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Value my car

Want to know what your car is worth? We check over 3,000 dealers to calculate your car's value and find you the best price. Car valuation & selling made easy!

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Get a car valuation online with carwow

1. Tell us about your car

Add some basic details about your car and start receiving free car valuations within minutes – there are no hidden fees or costs.

2. Compare multiple car valuations

Find out the market value of your car from 3,000 local and national dealers so you can compare prices and dealer ratings.

3. Choose the best price for your car

If you decide to accept an offer, the dealership will arrange payment and confirm the best time to pick up your car.

Factors that affect how much your car is worth

  • Make and model

    Some brands are more desirable than others and tend to have a higher valuation in the used cars market

  • Age and mileage

    How old your car is and how many miles it has covered will also affect its valuation

  • Your car’s condition

    A pristine car will be worth more than one with scratches on the wheels and bodywork

  • Service history

    If your car has a full service history it will have a higher valuation than a car with only a partial service history

  • Optional extras

    Cutting edge car valuation calculators (like carwow’s) will be able to account for the value of added extras

  • Number of previous owners

    If you’ve owned your car from new, it’ll likely have a higher valuation than a car that’s had numerous owners

  • Manufacturer’s warranty

    If your car is still under warranty from the manufacturer this can reassure buyers and increase your car’s value

  • Colour

    Some car colours are more popular than others. If your car is a desirable colour buyers may be prepared to pay more.

How much can I sell my car for?

How much you’ll be able to sell your car for is determined by a number of factors.

First of all, it will depend on the model of your car. It’s no secret that some cars are more valuable than others. As a general rule, the more expensive your car was new, the higher a price it will likely command compared with similarly-aged cars.

Perhaps as equal will be the condition of your car. It almost goes without saying, but the better shape a car is in, the more it’ll be worth.

However, no matter the state of your car, it’s worth providing clear images and as much information as possible. A car that’s a little more worn down but with lots of details and clear pictures may catch the eye more of a buyer than what may be a perfect car that’s been listed with bad images and little-to-no info about it.

If you provide clear info at the point of listing your car through carwow as well, you can expect to be paid the price you’re offered.

90% of buyers received the agreed price from dealers, but failing to mention any damage or other issues with your car could affect your valuation at the point of sale.

Make sure you can provide as much information on your car’s service history as well, too. Strong service history can add lots of value to your car, so being able to back it up with stamps and receipts always helps.

Vehicle valuation FAQ

In order to check your car's value, simply post a free listing of your car - all you need to do is put your mileage and registration in along with a few photos and some basic information - and you’ll get a totally free estimation of how much your car is worth.

Used car valuations are an estimate only based on the mileage, general condition and age of your car.

The true value of your vehicle will vary depending on a number of factors - such as service and MOT history, any wear, tear or damage your car may have and how much potential buyers will be willing to pay.

The good news is that increasing the value of your car can be relatively simple.

Before you take pictures, give it a good clean! A nice and shiny car is instantly more appealing to buyers and could even remove dirt and grime that may otherwise be confused for deeper marks.

If you have an MOT or service coming up, having those done before a sale will add value to - though it’s worth looking into the tradeoff of the cost before doing so. You should always have a valid MOT though as it’s a legal requirement for cars being used on public roads.

Every car sold suffers from what’s called depreciation. As soon as you drive a new car out of a dealership, it loses a significant percentage of its value. The more expensive a new car is, the faster it tends to depreciate.

As a rule of thumb, a three-year old car will be worth half the price of what it was worth when new, but some cars can depreciate faster (lose more value), than others.The make and model are the biggest factors, but other factors such as the condition of the car and the option you have affect depreciation too.

A lot of people might tell you that a car with 100,000 miles would be high and to avoid it — but that’s not strictly true.

While yes, higher mileage does generally indicate a car in worse condition than one with low mileage, more crucial is how well it’s been looked after.

Put it this way — you’re buying a car and two identical ones have caught your eye. There’s a difference, though.

One has 100,000 miles on it but a complete main dealer service history with regular work done on time, and with no cost spared.

The other has 50,000 miles on it but is missing a few services with some patchy history of where and by whom work was done by. Which are you going for?

Don’t worry, you don’t need a full in-depth history of every bit of work your car has had done to it to get a free valuation.

You just need to create a listing with carwow by providing mileage, the reg and a few pictures. As well as receiving offers from dealers interested in buying it, you’ll also get a free valuation estimate so you know if the deals you’re getting are good or not.

It’s no obligation either — you’re welcome to take the steps to get the valuation without accepting any of the offers that come your way.

Simply put, yes.

In a slightly more complex manner, the general specification of your car is taken into account behind the scenes but rather than basing the cost on how much you or the original owner paid for it, it's based on the worth of those add-ons now.

The higher or more sought-after the spec of your car, the more it’ll be worth.

Used car values are seeing something of a meteoric rise at the time of writing this — so this may be as good a time as any to consider selling your car.

In fact, why not take a look at the cars rising most in value right now? You might find your car there...

Yes, you can sell your car through carwow. Once you’ve created your listing to get your free valuation, you’ll also receive offers from our network of trusted dealers looking to buy it.

Not only does it make the process so much simpler with an instant car valuation, but it means you can get a fair and independent idea of how much your car is truly worth - allowing you to decide if an offer is right for you or not.

Buying a new car? You can also use carwow to part exchange your current car when buying a new model from one of our trusted dealers.

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