Sell my Mercedes A-Class: get the best price when selling online
Want to sell your Mercedes A-Class online? Here’s a look at all your options, how to get the best price, what fees you’ll have to pay and more.
‘What’s the best way to sell my Mercedes A-Class?’.
If it’s all about getting the absolute best price when selling your car and you don’t mind putting in some time and effort, then your best bet is to cut out the middle man entirely and sell your car yourself.
If you create a listing for your car on AutoTrader and haggle with prospective buyers, you’ll be rewarded with a higher sale price at the end of it.
Conversely, if you want the simplest option (assuming you’re planning to replace your Mercedes A-Class) then you can just part exchange your Mercedes A-Class.
But be warned: while this will be the most straightforward option – you can simply leave your car at the dealer and drive off in your new motor – this will also get you the lowest price.
Thankfully, there is a third option that’s pretty straightforward but will still net you a good price for your Mercedes A-Class – better than part exchanging but less than selling it yourself.
This involves selling to one of the many car-buying sites, which we’ll look at in more detail below.
So how much will you get when selling your Mercedes A-Class online?
And what can you do to get the best possible price for your Mercedes A-Class when selling to the likes of Webuyanycar, Motorway and Cazoo?
Sell My Car Guide has all the answers you need.
How much is my Mercedes A-Class worth?
How much your Mercedes A-Class is worth will vary massively based on factors like its condition, mileage, age and so on.
However, you can get a rough idea on your Mercedes A-Class’ value by looking at an online car valuation service.
Here’s a link to the Parkers page on second-hand Mercedes A-Class values to give you an idea of what your specific model might be worth.
Of course, this is just a very rough guide.
To give you a slightly better idea of how much you can expect to get when selling your Mercedes A-Class to a car-buying site, we conducted some research of our own.
You’ll find the quotes we received in the table below.
Sell my Mercedes A-Class: who will give me the best price?
|Mercedes A 180 SE Auto (2015)||Mercedes A200 AMG Night Edition (2015)||Mercedes A 180 Sport Executive Auto (2015)||Mercedes A160 CDI Elegance SE CVT (2007)||Average price for all models|
*Cazoo prices based on one owner, full service history and ‘good’ condition
So which car-buying site offered the best price for a Mercedes A-Class based on our research?
The final column in the table above shows you the average quoted price for the four cars to allow us to compare the sites.
Somewhat surprisingly, it was the relatively small player Wewantanycar that quoted the highest price overall for our Mercedes A-Class cars (read our detailed Wewantanycar review here).
Motorway were a very close second in the table, followed by Webuyanycar.
Cazoo and Arnold Clark both quoted at least £800 less on average than Wewantanycar, according to our research.
Now, obviously, this isn’t categorical proof of who will give every Mercedes A-Class owner the best price when selling – it’s just four quotes, after all – but it is at least a starting point.
At Sell My Car Guide, our golden rule is to always get quotes from multiple places as part of your initial research as no site will offer the best price on every car.
It genuinely only takes a couple of minutes to get a quote and it could make a massive difference in the amount you get for your Mercedes A-Class.
Take another look at the table above.
If you were selling the Mercedes A200 listed in the second column, you’d have been quoted £1,410 more at Wewantanycar compared to the lowest quote, which is from Webuyanycar.
However, Webuyanycar actually offered the best price for the A-Class listed in the third column, so it really does vary from one car to the next.
These are just quoted prices of course, and the final price you’ll be offered could be lower.
However, it does highlight the huge benefits to be had from shopping around to get the best price for your Mercedes A-Class.
Rear view of a Mercedes A class (Image: AutoPhotography – Pixabay)
Key considerations before selling your Mercedes A-Class: fees, collection & more
Before selling your car to any car-buying site make sure you factor in any fees that you will be charged.
The big ones to look out for are ‘administration fees’ – effectively just a way for the company to bump up the amount it makes off you – and collection fees, assuming you want your car collected from your house rather than driving it to a centre.
There isn’t really any consistency across the car-buying sites when it comes to how much you’ll be charged.
There are some, like Motorway, that are completely fee-free.
Then there are sites like Money4yourmotors, who charge a hefty admin fee of up to £125 but do offer free home collection.
Elsewhere, Webuyanycar charge a more moderate fee of up to £78 depending on your car’s value but don’t offer home pick-up meaning you’ll have to drive it to a collection centre.
Finally, there’s Cazoo which charges both a £49 admin fee and a collection fee of at least £149 if you don’t fancy dropping off your car.
It’s all a bit of a lottery.
If the price you’re offered from rival sites is similar, say within £200, make sure you factor in any fees you’ll have to pay to work out who is truly cheapest.
If there’s still little to choose between sites in terms of pricing after doing so, be sure to opt for the one that offers collection.
The whole point of selling online is that you’d like it to be a simple process, so save yourself the hassle of driving your Mercedes A-Class to a depot and having to sort a ride home.
Car-buying sites: who charges fees and who collects?
To save you some hassle, we’ve put together this table that outlines who charges what and who offers a vehicle collection service.
|Car-buying site||Admin fee||Home collection fee|
What documents will I need when I sell my Mercedes A-Class online?
Before selling your Mercedes A-Class, ensure you have all the papers you’ll need.
It would be hugely annoying to discover a missing document that would result in you being unable to sell when you want.
Here’s a full list of what you’ll need:
- Logbook (V5C document);
- An MOT certificate;
- Service history (ideally stamped by the dealer);
- Receipts for any work done, parts purchased, recent repairs etc.
What to do after selling your car
Once you finish the sale, it’s important you inform the DVLA that you’re no longer the owner of that car.
Do this by filling in the appropriate section of the log book and sending it to the DVLA by post or by completing a form online.
You should also get in touch with your insurance company and cancelling your existing policy.
If nothing else, you might get a partial refund on your policy.
Still not sure who to sell your car to? We have detailed reviews for all the major car-buying sites here.
**Cazoo’s quote system requires additional information beyond simply the reg number and mileage. We’ve tried to match this to the most common seller scenario, but it’s worth keeping in mind the comparison with rival sites isn’t exactly like-for-like.