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A Guide to Successfully Selling an Electric Car in the UK

With sustainable travel on the rise, more and more individuals in the UK are investing in electric vehicles in order to reduce their carbon footprint. The demand for electric vehicles has only increased since the UK’s net zero goals and the potential ban of petrol and diesel cars in the future. Indeed, sales of second-hand electric vehicles rose by a massive 80% in summer this year.

Since electric vehicles have been around long enough now, buyers also have the option to buy second hand vehicles at a much cheaper price. If you have an electric vehicle you want to sell, it couldn’t be a better time. Here are all the things you need to know to successfully sell your vehicle.

How to prepare your car for selling

Before you advertise your car, you need to make sure that the car is safe and in a good-enough condition to sell. Take it to a garage to sort out any mechanical faults and damage to the paintwork and then give it a thorough clean to make it look like new. Investing in fixing the car is always a good idea as it’ll give you leverage to ask for a higher price.

Make sure the MOT and service history is also up to date; if there are three months left on the MOT, it’s a good idea to do another one.


With more stringent measures on emissions than ever before, it’s important to check that your vehicle complies with safety and emissions regulations and has a certificate to prove it. Electric vehicles will have zero tailpipe emissions of course, but emissions need to be checked for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Battery health

An electric vehicle is worthless if the battery is no good. Ensure that the battery is still going strong by getting a battery health certificate for potential buyers. If an investigation proves that the battery health is sub-par, it’s a good idea to invest in a new battery or even some mechanical work to gain buyer trust. Again, you can negotiate the price if the battery is in great condition.

Check your buyers

To attract the right buyers in the first place, highlight the benefits of electric vehicles, give lots of detail about the car’s condition and highlight the battery capacity.

Before handing over the car keys, do a thorough background check on your buyers. First, make sure they can legally drive. Then, check if they have car insurance; if they don’t, they might want to consider temporary car insurance if they want to test drive your vehicle.