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How much is my car worth? How to get a free valuation of your car
How much is my car worth?
If you’re thinking of selling your car, it’s important to know its value so you can ensure you get a good deal when negotiating with a dealer or a private buyer. Here’s how to quickly get an estimate of what your car is worth
Plus: how to sell your car and get the best price
How much is your car worth? Here’s how to find out
Whether you re looking to part-exchange your current car, sell it privately or find out what a used car you re considering purchasing is worth, here are the best ways to find out quickly, for free.
For years, Glass s guide has been the go-to reference for used and new car prices, with Parkers being the one you d pick up at your local newsagent as a punter. These days both services are available online. You simply enter a car s registration to get a free valuation.
You need to register on both sites, but after entering your details, an email address and a password you ll instantly find out the price ranges for a trade-in, a private sale and what a dealer would sell the car for.
A free valuation won t take into account very high or low mileage – just the average – nor any options the car may have in addition to standard, but you can pay 3.95 (Glass s) or 3.49 (Parkers) to adjust the valuation and get a more specific price.
In the free valuation, the lowest price in the range will represent a car in fair or poor condition, while the highest will be for a car in excellent condition inside and out.
Here s what a bespoke report looks like:
Another place to get a second opinion is Autotrader. Again, you need to register for a free account, but it will take into account mileage and give you one price (based on good condition) for both a private sale and a part-exchange.
What Car? also offers a free valuation service which takes into account the condition of the car and the mileage to give a more accurate figure for the dealer, private and part exchange prices. You have to register, and you can t opt out of handing over your details to third parties but you can unsubscribe at any time.
Which factors affect a car s value?
Many things affect how much someone will be prepared to pay for a car, such as the mileage, optional extras, paperwork and service history.
Condition is obviously important, so it s well worth getting it valeted or cleaning it yourself before a prospective buyer sees it. A valet can cost from around 30-50, so it s worth tackling yourself if you can. Gleaming paintwork and a tidy interior can add several hundred pounds to the sale price.
Kerbed wheels can be fixed for around 50 per wheel, and that s worth doing if your car is worth more than a few thousand pounds.
People care about a car s history, and will appreciate a stack of receipts and a stamped logbook that shows it has been properly maintained.
How to sell your car
If you are planning on part exchanging your car, it s best not to let the dealer know about this until you have negotiated down the price of the new car as they will otherwise use your old car as their negotiating tool, offering a higher price for it if you re willing to pay more for the new one.
In most cases, it s best to sell your car privately and use the extra money you get selling this way to put towards the new car. It can be a hassle, and there s the potential to get ripped off, but it will net you the highest price. For instance, never accept a bank or building society check and hand over the keys go with the buyer to the bank to confirm it s genuine. And similarly, know how to identify fake bank notes before accepting cash.
Bank transfers are generally the safest way these days: the buyer can make a payment via an app on their phone and you can check if it has arrived in your account within minutes most UK banks support Faster Payments now.
The best way to sell privately is on Autotrader or even Gumtree. Both have large audiences, so you won t have to wait long until the phone rings. Just make sure you take clear pictures of all sides of the car and the interior, highlighting any damage: there’s no point in trying to hide it as you waste your own time as well as the buyer’s as they’ll just be disappointed when they see it in the flesh.
If you have an unusual, specialist or modified car, you may get the best price by advertising it on the relevant forums or Facebook groups where people will better understand its worth and should be willing to pay extra for its specialist nature, or its modifications. The same goes for classic cars.