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Accurate, real-time valuations
Our smart valuation tech uses live market data and our own sales stats to accurately value your car based on its age, make, model, and mileage.
Track your car’s valuation over the past 24 months. By visualising the rate of depreciation, as well as price trends across the year, you can decide on the best time to sell.
It pays to be in the know – literally! Stay informed about your car’s market value, with monthly email alerts, reminding you to track your value in real time, and sell at the best time for you.
What can negatively impact the value of your car?
A used car’s value diminishes significantly in the three years after its registration with depreciation typically steeper in the first year. Depreciation normally continues every year after that, but at a slower pace.
Mileage is the primary reason for your car’s value dropping over time and high mileage will negatively impact a potential buyer’s offer. If the car is driven regularly, the mileage will go up constantly, and it’s often a reflection of a vehicle’s general wear and tear.
Accurate online valuations rely on up-to-date service history. When it comes to selling, the value of a used car with a full service history will be higher than the same car with a partial or missing service history. Big gaps in your service history records? Buyers will often assume the worst and offer a lower price.
Market demand can be influenced by many factors, including supply and demand of particular makes and models, changing consumer trends, economic circumstances, and – as we move towards electrification – even emission standards and political factors.
The release of new plates on the market, tax changes (such as the tax currently being introduced on electric vehicles), and environmental considerations also have an impact.
The recent slow production and shortage of computer chips has also meant that there are fewer new cars being produced globally – and many consumers are now turning to the used-car market to find high-quality, low-mileage cars.
The 2035 electric switchover is on every car owner’s mind as what combustion engine vehicles are worth today will be very different in years to come as electric vehicles become more popular. In the short term, the future of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars is hard to predict – knowing a used car’s future value is even harder.
The vast majority of buyers are not looking for a modified car. Cosmetic, bodywork, internal and engine modifications are therefore likely to negatively impact your car’s value, because many buyers – especially car dealers – will look for cars with wide appeal.
The more owners a car has had, the less it will be worth. Most professional buyers prefer used cars with one owner since registration. Often the number of owners a car has had will reflect its age and condition.
Even if fully repaired, being involved in a significant accident, or even a flood, will likely lower your car’s value. Most professional used car buyers will not purchase written-off vehicles, which may mean they can only be sold for scrap.
What can maintain the value of your car?
Do you know your city’s low emissions specification? Your potential buyer will. Cars that comply with Euro 6 emissions standards are worth more than those that don’t – this, of course, includes all-electric vehicles.
The potential positive impact on value from optional add-ons can vary significantly. However, add-ons such as upgrade packs, leather seats and premium sound systems do consistently increase what your used car is worth.
As the safety, performance, and experience-enhancing technology in cars advances – cars with the latest – most sought-after features will continue to fetch higher prices.
The colour of a vehicle can affect its wider appeal and therefore its resale value. Many professional buyers prefer cars in popular colours like black, grey or blue, which can impact values, especially if consumer tastes change over time. Alternatively, if a used car has a certain iconic colour, this can improve its popularity, and potentially make it worth more.
Although mileage is a good indicator of a car’s condition it’s by no means a conclusive one. A car that has been well taken care of, in near-perfect condition inside and out, can be more appealing than one with slightly fewer miles.
The safety net of a manufacturer’s warranty gives buyers extra reassurance that if anything not linked to an accident goes wrong mechanically or electrically with the vehicle, it can be fixed for free. It may not be a dramatic difference, but an in-date warranty will usually give a boost to your car’s value.
To learn more about the factors affecting depreciation and why your car’s value changes over time, check out our ultimate guide to depreciation.
Track your car’s depreciation
Motorway’s Car Value Tracker allows you to check what your car is worth now, and to see its value in previous months.
It’s free to use the tracker to see trends in your car’s value, so you can best decide when to sell.
Motorway’s valuations are based on live market data, to reflect current and changing market conditions for your specific vehicle.
Nearly all cars depreciate in value over time, but the rate and level of change are highly variable. Not only do age, mileage, and service history all impact the money you can expect when you sell your car – so do external factors such as current used car demand, emissions policies, and wider market trends.
How much is your car worth?
What your car is worth is closely tied to the make and model, and varies based on age, condition, mileage, fuel type, compliance to fuel efficiency regulations, market demand, and other external factors. Predicting the value of your car over time is complex – but Motorway’s Car Value Tracker does the hard work for you, instantly and for free.
Learn more about how you can expect your car’s value to change in our guides.
How we value your car
We value your car by using live market data from daily sales on Motorway’s used car marketplace as well as the broader car market. We compare how your make and model is selling across our nationwide network, against similar vehicles, including older and newer examples. This ensures our valuations are always as up-to-date and accurate as possible.
Using your reg and mileage, we base your valuation on your specific vehicle’s history – giving you a reliable valuation you can trust now and in the future.
Why should you value your car?
Whether you’re selling your car today or later, getting an accurate car valuation from a trusted source is essential for any car owner.