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Heycar or Auto Trader

Where’s the best place to sell your car online? Here, we compare online marketplaces Heycar and Auto Trader.

What is Heycar

Heycar is an online marketplace for used cars that was first established in Germany in 2017. Launching in the UK in August 2019, Heycar is owned by Mobility Trader Holding GmbH, whose shareholders are Volkswagen Financial Services (which also trades as Audi Finance, SEAT Finance, Skoda Finance and more) and Daimler Mobility

Led by CEO Mat Moakes, Heycar launched in the UK with over 100,000 listed cars across 1,400 dealerships.

How is Heycar different to Auto Trader

Heycar currently offers vehicles from 50 brands including Audi, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. Unlike Auto Trader and other automotive marketplaces, they only advertise cars from dealers, so you won’t find any cars advertised by a private seller.

Compare numbers at a glance
HeycarAuto Trader
Number of cars advertised100,000450,000
Available brands501,400
Registered dealerships100+12,899
*numbers accurate as of 27/05/20
Finding the best deal

Heycar only offer warrantied used cars that are less than eight-years old and have less than 100,000 miles on the clock. You can search and sort deals according to mileage, age, distance and price. They place emphasis on finance options, offering a finance quote on every used car

On Auto Trader, you can find used, approved used and brand-new cars. We don’t limit by age or mileage, which means you can search a wider range of cars to suit any budget and needs. If a car matching your specifications isn’t available, you can save your search and get a notification when a car is added that matches your search criteria.

On Auto Trader, you can search by total price or monthly price, along with over a dozen further categories including gearbox, fuel type and car colour so you can find the perfect car for you. If you’re not in the market to buy, you can also look at car leasing, personal contract purchase (PCP) and hire purchase (HP) deals with Auto Trader.

To help you find the right car at the right price, we also have price indicators which let you know how the asking price compares to similar cars for sale on Auto Trader.

Choice of stock

As mentioned above, Heycar currently limit their stock to used cars

In addition to used and brand-new cars, Auto Trader also stock bikes, motorhomes and caravans, trucks, and, for those in the market, plant and farm machinery

Stock listed comes from both trade and private sellers for a greater choice and variety of price points. We also offer

HeycarAuto Trader
Vehicles available
Finance available
Trade sellers
Private sellers
Valuing your car

Heycar and Auto Trader both offer a free online car valuation to help buyers understand how much their car is worth. Heycar provide you with a value range that shows you the most and least amount of money you could expect to get for your car.

Auto Trader valuations are 100% data-driven, powered by thousands of data points including:

  • over 3,500 dealer websites
  • values from major auctions
  • the values of ex-fleet and lease cars
  • car adverts listed on our site
  • We use data from different sources to ensure we’re providing an accurate reflection of the market and getting the fairest price point for those buying or selling a car.

    Checking a vehicle's history

    Heycar pre-screen cars from their selected dealerships before they are listed onsite to ensure they meet their criteria.

    On Auto Trader, every car undertakes a basic vehicle history check at the time it’s advertised – so you can be sure it hasn’t been recorded as stolen, scrapped, imported, exported, or written off

    We encourage retailers listing their car to conduct and display a full history check, which gives information on outstanding finance, recorded mileage and more. You also have the option to purchase a full vehicle check which comes with a data guarantee up to £30,000 for complete peace of mind.

    Saving and comparing adverts

    Both Heycar and Auto Trader allow you to save a search, so you can see when a car you’re looking for is added to the site

    Both sites allow you to easily compare cars. On Heycar, you can compare three adverts at the same time. 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!

    Both comparison features show key features, including gearbox and fuel type, at a glance for an informed decision on your shortlist. On Auto Trader, we 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.

    Who are Auto Trader?

    Offering used cars from private sellers and trusted UK dealerships, brand new cars and more, Auto Trader has over 40 years of experience as the UK’s largest automotive marketplace.