Sell my car to Webuyurcar.co.uk: review, fees & tips to get the best price
Our independent Webuyurcar review has all the info you need including fees to watch out for, tips for getting the best price for your car and more.
It’s probably fair to say that Webuyurcar.co.uk is one of the lesser-known options for those thinking of selling a car online.
They promise superfast payment and home collection of your motor, so they certainly talk a good game.
However, they also charge fees whereas many of their rivals are free.
‘So should I sell my car to Webuyurcar or go for one of the bigger names instead’?
This independent review will answer that question, helping you make an informed decision and ensure you get the best price for your motor.
I want to sell my car to Webuyurcar: how does it work?
Getting an initial free valuation is easy.
You just go on the Webuyurcar site and type your vehicle registration in the yellow box in the middle of the screen.
Click the green ‘get valuation’ button underneath and you’ll then be asked for the vehicle mileage along with your contact details before you’re given a free on-screen valuation, which is valid for seven days.
Do scroll down to the bottom of the page as the information there states that any initial valuation is based on several assumptions about your vehicle.
These include the fact that:
- The vehicle must be in ‘good mechanical working order’
- Both interior and exterior must be ‘free from damage other than normal wear and tear’
- You’ll need two sets of keys
- The vehicle has more than three months’ MOT.
You may still be able to sell your car, even if it doesn’t comply with all the conditions, but it may mean any final offer, made after inspection, is lower than your on-screen valuation.
If you decide to proceed, the next stage is clicking the option to ‘book an appointment’.
This means arranging a vehicle inspection, which will be carried out free of charge at your home, or work and takes around one hour.
In some cases, it may be possible to get a ‘same day’ inspection appointment, and Webuyurcar say they buy cars, ‘7 days a week at a time and place that is convenient to you’ – however appointments are only available between 9am – 4pm weekdays and 9am – 3pm at weekends.
At the time of your pre-booked inspection, a Webuyurcar representative will arrive in a branded car, and as part of the inspection process, they’ll take your vehicle for a 5- to 10-minute test drive.
Webuyurcar say this is to ensure there are ‘no major mechanical defects with the vehicle that could affect the re-sale value’, like issues with the clutch or gearbox, and that all ‘vehicle purchasers’ are fully covered by its company insurance.
Any final offer made is subject to this inspection, but you’re under no obligation to accept.
If you decide to sell, you’ll need to produce two sets of keys, your V5C, (vehicle registration document), along with photo ID (like a driving licence or passport), and recent proof of address (bank statement, utility bill etc).
You will also need to provide your bank details so that funds can be paid straight into to your account.
What car makes and models do Webuyurcar want?
Webuyurcar say it will buy ‘all makes and models’ including vehicles with outstanding finance.
However, they say they don’t take non-runners, as vehicles need to be in good mechanical working order and free from damage, other than usual wear and tear.
The company say they have vehicle purchasers ‘nationwide’ and lists areas including London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool and Nottingham.
Will I get the quoted price if I sell my car to Wewantanycar? How accurate is the valuation?
Your initial valuation is based on the registration and mileage of your vehicle and is subject to the terms listed; which include having two sets of keys, over three months MOT, and that the vehicle must be free from damage.
While Webuyurcar may still buy your car from you if one or more of these conditions don’t apply, this can mean a revised price from your initial valuation.
During the Webuyurcar valuation process, you don’t get the chance to rate your vehicle’s bodywork or condition, as you do with some other car-buying sites like Cazoo.
Any negative reviews we found about Webuyurcar on Trustpilot were all regarding price, with sellers claiming valuation prices were revised on inspection.
It’s hard to know whether you’ll get more or less for your vehicle selling through Webuyurcar, compared with other car-buying sites, especially if they come to your door.
I ran a valuation for my 2010 Peugeot 207 CC 1.6 GT Convertible through the Webuyurcar site and was initially offered £1,421.
I compared this with Motorway, which also offers free home collection.
While the initial valuation from Webuyurcar was £46 higher than Motorway offered, after factoring in Webuyurcar’s £55 admin fee, I would have got less selling to Webuyurcar.
Obviously, this is just one example, but it’s worth running valuations across several car-buying sites and factoring in any charges to find the best price.
How can I get the best price when I sell my car to Webuyurcar?
Making sure you comply with all the terms and conditions is key, as any initial quote is subject to these.
Checking your car is in good working order is important as, if it’s taken for a test drive and a fault is spotted, like poor brakes, it may mean a reduced offer.
Making your car look as attractive as possible can help too.
While you won’t be able to boost any initial on-screen valuation, it’s worth giving it a wash and clean so it looks as good as possible, ahead of the inspection.
Webuyurcar fees: how much will I be charged?
If you sell your car to Webuyurcar you may need to pay an admin fee of up to £75.
This didn’t seem obvious on the main part of the website and we only discovered this after calling to ask questions about the selling process.
Details of the admin fees are listed in the terms and conditions.
Selling a vehicle for under £200 doesn’t incur an admin fee, however, if you sell your car to Webuyurcar for between £200 – £4,999, a £55 admin fee will be deducted from the final price paid, and if you sell for £5,000 or more, there’s a £75 fee.
However, if you arrange an inspection but decide not to sell, it won’t cost you a penny.
This is definitely an area where Webuyurcar lags behind its rivals, many of whom are completely fee-free.
Fees can take a big chunk out of your sale price, especially if your car isn’t worth that much.
Consider this example: if you sell a car for £500, Webuyurcar will hit you with a £55 fee.
That’s a whopping 11% of your car’s sale price!
That’s why it’s vital you factor in any fees when comparing the final offer from different car-buying sites.
A small pile of £20 notes (Image: Colin Watts – Unsplash)
How will I be paid if I sell my car to Webuyurcar?
Once the inspection has been carried out and you’re given your final offer, if you agree to sell, the money will be transferred straight to your bank account before the vehicle purchaser leaves.
Your vehicle is then the property of Webuyurcar, who will return to collect your car, usually within seven days.
You won’t be expected to be around for this, unless you live in an area with restricted access, like a gated drive.
Webuyurcar competitors: can I get a better price by selling my car elsewhere?
If you’re thinking of selling your car online, the golden rule is to always get quotes from a few sites and proceed from there.
Nevermind what any of the adverts claim: no car buyer will offer the best price for every motor.
There are loads of different factors from the make, age and even colour of your car that will make it more – or less – attractive to each company.
So if you’re serious about getting the best possible price you must shop around! It really won’t take more than 20 minutes and could mean you end up hundreds of pounds better off as a result.
To help make the process less painful, we’ve rounded up all your options below.
For each company, we’ve linked to our review of them and then direct to their valuation page.
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Webuyuyrcar Trustpilot rating: excellent
Trustpilot is an independent customer review site and Webuyurcar has a 4.7-star rating out of five, based on just over 1,300 reviews.
That’s certainly an impressive rating that puts it up with the best among all the car-buying sites we’ve reviewed.
In total, 87% of customers gave Webuyurcar a five-star rating, and just 3% of reviewers gave it the lowest one-star rating.
All the negative ‘one-star’ reviews we found related to lower offers being made after inspection.
However, in all cases, Webuyurcar had replied to these reviews giving detailed feedback on why the valuation prices had been reduced, which in several cases, it claimed, were due to the condition of the vehicle.
Should I sell my car to Webuyurcar? Verdict
The Webuyurcar website is easy to use and very straightforward to get an initial on-screen valuation.
However, while some other car-buying websites ask questions about the vehicle’s condition, or any damage in order to provide a more accurate quote, with Webuyurcar, there’s no option to give further information, ahead of the inspection.
Selling through Webuyurcar is low effort as it offers both a free home inspection and collection service.
This is a big bonus, as you don’t have to waste time dropping off your vehicle or getting yourself home if you sell your wheels.
If you decide not to go ahead, you won’t pay a penny.
However, if you do sell, you may have to pay fees of up to £75.
If your car has a particularly low value, it may well mean you’re better off selling to a fee-free rival.