Find your perfect car
CarGurus or Auto Trader?
Where’s the best place to sell your car online? Here, we compare online marketplaces CarGurus and Auto Trader.
* All data below is accurate as of 14th April 2021
How is CarGurus different to Auto Trader?
Finding the best deal
CarGurus ranks their search results by “best deal” sorted by an algorithm, which is based on CarGurus’ own instant market value alongside dealership ratings submitted by site users.
On Auto Trader, you can choose which criteria matter to you most by selecting from a range of filters available.
Filter your search according to your needs
You can filter and refine your search on Auto Trader by choosing the criteria that best suit your needs. Search by total price or monthly price or over a dozen further categories available, including gearbox, fuel type and car colour. You can also filter the distance of the dealerships or the method of car deliveries.
Find the best priced deals
Auto Trader ads also feature a price indicator, so you can still see when you’re getting a good deal. Our price indicator uses several data points to show you how the asking price compares to similar cars for sale on Auto Trader, and help you find the right car at the right price. We keep dealer profile reviews separate (you can see those on the dealer’s profile page) so you’re getting an accurate view of the car’s value, not tempered by who’s selling it.
Choice of stock
Valuing your car
CarGurus offers a car valuation tool that is based on their instant market value, which compares data points including make, model, trim and year to estimate a fair retail price.
Auto Trader offer a free online car valuation to help buyers understand how much their car is worth.
Checking vehicle history
CarGurus offers AutoCheck from Experian on car listings to check a vehicle’s history, with prices starting at £14.95.
Every car listed on Auto Trader has a basic vehicle check before it goes live to make sure it hasn’t been recorded as stolen, scrapped, imported, exported, or written off.
Saving and comparing adverts
You can save searches on both CarGurus and Auto Trader.
On Auto Trader, you can save and compare up to four cars without an account. If you have an Auto Trader account, you can save and compare as many as you like!
Compare key features
Once you’ve saved the vehicles you like on Auto Trader, you can revisit your saved preferences and easily compare their key features, including gearbox, fuel type, mileage and engine size. It also shows how different vehicles are priced. We also include additional information on the dealer’s rating and distance from your location so you can make a more informed decision on where you buy from.
Get notified when a specific car is listed
If you’re after something specific and it isn’t listed on Auto Trader, you can save your search and we’ll send you a notification when a car that matches your search criteria is added. In two simple steps you can save your search – just choose the make and model you’re after and select ‘save search’. We’ll notify you as soon as a car of your liking is listed so that you never miss a good deal.
How do we compare?
How do we stack up against other automotive websites?
* Please note this is a non-exhaustive list.
About Auto Trader
We're experts on cars, with over 40 years experience in the automotive industry, so you can count on us to bring you the best deals.
Auto Trader Trustpilot rating: Excellent
Score is based on 58,733 reviews