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How is my car valued when I sell it?

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We all think our cars are worth more than someone wants to pay for them. But how does the price vary, depending on the car’s factors?

The buying price of a car can range entirely on a range of things. Such as:

  • The make, model, age and colour
  • Its service history and MOT due date
  • The mileage
  • How many previous owners the cars had
  • The current supply and demand for similar cars
  • Its condition
old vs new car

Pretty straightforward, but your car’s condition should be your main priority. The condition impacts how much work we'll need to do to get it ready for sale at Car Store, therefore impacts how much we can offer you. If your car is looked after, the valuation will run smoother and more accurate when you bring your car in for your Sell My Car appointment.

For guidance here's a run down of the 6 condition categories available to choose from on our valuation tool:

A load of scrap

If your car is on its last legs, then this is where it sits. Cars in this category are expected to have:

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

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 its unsafe or hasn’t passed its most recent 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. Lots of scratches, chips and dents in the bodywork and even signs of rust corrosion. The inside of the car will look worn too.

  • 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.

old car

Could be better

Cars that are beginning to look rough around the edges sit in this category. There'll be some damage to the body and paintwork along with some wear & tear on the interior fabrics and plastics. This category consists of:

  • 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
an alright car

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 category during the online valuation if it has:

  • Light body damage
  • Light paint damage
  • Good interior condition
  • A small chip or crack in the windsreen
  • Up to 3 tyres in need of a change
  • Up to 4 damaged wheels
not too shabby car

A-OK

If your car is in good condition, it goes here. Any scratches will be small and hard to spot.

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 good car

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
brand new car

If you’re unsure about the valuation process, 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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