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Alternatives to – car buying services compared

Has your current car given up the ghost? Or is it driving you nowhere other than crazy? With the growing strength of the UK car industry, now may be the perfect time to swap out your old clanger and put some shiny new wheels outside your house.

This is all great, but what’s the plan going to be when it’s time to sell your old? You could always hand the car off to the dealer as a part-exchange for a discount on your new car –  but you won’t get the best price for your old car. You could sell it privately – but this could take forever and you might have to deal with time wasters and social oddities.

But what if you just want to get rid of your car as quickly as possible? might be a good place to start – you get a simple price and someone will come and take your old car away without much of a fuss.

Whichever way you choose, it always pays to shop around so you can maximise the return on your old car. To help get the ball rolling, we’ve laid out a few alternative sites that’ll buy your car for cold hard cash.

The first alternative to is It offers you the opportunity to arrange for a technician to come and conduct a vehicle inspection at a time and place that suits you – useful if you have a busy schedule. Once the inspection has been conducted (free of charge), you will be given a valuation. You can either agree to the sale, or take a bit of time to consider your options. If you choose to go ahead, payment can be made via bank transfer and Money4YourMotors will even pick the car up from your home for you. offers you the opportunity to receive a valuation on your car instantly. All you need to do is enter in your vehicle’s registration number and mileage online, and the valuation arrives in your email inbox within minutes. The offer is valid for five days, giving you a wee bit of time to shop around to see if you can find a better deal. If you’re happy with the offer you are given and would like to proceed, you can arrange for one of BestCarBuyer’s drivers to come and meet you at a time and place convenient to you. The paperwork takes around 20-30 minutes to complete, meaning you could potentially sell your car in a couple of hours! claims it’ll beat any offer given by a competitor hands down. Like BestCarBuyer, all you need to do is enter your car’s registration number along with a few details about the vehicle, and you will be contacted with a free valuation. Once you are happy with the offer, you will be invited to visit a WeWantAnyCar branch so an inspection can be conducted, and the car taken off your hands. It’s not ideal because you’ll have to find your own way home afterwards, and it takes up to four days for the money to be transferred to your account – but the promise to beat any rival offer really does go a long way.

With, you can either enter your car’s details to get an instant valuation, or you can organise for one of its team members to meet you in person so a valuation can be carried out in situ. Although this sounds very similar to how the other sites on this list work, the difference is your offer will remain valid for 30 days – meaning you have more time to consider your options. prides itself that the offers sellers get for their cars are from professionals in the auto trade. WeBuyCars works slightly differently to the other sites on this list because you aren’t offered a quote as soon as you have entered your car’s details. Once you’ve entered your car’s registration number and mileage, WeBuyCars will match you with buyers interested in your particular make and model, and alert them to the fact your car is for sale so they can get in touch with you.

While this may not be as quick as selling your car on the other sites on this list, it does give you the chance to receive a greater number of offers from trusted buyers.

What next?

If you are planning on selling your car, and would like to do it reasonably quickly, these are the sites to use. If you have the time, take a look at our guide to places to sell your car privately – you might get even more money for your old one. If your car is in particularly high demand you may find you get a decent part-exchange offer for it from the dealer you’re buying your new car from.

If you haven’t yet found the perfect car to replace your outgoing motor, check out our car deals page – you’ll be surprised just how much you could save, or take a look at out car configurator to your ideal next car.

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