Best Used Car Websites in France

Many foreigners are looking into buying a car in France. French cars are affordable and of a decent quality. Besides, a used car market is large in France. Hundreds of thousands of cars are sold every year. Yet, where should you look for a car in France? What are the best French websites to find a used vehicle?

Among the largest websites to buy used cars in France are:

  • Leboncoin.fr
  • Lacentrale.fr
  • L’argus.fr
  • Autoscout24.fr
  • Autovisual.fr
  • Capcar.fr
  • Autosphere.fr

Buying a used car is in many ways a better deal than getting a new one from the dealer. Yet, finding and purchasing a second-hand car is more difficult, particularly when you don’t speak the language and don’t know a local market. For that reason, there are plenty of online resources and Google translate ready to help you with the process.

What are the cheapest cars in France? Read this guide.

Where to buy a car in France?

You will come across many websites with car deals from private sellers, yet, the safest option is to buy a vehicle through a dealer. This way, you will have all the required paperwork, plus the car transfer and transaction are made secure and straightforward.

Not to mention, dealers will give buyers a warranty typically of three to six months, sometimes up to 12 months.

Nonetheless, on the below-listed websites, you will find offers from both – private sellers and official dealers. The decision will be on you. On all websites, you can apply the filtering criteria to see the most suitable options.

Moreover, some online platforms might provide additional security like verifications and a secure way of communication between the parties. That said, here is the list of all reputable car marketplaces in France.

Also read our guide on the cost of owning a car in France.

Best used car websites in France

1. Leboncoin.fr

Leboncoin or Le Bon Coin is by far the largest website to buy and sell used vehicles in France. Moreover, it’s one of the country’s top 10 most visited sites. 

On this website, you can find some of the best car deals. Yet, it’s not a dedicated marketplace for vehicles but rather a French Craiglist where you can find literally everything.

At the moment of writing, Leboncoin has over 598,260 vehicles sold in France. It’s by far the best-known platform to buy items from private sellers, including cars.

According to the sources, the website usually has around 900,000 cars listed.

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The car category of the platform has several filters like price, car brand, model, and others.

Like all marketplaces where private sellers are involved, you will need to check the vehicle and documents carefully before agreeing on anything.

However, the possibilities of filtering and researching are somewhat limited compared to car-dedicated websites. You can search for a car by its brand (Renault, Fiat, Nissan, Dacia), model (Twingo, Qashqai, Duster), type (petrol, diesel, hybrid, electric), and transmission (manual vs automatic).

Looking for the cheapest car in France? Read this article.

2. Lacentrale.fr

Lacentrale.fr is one of the largest sites which specializes in selling used vehicles in France. The platform has an anti-fraud shield guaranteeing the protection of your personal data. For calls, your phone number is replaced by a Securitel number redirecting the call to your phone.

Currently, there are over 242,000 used cars sold on the website. Thus, Lacentrale.fr is the largest site in France that is dedicated only to vehicles.

You can apply filters like brand, model, price, type, and the region where the car is located. Besides, there is an option for advanced search.

 La Centrale also provides honest advice for all buyers and sellers who have questions about, for example, how to avoid scams or how to beautify your car to sell it better.

This site owes its notoriety to its paper version, which has existed for decades. As a result, he is very well known to car salespeople of the pre-internet generation, a little less to the younger generation!

3. L’argus.fr

L’argus.fr is a magazine dedicated to cars and not exactly a marketplace. However, they have car ads too.

Currently, L’argus has over 342,800 cars to choose from. The filtering options are pretty basic, though; you can select only the brand and model of the car.

4. Autoscout24.fr

Autoscout24 is the largest and best car marketplace in Europe, with its versions in most major European countries. In contrast to other platforms, you can choose the car’s production year, which is very helpful.

Currently, over 76,622 cars are available on Autoscout24.fr.

5. Autovisual.com

Autovisual is the only multi-language site on our list. It’s a used car comparator and evaluator. You can see cars across various markets, like German or Spanish. Offers aren’t limited to France.

You can also use this site to evaluate a particular car.

6. Capcar.fr

CapCar is a car marketplace with a new concept. It’s a French company that helps you buy a used car or resell yours at the best price. CapCar is a trusted intermediary between individuals who wish to purchase or sell used vehicles. CapCar secures the process.

However, this website is more beneficial to sellers than buyers. The team of professionals helps sellers with advertising, and evaluation and promotes it across other car marketplaces in France.

On the buyer’s side, CapCar reserves a used car you choose; they also offer a financing option and a 6-month warranty.

7. Autosphere.fr

Autosphere.fr offers used cars exceptionally from dealers. If you want to purchase a car in a more secure way, a dealership is the best choice.

Since 2007, this company has helped over 25,000 buyers to find the right vehicle. It brings together hundreds of dealerships that offer serviced and checked by professionals used vehicles.

At the moment of writing, there are over 11,000 used cars sold on the website.

Platforms to sell cars in France

Vendezvotrevoiture.fr

If you want to sell a car with the help of professionals, Vendezvotrevoiture.fr is the best platform in France. They will buy your car for the agreed price, which makes the whole process almost stress free.

This website allows you to make an appointment with a technician who will evaluate your car and buy it back from you if you agree with the price. Payment is made within a few days.

Moreover, Vendezvotrevoiture.fr takes care of the administrative documents such as the change of owner, for example.

Car prices in France

In France, an average used car costs about €17,180, and a new one is €27,754. You should budget at least €25,000 to buy a new car and about €15,000 for a used vehicle. New car prices range between €10,000 to €30,000 for an average car.

Used cars tend to cost more in France compared to other European countries like the UK. An average of three years old car will cost you about €13,000 – €15,000. 

Below is a graph showing the average cost of used cars in France from 2012 to 2017:

Source: statista.com

Most popular cars in France

Which cars sell the best in France? The brand Renault, in particular Renault Clio V, has been an overall leader in the last five years, followed by Peugeot.

In 2021, 269,000 units of Renault were sold in France. For Peugeot, these numbers are 286,000 vehicles per year. For example, model 208 II was sold over 88,000 times. These results aren’t surprising since both companies are French.

Other popular brands include:

  • Citroen
  • Dacia
  • Volkswagen
  • Toyota
  • Ford
  • Nissan
  • Fiat
  • Mercedes
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Opel
  • KIA
  • Hyundai

Some of the cheapest car models in France include:

  • Skoda Citigo (from €9,200)
  • Dacia Sandero (from €9,990)
  • Fiat Panda (from €11,990)
  • Kia Picanto (from €12,090)
  • Hyundai i10 (from €12,240)
  • Citroën C1 (from €12,350)
  • Mitsubishi Space Star (from €12,990)

Also read: The cheapest car in France.

Buying a car from a car dealer vs a private seller

There are some points you need to keep in mind when choosing between a dealer or private seller in France:

Private sellerDealer
No guaranteesBetter buyer protection
Less chance of getting compensation in case of the faultWarranty up to 2 years
You can demand to sign a contract and state guarantees in writingConsumer Purchase Act applies
Lower priceHigher price

Read our guide on the cost of owning a car in France.

Anna

Anna is an experienced expat and writer. She has been living abroad for over 6 years.

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