Is Cazoo or Motorway the best place to sell my car? How the 2 compare on price, fees and more
Is it better to sell to Cazoo or Motorway? Our exclusive analysis looks at who offered the highest price across a selection of popular cars.
If you want to sell your car for the best price, should you head to Cazoo or Motorway?
To try and give you a better idea, we decided to carry out some research* to see how they compare.
We went to both sites and requested around 40 quotes for a variety of popular cars and placed the results side-by-side.
But before we do that, we wanted to briefly highlight a slight difference between the way Cazoo’s quote system works compared to most other car-buying sites.
Normally, all you need to get an online valuation is your car’s reg number and mileage, but Cazoo asks for some additional info.
Specifically, it asks for the number of previous owners, your motor’s service history and the overall condition of the car.
While we’ve tried to match this as closely as possible to the most common seller scenario, it’s worth keeping in mind the comparison isn’t exactly like-for-like as it is with our other car-buying site comparisons.
Cazoo or Motorway: how their offers compare
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Note: you can click on any of the cars above if you want to see our detailed comparison for that model and learn more about getting the best price for it.
Sell My Car Guide analysis: Motorway tops Cazoo on price
As you can see from the table, Motorway offered the higher quoted price overall, with an average value of £16,081 versus £15,348 for Cazoo.
That’s a difference of almost £750.
Yet, despite our findings, we absolutely do not recommend you simply head straight to Motorway and assume you’re going to be quids in.
There are a number of reasons for this, which we’ll explain in the next section.
Is Cazoo or Motorway best? The truth is no site is ALWAYS best
We should start by highlighting that these are just quotes and not the final price, which could be significantly lower in some instances.
Also, to make an obvious statement, our comparison of 40-odd different car quotes is nothing more than a tiny sample.
It’s definitely not something you can make huge sweeping assumptions about either company’s business model.
But even in this snapshot, you can see examples of how pricing differs from one car to the next.
While Motorway’s quotes were comfortably higher overall, you can see that it actually offered £150 less for the various Ford Focuses we got quotes for.
Every site has its own methods for calculating how much it might pay for a car, which could by influenced by anything from how desperate they are for certain models, who they will sell a car on to and so on.
As a result, there is no single site that will pay the best price for every car.
That means it’s vital you set some time aside to get multiple quotes from car-buying sites (we’d recommend setting up a new email address or you’re going to end up with a lot of emails in your inbox).
There are quite a few sites out there that can offer you a quote from in a matter of minutes.
We’ve listed the eight main ones, including a link to our independent reviews plus a direct link to their quote pages.
You don’t have to get a quote from all of them, but it really is in your interest to visit at least two or three.
Cazoo or Motorway: how they compare on fees and collection/drop-off
Motorway are one of the few car buyers who charge no fees whatsoever. The sale price you’re offered is the sum you’ll get.
But it’s a very different story at Cazoo. The company recently introduced a £49 admin fee, which can’t be avoided.
And if you aren’t able to drop the car off at one of their drop-off centres and organise your own lift home, you’ll also have to pay a home collection fee of £149, potentially more.
Add those together and you’re looking at fees of around £200!
So in this area, Motorway certainly come out on top.
Sell my car comparison: is Cazoo or Motorway better?
Our (admittedly limited) research found Motorway quoted a better price on the cars we tested, plus its fee-free.
So our research certainly rates Motorway more highly.
However, we can’t stress enough that this doesn’t automatically mean it’s the best place to sell your car.
For all the reasons we outlined earlier in this article, take the time to compare prices at a few different places.
If you want to learn more about any of the major car-buying sites, read all our independent reviews here.
*Methodology: we requested an online quote for 39 different cars across 8 different car makes. This works out to five car quotes per car with the exception of the Mercedes A Class, for which we only got four quotes.