Why DesperateSeller?

This is a question we get asked a lot. is not a website that advertises cars from people who are "desperate" to sell their car. However, the origins of the website does adhere to this notion. was formed back in 2001 and was primarily aimed at people who had had little luck in selling their car. These were people that were literally "desperate" to sell their car, hence the name "desperateseller". Times have changed since then and we've now become a favourite destination for people looking for used cars. What makes us different to other car classifieds websites is that we make it easier for our users to get value for their money in the form of a bargain.

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We are one of the UK's largest digital automotive marketplaces

With a selection of over approximately 188,000 used cars to choose from, is one of the UK's leading independently run online car classifieds websites. We connect car buyers with thousands of car dealers across the entire UK. We're not just about giving users a wide selection of used cars but also about helping them find the right car for their needs while fitting neatly within their budget.

Why use

Since 2001 DesperateSeller has featured in highly respected automotive publications such as AutoExpress and CarDealerMagazine. We've also been highly recommended for an Innovation award at the MotorTrader Industry Awards. Due to our credible online history, we've become one the most respected independently run automotive websites.

It's vitally important that our users can view, enquire and purchase the right car in a safe and secure environment. Therefore we provide guides with useful tips and advice on the different aspects of the car buying and selling process.

It's vitally important to us that our users have complete confidence and peace of mind when searching for cars on the website. This is why 9 out of 10 of the cars we advertise have passed a basic history check. More about history checks

Not only do we want our users to have complete confidence in the cars on our website but we want them to have the best experience possible when dealing with the sellers of these cars. This is why we display a TrustPilot logo for any dealers that have a TrustPilot rating.

Helping people to sell their car privately is also a big part of what we do. As we have a huge buying audience it gives private car sellers a quick and easy way of selling their car.

Who are our partners?

Over the years we have established strong relationships with major organisations within the automotive industry. It's these very relationships that have helped us cement our position within the industry. The cars advertised on are sourced from a wide variety of franchise car dealers, independent car dealers, car supermarkets and private sellers.

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Why you can trust us

Primarily, we believe you can trust the website and its services as we’ve stood the all-important test of time. We have been established since 2001 which is a lifetime considering the web has only existed, as we know it now, since 1991.

We are fully UK VAT registered which therefore shows that our annual turnover exceeds £70,000. Any unregistered business could be deemed unsuccessful or even illegal.

We accept all major Credit and Debit cards, this offers our users financial security. Obtaining the ability to accept card payment online is difficult which means we have proven to a bank (in our case Barclays PLC) that we are financially responsible.

Data Protection

Here at, we are absolutely committed to your privacy. We care deeply about privacy on a very personal level and we handle your information with the same care that we take for ourselves, our family and our friends.

We acknowledge that the website and its services will constantly evolve and new features will be added. However, our privacy principles will remain unchanged. We will always adhere to any laws that govern our user's rights when it comes to their personal information.

Therefore, we are fully committed to compliance with all relevant EU and Member State laws in respect of the personal data of individuals whose information we collect and process in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

As a result of our own assessment we are confident that our systems and operations are fully compliant with current Data Protection Act legislation and that we are already compliant with the GDPR. We also have all required policies, processes and procedures in place. View our privacy policy

Information Commissioner's Office

All sensitive data is encrypted to the maximum security levels using TLS and SSL technology and digitally-signed protocol using PGP, RSA and MD5. Our payment system is certified by Verisign for your complete assurance. Verisign enables organisations to secure online transactions, confirm and protect identities, and operate fully managed trusted environments for conducting e-business.


Cookie policy

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Where are we?

Our registered offices are located in the unique cathedral city of St Albans. We're just 22 minutes from London St Pancras, a short hop off the M1 and M25 motorways, within easy reach of London Luton and Heathrow airports. Click here to get in touch.

Get in touch, we're here to help! does not own any of the cars shown on this website. If your enquiry is regarding a car that you have seen on the website then ALL contact numbers for dealers who advertise their stock on our site can be found on either their dealer pages or on the individual adverts themselves. If you have a different type of query or require any support then please feel free to contact us at any time. All questions and queries will be answered within 24hrs.