01245 482 061 07502 988 856 9-13 Russell Way, (Pharoah Building) Widford Indus, Chelmsford, Essex, CM13AA
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Picked up my Ford Focus today from EssexTradeCars and am very happy with it! Great condition and everything exactly as advertised. The service was extremely professional and totally hassle free, including a quibble free part-ex. Thank you!

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Two brilliant guys, my wife purchased a delightful little car from Nigel and Darren who were most helpful. The purchase was stress free from start to finish. Thank you both for your help throughout.

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Absolutely in love and delighted with my Mini that I recently purchased from Essex Trade Cars, Nigel was very helpful and answered all questions I had and I felt so reassured that I was about to buy an amazing car! Nothing too much trouble, even put petrol in the car before I left ! I would have no hesitation in recommending this company. Thank you so much!

I’ve always wanted a mint green Fiat 500, and recently bought one from Essex Trade Cars and am absolutely delighted with it! Darren and Nigel were extremely helpful and put no pressure on me when I went to view the car. The car sold itself and they were sorry it had not been valeted before I viewed it but assured me it would be immaculate when I picked it up, which it was. I can’t thank Darren and Nigel enough for all their help - I love driving my new car!


I purchased a Mini Cooper SD today from EssexTradeCars. I absolutely love it! Amazing, quick and friendly service, far from pushy either! Would highly really recommend this company to anyone! Very professional and not too overwhelming. Very impressed, thank you both!


I'm extremely pleased with my Astra Tourer that I purchased from EssexTradeCars, the car was immaculate! The service from both Nigel and Darren, was both friendly, and professional from start to finish! I would highly recommend this Company to anyone wanting to purchase a vehicle, and although traveling  a number of miles, I would certainly return should I require a vehicle in the future. I would take this opportunity to thank  them both!

I purchased a BMW 1 Series from Essex Trade Cars, Darren was very helpful and the car was immaculate. Needless to say I am very happy with my new car and would highly recommend Essex Trade. Thank you.

Susan Duffus - Essex

Thanks Essex Trade cars The Nissan Micra drove all the way to lancaster like a little peach and my daughter is delighted with it

Sally Brooks - Lancaster

I don't normally complete feedback on websites but just had to say something about this company. Darren and Nigel are both extremely helpful and professional and I would highly recommend them when buying a car. My car I purchased was immaculate, exactly as described and I am one happy lady! Thank you.

Jo Jones - Brentwood

I bought an Audi A1 from Essex Trade Cars earlier this year and I am pleased to say that I have been delighted with it! When I decided to view the car I was planning a fact-finding visit and I wasn't sure I wanted to change my car, just yet. However, the car turned out to be a pleasant surprise and this was further enhanced by the relaxed but helpful and knowledgeable approach from both Darren and Nigel; at no point was there any pressure for me to commit or an attempt to up-sell to a higher price and I felt confident that these two did not conform to the archetypal image of a 'secondhand car salesman!' I enjoyed the relaxed and informative level of service they offered and it didn't take me long to decide to buy but, despite this positive experience (as I am slightly skeptical!), I decided to wait for a few weeks before writing a review, imagining that a fault would show itself in the car, but nothing has materialised and I feel it is time to give credit where credit is due. When/if you are looking for a car, I would definitely recommend that you contact Darren and Nigel, you won't be disappointed!

Robin Lansdell - Chelmsford

My daughter has just purchased a lovely black Fiesta from Nigel and Darren at EssexTradeCars. Genuine vehicles and genuine people! Made the whole experience so easy, excellent service, thoroughly recommended.

Robert Eves - Braintree

I recently purchased a lovely Mercedes E63 saloon from EssexTradeCars, (Chelmsford) The entire experience from initial enquiry via Autotrader, to finalising the purchase was completely flawless!  At no point did we feel any pressure to purchase, and all questions were answered immediately. The car was exactly as describe and in stunning, all round condition! We will be looking for a new convertible for summer, and replacing our SLK and will not be looking any further than EssexTradeCars to help us with that purchase also! My wife and I really couldn't give them a higher recommendation, thank you!

Duncan Docherty - Lincoln

Like a lot of people, I know very little about buying a new car, so felt slightly apprehensive to say the least!   Nigel at EssexTradeCars (Chelmsford) completely put my mind at rest with really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable advice.  Very straight forward genuine people, far apart from your traditional car salesman! Having purchased a stunning Mercedes CLS from EssexTradeCars, I can not recommend them highly enough! Absolutely top class guys, who give brilliant service! Thank you.

Steve Bennett - Ferndown

My family and I recently purchased a Nissain Qashqai with Essex Trade Cars. It was our first time purchasing a car with a dealer, and it was truly such a quick, easy, smooth and a friendly experience. Both Nigel and Darren offered us great help, support and were really very patient with us. They weren't pushy at all, and gave us our time and space which resulted in us getting a great car in excellent condition for a great price. Definitely recommend it to anyone who's thinking of purchasing a new car, we're definitely going to be going there again for our next one!

Zarin Ali - London

After searching for a new Mini for a while, I found the car that I was looking for at EssexTradeCars.  I called, (it was a Sunday) but Nigel still answered, and could not have been more helpful!  I called again on the Monday, and he sent me the requested information I required, and without being pushy, and I wasn’t given the usual salesman's patter! The car was exactly what I was after, and it was purchased the following day. The car is in fantastic condition, cleaned and ready to go! Nigel and Darren were both very professional and easy to deal with also,  & the whole transaction was smooth, start to finish! I have no hesitation in recommending Nigel and Darren of EssexTradeCars to one & all! Thank you both! Lee.

Lee - Colchester

I recently bought a BMW 335d M Sport from EssexTradeCars in Chelmsford. I had seen the vehicle on AA Cars, and when I visited EssexTradeCars to view car in person, it was everything as advertised and more! It was a very competitively priced, and immaculate, thats why I travelled from Newcastle to make the purchase! Nigel and Darren, kept me up to date regularly regarding collection via emails, and phone calls from start to finish, and I will be definitely recommend EssexTradeCars to my friends and family! A big thanks to Nigel and Darren, I hope to see you again in the future for my next purchase! Thanks a lot guys!

Michael Southern - Newcastle

After looking on the internet for another car we were really happy to see the Jaguar we have wanted for some time. We would highly recommend buying a car from Nigel & Darren, as we found the whole process friendly, informative, and honest, as the car has proved to be everything he said it was.Thank you for the excellent service! We will most certainly come to you when we need any other cars, Thank you!

Jan & John Gibb - Great Yeldham

I have recently bought a BMW 330d from Darren, an excellent car in very good condition. He was helpful, welcoming and applied absolutely no pressure. An incredibly straightforward process and would be very happy to recommend  Essex Trade Cars to anyone.

Daniel Croft - Lowestoft

My husband and I bought a Ford Galaxy from Essex Trade Cars a few months ago. The customer service has been top-notch! Nigel is so friendly and helpful, he has made buying a new used car completely stress-free. We would highly recommend buying a vehicle from this company.

Laura Robbins - Chelmsford

I have just bought a Vauxhall Adam which I am very pleased with.  Darren was very helpful, down to earth and the car was lovely and clean when I picked it up and was also serviced.  A pleasant experience and so nice to deal with someone who made it all easy.  Just what I like!

Carol - Kent

Drove over 400 miles to buy an Audi S5 from here. Absolutely no problems and  the deal was done quickly and professionally. They even gave the car a full tank of fuel

Michael - Falkirk

We purchased a Tiguan from Nigel and Darren in May 17 and really appreciated the way they operate. They are straightforward, helpful and honest. They keep things simple, easy and quick. We had a few small issues to sort out with the car but their response was always positive.  Thanks guys.

Geoff Goodman - High Wycombe

I purchased an Mercedes SLK 350 from Darren in April 2017. He was most helpful and there was no hard sell pressure sales techniques, which was very refreshing. The car was everything the advert said it would be and more! I picked the car up the following week and was really pleased with it. After going out in it a few times it devolved a slight oil leak and also went into limp mode, I contacted Darren who had no hesitation in sorting the problem out, it is now absolutely fine. I cannot recommend Essex Trade Cars enough and would have no hesitation in purchasing from them in the future.

Tracy Collacott - Ely

I recently purchased a Porsche from Darren and Nigel, both we very pleasant to deal with and done exactly as they said they would. They were honest helpful and genuine guys. The car has performed very well since I purchased it just over a month ago. I would not hesitate to recommend them or use them again myself. All the very best Barry

Barry - Leigh on sea

I purchased a lovely Volvo XC60 with an amazing Spec on Saturday from EssexTradeCars. Nothing was too much trouble and they answered all my questions professionally, however silly and put my mind at rest! My husband and I would highly recommend them to all, look forward to seeing you after my holiday for my new personalised no. plates and car wash! Thank you very much!

Ana - Suffolk

My Wife & I purchased a lovely BMW X3 last week from EssexTradeCars. "They are without doubt the most professional used car dealers I have ever dealt with!" Nothing was to much much trouble for them, & I highly recommend them to all, and would not hesitate in using them again in the future! Thank you!

Keith Hamman - Halstead. Essex

We met Darren and Nigel in Feb 2017, with a view to purchasing a stunning Mercedes E350 Coupe from EssexTradeCars. I can truly say, that they were extremely genuine, down to earth and professional in their dealing with us!  We have bought many cars over the years but this was, without a shadow of doubt, the BEST service we have ever experienced when purchasing a car! Thank you Nigel and Darren! We will be in contact with you both again, when we are ready for our next purchase, & look forward to seeing you both soon! By the way, we love the car and the children do too!!! (you both should be the next presenters on top gear, you would be fantastic😉) Almas and Raquia :))

Almas and Raquia - Sale, Cheshire

I have just purchased a Golf GTD from EssexTradeCars.  Nothing was too much trouble, and all my questions were answered professionally.  The car when I collected it was immaculate, but Nigel insisted in leathering it down anyway! A nice touch and I will be recommending you guys! Thanks again, Regards, Alan.

Alan Carter - Dunmow

I have just purchased a Stunnig Audi A6 Allroad from Nigel & Darren at EssexTradeCars. "What a refreshing experience," having bought many cars over the years from main dealers. The main franchises could take a lesson from EssexTradeCars! Nothing was to much trouble, and there was certainly "no hard sell" there! The car when collected was presented beautifully and was exactly what I had hoped and expected. Well done guys, and we will certainly be back at some point.  Feb 2017

Simon Smith - Ware

Purchased a lovely vehicle, a Ford Kuga, from EssexTradeCars Chelmsford. We were both extremely happy with service provided! There was no "pressure sales" and plenty of time allowed to test drive and look over vehicle. A new MOT, and new service provided prior to collection. All there Vehicle's come with a comprehensive AA Warranty, should there be any unresolved issues, but we get the impression these guys would resolve any issues themselves! Professional, friendly service who we would heartly recommend. Many thanks guy's!

Ricky and Julia Baker - Harlow

I recently purchased a Ford Focus (Titanium) from the guy's at EssexTradeCars, and found them here very friendly and a pleasure to deal with! I would definitely come back and deal with ETC again, and hope to deal with you guy's again in the future. I would highly recommend EssexTradeCars to anyone looking for a quality used vehicle, and have no doubt you will feel the same! Thank you both.

Andrew Chin - Loughton

I purchased "a rare spec" Jaguar S Portfolio form EssexTradeCars recently.  The service from both Nigel and Darren was professional, with a personal touch!  They were not pushy in the slightest, and were very helpful answering all my questions. They also gave me as long as I wanted to check the car over alone, as well as taking it out for a relaxed, & thorough test drive.  If you want a fair and competitive priced quality car, give them a call, you won’t be disappointed whatsoever!  I have already recommended them to my son for his Audi!

George Georgiou - London

I purchased a gorgeous  VW Scirrocco from Nigel, at EssexTradeCars . After a month of ownership, my business needs changed, and I required a bigger vehicle to suit my needs! Both Darren and Nigel were very professional throughout, and found me the right vehicle for job! They took the Scirrocco in part exchange for a VW Touareg, and I was more than happy with the figures! In an industry with many reputations, it was a pleasure to do business with two very knowledgeable individuals. It is not often you meet genuine, helpful and honest people who go above and beyond to ensure the customer is happy. The aftercare service was second to non, all in all from start to finish a very smooth, hassle free and pleasurable experience.  It's lovely do business with two people you end up being friends with....I'll be back!

Paul Bounds - Cambridgeshire

We purchased our stunning White BMW 320d Convertible, with red leather interior from EssexTrade Cars, where we met Nigel and Darren. Great guys, who made us feel extremely comfortable, and were willing to answer all our questions, without issue.  They even took a small deposit for the car and took it off sale, whilst we were waiting for the funds to clear! This took a good couple of weeks to sort out but this wasn't an issue for them. We would definitely recommend them to our family and friends as they couldn't do enough for us! We feel that both Nigel and Darren made our experience a very pleasurable one, and we will definitely return for our next purchase! Thank you guys so much it was a pleasure doing business with you. We really appreciate all of your help, and friendly service! Superb!

Lee & Rosalind Hardy - Noak Bridge

We recently purchased a Seat Ibiza which we are very pleased with! We wanted to say "a big thank you" for a straight forward purchase, that was very relaxed, although professional. It was great all round customer service, and we would certainly return here for our next vehicle, & also recommend them to family & Friends! Many Thanks guys!

Simon Sharp - Braintree

I have recently purchased a stunning Porsche 911 Carrera S from Nigel & Darren at EssexTradeCars Chelmsford. I was extremely pleased with the professional service they offered, from the first time we met, to when they delivered my Porsche to my home address! Their after sales service was great, inc follow up phone call to check we were happy! It was a pleasure to do business with both of them, and I would highly recommend to everybody I know! I am extremely happy with my new car. Many thanks guys, superb service!

Graham Sadler - Maldon, Essex

We recently purchased a beautiful Audi Q3 through Darren and Nigel at EssexTradeCars in Chelmsford, and we’re delighted with our new car and with the extremely high standard of customer service! My husband and I were well looked after throughout the quick and easy process of purchasing our new car. These chaps are very friendly, and extremely genuine! I will be referring friends and family knowing they too can expect the professionalism and efficiently we were shown. Thank you both! Kindest regards, Lisa and Freddie.

Lisa Bavidge - Wraysbury

Many thanks to Nigel and Darren for making buying a car a relaxed and pleasant experience for once! We are very pleased with our lovely new Golf (both inside and out) and cannot fault your professionalism, and customer service, inc your caring attitude towards your customers, amazing! Thanks again.

Cathryn and Neil - Chelmsford

Thank you to Nigel and Darren for a first class buying experience! Honest and straightforward. Courtesy and friendliness in just the right balance! Fantastic customer care! The car too was exactly as described, if not in fact even better! Well worth the journey and I'm sure our paths will cross again in the future, when looking to buy our next vehicle! Thanks guys.

Matthew Wright - Leicestershire

Recently purchased a Tiguan R-Line from Darren & Nigel at Essex Trade Cars. Could not fault them in any way,a pleasure to do business with and I would highly recommend them to everybody. I am over the moon with the car.(no wonder you didn't want to part with it Nigel) Many thanks.

Trevor & Carol - Chelmsford

Nigel and Darren were amazing. I basically bought the car from Korea. In and out with no hassle. Consumate professionals with the best prices around. I most highly recommend buying from this company!

Will - RAF Mildenhall

Very impressed with the service provided when undertaking a part exchange for a car of my dreams. The whole transaction from arrival to leaving with all documents in place was under an hour. The cup of coffee was most welcome. Very delighted customer.

Chris Saint - Milton Keynes

Nigel and Darren helped me sell my Audi TT. They are very professional and friendly and not at all what you expect from a used car dealership. They are very honest and trustworthy and got an amazing price for my TT very quickly, I don't know what I would have done without them. I will definitely be recomending them to all my friends and family!

Kate - Wickford, Essex

"Still loving my Tiguan R line" purchased in August. I had said I wouldn't want to test drive a car, but thanks to the warm, friendly welcome we received from Nigel, I was made to feel at ease and off I went! Not at all pushy and very helpful including a text 2 weeks after the sale to check all was ok. Now both my dad and I have bought through EssexTradeCars, and will most definitely be highly recommending them to all! Many thanks guy's again. Sam

Sam - Chelmsford

From our initial enquiry, through to viewing, test driving and then buying our new car, Darren and Nigel could not have been more professional! Both were so friendly and helpful, we have never felt so safe buying a car! We would highly recommend them to anyone! Fantastic! :)

Karon Chamberlin - Welwyn Garden City

We recently purchased a Jaguar XF S from EssexTradeCars, and cannot praise them too highly! The service we received from both Darren and Nigel, was friendly and extremely professional throughout and we would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to anyone! We will definitely make them our first, and probably last stop in the future! Thanks to both of you!

Alan Simpson - Hockley

Nigel & Darren were so friendly!  I’ve just purchased a new BMW 1 Series Sport 5 door  Automatic from EssexTradeCars.  I’d never driven an automatic car before, but Nigel managed to stay “calm and collected”  throughout, when I test drove it, and to my surprise loved it! Thank you both!  Regards Maxine. (I'll be back!)

Maxine - Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, 24th Jul 2016

Nigel & Darren.  What a Great car, with great customer service! I love my new Renault Clio! I would definitely deal with Essex Trade Cars again, when looking for my next vehicle! Thanks to Nigel, who answered all my questions, especially after the sale, when I had “a thousand more!” Thanks to you both, great all round service! Many thanks, Rachel.

Rachel - London, 22nd Jul 2016

Nice people to deal with! I purchased a stunning Mercedes B Class with no pressure, and no salesmans pitch at all! Thank you Darren for a great all round experience! I can highly recommend this company! Best regards George.

George Hermet - Braintree, 16th Jul 2016

Nigel and Darren. Just a note to say how pleased we both are with the Audi A6 Allroad that we have just purchased from you! It had Faultless presentation, at an extremely fair price! We would not hesitate to recommend Family & Friends to visit EssexTradeCars for their next purchase! We will no doubt return also! Thank you guys for all your help. Kindest regards, Simon. Hi Simon. Thanks for your review. We were both pleased to hear that the Allroads a success, and that you were happy with the deal. Kindest regards, Nigel.

Simon Fox - Ingatestone, 13th Jul 2016

A very professional and efficient Car Dealer! Nigel and Darren were extremely helpful and friendly. They made the experience of purchasing a new car easy and stress-free! They even picked us up from the station when I came to collect my car! I’m delighted with my new car, which was immaculate inside, & out as promised. The service provided is well above the expected, and the buyer feels very confident in dealing with EssexTradeCars. I would highly recommend them: thank you guys! Hi Amir. Thank you so much for your review, and kind words! We are both thrilled the A5 is a success, and wish you many miles of enjoyable motoring in it! Kindest, Nigel & Darren.

Amir Ahmed - London, 19th Jun 2016

Darren and Nigel presented themselves as retailers of premium vehicles, & answered all my questions honestly, and dealt with all my pre-purchase issues (scuffed alloys and a small bodywork scuff were repaired without issue). Great dealership to do business with, & I cannot recommend them enough! Thank you Guys.

Osei - London, 18th Jun 2016

Following a recommendation from a couple of work colleagues, who had purchased cars recently from EssexTradeCars, I decided to check out their website myself, and soon selected a vehicle. Following discussions and agreements, through excellent customer service from both Nigel and Darren, which included a high quality finish to the car inside and out, I was able to buy the car in full confidence of its quality and history. Many thanks John. Hi John. Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure dealing with you, and hope to see you, and your colleagues again in the near future! Cheers John. Nigel.

John Childs - Braintree, 16th Jun 2016

Guys, just a quick note to say thank you for the professionalism and attention to detail offered during the purchase of my new Audi A6 Allroad! Thanks for turning out when closed, especially on a Sunday to hand it over to me too! It was a real pleasure dealing with you both, and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending you, and your company to friends and family in the future! Best regards, Alex.

Alex Howell - Brighton, 14th Jun 2016

I purchased a Nissan Juke from Essex Trade Cars last week and was very impressed with the service from Nigel and Darren. I did feel they went the extra mile to ensure that we were happy with our experience without any sales pressure. Both were very professional and honest in their approach and even looked after the my sons needs (thank you for buying my little boy lunch on our first visit Nigel). When we went back to collect the car, they had also had it serviced and MOT’d so it won’t be due for a year now. Out of all the car buying experiences I have had over the last 26 years, this was definitely one of the more positive…thank you Darren and Nigel! What  great reading Melanie, thank you so much for such a lovely review! We are both pleased the Jukes a complete success, enjoy your new car, and we both look forward to seeing you all again in the near future. Kindest regards, Nigel & Darren.

Melanie Dawson - Redhill, 02nd Jun 2016

I bought an Audi A3 from you in April. I have been very pleased with the car and the service and help I received from both Darren and Nigel. They were very helpful in talking me through the gismo’s that the car has also. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to potential buyers. Thanks guys!

Eileen Barratt - Chelmsford, 02nd Jun 2016

I just wanted to say that I bought a 2009 C-Class Mercedes C250 last year, and it has been a splendid vehicle. The car was in pristine condition and the guys at Essex Trade cars made sure it was beautifully presented, by getting it fully valeted, the alloy wheels were re-clad and painted in the AMG fashion as well as de-badging the CDI and Model number from the boot at my request. It also happened to be filled up with diesel which was a bonus! The gents at ETC were very friendly, knowledgeable and approachable, and I would have no hesitation in buying from them again. Thank you!

Erik Lloyd - Kent, 02nd Jun 2016

We appreciated the non pushy approach, so unlike many other garages! Buying a car for most people is a big decision and you made the process as smooth as possible. We especially liked the fact that the car was serviced, and given an Mot for a full year without us asking! We would recommend you to others looking for a quality car, Thank you!

Liz Burrell - Shoeburyness, 23rd May 2016

If Carlsberg did used car salesmen then Darren and Nigel would probably be the best in the world… In a world that has predominantly become process driven, it’s so refreshing to come across two ‘old school’ guys who’s ethics are ‘people buy people first’ and treat a customer like a king! Yeah I bought a 3 year old mini with 20k on the clock, but it looked like new. In fact a look around their forecourt is testament that all their cars are handpicked – no mingers here, giving customers the best chance of picking up a real gem! They are passionate about their business, they’ll tell you how they started the business, about their dedication, about their family, about how important your customer satisfaction is to them. Am I confident about my buy…Yes, 100%. Am I confident that should an issue arise with the car it will be sorted…yes 100%. I love dealing with people who are passionate about their business…it’s infectious. Recommended..yes 100%. Thank you Darren and Nigel. Hi Pete.. Wow, What can I say!? Thank you both so much for your lovely review! We too enjoyed meeting you both, (including Freddy) and we both wish you many happy motoring miles in the Mini! We pride ourselves in our Non pushy approach to customers, but we are both thrilled that you went into it further! Thank you. Kindest, Nigel & Darren.

Peter S - Gravesend, 22nd May 2016

I purchased a Jaguar XF from Darren and Nigel on the 20th of January 2016, 57 days later the cam belt snapped causing catastrophic engine damage, this was investigated by the warranty company and was found to be caused by just bad luck and nothing to do with the car itself, the cost of the repair was £5200 for a complete engine rebuild, the warranty company has a claim limit of £2000, Darren and Nigel paid for everything, there was never at any point even a hint of them trying to avoid responsibility, they made a stressful situation hassle free and i can’t recommend them highly enough, i personally will never buy a car from anywhere else, if and when things go wrong, that’s when you find out what a company is really like and Essex trade cars are the best company i have ever dealt with! Thank you!

Steve Lowen - Hertfordshire, 08th May 2016
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