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How much is my car worth?

Looking to sell your car or in the market to buy a used vehicle? Simply enter your vehicle registration number and Car.co.uk will give you a guide price.

How will car.co.uk value my car?

We’ll use industry car value guides and specific vehicle information to show you exactly what a car’s valuation is. To use our online financial tool and get started, we just need your vehicle registration and mileage. Whether you are an auto trader or UK motorist, our expert advice can help you save money and know if you are getting a great deal or not!

Follow these simple steps to find out quickly receive a free online car valuation:

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Enter your reg
Simply enter your vehicle’s registration number in the box above to begin your free car valuation

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Enter vehicle mileage
Tell us a few simple details about your car such as its condition, mileage and service history.

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View your free car valuation
We combine the information you've given us with data on market value, demand and seasonality and display a price guide.

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Car prices don’t stand still – so neither do we. Guide prices are updated frequently – and car values can even change with the seasons. After all, convertibles are less fun in the winter – and heated seats aren’t a priority when the sun’s out!

To make sure you’re getting the most accurate price for your vehicle, we make sure our prices are updated every day. That way, you can be confident you’re working with the most up to date price, whether you’re buying or selling

What does a vehicle guide price include?

What will you get to see when Car.co.uk provide a car value estimate?

Rather than give you one price, you’ll get a series of prices – because a vehicle’s value will differ depending on what you’re doing with it or who’s buying it. Your valuation will start with a ‘private guide price’ – this is the value you could expect if you’re buying the car from a private seller, or selling it yourself.

You’ll also get a ‘trade guide price’ – the price we’d expect the car to sell for if it was being sold by a dealer. Trade guide prices tend to be more than private prices – since traders often carry out checks on their vehicles and provide warranties if something goes wrong.

If you’re planning on trading your car in, you’ll also see the ‘part-exchange guide price’ – giving you an indication of how a trader will value your car against another car in their stock. Finally, you’ll get an ‘auction guide price’ – an idea of how much the car would be likely to sell for at a specialist vehicle auction.

Whether you’re buying, selling, or part-exchanging, our information will help you decide if you’re getting a good deal.

Factors affecting your car’s value

A car’s market value depends on more than just its age, make and model. So, what else will your car valuation check consider?

Things that can increase a car's value

No two cars are exactly the same – so, at Car.co.uk, we’ll look at a number of things which could increase the value of a vehicle:

Full service history (FSH)

A complete service history is a good indication that a car has been well looked after – and can help to increase resale value. 

No damage

An average vehicle will have a few scrapes and scuffs. If the car’s spotless, it’s likely to be worth more than the average guide price.

A sought-after colour

Some cars are more desirable in certain colours. If the vehicle’s in a popular colour, it’s probably going to be worth more.

Optional extras

Manufacturers often offer a range of extras. Got heated seats? Sat nav? Upgraded alloys? Some extra features will add value to the vehicle.

Things that can decrease a car's value

Some vehicles are in better condition than others. At Car.co.uk, our price will reflect the factors that may reduce the car’s price slightly:

Broken or missing parts

Missing parts or parts that don’t work as they should will mean a buyer will have to pay for repairs. This will usually mean the car is worth slightly less.

Lots of owners

Generally, the fewer owners a car has had, the more it will be worth. If the car has changed hands more than average, it may reduce the value.

Significant wear and tear

All cars pick up wear and tear as they’re used – but if there’s more than average for the year, the price is likely to come down a little.

Missing service history or MOT

Without an MOT or service history, it’s hard to tell if the car’s been well looked after. If one or both of these things are missing, it can impact the price

Frequently asked questions

We know very few people value cars every day – but since we do, we’ve answered some questions Car.co.uk customers often have.

We’re certain we provide quick and accurate valuations for all vehicles – so why not check how much your car is worth through Car.co.uk? We just need a few details about your car – then we’ll provide a range of prices, including; a private sale price, a trade sale value, a part-exchange price, and an auction estimate. The best part is; our valuation service is completely free.

To get an accurate price for your specific car, we check against industry guides and thousands of private and trade adverts. When we have an up-to-date valuation to base our price on, we’ll then adjust that price based on the condition and exact specification of your vehicle. When complete, you’ll get a unique, highly accurate valuation.

A forecourt valuation is the price that you would expect to see a car advertised for if it was being sold on a dealer’s showroom forecourt. Since dealers usually present cars immaculately, as well as often carrying out a series quality checks that are backed up by a warranty, you can expect a forecourt valuation to be the maximum price the car would obtain.

With Car.co.uk, vehicle valuations are very quick. Generally, the longest part of the process is giving us some details about your vehicle – but even that takes just a couple of minutes. When we have all the information we need about your car, we’ll instantly return your prices – so you can even check while you’re negotiating buying or selling the vehicle!

The private car valuation guide price that you’ll receive is the price you could expect to receive or pay if the car is being sold privately, i.e. between private individuals and not through a dealer. This price is usually lower than the trade or forecourt price – but often significantly more than an auction estimate.

A trade car valuation guide price is the amount you would expect to purchase the car for if it was being sold through a dealer. Since dealers will often carry out quality checks on the car, as well as sometimes offering a warranty, you can expect a trade price to be slightly higher than a private sale price.

A vehicle’s part-exchange car valuation guide price is the amount you could expect if you were offering it in part-exchange for another vehicle. This price will usually be lower than private or trade prices, since the trader you’re offering the car to will knock the value off the price of the car they have in stock, then try to sell your old vehicle on.

The auction car valuation guide price is the amount a vehicle would be expected to sell for if it was sold through a specialist car auction. Since the audience at an auction is very limited, the price will usually be much lower than the private or trade value of the car. However, since there is rarely any reserve on auctioned cars, the vehicle is almost guaranteed to sell

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