Why DesperateSeller?

This is a question we get asked a lot. DesperateSeller.co.uk is not a website that advertises cars from people who are necessarily "desperate" to sell their car. However, the origins of the website does adhere to this notion. DesperateSeller.co.uk was formed back in 1999. Back then it was primarily a website that was aimed at people who had had little luck in selling their car using the conventional forms of car advertising such as a local paper or car classifieds magazine. These were people that were "desperate" to sell their car, hence the name "desperateseller". Times have changed since then and we have now become one of the top websites to visit for used cars. What makes us different to other car classifeds websites is that we make it easier for our users to find bargains on cars they are looking to buy.


Who Are We

We are a car classifieds website that primarily allows people to find the right used car at the right price. We also allow people to advertise their car for sale.


Our cars

We advertise cars from private individuals and a large network of car dealers across the UK. 9 out of 10 of the cars we advertise have passed a basic history check for added assurance.

In numbers

  • 18+

    Years In Business

  • 336,175

    Cars For Sale

  • 15,560

    No. of dealers

  • 122,399

    Reduced cars

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

With a selection of over approximately 336,000 used cars to choose from, DesperateSeller.co.uk is one of the UK's leading independently run online car classifieds websites. Founded in 2001, DesperateSeller.co.uk now connects car buyers with thousands of sellers and car dealers across the entire UK.

The website is primarily aimed at helping car buyers find the right car for their needs while fitting neatly within their budget. The site is also aimed at helping car owners sell their cars effectively by providing various advertising packages.

Why use DesperateSeller.co.uk?

Along with our credible online history, we've become one the most respected independently run automotive websites. Not only is our car search facility quick and simple to use but vehicle information is displayed in a clear and concise manner. This helps finding the right car online a much easier process.

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.

Helping people to sell their car is also a big part of what we do. This is why we have created a unique service that allows private sellers to advertise their cars on multiple car classified websites. This not only gives them additional advertising exposure but it also provides this exposure at a reduced cost.

Who are our partners?

Over the years we have established strong relationships with major players within the automotive industry. It's these very relationships that have helped us cement our position within the industry.

Cookie policy

DesperateSeller strives to be compliant with the law and offer full transparancy about the cookies that we use on our website. Click here for more information about how we use cookies.

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.

Why you can trust us

Primarily, we believe you can trust the DesperateSeller.co.uk 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.


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.

Data Protection
DesperateSeller.co.uk Ltd is a registered member of the Data Protection Act 1998.
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Get in touch, we're here to help!

DesperateSeller.co.uk 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.

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