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How do I find out what my car is worth?

by Kamal Salar

It’s the end of the year, and money can often be tight. You might be wanting to sell your vehicle fast to free up some cash. You might just want to downsize the number of cars on your drive.

Whatever the reason, with so many online car buying services opening up offering different prices, you may be left asking: “How do I know what my car is worth?”

Well, let’s give you a little background to the car buying industry. Around the dot-com boom, dealers would solely use their websites as a shop-front to attract part-exchange vehicles to their forecourt where a deal would later be done.

During which time, behemoths like the automotive classified website AutoTrader, and auction site eBay Motors stepped up a gear if you want to sell your car privately.

What my car is worthImage crdit:  Jason Thien Zie Yung

Fast-forward to circa 2008, and the first online car buying websites sprung up. Now, close to half a dozen operate at national or regional in the UK.

TrustedCarBuyers.com entered the market in 2013 with a price promise to beat car valuations offered by one of the largest competitors in the market We Buy Any Car.

How can I make sure I sell my car for more?

One of your first priorities should be how your car looks. First impressions go a long way. So, make sure any dents, scratches, scuffs or dirt marks are popped out, buffed up and cleaned.

If you get a re-spray and a good valet before going down to sell your car, you could save up to 75% in retained value, especially when selling to a trusted dealer.

Tyres and wheels are the next most noticeable factor. Use a tyre tread depth gauge to make sure it’s at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters. Preferably, you want 3mm though.

Interiorly, stains, scratches and marks to your vehicle’s seating, door panels and windows from kids and pets may let you down.

A little wear and tear is accepted, particularly if your car is six years or older. Luckily, there are quick fixes that could help your car retain up to 10% of its potential value — based on most online car buyers valuing a vehicle of poor interior condition.

Seating and roof lining marks can be washed with anti-bacterial spray. If there are any scratches to the door panel, sand the damage with some grit sandpaper, you could enter some super glue hardener, sand again, clean and apply a couple of coats of the factory-made dye.

Last, but by no means least, the vehicle’s mechanics should be tip-top. Ensure you have a healthy battery, your central locking clicks in, your ignition  fires the engine the first time of asking and any electronics like windows and stereo works.

A battery health check is highly recommended if you tend to use your car only for very short journeys and commutes.

What’s my car worth?

With all these points in mind, you can now approach the car buying service Trusted Car Buyers for a free car valuation feeling confident your vehicle’s condition is at its best, and ensuring you’ll get exactly what the vehicle is worth.

Visit their website now if you want to sell your car: http://www.trustedcarbuyers.com

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