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What's the value of my car?

Whether you are in the process of selling your car or you just want to know out of curiosity, knowing the answer to the question; 'How much can I sell my car for?' is a useful piece of knowledge to be in possession of. This article looks at the two main ways of finding out how much your car is worth.

Getting independent valuations

Vehicle valuations are available from many outlets nowadays. It is best to search around and get lots of different car valuations so that you know you are getting an accurate car estimate and not the price that a dealer or trader would buy your car for. There are plenty of places where you can do this. Online information The first place to consider is accessible from the convenience of your home. Go onto websites like 'We buy any car' or 'What car price checkers', input all of your details (do not lie about your car because if you choose to sell it to someone like 'Webuyanycar', they will not give you the price quoted and you may be subject to legal claims for loss if they have to spend money reaching you in the first place), and then get your quote. Car dealerships The second place to consider will be car dealerships and car traders. Make sure you take your car to a wide range of dealers in different areas because many traders will try to convince you that your car is not worth as much as you think. Make it a point to let them know that you're getting quotes elsewhere too - this may deter them.

Doing it yourself

Figuring out an estimate of your car's worth yourself is a wise time investment. Get a pen and some papers and go spend an hour or so looking over your car. How many miles has it done? What is the condition of the tyres? When was its last belt change? Have you got the service history? Are there any scuffs or scratches on the car? How long will it still have tax and a valid MOT certificate? Once, you've got this information, research in newspapers and in online classifieds to see what cars similar to yours are going for. Remember that prices may differ depending on location too. An Audi TT will sell for more in Lincolnshire than in London but it will sell quicker in London. You balance your own interests. A combination of all of these techniques is the best way to get an accurate market valuation of your car.

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