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What’s my car worth?

How much is my car worth? It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at one time or another. But getting a good price for your car can be difficult. That’s why we created a free, online value my car tool. Our car pricing experts take into account the sale prices of tens of thousands of car sales every day to ensure that you’re provided with the most accurate and most up-to-date car valuation possible. 

You can immediately get a reliable, accurate price for your car in the UK by entering your car’s registration number. We offer free instant car valuations with no email sign-up and provide used car prices up to the latest 2022 models.   

How can car valuations help me? 

Perhaps you are thinking of treating yourself to one of the best family cars. Maybe you are curious about its value. We all like to know where we stand when it comes to negotiating a sale price for our cars. You might want to know how much it’s worth before you sell it privately, or to check how much you could get for it when you part exchange your old car with a dealer so that you can make sure you’re getting a good deal.

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You’ve given me a valuation that is lower than the price I’ve seen dealers selling a car like mine for - why is that?

Dealers have to make sure your car is ready for it’s next owner - from valeting to fully refurbing it. They also need to make a small profit. The valuation we give is what you can expect to receive for your car, rather than what the dealer might sell it for.

Why is my car valuation a range?

Lots of different factors determine a car’s valuation. The biggest factors being age, mileage and condition. This means that two cars which are exactly the same on paper can have different values because of their condition. Because we don’t know whether your car is in immaculate condition or whether it’s got more wear and tear, we give you an idea of the top and bottom end of how much your car is worth.

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Using a car valuation to find out what your car is worth to sell

Use the heycar free car valuation tool to get you an accurate and reliable valuation before you negotiate on your new car. By having a good idea of what your car is worth, you will have the reassurance that the dealer is offering you a fair price for your part exchange. Our range of prices gives you a good idea of how much you could get in part exchange or whether you’re better off selling privately. 

Using a car valuation for buying a car

Got your heart set on something? Make sure that it’s reasonably priced before going ahead with the deal. Simply enter the registration number (if you have it) and the mileage and we’ll do the rest.

What will affect my car’s value?

Providing a valuation for a car is as much an art as it is a science - there are many different factors that can have an impact. The key indicators that dealers and private buyers will consider are the car’s age and the number of miles that it has covered. The vehicle's fuel type will also affect the value, with petrol, diesel and electric cars priced differently. But there are many other factors that can have an impact on the price you are offered for your car, including market conditions and car sales statistics

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How can I increase my car's value?

Before you sell your car, make sure it’s in the best possible condition. A car with shiny exterior paintwork and a spotlessly clean interior will always command the best possible price. You should clean your car and get any small faults rectified, as a buyer will pay less if it’s got a scratch or minor damage. 

It’s also worth finding any original parts that might have gone missing such as the parcel shelf or spare keys. And make sure when you promote any extras it might have. Does your car have climate control? A panoramic sunroof? Perhaps your car has one of the best infotainment systems. All of this could help your car stand out when it comes to selling it to a private buyer or part-exchanging for a newer model at a dealer. 

Don't forget all of the paperwork, as this is important too. You will need the V5C registration document, MOT certificate and service history. Include bills for any work you’ve had done too. It will make your car more appealing and make you look like an honest, transparent seller.

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What's the best way to sell my car?

There are several ways to sell a used car. The best and safest way is to take it to a trustworthy garage or car dealership where you will be given a clear price and here you can follow one of two routes: part-exchange or trade-in. 

Part-exchange: this means swapping your existing car for a newer model and paying the difference on top. The benefit is that you go to the dealer with one car and drive away in another. It can be as simple as that.

Trade-in: this is when you simply sell your car to a dealer. But unless you arrange for the buyer to collect the car, you’ll walk away with money in the bank but no immediate replacement.

Sell to an online car buying site: these are quick, easy and safe if you choose one of the reputable ones. But each business values cars differently and if you get anything wrong about your car’s condition, they’ll knock money off the online quote when they see it up close.

Sell your car privately: this route may be more profitable on paper, but you have to work for the extra cash. Once you’ve chosen where to list it for sale, you can expect to get calls from all kinds of people. These could include potential scammers and tyre kickers as well as legitimate buyers. It’s up to you to sort the genuine enquiries from the less ideal ones and all this can take time. 

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How can I sell my car privately?

Selling privately can be a time-consuming process, but these tips and advice should help guide you through the process. 

Make sure any buyer is legitimate

If you sell your car to a trader it should be easy to establish how legitimate they are. And if you take the car to their premises, you’ll be able to see instantly what kind of business they run. Selling privately isn’t quite so straightforward. Any buyer should want to come and view the vehicle. When they contact you, ask for their name and address, mobile number and landline. No legitimate buyer should have a problem supplying these.

Do not meet a buyer on your own

Few car buyers will visit a private address on their own. And you should always have a friend or family member with you when hosting a car viewing. Ask your friend to keep an eye on the car and any documents or accessories that may be included in the deal.

Any serious buyer is likely to want to see the paperwork too. They should verify that the address on the V5C really is yours. They should also check that the mileage on the MOT certificate tallies with that on the car’s odometer. Never let them take any of the paperwork away or make copies until they’ve paid for the car.

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How to test drive a car

What should you do if someone wants to test drive your car? Before you let them get behind the wheel, ask to see their insurance. If they’re going to be driving your car, they must be covered on your policy or their own.

Whoever you sell your car to, remember how important the key is. Never give anyone the key unless you’re in the car alongside them. And never leave the ley in the ignition. It’s not unheard of for dishonest people pretending to be reputable buyers driving off when the seller’s back is turned.

Any serious buyer is likely to want to see the paperwork too. They should verify that the address on the V5C really is yours. They should also check that the mileage on the MOT certificate tallies with that on the car’s odometer. Never let them take any of the paperwork away or make copies until they’ve paid for the car.

How to get paid

Arguably the most important part of any used car sale is getting paid the agreed price. Never give a potential buyer the keys or any of the paperwork until the entire agreed sum has cleared in your bank account. Only accept BACS payments into your bank account and check with the bank that these have cleared. Cheques can bounce, bankers’ drafts can be forgeries and cash can be fake. 

If the buyer is insistent on paying in cash, ask them to meet you at your local bank where the notes can be counted and checked as they are deposited into your account. Any reputable buyer will understand that you need to have the money before handing over the keys and paperwork.

Sort out the paperwork

Once your car is sold there’s one more thing to do: sort out the paperwork. Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) or road tax now belongs to the individual rather than the car. Apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for a refund on any months you won’t be using. Lastly, send your green ‘section 8’ portion of the V5C to the DVLA to tell them there’s been a change of keeper.

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How does part exchanging work?

Part exchange, or ‘part ex’ is when you sell your car to the dealer and pay the difference for your new car. You might want to consider part exchange if you own your car outright and you want to upgrade it for a more expensive or newer car. It can be helpful to value your car online before you go to the dealership so you have a figure in mind when you negotiate the part exchange value. Read our guide how can I part exchange my car?

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Common Questions

  • What is a pre-registered car?

    Pre-registered cars are effectively surplus stock, sold cheaply to dealers who then register them before selling them on as ‘ex-demo’ or ‘delivery mileage’. Usually, these car will have a handful of miles on the clock and be priced much lower than the official list price.

  • What's a good price for a used car?

    If you’re looking for a good price on a used car, you need to make sure that you have an accurate and up-to-date valuation. This will give you the information that you need to make a decision as to whether you’re getting a good deal.

  • Are used car prices going down?

    As soon as a new car leaves the showroom, it starts to lose money. This is called depreciation and is why it’s cheaper to buy a nearly-new six-month old car than it is a brand new car. Occasionally external factors - like a slump in consumer spending - can have an effect on car prices which can accelerate or slow the depreciation process.

  • What is the best month to buy a used car?

    The best months to buy a used car are generally April and October. These are the months immediately following plate changes and dealers have plenty of stock as a result of part exchanges. This influx of cars means that they’re more likely to offer competitive prices.

  • What is considered high mileage for a used car?

    An average car will cover between 10,000 and 12,000 miles a year. Anything above this will be considered high mileage. But don’t consider mileage alone, ask how it has been driven. A car that’s covered 25,000 miles a year on the motorway will have had an easy life and, providing it has been well maintained, could be a better bet than an identical, but lower mileage, example that’s been driven in towns and on B-roads, as this is likely to cause more stress on things like the clutch, gearbox and suspension.