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Anyone sold their car via Motorway.co.uk? I understand it is a service where traders bid for your used car and you can accept the best offer. I put my car details in and got a generous estimate of its value. Anyone have experience of whether such estimates are realistic? What's the selling process like? How do you synchronise collection of your old car with delivery of a new one? Can you specify a collection date?
 

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I got a great result with Motorway. WBAC and Tesla both offered me £25k for my previous car so I put it on Motorway. Their initial estimate was £29k and I ended up with £31k, so I’d certainly recommend them.

The winning bidder came up by train, transferred the money and drove away in the car. Easy.
 

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I got a great result with Motorway. WBAC and Tesla both offered me £25k for my previous car so I put it on Motorway. Their initial estimate was £29k and I ended up with £31k, so I’d certainly recommend them.

The winning bidder came up by train, transferred the money and drove away in the car. Easy.
How did they transfer the money?
 

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It was all done online. The funds appeared within minutes and when I could see the money in my account I phoned my bank and they confirmed the money was really there and the transfer was irrevocable.

The guy that bought the car phoned straight away once I had accepted his offer and he was happy to come and get the car on any day and time that suited me.
 

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It was a ‘Faster Payments’ transaction which, as I understand it, is different to BACS.

I guess it’s down to how sellable your car is. There’s a post somewhere here from a couple of weeks ago where a member tried to use Motorway to sell his Leaf but I don’t think they wanted to know.

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Quick comment from someone on the 'dealer' end of Motorway. Have to say it's a good service, the dealers incur all the costs so as long as your honest with your description then it should be a good way to get the best offer. They seem to be growing rapidly and innovating - considering how ruthless the main trade auction places are I think the traditional trade sources ought to be worried!
 

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I tried to sell my 13 plate Focus on Motorway. It needed some paintwork repairing and after waiting 2 weeks for them to come back to me with a final valuation (chasing every couple of days) I gave up and sold it too WBAC. Probably cost me £500 in the end
 

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Motorway not interested in my old EV so booked into Arnold Clark to dispose. Wonder if their current extra £500 offer will make any difference 🤣. Anyway, at least it will be gone Instead of fending off private rude private buyers with zero manners that demand your best best price...Get lost, lol
 

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Motorway didn’t want our Leaf 24. Told us no one wants EV’s and they just sit on dealer forecourts! Said they didn’t want to even tender to dealers as would only get about 4 grand. Sold to an EV dealer for a lot more. This was only about a week ago.
Have noticed very few low value cars on Motorway lately. I suspect being as they make their money from a fee charged to the purchasing dealer in proportion to the final agreed price, it's not in their interest to 'waste' time with low value cars. Shame really, but trying to contact an EV specialist direct is a great idea. I wish I had grown my business to the extent where I could offer to buy EV's at will, but currently only have space for a few at a time.
 

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So where is the best place to sell a used EV?
Having just been through the process selling our Leaf a few weeks ago, I would say email some of the EV specialist car dealers.

I emailed Matt at Go Green Autos, Cleevely EV, and Jonathan Porterfield at eco-cars.net. There is also Drive Green and Just EV’s.

Matt said he would have been interested but doesn’t buy black cars as too much work to prep with all the scratches, and Jonathan and Cleevely both said they were interested. Cleevely were the first to reply so I went to them first sending them some photos as requested. Car was sold to them the next morning and the day after someone came with a low loader to take it. Painless process. They paid a £500 deposit by bank transfer and the balance on collection before the car left.
 

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We sold our 30kWh Leaf through them a couple of years ago. The car wasn't even two years old at that point, so was probably attractive to dealers. The price we got was the top end of their estimate - it was bought by a Nissan dealership that sent a driver up on the train to collect it. Once he'd given it a quick check he phoned his boss, who did an instant bank transfer and sorted the V5 electronically. Money was in my account and the e-mail confirmation from the DVLA arrived before I handed the keys over. It appeared on that dealer's web site the next day, marked up by about £2k, and it sold pretty quickly from what I recall.

The price was much better than WBAC - in fact essentially what we'd have got from a private sale. Pretty decent service.
 

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Motorway didn’t want our Leaf 24. Told us no one wants EV’s and they just sit on dealer forecourts! Said they didn’t want to even tender to dealers as would only get about 4 grand. Sold to an EV dealer for a lot more. This was only about a week ago.
How long ago was that? I sold my e-Niro through them last September, good price and would use them again.
 

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I sold our Passat GTE through Motorway during last lockdown, following a friends recommendation. It was a painless process and the mobile site to take you through the process of getting the right photos is excellent. Be honest with your description of any paintwork/wheel niggles, as with all these services. I got a good offer (better than WBAC), and it was collected and paid for by an independent dealer within 2 days, for the full value I was promised. I had the same process of bank transfer as stated above before they took it away; I had some initial nervousness about this aspect but all fine. I would recommend based on my experience. Once best offer is confirmed, you will know the name of the dealer/garage and can do a little of your own due diligence if you are concerned.
 
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Sold my Land Rover Evoque two weeks ago - could have sold it last year but then I wasn't willing to go on a test drive with strangers, somebody suggested Motorway on another forum and it worked like a treat, very little face to face interaction and I did get near full price as shown on the AutoTrader private sale (the car was in a very good condition).
 
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