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Brand

Some brands are better at holding their value than others and a few simple checks to see how much a brand new equivalent would cost, will help you understand how much value a car will lose over time

Condition

The better condition your car, the better your odds of retaining its value when you sell. Regular servicing and maintenance is the key to this

Presentation

Whilst cleaning can really help to maximise the value of a car, great pictures are also very important. Car photos should be in a well-lit, tidy area. Pictures should be taken from a wide variety of angles to maximise the appeal of the vehicle. Make sure you include both interior and exterior shots

Mileage

Generally, cars with a lower mileage achieve a better sale value than those with high mileage, due to less wear and tear on the vehicle over time

Release Date

The registration date of the vehicle gives a true indication of the age of the car, and its value. New cars are released twice a year, so its worth checking the month of registration to establish the exact age of the vehicle

Colour

Certain car colours can retain their value better than others. However, in terms of the paintwork, the finish is probably the most important factor. Popular car colours can help you retain value. According to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, white was the most popular car colour in 2014.

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Car Valuation Help and Advice

The free RAC Value My Car tool gives you a clear indication of how much your vehicle might be worth.

If you're a seller, this is a chance to find out how much you're likely to receive and to price your car accordingly.

If you're a buyer, this free valuation will indicate how much you're likely to pay.

To get started, simply use our tool above.

How to Value My Car

Ready to sell your car? Well the first question you need to answer is: how much is it worth?

Valuing your car can be useful for all sorts of reasons. As a seller, it helps you set the right price and get the right value. As a buyer it can help you decide whether you're getting value for money.

It also helps to have an accurate idea of the value if you're insuring a car. An accurate quote can ensure you get the best price.

The value of a used car can change based on a number of factors. Private sellers, for example, normally get more than dealer trade-ins. The age, mileage, service history and condition can also affect value. Here are some key things to look out for:

Depreciation

As cars get older they lose their value. Depreciation is one of the most important factors to look at. As a rule, you can expect to lose 60% of your car's value within the first three years. So if you paid £25,000 for a brand new car, it would be worth £10,000 three years later.

The good news is that most of a car's depreciation happens in those early years. After that it slows down a little. However, the rate depends on a number of factors including the make and model of a car, colour and the service history you have. You can find more information on these by visiting the ‘what's the value of my car' tab. For example, Land Rovers and Teslas have been shown to hold their value much better than other makes.

Mileage and condition

The more miles you drive, the more your car will depreciate. Equally, small scratches and marks can knock money off. It may be worth getting those repaired to push the price up a little.

For that you'll need a free car valuation. This helps you decide whether the increase in value can be worth more than the repair cost.

How to do a car valuation

RAC provides a car valuation tool which is a handy guide for your car's value. You can back this information up yourself by doing research.

● Scour the classified ads for similar makes and models to see what they are being advertised for.

● Consider the age and mileage of your car and how it compares to those on sale.

● Think about where you're selling. If you plan to sell to a dealer, you may get a lower price.

Equally, don't value your car as a private seller by looking at the dealership. They command a premium because they will normally be able to offer warranties.

RAC Vehicle Check

Our RAC Vehicle Check can provide you even more knowledge around a specific cars' value. It gives you information about the history of a specific car to check it's not been stolen and the mileage is genuine. You'll also get a good idea of the running costs as well as independent What Car? reviews.

Give your buyers all of this information and you'll find that selling your car will be a much easier process.

Get valued

Here at RAC Cars, we offer a fantastic range of vehicles at the best prices. To help further, we also have a FREE car valuation tool so you'll have an up-tothe-minute price for the market value of your car.

What Is A Free Car Valuation?

Do you want to buy or sell a vehicle? If so, the first thing you need to do is work out how much it is worth, and the best way to do this is with a free RAC car valuation.

A free car valuation gives you an estimate of the price and might help you decide which car to buy next. You can also use the free valuation tool when selling a car, to ensure you receive the price you deserve.

The valuation will show you the average price that car is likely to sell for, which tells you if you're getting a good deal or not.

The final price will depend on several factors. Some may affect your car more than others, but they will all play a part in how much you receive when the time comes to trade it in.

RAC Car Valuation

Want to get started? Here's what to do.

  • Get started: Enter your registration number, the car's mileage, which can be found on the dashboard, and the renewal date of your car insurance.
  • Add additional details: Click ‘Value My Car' which moves you on to the next page. You should find the make and year of your car together with space to enter your contact details.
  • See your results: The next page shows your results. This is an estimate of the price range of your car. For example, we might say your car is worth between £2,000 and £3,000, which gives you a ballpark figure of what your car is worth, and it gives you the opportunity to negotiate for the right price.

How Do We Value Your Car?

One of the more common questions we hear is how we actually value your car. We can offer this service thanks to our partnership with CDL, who provide RAC with full, reliable vehicle provenance and valuation data. However, ultimately, there are many factors which can influence the results. These factors include:

  • Brands
    Certain brands are more trusted and popular than others. However, because the car industry is constantly changing, the popularity of certain names can go up and down.
    Some, though, have a dominant place in the market such as BMW, Toyota and Mercedes with others such as Ford and Renault not far off. These brands will add value to your car through their name and reputation alone.
    However, things can also change depending on the country. With the market growing rapidly in countries such as Brazil, Russia and China, customer preferences there could shape the market share that each brand enjoys around the world – which also impacts on its reputation and thus the value of the car models.
  • Colour
    It may only be external aesthetics, but colour is important. Safe shades such as black or white will always be popular. If your car is bright purple on the other hand, then who knows... it all depends on the buyer's preference.
  • How it's been driven
    New cars generally fetch more than older cars. Their build quality is higher, and they will most likely be in a better condition. Equally, mileage can also be an important factor. A ten year old car, which has done 100,000 miles, will be worth more than one which has done 200,000. Repairs can be more costly and so the price compensates for it.
    The exception comes if the car is rare. Vintage or classic cars which have been well maintained gain value over time. Some have been known to sell for millions. For example, in 2015 a classic Aston Martin fetched more than £9 million at auction, or the 1939 Alfa Romeo Spider which sold for just over $19 million.
  • Fuel type
    Different fuels suit different types of driving and this can have an impact on a car valuation. Diesel works well for longer sustained driving, while petrol is better for inner cities and shorter trips. A petrol car might be judged more harshly than a diesel if it has a high mileage.

Other Things To Consider

There are a number of other things to consider alongside valuing a car. For example, has it received regular check-ups and servicing? Those which have received regular check ups tend to be valued higher.

How clean is it? A car could be in great condition, but so dirty that it doesn't attract buyers. It's a shame to miss out because you didn't clean the car.

Are other people interested? Demand drives value. If you have plenty of people interested, then you're naturally in a better bargaining position, than if there's only one interested party.

Get A History Check

Your car's history will have a large impact on how much it is worth and how comfortable people will be when buying from you.

Buyers want to see thorough documentation such as servicing records and MOT's, but what if you've lost those? We can help you fill in that missing history.

A free car valuation is a useful tool and it's also recommended to get a high quality vehicle history check, such as the RAC Vehicle Check, for further peace of mind.

Our vehicle history check service brings in reviews from What Car? and more details about how much it costs to run, all you need is the registration plate number.

How To Maintain Value

A number of factors will affect a car's value. Some you can control, others not. However, it's worth putting in the work. A well maintained model will depreciate much more slowly than a similar aged car which had not been cared for. Sometimes it's the small details, such as keeping it tidy, checking the engine regularly or changing the oil - over the years it all adds up.

What can't you control?

An older car will naturally be worth less unless they are particularly well-maintained rare vintage models.

Demand also plays a role. Certain makes and models are highly sought after. Trends come and go, so this can change over the years, but certain brands such as BMW and Mercedes are always popular.

What can you control?

There are plenty of other factors which you can control including:

  • Colour: some colours are more popular than others. For example, neutral shades such as black or white will always be in fashion while something bright and garish may not.
  • Vehicle information: the more documentation you have the more comfortable buyers will be. When selling you'll need a V5C certificate for proof of ownership with the DVLA. Many buyers will want to see a full service history, so keep every piece of documentation you can, such as receipts after maintenance and all MOT certificates.
  • The condition of the vehicle: keep it clean and regularly maintained to ensure it's in top condition. If your car looks like new, the chances are people will be more likely to buy. Visit the RAC Shop to get car cleaning products delivered to your door.

Most depreciation occurs when a car is new. A good, solid used car will hold its value for much longer.

You can find out more about all these factors on our What's The Value Of My Car tab.

How to maintain the appearance of your car

You can go a long way to maintaining the value if you just keep the car looking bright and shiny - as if it's new. If you wash it regularly, polish it and give it the occasional wax, the colour will maintain its sheen for much longer.

Rust can also be a problem, especially during winter when there's likely to be more salt on the road. try rustproofing it to protect against those tell tale signs of corrosion which can cause a car's value go fall.

All in all, the buyer's first impressions will count for a lot. You can tell if an older car's been looked after - it still looks bright and shiny despite never having been repainted, so if it looks good on the surface a buyer will be more confident about what lies beneath.

How can you sell your car?

There are many options for selling your car. You can take it to a dealer, who will make the process much simpler, or you can sell it privately. This is much easier than it used to be with a host of sites helping people to sell. These can help you reach a much wider audience and hopefully secure a better deal.

So, what are you waiting for? Many people assume their car's value is beyond their control, but as this advice shows, that's not the case. There's a great deal you can do to ensure it retains as much value for as long as possible. Start with a free car valuation from the RAC.

Car Valuation Comparison

RAC Cars

The RAC Value My Car tool is a free car valuation tool that differentiates between buying and selling a car.

  • If you're buying a car, the Value My Car tool shows the following:
      ○ Original retail price
      ○ The dealership price
      ○ The private sale price
      ○ Part exchange price
  • If you're selling a car, the Value My Car tools shows:
      ○ Private sale price
      ○ Immediate sale price
      ○ Part exchange price

The immediate sale price is provided via We Want Any Car, which buys and sells vehicles quickly and safely online.

Autotrader

AutoTrader is one of the largest automotive websites in the world. AutoTrader offers a free car valuation tool that differentiates between buying and selling a vehicle.

  • When buying a car, the tools shows:
      ○ Private guide price
      ○ Dealer guide price
  • When selling a car, the tools shows:
      ○ Private sale price
      ○ Part exchange price

The AutoTrader valuation tool does not provide the buyer/seller with all of the information that they need.

CAP

CAP is an online valuation tool that collects millions of pieces of data about thousands of new and used cars in the UK.

The CAP car valuation tool is advertised as being free, however it is only partly free, and you will have to pay to see all of the values and information which therefore limits the results you have access to for free. The tool does, however, differentiate between buying and selling as a result of their up-to-date monthly data collection.

  • When buying a car, the free version of the tool shows:
      ○ Private guide price
      ○ Dealer price
  • When selling a car, the free version of the tool shows:
      ○ Average private sale price
      ○ Part exchange price
  • When buying the tool, you are provided with:
      ○ Trade in clean - The tool provides information on keeping a car clean and mechanically working as this will alter the price you pay or receive for a car.
      ○ Trade in average - This provides the reader with information about the price range you could expect from a dealer if you traded in the car
      ○ Trade in below - This tool provides information on what price range to expect if you traded in a vehicle in poor condition or with incomplete documentation.

Parkers

Parkers sell used cars, write reviews and provide a free car valuation tool that is unable to differentiate between buying and selling a car, which means that the results are generic.

  • When buying and selling a car, the tool shows:
      ○ Original price
      ○ Private price
      ○ Independent dealer price
      ○ Franchise dealer price
      ○ Part exchange price

AA Cars

AA Cars valuation service is a free tool that provides slightly different results to the other tools. The AA car valuation tool also does not differentiate the results between buying and selling and only offers an immediate sale price.

  • When selling a car, the tool shows:
      ○ Immediate sale price