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Well I was thinking of upgrading my zoe to a new one, so got a couple of quotes.

First, Motorway.co.uk:
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Nice.
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Friggin' jokers.
 

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I sold a car to WBAC 4 years ago. At the time they said they wouldn't even quote on electrics. It seems now that they merely don't want them, which is an improvement. £6,000 is a "go away" offer.

A main dealer would be interested in a 2 year old car at trade price, if you wanted a quick sale. The best money is likely to come from a private sale though.
 

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I'd also with them at your local branch, they have some cars that just don't match with what they offer in reality.

Also try Cazoo, and you local Renault dealer to see if they are interested.
 

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WBAC offered me £21,500 for my 10 month old MG5. I could buy an identical brand new one for that.
I was offered £20,000 exactly for my ZS EV, not bad as its 18months old. But I'll still be keeping it as I see no need to sell it just for a fast buck and then all the hassle of finding a replacement car.
 
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They don’t want Zoe’s, the battery lease is a hassle, and their system has no real way of differentiating between leased and owned - even Renault’s gets it wrong half the time.
 

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It's worth ringing around one or two of the specialist EV dealers, too. Often they will pay a bit more if it's a car they know they can turn around quickly, and Zoe's do tend to sell quickly. I did this when I sold my i3, rang Drive Green (The Team - Drive Green ) they made me a good offer, more than WBAC or anyone else and sent a driver down to collect the car. Completely painless and very convenient, as I was getting a train up to Heathrow to collect my new Tesla the following day, anyway.
 

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Just sold my car last week via Motorway, simple no-fuss no-hassle no-haggle sale.

WBAC quoted £4,400 less....before their "appraisal", which, no doubt would have shaved several hundred more off their offer. 🙄
 

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This whole thing about WBAC shaving money off is due to folk not being upfront about recording damage when they should at quote stage. No different to Motorway.

Then the story is shared that person x got offered hundreds less and its somehow WBACs fault. I sold a DS3 to them several years ago, was honest in condition and recorded scuffed alloys etc and they honoured the quote.

It's not that hard.
 

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Avoid WBAC. use Motorway or use the valuation to barter for a better trade in.
I got 2K more than part X price with WBAC. I sold an Abarth 124 in spring. They gave me the price that similar cars were selling for on Autotrader. I couldn't believe it. They are not always bad, depends on the car you are selling I guess.
 

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My experience in the past fortnight. Motorway is essentially a dealer auction site. Their website is terrible and it put me off using them so went with WBAC but...

WBAC quoted me online £4300 recently, on appraisal £3600 so I walked away

I phoned Motorway and emailed the pictures through as their site wouldn't upload, this experience was much better

Motorway quoted me £4800, it sold for £6200 2 days later. The car was collected the following day and money transferred by the purchaser whilst he was looking around it. No sellers fee, no paying extra for same day cash transfer (unlike WBAC).

VW trade-in offer was a pitiful £2500. Same car, same condition, definitely worth shopping around
 

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With WBAC, it appeared to me that it depended entirely on the member of staff you dealt with.
I had been honest with the damage on the car. It had a few chips and very minor scratches. Even though I had cleaned the car, it had lots of tar spots on it because the council has just resurfaced a local road.
The first place I went to tried knocking off money because of the tar spots. Even when I wiped some of the tar off, they refused to add the money back on
The second place looked at the car, agreed with my appraisal of the condition and gave me the price without any issue.
 

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I sold a car to WBAC 4 years ago. At the time they said they wouldn't even quote on electrics. It seems now that they merely don't want them, which is an improvement. £6,000 is a "go away" offer.

A main dealer would be interested in a 2 year old car at trade price, if you wanted a quick sale. The best money is likely to come from a private sale though.
The market for second hand EVs should be huge, every town/city has thousands of cars that only do local trips like the school run etc, these arguably are the what cause the most polution as they never get up to full operating temperature (my friend has to take hers to a local garage to have the dpf regenerated, I keep telling her just go for a blast down the motorway every now and then, one day people will wake up and see there is real value in a 2/3/4/5 year old EV as a very cheap run around.
 

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I tried WBAC and Motorway a few months back for the LEAF, and both offered the same price more or less, about £8500 (which seemed about right for a 2017 model with 65k on the clock)

Perhaps WBAC have had issues with the battery lease on Zoe in the past and dont want involved in that nonsense without it being very much worth their while...?
 

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The market for second hand EVs should be huge, every town/city has thousands of cars that only do local trips like the school run etc, these arguably are the what cause the most polution as they never get up to full operating temperature (my friend has to take hers to a local garage to have the dpf regenerated, I keep telling her just go for a blast down the motorway every now and then, one day people will wake up and see there is real value in a 2/3/4/5 year old EV as a very cheap run around.
MIL has an old fiesta and has been recently talking about buying something newer. She drives a few miles to work or the shops most of the time. If she goes into town she takes the bus to avoid parking. The longest trip she makes is the ~35miles to our house. I dont think i've ever seen her drive much further than that.

Its literally perfect use profile for a cheap EV.

Last week she asked me about a car she was thinking of buying... A 2012 Seat Ibiza diesel... I said dont touch it with a bargepole, that'll almost certainly be causing you DPF grief in no time, and its at an age where all the consumabley parts are going to start falling off. She went to see it anyway (theres a long history of her asking for car advice, and then ignoring it completely), and was told by the seller the DPF needed cleaning but they were going to do that before they sold the car. Thankfully that put her off.

We've offered her the LEAF at WBAC price when we get the new car, but shes not really interested. Really quite puzzling. I think its just fear of change or fear of the unknown.
 
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