Whether you're buying or selling a car, it's vital to know the vehicle's value. It'll mean you're more informed when it comes to negotiating a price with any potential buyer or seller.
Our car valuation tool will give you a car's price straight away, putting you in a strong position when it comes to agreeing a price by knowing your car's value. All we need is the vehicle registration number and you can start right away!
If you're buying a car
Our car valuation tool will show you how much your desired car is worth. Once you've popped in the reg of the car you'll have to choose whether you're planning on buying or selling that car.
You'll then be presented with four different prices: the private value, part-exchange value, forecourt value and quick sale value. These can help you decide who to buy from and work out if a seller's price is fair.
If you're selling a car
By using car valuation we can also give you an accurate idea of what price to sell your car for. This is key when negotiating a sale, as it allows you to guard against any buyer who offers you a price that's below the vehicle's worth. Again, we'll ask you for the registration of the car and if you plan on buying or selling it.,
We'll then give you the car's sale price via a private sale, part-exchange, forecourt and quick sale. This allows you to choose the best way to sell your vehicle.
Whether you're buying or selling a car, you'll want to find out its real value.
Our free valuation tool gives you an up-to-date price based on the car and its mileage.
- Find out a car's value, whether it's being sold on the forecourt, as a private sale, or if it's being traded in.
- Our free valuation tool gives a car's price instantly.
- All you need to know is the car's number plate and mileage.
The valuation report will tell you:
- Details of the car - its registration date and MOT history
- Price for selling privately - in very good to excellent condition
- Trade-in price - how much you'd be offered for it as a part-exchange
- Forecourt price - how much you could expect to pay for it if buying from a dealer
- Quicksale price - the price you might expect to be offered if you need a quick sale
Here's an example of what a valuation report looks like:
What can affect a car's value? When you think about what might affect the value of your car, you might say the year the car was made or how many miles it’s done. In actual fact, your car’s value can be affected by lots of different things, both good and bad. This can mean a difference of thousands of pounds to the final sale price so it’s good to get an idea of where your car might rank.
Things that can increase a car's value
- No damage - Probably one of the most obvious factors to consider is how much damage the car has. A car in excellent condition with minimal to no damage or markings can fetch a top price.
- Complete service history - A full service history record for the car can increase its value as potential buyers can see that the car has been regularly serviced and taken care of.
- The car's colour - Some colours are more desirable than others to prospective buyers. So a car with a sought-after colour will sell for more than a car with a less desirable colour. Because different colours are popular on different models, it probably isn’t worth splashing out on a respray.
- Additional features - Cars that have extra features such as a built-in sat nav, dash cam, rear-parking camera or a multimedia system can fetch a much higher selling price.
- How the car is sold - How and where a car is sold can affect its value. Selling your car through Confused.com means you’ll get a quick and easy sale with minimal fuss – and possibly get a better deal than through a private sale.
Things that can reduce a car's value
- Modifications - In most cases, unmodified cars are more desirable to buyers. It’s worth keeping this in mind if you’re planning to modify a car that you may want to sell in the future. The modifications might not put off potential buyers but it’s important to note that some insurers may refuse to insure a car because of them.
- Wear and tear - Most people will assume a used car will have the odd stain here or a mark on the bumper there. But sometimes even small scratches to the bodywork and general wear and tear can bring down the value of a car. Spending a bit of cash to replace or repair damaged parts could be well worth it in the long term when it comes to selling.
- Broken car parts - Much like wear and tear, if the car needs parts repairing or replacing, it will have a negative affect on the car’s value.
- No up-to-date MOT - Car documents that are not up to date, such as no current MOT or gaps in the car’s service history, can have just as negative an effect on a car’s value as physical damage.
- Number of previous owners - A general rule of thumb is that the more owners a car has had, the less the car will be worth.
Discover a car's value* in seconds. Our free car valuation report gives you an idea of the market value of your car. Whether you're buying, selling or part-exchanging, it pays to do your research so you don't get stung financially:
- When buying a car, you want to make sure you're not paying over the odds and getting a good deal for your money.
- If you're selling a car, knowing how much to ask for it isn't always straightforward. Undervaluing a car could mean you losing out some of the cash value while overvaluing could make it a hard sell.
- If you're thinking of part-exchanging, you don't want to feel pressured into accepting an offer without knowing if it's a good price or not.
Stay in the know
That's not all though. Our whole buying and selling section has lots of useful tips and advice to help you.
*A vehicle's true value could be affected by other factors, such as its condition.
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