Online used-car marketplace Motorway, recently commissioned research that revealed three quarters (76%) of Brits find the process of selling their car intimidating and seven out of ten (70%) are knowingly compromising on cash for a fast sale.

With a third (32%) of us saying we don't have the time to find the best price and one in four (28%) of us accepting the first offer for our car, it's clear that we’re not getting the best value when it comes to selling our motors. In fact, almost nine out of ten (85%) admit the priority when selling a car is simply to get rid of it as quickly as possible, leading to an average loss of almost a thousand pounds (£977) when selling.

As time is of the essence for sellers, almost half (49%) are likely to have lost money when selling their car because they didn't do simple things like buying new floor mats, changing the oil and making small repairs. Other common oversights and issues among everyone polled include not having an up-to-date service history (14%), not having their car valued before sale (12%), and struggling with paperwork (10%).

Seven in 10 drivers admitted putting off selling their car because of the hassle, and 76% said they found the process of selling their car daunting. It also emerged over two thirds (69%) have felt out of depth when selling their vehicle with 64% ending up feeling ripped off. The biggest desires when selling was getting the highest price, a speedy sale and minimising the effort required.

When selling their car, only 14% felt very confident they got a good price, with an acceptance by 69% that they would be willing to take an offer less than market value in order to make the process easier. 62% admit they regret rushing to sell cars in the past because they received less money for them as a result.

Motorway’s extensive network of over 5,000 verified dealers means motorists don’t have to compromise on time, price or convenience when selling their cars and, since the process is online, they can do so from the comfort of their own homes.

A spokesperson for online used-car marketplace Motorway, which commissioned the research, said: "Selling your vehicle can be a headache for many, particularly if you don’t feel confident or knowledgeable about cars, but there is an easy and simple way to sell your car online for a good price. At Motorway, our extensive dealer network matches each seller with the dealer willing to pay the most, in as little as 24 hours and free of charge, taking the hassle out of selling.”

Jodie Kidd, automotive enthusiast, commented: “Although now is a good time to take advantage of high used car prices, selling a car yourself can seem like a daunting prospect and ultimately, it can be difficult to know if you're getting a fair price. Thankfully, Motorway has made the process as quick and simple as possible, without having to compromise on time or money. And you can do it from the comfort of your sofa.”

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