A car is one of your most prized possessions – so understandably, selling a car can be stressful – especially through private sales, which can be time-consuming with no guarantee of success. Recently there has been an increase in online companies offering to make the process easier, safer and less stressful – but what makes them the best places to get a competitive deal, and are they really as low-stress as they claim?
The colourful interface on the homepage for The Car Buying Service is inviting and simplistic. On entering your registration, details of your car are found immediately – no time-consuming form-filling and digging out your logbook. The only thing you need to enter is mileage – a rough estimate at this stage. The third and final step requires you to enter the number of owners, service history and MOT expiration – so there is a small degree of digging around for information for this part of the process. Luckily, the questions are multiple choice which makes answering a whole lot easier. A valuation is then calculated and you get your results quickly.
Arguably the most recognised brand, webuyanycar.com promises to be a quick, easy, hassle-free way to sell your car. However, webuyanycar.com are not quite as good as The Car Buying Service and there are various reasons why. The home page is very simplistic and easy to use – similarly to thecarbuyingservice.co.uk; you start with your registration. The second step includes mileage, previous owners and service history – all multiple choice. On the third step, there are no questions – just a contact form, but you will have to enter your personal details to ensure you get a quote.
Deals4yourwheels on first impressions is quite a busy site – so it takes a few minutes to locate the box to enter your registration. From that point onwards, you are directed to a specification card for your vehicle with all its details, similar to thecarbuyingservice.co.uk. There are a fair amount of questions, but as before they’re all multiple choice. Then you’re at the final stage – once again involving registration with your details.
With a slightly more old-school, one-page format, money4yourmotors works in a very similar way to the other three competitors – The website isn’t so attractive, and a little budget for our tastes but for those wanting to sell their cars quickly, this may not put them off.
Everybody has individual preferences when it comes to online services such as these – but it’s certainly true that getting a valuation for your car online couldn’t be easier. Our personal favourite is thecarbuyingservice.co.uk. However with incredibly simplistic, instantaneous processes any of these websites should be your first port of call when considering selling your car quickly.