Alternatives to Auto Trader – the best places to sell your car

Chances are that if you’re using carwow to buy your new car, you’ll have a car to get rid of. The most painless way is usually to part-exchange the car at the dealer you’re buying the new car from, but the best way to get the most money for your old motor is by selling it privately.

Doing this used to be a minefield, but these days it’s easy to set up an advert for your old car online. You will have probably heard of Auto Trader – it is something of a behemoth in the world of online motoring classifieds – and you would be forgiven for not being able to think of an alternative off the top of your head.

However, if you like the idea of maximising your selling opportunities and reaching more customers, what exactly are your options other than Auto Trader? Read on to find out.


Gumtree is an online classifieds site that sells almost everything – cars included. For those of you who spend any time on the London Underground, you may well have noticed that Gumtree has been advertising the fact that you can sell your first car for free. Considering the fact that Gumtree is the number one classified site in the UK, this may not be such a bad idea.

Another alternative to Auto Trader that’s worth considering if you are looking to move your old car on is Here you can list your car in an advert that lasts for 12 weeks, and potentially reach more than 1,000,000 buyers per month. Here’s the best bit – like Gumtree, listing your car on Motors is free as opposed to the £7.95 you’ll pay for the most basic two-week advert on Auto Trader.

This next Auto Trader alternative is a little less well known, but that’s not to say it isn’t a good option. is similar to because you can also list an ad for your car on the site for free. All you need to do here is tell people why they should buy your car, and Autoweb will automatically fill in all the technical details about your car. You can even get a valuation free of charge.


This is another name you may be familiar with. If you are looking to get rid of your car, the Parkers website is worth taking a look at. Here you will not only be able to obtain a free valuation of your car, but you will also find a wealth of helpful information about things you should be careful to avoid if you are considering purchasing a used car to replace your current motor.


Ebay is arguably the world’s most well-known auction site. It’ll cost you a small amount to list your car but you get infinite control over the price of your car. You can set a reserve to cover you if no one offers you the amount you’re after.

Exchange and Mart is the final Auto Trader alternative on this list. Unlike the other options we have included, you will have to pay to feature your ad on Exchange and Mart. However, with prices starting at £5, this is a small price to pay when you consider the fact that the website has a monthly audience of 7.1 million people.

No longer the Auto choice?

So, there you have it. If you are looking to sell your car online, why not check out these Auto Trader alternatives? You never know, you may be pleasantly surprised with the results. In the mean time, why not head over to our new-car deals page – your dream replacement car could be just around the corner, and getting hold of it will be less hassle than you might think.

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