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With the UK's largest audience of car buyers, it's highly likely someone is currently searching our website for the car that's sat on your driveway. If you have a popular model, it can sell within 24 hours!
Free online valuation
Our powerful valuation tool helps you to price your car competitively so you can make sure you're getting a fair price. We'll guide you through creating your advert and give helpful tips to make it stand out.
How to sell your car, fast
Take great photos
It may sound obvious - but taking good-quality photos can have a huge impact on the time it takes to sell your car. Buyers expect to see 20 images on an advert
Keep it snappy
Keep your vehicle description short and simple. Call out optional extras that other similar cars may not have. And don't forget to mention full-service history if you have it.
It's important that your vehicle description is accurate. If your car has a small scratch on it - be honest about it. It'll save time with needless viewings if buyers are aware of any faults from the get-go.
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Your questions answered
With Auto Trader, you’re twice as likely to sell your car within a week. We also have more options than anywhere else to sell your car, so you are in control:
1. Instant Cash offer – The fastest way to sell your car. Get cash directly from AutoTrader and have the car picked up from your driveway within 48hrs
2. Part Exchange – The easy way to part exchange your old car for new one
3. Create an advert – You are in full control with your own sale. You can create and upload your advert in just three steps, and the size of our audience means you’ll get your car in front of more buyers than on any other site.
When you sell your car, you’ll need to hand over the car’s handbook, the service logbook (plus receipts) and, if the car is over three years old, the MOT certificate. Buyers may also appreciate older MOT certificates and maintenance receipts.
After you’ve sold the car, you’ll need a receipt with the date, price, registration number, make and model featured. You’ll also need your (and the buyer’s) name and address.
You’ll need to tell the DVLA the car has been sold. If your car has a V5C (registration document) then fill in the bottom and send this to the DVLA. You’ll need to give the top part to the buyer alongside other paperwork.
There are plenty of places to sell your old car.
You could sell it directly to a dealership or auction house, or you can sell it online. If you’ve got the time to wait for the right buyer, selling your car privately on a site like Auto Trader can earn you more money.
If you’re looking for someone to buy your car for cash, Instant Offer is a great option and one of the fastest ways to sell your car.
There are also options like part-exchange and, sometimes, a scrappage scheme is the right choice for older cars.
If you’ve sold a car before, you’ll know you can get wildly different quotes from competing sites and dealerships.
Auto Trader’s free car valuation tool gives you the right guide price. We combine data from thousands of live adverts and dealer websites, plus values from car auctions, and ex-fleet and leasing vehicles.
As our guide price represents the entire market and our data is updated daily, your quote is fair, priced to sell, and accurate.
We’ll also give you a part-exchange price, an instant offer and a private sale price, so you can decide how you want to sell your car.
A car valuation will tell you exactly how much you can sell your car for.
To get the best price for your car, make sure it’s clean and in good working order. Scuffs and scratches can knock the price down, so be realistic about the car’s condition and see whether it’s worth paying for repairs. A full-service history (where you’ve had a service every year, or within its set mileage) can fetch a higher price too.
Other factors can affect a car’s price. Some make models are more desirable than others, and a car’s age and mileage will also affect the final offer. Older cars with higher mileage tend to sell for less, though remember the depreciation curve of new cars means they lose most of their value in the first few years.
Another factor is the number of previous owners (the fewer the better, usually). You can find this in the V5C document.
One trick is to sell your car at the right time of year – convertibles are more popular in summer, so make sure you’re ready to meet demand! We’ve got more tips in our guide to the best time to sell your car.
The fastest way to sell your car on Auto Trader is with Instant Offer. We’ll give you a cash offer in minutes and can arrange to collect your car in under 48 hours.
If you want to sell your car privately, selling it through Auto Trader puts it in front of the UK’s largest car-buying audience. We recommend you accurately and fairly price it and follow these tips on creating an eye-catching car advert.
Part-exchanging your car online is easy nowadays.
Once you’ve found a car you like on our site, simply use our part exchange tool to get an instant valuation on your current car. We’ll only need your reg plate and current mileage to give you your quote. If you’re happy, you can then get in touch with the dealer to arrange trading your car in.
Part-exchange is a great way to swap your old car for a new one and find some of the cash for a deposit as you go.
No, it is illegal to sell a car with outstanding finance. Until you’ve finished paying for the car and the finance is settled, the car is still owned by the finance company so it’s not yours to sell.