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The Parkers car valuation calculator gives you independent prices and accurate car values on all post-2000 (W) cars. We also do van valuations too. Our team of independent experts visit hundreds of car dealers and auctions every month, to research the actual selling price of thousands of cars.
We get asked lots of questions about car valuations and how they work for you. Below, you can read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which should tell you everything you need to know about our car valuations.
Q: How do you get a Parkers car valuation?
A: It's a simple process using the tool above. First select a car you're buying or selling (either by entering its registration number or by its make, model and age), and then we look up the price in our valuations database. You don't need to enter any personal information at this time. It's that simple.
Q: What's included in a car valuation report?
A: When you get a free valuation from Parkers, you get two ranges of values based on a standard mileage and equipment tally. You are presented with the private value, which is the typical price you’ll pay for a car in a private sale. What you can reasonably expect is a car with some- or full-service history, few or no mechanical issues, decent bodywork and a reasonable amount of MoT left on it. You also get an expected dealer price, for which you can expect a car with a warranty, and for it to have no major mechanical, bodywork or paint issues.
You can more accurately adjust our car valuations to reflect higher or lower mileages, and any optional extras added to the spec of your car, simply by choosing a Parkers premium valuation, which costs from just £4.99.
Q: How accurate is your valuation?
A: The standard free valuation is based on average mileage and standard equipment for that model. We pull up the exact spec of the car you want to value, and free valuations available for most cars made from 2000 (W) onwards can be used as a guide to buy, sell or trade-in.
Q: How much can options affect your valuation?
A: Even though they can make a car more attractive to a potential buyer, not all added options fitted to a vehicle will guarantee an increase in value when you come to sell. The added value of options reduces as the car's age increases. Normally we allow about 50-60% of the original option value after the first year. However, after 5 years the value of options is reduced to around 20-25% and at 10 years, options add little or no value to the vehicle [but can make it easier to sell]. At Parkers, our free car valuation guide lists the options that do increase a car’s value – helping you to calculate a more realistic price.
Remember that mileage and options can make a significant difference to how much your car is worth – sometimes adding hundreds or even thousands of pounds to a value, so it can pay to get a fully adjusted car valuation.
Q: What other information do you get?
A: We list the original price of the car when new and the secondhand price you’d expect to pay for it today at a franchised dealer, an independent dealer and a private seller. We also indicate what to pay if the car’s in good or bad condition, and offer a part-exchange value for those buyers simply wishing to trade their existing vehicle in at a dealership. It's all in our car valuation online tool.
Q: What are the things that can increase a car's value?
A: It depends on the type of car you're buying, but as a rule, the absolute minimum options you should fit to a car (if they are not standard) are air conditioning (or climate control), metallic paint, and alloy wheels. Other options such as sat-nav, sunroof and special paint colours may make the car easier to sell, but won't necessarily increase their value.
Q: What are the things that can reduce a car's value?
A: When buying a car, damaged bodywork, high mileage and poor specification are the main factors that will reduce the value of a car. So if you're checking a valuation with Parkers and it's at odds with the price of the car you're looking at, there could be a big difference in the mileage or condition. When selling a car, the same factors hold true – but at least you can decide whether that small dent is worth fixing before you sell.
Q: Do you offer an historic valuation service?
A: We used to many years ago but as the uptake was very small, this was discontinued in 2011
Q: Do Parkers still publish the monthly car price guide?
A: After 47 very successful years of supplying the UK motoring consumer used pricing, the guide finally closed with the last issue in January 2020. All Parkers data is now online only. You can purchase a month's subscription to all our pricing data with unlimited valuations for only £9.99 - it's great value!
Q: What is a CAT 'N' or CAT 'S' car and can you do a valuation for me?
A: Category C - Now ‘CAT S’ (Structural). An extensively damaged vehicle which the insurer has decided not to repair, but which could be repaired and returned to the road. The DVLA will require confirmation that the vehicle is now roadworthy and repairs carried out to a minimum standard. There is a certain amount of paperwork involved and a VIC Inspection and ‘Vehicle Identity Form’ must be completed.
Category D - Now ‘CAT N’ (Non-structural). A damaged vehicle which the insurer has decided not to repair possibly because it falls within the ‘BER’ ‘Beyond Economical Repair’ category. The normal problem being, that to replace any parts would be more expensive than the car is worth and the decision is generally based on economic criteria rather than the severity of the damage. However, the car could be repaired and returned to the road.
Parkers do not offer specific values on cars that have been written off. The amount of potential variables is just too great to put an exact figure on an individual vehicle. However, as a general rule, a Cat 'S' and 'N' car will be worth between 10 and 30% below normal book.
Q: Why should you trust a Parkers car valuation?
A: Parkers has been valuing cars since 1972, originally with its famous 'Used Car Price Guide', and now exclusively online. We work with leading valuations and automotive experts Cap HPI, and monitor around 1,500,000 used car sales every year (more than 4,100 per day!), and our number one aim is to help you get the fairest possible price for your car, by reflecting all of those transactions.
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