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Autotrader had long been the car website of choice for people looking for car ads. The website www.autotrader.com runs in conjunction with their Auto Trader classifieds magazine and offers consumers one of the biggest listings of new and used car ads available.

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“Auto Trader is an overall good website. Quick and easy...”

Written on: 08/07/2008

Auto Trader is an overall good website. Quick and easy to use, laid out well… Read Full Review

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“It took ages to load the photos of my car onto...”

Written on: 06/06/2008 by asiablue (1 review written)

It took ages to load the photos of my car onto Autotrader. The next day the ad appeared on the web but without the photos - and have not yet been updated (the 6th June). Even worse I opted of the telesafe number but the web displays my mobile and home number. I have told them about this and e-mailed them but nothing has changed. Other than junk texts and calls have had no serious calls. Something has gone very wrong - at least over the last week… Read Full Review

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“Auto Trader is a great place to trade in vehicles but...”

Written on: 12/03/2008 by wouldilie (3 reviews written)

Auto Trader is a great place to trade in vehicles but a word of warning:
When I advertised my email address I got a couple of replies which were obviously (to a trained person like myself) attempts at fraud. Don't believe those guys who want to buy your car and "send shipper" without even having seen the car… Read Full Review

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“I like Autotrader. they're a brilliant site to buy and...”

Written on: 11/03/2008 by Jimmy Junk Yard (5 reviews written)

I like Autotrader. they're a brilliant site to buy and sell cars. I sold my old Audi on Auto Trader a while back and have nothing but praise for them. The website layout is good and design is nice too. I often log onto www.autotrader.co.uk just for a look around even though I'm not after a new car at the moment. The do car reviews too which is always good. I'm a regular site user and can't say anything bad about Autotrader… Read Full Review

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“Overall - Autotrader UK is one of the best auto search...”

Written on: 01/11/2007 by qonline (1 review written)

Overall - Autotrader UK is one of the best auto search website on the net… Read Full Review

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“Autotrader is beyond doubt THE number one website in...”

Written on: 16/04/2007 by Big Dave Midlands (25 reviews written)

Autotrader is beyond doubt THE number one website in the UK for buying or selling vehicles of all types, you can purchase anything from a digger to a Ducati.
Exchange and Mart used to be almost level pegging with Auto Trader but it lost its way a few years ago, with an over complicated website. I also used eBay for a while but got fed up with time wasters phoning me with stupid low offers when selling, and dishonest sellers posting a description of the car which was a work of fiction… Read Full Review

127376_Gaynor's Response to Big Dave Midlands's Review

Written on: 01/11/2007

Hi Big Dave,
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<br/>I just wondered if you bought and sold or just one? Hope you use Review Centre to check out what car you want 1st :)
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<br/>- Good reviews any way!!

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Big Dave Midlands's Response to Big Dave Midlands's Review

Written on: 20/10/2009

Since I wrote my review, the Auto trader website has undergone a great deal of revision, and I am sorry to say not for the better. Previously we had a clear and easy to use website with simple navigation and drop down menus. Now we have a heavily rebranded live site that is still being beta tested and developed that is slow, has fisher price icons, crashes regularly and is basically a rebranding disaster that ties in with their recent TV ads. For me the main issue and fundamental flaw is that navigation of the vehicles that are for sale is slower and more cumbersome. Every time you click on a picture of the car is launches a separate screen that is slow to move across, and why when I am looking at 2nd hand vehicles, do I need to be told how many new vehicles are available? They have also tried to be clever and introduce a comparison feature but this simply slows the site even more, and it is nothing I couldn't do myself by launching a separate browser window by right clicking on the mouse or clicking my thumbwheel. I could go on and on about how poor the new rebrand is but instead I will summarise by saying that if the site doesn't switch back soon, I would imagine the competition, especially a certain well know internet auction site will be rubbing their hands with joy at the extra revenue coming their way.

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★★★★★

“I've bought several vehicles through the Autotrader...”

Written on: 09/01/2007 by Bunnie (1 review written)

I've bought several vehicles through the Autotrader with no problems whatsoever. In fact it's the first stop for me when looking for an exchange or new vehicle, even car parts… Read Full Review

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“Not very user friendly and very expensive. It seems...”

Written on: 12/11/2006 by stecornes (3 reviews written)

Not very user friendly and very expensive. It seems the web only option for cars is no longer available.

Autotrader messed up my removal when the car sold, which meant I kept getting calls.

Paid for 2 weeks in the magazine, and although it was only in for one week they refused to make any refund… Read Full Review

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“I have sold 2 cars on the Auto trader UK site. I have...”

Written on: 09/08/2006 by JamesO (3 reviews written)

I have sold 2 cars on the Auto trader UK site. I have noticed that the price had gone up quite a bit in the interim period, now 15.99 for 2 weeks. However, the site has worked very well for me, selling both cars within a few days of advertising, although they were the sort of cars that go quite quickly (Alfa GTV & Accord Type-R). I have also bought my last 2 cars on the site (the Honda & a Boxster S) and it has all worked out very well.

The site is well set out and easy to use… Read Full Review

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“Overall; Autotrader UK is a very useful site”

Written on: 18/07/2006 by katieangel06 (4 reviews written)

Overall; Autotrader UK is a very useful site… Read Full Review

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“My car went in the wrong section. Ad was a double...”

Written on: 16/06/2006 by tinimark (1 review written)

My car went in the wrong section. Ad was a double spacer with 1 week and cost nearly 50.00.
When I phoned Autotrader UK they told me it was my mistake and wouldn't even offer an extra week in the right section at a discount. The staff were unhelpful and RUDE!
I will only use local advertising from now on. OR ebay!… Read Full Review

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“I have already written a report at the beginning of...”

Written on: 02/06/2006 by mister z (19 reviews written)

I have already written a report at the beginning of the year on Auto Trader UK, however during the last 3 weeks my work mate and I have both been trying to sell cars, myself a Mazda MX5 and my mate a Audi A4.
We have both had the same problem and that is the continual email's from people who want to purchase the car but want to have a shipper involved in the payment. This is a scam to leave you with your car and at the same time to extract monies from you.
The site itself is a great way to… Read Full Review

Jameso's Response to mister z's Review

Written on: 09/08/2006

Wow, that sounds bad. Fortunately I&#039;ve never had such problems - maybe living all the way up in Scotland helps?! Those Canvasser calls are a pain in the backside though!
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<br/>Sorry to hear of your problems.

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“I have been using Autotrader for the last 11 years to...”

Written on: 23/05/2006 by dizzyfizzy1 (32 reviews written)

I have been using Autotrader for the last 11 years to both buy and sell cars and bikes as I get very bored of my vehicle's very fast and need a change.
The last car I sold using Autotrader was a 1997 BMW 520i SE at the beginning of May 2006. It had done 207,000 miles but I still managed to sell it to a car dealer for 1300 (he was the 2nd guy to respond to the add on the Thursday the Trader came out). This was the 5th car I had sold using Autotrader and apart from the odd time waster it gets… Read Full Review

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“Good experience, a bit expensive but Autotrader UK...”

Written on: 02/05/2006 by skippy7098 (2 reviews written)

Good experience, a bit expensive but Autotrader UK works. Web site as well as magazine, found the web site really easy to navigate… Read Full Review

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“Fairly quick and easy to use, not too much hassle at...”

Written on: 28/04/2006 by ahaji (1 review written)

Fairly quick and easy to use, not too much hassle at all... Autotrader UK takes all kinds of payment. Allows you to amend the advert which is helpful. Overall, very good site… Read Full Review

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“I've paid three times of (15.99 for two weeks) to...”

Written on: 22/04/2006 by javabb (2 reviews written)

I've paid three times of (15.99 for two weeks) to Autotrader which is total period of 6 weeks (absolute rip-off), and I still did not sell my girlfriend's car, finally somebody have seen it on one free classified web site and the person just come and bought it… Read Full Review

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“I am in charge of a small fleet of cars which has...”

Written on: 28/02/2006 by mister z (19 reviews written)

I am in charge of a small fleet of cars which has diminished in size since the emission rulings and charges have been in force. I was asked to sell a small Nissan Micra (auto) owned by our owners ageing mother that can no longer drive due to her health. I decided to sell it on Auto Trader on line. The process of setting the car up on this website could not have been more simple than it was, The step by step guidance was excellent and the overall experiance of doing this gave me great confidence… Read Full Review

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“Autotrader is a full car magazine aimed at selling...”

Written on: 18/08/2005 by ukwarwickdood (5 reviews written)

Autotrader is a full car magazine aimed at selling your car. It's supposed to be easy to create an advert, easy to sell your car, and distribute to loads of people. This may well be true, but in my experience trying 2 cars and a van through this magazine, I have found that they can be very hit and miss. Adverts sometimes go in wrong, or pictures get mixed up and the company seems to have a confused customer services centre that takes ages to call you back. They are not over-willing to admit… Read Full Review

Shopfanatic's Response to ukwarwickdood's Review

Written on: 23/11/2005

Sorry...I beg to disagree with certain things you say. I have bought cars, searched cars and use the site extensively (I change cars every year) with no problems so far.
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<br>With any big company or big website, there are going to be some negatives...but we should also look at the other side.

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229686_Jezr's Response to ukwarwickdood's Review

Written on: 12/02/2006

maybe you're right, but at least they have a functional service. My local newspaper (Bristol Evening Post) has a website for car adverts thet fails to upload any images, so you can't even place an advert!

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“Hundreds of people see your advert in Autotrader, but...”

Written on: 28/05/2005 by MCi Automotive (2 reviews written)

Hundreds of people see your advert in Autotrader, but it comes at a price. There are many rates, but it generally costs around 40 per week… Read Full Review

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“I recently used the Auto trader website to buy my...”

Written on: 06/05/2004 by sportdonkey (30 reviews written)

I recently used the Auto trader website to buy my Peugeot 206. I was very happy as the website is easy to navigate, and I quickly found the best car for me. The search tools allow you to find all cars of your designated make and model with in a set distance of your address (using your post code). Then you simply click the link to email the seller and do the business.

They have got all major cars listed from Ferraris to fiestas, it feels like a guide to ever car on sale in the country at… Read Full Review

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