How Much Is My Car Worth?

  • How to get a free car valuation
  • Discover how much a car is worth
  • What do the car values for selling privately & part exchange mean?

If you need to know your car's value and need to know it quick - look no further. Our used car prices are updated every day, based on what we're seeing in the used car market. It means that you get the most up-to-date car valuation that you can, so that you have a good sense of the car's guide price.

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Why should I get a car valuation?

Buying You need a car valuation if you're buying a car to make sure that the price you're paying isn't over the odds. A car value will give you an idea of what you should pay after haggling and negotiation. Our valuations show what you should pay from a franchised dealer, an independent dealer and a private seller.

Selling You need a car valuation if you're selling a car to give you an idea of how much you should price the car for and what you can reasonably expect to get for it. It gives you an idea as to what similar cars have sold for. We give values that show what you should pay as a part exchange or if selling to a private buyer.

What has an effect on a car's value?

The biggest factors that determine a car's value are how old it is, its condition and its mileage.

Optional extras - fitted when the car was new - can increase a car's desirability, but don't necessarily increase its value. Sat nav and an upmarket entertainment system are likely to increase the cost, but heated seats less so. Buyers also like to see a car that's in good condition and has been well looked after. Unusual colours will appeal to some buyers - but put others off.

Car buyers can be put off if the car shows significant signs of wear and tear or damage, has equipment that is either damaged or not working, has gaps in its service history or MoT records and has had a number of previous owners or keepers.

Where can I sell my car?

Our guide to selling ensures you have a straightforward sale and get the best price for your used car, whether trading in or selling privately. Read the full guide and consider your options here.

Below are two popular selling services to try if you're not going to part exchange or sell privately:

Motorway*Motorway

Motorway* is one of the UK's most popular sites for selling your car online. Simply enter your car’s registration number and mileage to sell your car to a verified dealer, often for a better price than part exchange.

Motorway connects your car with the best offer from an exclusive network of 3000+ verified dealers and professional buyers.

By selling directly to a verified dealer, you cut out the middlemen and could get more than through other selling routes.

Motorway is completely free to use if you’re selling your car.

Are there any costs with Motorway that I should be aware of? 

Motorway* is 100 per cent free to use and there are never any charges to sell via Motorway's exclusive dealer network. 

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Webuyanycar is one of the best-known car buying services. We generally hear good things about it - it will take your car off your hands quickly, though you may pay a premium for it. This is also reflected on Trustpilot, where 76 per cent of reviewers rate webuyanycar as excellent.

Are There Any Costs With Webuyanycar that I should be aware of? 

The main costs that you need to be aware of are the transaction prices.

Vehicle Valuation  Transaction Fee

£99 and below

No fee (subject to minimum valuation of £50)

£100-£3999

£49.99

£4000-£4999 £59.99
£5000 or more £74.99

 

Payment comes within four days of sale directly to your bank account. There is no charge for this service.

If you need a faster payment, you get it the next day for £24.75 or the same day (Premier Payment option for selected customers) for an additional fee of £29.75.

Other car price guides

Glass's Car Price Guide

Glass's Guide is the leading British motor trades guide to used car prices, often referred to in the trade as "The Bible". Glass's Guide is not available online to consumers and you can only get access if you are in the trade.

Monitoring car values for almost 75 years since 1933, Glass's Guide has reflected how cars have become increasingly affordable. For example, in the 1930s the £145 list price for a Ford 10 De Luxe, including £5 for an optional sliding roof, was the equivalent of almost two years' salary. Today, a Ford Mondeo 1.8i LX, with a list price of £14,465, represents the equivalent of just seven months' salary for a person earning the UK average wage.

What is Parkers Car Price Guide?

Parkers Car Price Guide was one of the longest-running printed car price guides and helped buyers to get an idea of what to pay for their next car. It was launched in 1972 but stopped in 2020 and now Parkers is online only with no printed guide published any longer.

You can get a free valuation with Parkers (based on Based on 40,000 miles with no optional extras) but if you want a more detailed valuation, that takes into account mileage and exact specification, it costs £4.99 for 24 hours access and £9.99 for a month.

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Autotrader Car Prices

Auto Trader is one of the biggest used car buying and selling sites in the UK. It sees many transactions from dealers and private individuals and, as a result, has extensive database of used car values. Autotrader offers a car guide price based on the latest car values and offers figures for private sales and part-exchange prices. 

heycar Value My Car

Through heycar you can get a free valuation, by entering the car's registrion number and mileage. The results are powered by CAP HPI and give you an indication as to what you're likely to be offered in part exchange at a dealer.

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