Values

Dealer Sale

A guide to prices being asked by established traders. Includes VAT and a profit margin for the dealer, so haggle hard for the best price.

Please note, all prices are to be used as a guide only and can't be guaranteed.

Private Sale

What you should aim to pay for cars advertised by private individuals in classified ad and used car publications. These can vary drastically, so shop around.

Please note, all prices are to be used as a guide only and can't be guaranteed.

Part exchange

The price you should aim for when trading a car in for a different vehicle at a franchised or reputable independent dealer.

Please note, all prices are to be used as a guide only and can't be guaranteed.

Trade

What you will get by selling your car directly to a trader or dealership in a cash deal, with no part-exchange. This is a car's lowest value.

Please note, all prices are to be used as a guide only and can't be guaranteed.

Mileage

After a car's age, its mileage is the most crucial aspect in determining its value. Our valuations are for cars of average mileage for its age. Depending on whether your car's actual mileage is above or below that figure, your car could be worth correspondingly less or more.

Please note, all prices are to be used as a guide only and can't be guaranteed.

Condition

Excellent

Your car’s valuation will be increased if its condition is deemed to be excellent. It will be in ready-to-retail condition, with a full service history, an MoT certificate and with very minor or no work needed to the wheels, paint or bodywork. Mechanically, the car will be sound.

Please note, all prices are to be used as a guide only and can't be guaranteed.

Good

All standard car valuations provided by What Car? are based on this condition. In all cases, the car will have a service history and MoT certificate, but may need some work done to bring it up to a suitable condition for sale. Although the car will be sound mechanically, the wheels, paint or dented bodywork may need attention.

Please note, all prices are to be used as a guide only and can't be guaranteed.

Poor

If your car has no service history, no MoT certificate, or neither, you should consider it as being in poor condition. A percentage will be deducted from its value as a result. In addition, considerable work will need to be done to two or more wheels, and dents and paintwork damage will need to be assessed. Bumpers and body panels may need to be removed and resprayed. which can be very costly. Mechanical issues are likely, too.

Please note, all prices are to be used as a guide only and can't be guaranteed.