How is my car valued when I sell it?

There's no black magic that goes into giving you a valuation when you sell your car to Car Store. How much we offer depends on a few really simple pieces of information:

  1. The make, model, age and colour
  2. Its service history and MOT due date
  3. Its mileage
  4. The number of previous owners
  5. The current supply and demand for similar cars
  6. Its condition

All of these are really straightforward - but there's one in particular you'll need to choose carefully: your car's condition. Since a car's condition impacts how much work we'll need to do to get it ready for sale at Car Store, it also impacts how much we can offer you. Choosing the correct condition for your car will give you the most accurate valuation and makes things much faster when you bring your car in for your Sell My Car appointment. 

To help out, here's a run-down of the 6 condition categories available to choose from on our valuation tool:

A load of scrap

Your car fits here if it's on it's last legs. Cars in this category are expected to have:

  • Previously been in an accident
  • Extreme cosmetic damage
  • Really heavy rust or corrosion

We'll almost always scrap cars that are in this condition, so be prepared for a low valuation. Please remember that you shouldn't drive your car to our store if it's unsafe or hasn't passed an MOT. If you need help selling a car that doesn't run, get in touch with your nearest Car Store and we'll help you find a towing or transport service.

Worse for wear

Cars in this category don't look good. There'll be loads of scratches, chips and dents in the bodywork and even signs of rust or corrosion. The inside of the car will look worn out too. 

Pick this category if your car has:

  • Heavy body damage
  • Heavy paint damage
  • Poor interior condition
  • A windscreen that needs to be replaced
  • Up to 4 tyres that need changing
  • Up to 4 damaged wheels

We don't sell cars that are in this condition at Car Store, but you'll definitely get more than the scrap value for it.

Could be better

Cars that are starting to look a bit rough around the edges belong here. There'll be some damage to the body and paintwork along with some wear & tear on the interior fabrics and plastics.

Choose this category if your car has:

  • Bodywork damage
  • Paintwork damage
  • OK Interior condition
  • A windscreen that needs to be replaced
  • Up to 4 tyres in need of a change
  • Up to 4 damaged wheels

Well used

If your car looks "alright" - it goes here. There'll be some scratches in the paint and maybe the odd dint, but you'd have to be looking closely to find them.

Pick this one if your car has:

  • Light body damage
  • Light paint damage
  • Good interior condition
  • A small chip or crack in the windscreen
  • Up to 3 tyres in need of a change
  • Up to 4 damaged wheels

A-OK

If it's in good condition, it goes here. Any scratches will be small and hard to spot, and the inside.

Put your car in this category if it has:

  • A couple of small scratches / chips / dents
  • 1 scratch, chip or dent that goes through the paint
  • Great interior condition
  • Up to 2 tyres in need of a change
  • Up to 4 damaged wheels

A real looker!

If your car is looking like-new, it goes here. We're looking for a perfect interior, but we'll accept a small scratch in the paintwork and a couple of damaged alloys or trims.

Pop your car in this category if it has:

  • A small chip or scratch that doesn't go through the paint
  • Perfect interior condition
  • A small chip or crack in the windscreen
  • 1 tyre in need of a change
  • Up to 2 damaged wheels
  • At least 2 keys

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you're struggling to pick the right category for your car.

Ready to get started? Head over to our valuation tool using the button below. It works really well on your mobile if you need to have a look around your car whilst completing your valuation. 

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