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What's my car worth in the UK?

Your car is ultimately worth what someone is willing to pay for it. It is our job to present your car as accurately as possible to potential car buying experts. Wizzle helps you build a professional quality appraisal to show off your vehicle to 1000’s of dealers in the UK. It is the best way to ascertain the market value of your car.

Following some simple steps can significantly increase the appeal of your vehicle to potential buyers. There are some free car valuation tools available to give you a starting point. Anyone working in car sales will tell you there are a lot of other factors to take into account.

So how does a dealer decide on what they expect to pay?

When estimating a car's market value or part exchange offer, they are contemplating the same things you would be when buying from a dealer.  Potential buyers will be looking at:

  • Type of car – Buyers will consider the manufacturer and model of your vehicle. They’ll also think about the engine size and whether it is petrol or diesel as well as the body style. For example, in the Summer you can get more for a convertible car than in the Winter. If your car is manual or automatic, it can make a big difference to the price too.
  • Age – Most car value calculators have a starting price based on its age and mileage. If a car is still new and has only had a few owners, it’s going to be worth more than an older one. Some vehicles like classic cars can be worth more the older they are.
  • Service History – To get an idea if the seller maintained their car, dealers can look at the servicing history. A vehicle that has a complete service history has a record of each time it went into the garage and what servicing work the car had done. A complete servicing record suggests it has been well looked after and is probably in good condition whereas a car with no service history is much harder to price. If a service is overdue, the dealer has to consider this cost.
  • MOT Status – Having a valid MOT makes a big difference to the value of the car. Although there are dealers who will buy a car without an MOT, there are not many. Make sure there is a valid MOT on it with at least 30 days left. You can check your MOT status online by just entering your reg number.
  • Driving or Mechanical Faults – A car that runs smoothly without any unusual noises or issues will be worth more compared to one with any faults. Problems that don’t impact the safety of the car, like if the air-con is faulty, are less of an issue. However, significant problems will affect the value of the car more. Dealers have to factor in the amount of money they need to spend on the car to make it safe again.
  • Warning Lights – Cars with no dashboard warning lights receive the best prices. Minor warning lights like a service light or bulb warnings attract slightly lower offers. More serious warning lights like brake system lights or airbag lights are considered major issues. It will be tough to sell your vehicle until you get them fixed.
  • Fancy Extras – Cars with the highest specification and trim tend to get better valuations. Sunroofs, Satnav, Parking Aids, Climate Control, Bluetooth, and Leather Seats can all substantially increase the value of a car. Certain colour schemes will also impact it's market value.
  • Wheels & Tyres – Having damaged alloys or worn out tyres can be expensive to repair. Generally bigger wheels are more expensive to replace or fix. Dealers pride themselves on selling cars with wheels and tyres that are in good condition. Many dealers have special “wheel workshops” for this reason. So any work required here will have a negative effect.
  • General Condition – This is a tell-tale sign of the overall value of a car. A good car dealer can shine here by using their experience. Car dealers pride themselves in their ability to judge a car's worth based on its overall condition. A clean, good looking car, with everything working as it should, will always get the best prices.
  • Online Guides – Once a dealer has weighed up the above, they will use a trade only car valuation calculator to estimate the price of the car. They will often do a provenance lookup as well using a trade-based car valuation check service like HPI or Experian to check the vehicle history.

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