It then asked for our personal details before revealing any offers.

Valuations offered for our test vehicles:

  • VW Golf, 2013 = £5,141
  • Nissan Qashqai 2013 = £4,813
  • BMW 3 Series 2013 = £5,773
While we were able to see valuations from a range of car buyers, such as the Car buying Group it did prompt us to sign up for a premium account when we started adding in-car images.
 

The Car Buying Group

Free car collection, no hidden fees and a price guarantee are the main points which set The Car Buying Group apart from its competitors. They’ve also got a dedicated customer support team on hand to assist with any issues, which can be a great help as detailed in this review.

We were asked for the VRM, then some personal details along with the mileage, number of owners and service history of the vehicle. The experience was good though the prices offered weren’t as high as some of the other providers.

Valuations offered for our test vehicles:

  • VW Golf, 2013 = £4,667
  • Nissan Qashqai 2013 = £4,348
  • BMW 3 Series 2013 = £5,239

Private Sale

If you are still considering selling your car privately, we recommend reading our guide here. We also touch on selling your car to a dealer and the option of part-exchange. 

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  • 1 x Free Car Check
  • Full MOT History
  • Imported / Exported
  • Ex-Salvage Register Check
  • MOT Failure Prediction
  • Plate & Colour Changes
  • Date V5c Last Issued
  • Detailed Technical Data
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Everything with a free account plus:

  • 2 x Car Checks
  • Shortlist & Compare Cars
  • 1 x Buyer's Report which includes:
  • Outstanding Finance Check
  • Insurance Write-Off
  • Ex-Salvage Register Check
  • Stolen or Scrapped
  • Valuation
  • Upcoming Repairs & Costs
  • Service Schedules & Costs
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Everything with a free account plus:

  • Unlimited Car Checks!
  • Shortlist & Compare Cars
  • 2 x Buyer's Report which include:
  • Outstanding Finance Check
  • Insurance Write-Off
  • Ex-Salvage Register Check
  • Stolen or Scrapped
  • Valuation
  • Upcoming Repairs & Costs
  • Service Schedules & Costs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Find out the value of your car. There are a number of online valuation tools.
  2. Sell it online to a car buying site such as Motorway.  Find out more here.

The top websites for selling your car online. We have tried them for you, so that you don’t have to. Find out more here .

We have tried the top buying websites for you, read more to find out which one offers the most money. Find out more here.

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