Free car valuation

Find out what your car is worth in seconds with a free and industry-trusted valuation from Parkers, Britain’s most trusted source of expert and accurate car prices since 1972.

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How can car valuations help you?

Fast and easy ✅ Negotiate with confidence ✅ Peace of mind

An independent valuation will help you get the best deal whether you are buying or selling your car. If you're looking to buy or sell a car, the most important thing you need to know is what it's worth. For more information, you can view our FAQs.

Buying a car

Knowing your car's worth will help you get to a fair deal

Our quick and easy Parkers valuation tool can help you find an accurate and fair price for your car in just a few simple steps. Once you have entered the registration of your car, you will be asked to choose whether you're planning on buying, selling or enquiring for insurance purposes. From this, you can select a free valuation or upgrade to receive a custom valuation.

A custom valuation with Parkers allows you to add your car’s exact mileage and specifications for a more exact quote. Mileage and options typically affect prices by up to 30%.

Selling a car

Get a fair price and sell your car with confidence with a Parkers car valuation

It's important when selling your car that you know the mileage, condition, history and specification of your car. Parkers valuations can be tailored to match your precise car; helping you to better understand the true value of your vehicle. You can also select optional extras which can make your car stand out and inspire potential buyers. It could also help you if you’re looking to part-exchange.

How much is my car worth? How to check on Parkers

Make sure you get the best deal by getting an accurate valuation for your car

The Parkers car valuation calculator is a simple-to-use and extremely powerful tool. It gives you independent prices and accurate values on all post-2000 (X-registration) cars, using results from a massive number of transactions. 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 also do van valuations using the data similarly gathered on the ground by experts in their field.

Your valuation questions answered : Valuation FAQs

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: Can you email me a Parkers car valuation?

A: Our system performs hundreds of valuations every day so we can't email you a personal valuation. However, follow the steps below and you'll have a valuation in minutes.

Q: How can I 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 that increase the value, 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. The free valuations are available for most cars made from 2000 (X) onwards based on average mileage and standard specification. These can be used as a guide to buy, sell or trade-in.

However, if you want the exact spec of the car you want reflected in the valuation (for instance if the car has optional extras or an above- or below-average mileage), you can get that from one of our premium paid-for valuations.

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 five 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 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 is the earliest year/plate range that you can provide?

A: The normal Parkers data sets go back approx. 20 years. Currently, we value cars from 2000(X) plate onwards including private registration plates and plates issued in Northern Ireland.

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.co.uk does 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.

Q: Can you contact us directly about valuations?

A: Absolutely, yes. Just email us on feedback@parkers.co.uk