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Who are Facebook Marketplace?

Facebook Marketplace are a platform, similar to Craigslist and Gumtree, from Facebook that allow their users or businesses to list anything from cars to clothes for sale. Facebook Marketplace launched in 2016 and act as a “venue” for buyers and sellers, leaving it to them to sort details like price, delivery and collection.
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How is Facebook Marketplace different to Auto Trader?

Facebook Marketplace offer a range of items – from a bed to furniture, cars, kitchenware and beyond.

Auto Trader provide a platform to buy and sell vehicles for a smooth buying and selling experience, and offer a broad range of vehicles from cars, bikes, vans to plant machinery and more.

Auto Trader

On Auto Trader, you can clearly choose the vehicle you’re interested in and filter your search based on different vehicle specs. To contact dealers, you can call them or reach out using our platform by texting, sending an enquiry or using live chat.

Facebook Marketplace

On Facebook Marketplace, you get the same search experience for everything – be it a vehicle or second-hand furniture. To contact dealers on Facebook Messenger, you can only use your personal Facebook Messenger.

Finding the best deal

Auto Trader and Facebook Marketplace allow users to search by price, vehicle type, condition, make and model, mileage and other filters.

Facebook Marketplace’s search results are usually ‘close to you’, but you can change your location and expand your search.

Choice of stock

Facebook Marketplace haven’t made public how many cars are listed on their site.

Auto Trader have hundreds of thousands of listings from dealerships and private sellers.

In addition to used, approved used cars and new cars, we also stock bikes, motorhomes and caravans, trucks, and, plant and farm machinery.

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Vehicles type
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Private sellers

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Vehicles type
Finance available
Trade sellers
Private sellers

Valuing your car

Facebook Marketplace don’t offer a car valuation service, though they state that they’ll “suggest a price range based on similar items in your area” if you upload a vehicle.

On Auto Trader, online car valuations are free.

Auto Trader’s car valuations are 100% data-driven and combine reliable data from over 3,500 dealer websites, car adverts listed on our site and values from major auctions, ex-fleet and lease cars. By using all of this data, we can ensure we’re providing an accurate and fair price suggestion to anyone buying or selling a car. Once you’ve got your price, you can sell your car with us. If it’s worth less than £1,000, the advert is free too.

Checking vehicle history

When listing a vehicle on Facebook Marketplace, they ask for a car’s year, make, model and mileage, and transmission. So, the buyer must do a vehicle history check independently.

Before cars are listed on Auto Trader, they have a mandatory basic vehicle check.

All vehicles on Auto Trader go through a five-point vehicle check to make sure they haven’t been stolen, written off or reported as scrapped, imported, or exported. We encourage retailers and private sellers listing their cars to conduct and display a full history check, so you get information on outstanding finance, recorded mileage and more. Before you buy, you also have the option to sign up for a full vehicle check, which comes with a data guarantee of up to £30,000 for complete peace of mind.

Saving and comparing adverts

You can save Facebook Marketplace listings, including vehicles, to your profile.

On Auto Trader, you can save and compare unlimited cars with an account, or save up to four vehicles without one.

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