Several factors affect a car's value. These include market conditions, make and model, age, and overall condition. However, in general, a car with a low mileage will tend to command a higher value. This is because low mileage often indicates less wear and tear and fewer mechanical issues. It is important to keep in mind that multiple factors will impact the final valuation figure.
What is considered high mileage when selling a car?
This is a subjective area, and it's important to note that some cars with higher mileage can be in better condition than those with fewer miles. What is important is how well-maintained the vehicle is. The average car mileage in the UK per year is around 8,000 miles. You can use this figure along with the age of your vehicle to determine whether it has done more miles than the average of its age.
Can I turn up at a dealership and sell my car?
The best way to sell your car is to follow our simple three-step process. First, value your car online using our free valuation tool. Second, book an appointment at your local dealership. Third, bring your car and the necessary documentation to your dealership appointment. We'll process the paperwork and payment and take the car off your hands.
While you can visit one of our nationwide dealerships to sell your car, our process provides you with time to consider the price. It also ensures you bring all the relevant documents and accessories to the appointment, saving a wasted journey.
What happens with my road tax and insurance when I sell my car?
You are responsible for your vehicle until it has been officially sold. After the sale, you will need to notify the DVLAs and your insurance provider to inform them that the car has changed ownership.
The DVLA will issue you a refund for any full months of tax your car has remaining. To determine if you are eligible for a refund from your insurance premium, you should review the terms and conditions of your contract.
Can I sell my car without an MOT?
Your car must have a valid MOT certificate on the day of handover.
How fast can I sell my car?
The conditions of the valuation are:
We've designed the Sell My Car process to be as efficient as possible. You'll receive an instant valuation from us online, which is valid for seven days. Your dealership appointment shouldn't take too long; we recommend allowing approximately one hour. Once the paperwork is complete, your payment will be processed. The funds should arrive in your account via BACS transfer within 3-5 working days.
What do I need to bring with me to Sell My Car?
For the vehicle inspection you will need:
- Your driving licence
- A bank statement addressed to your name and current home address dated within 3 months
- Vehicle Registration V5 Document with your name (the seller) on it
- The service history records
- Valid finance settlement letter showing final settlement figure and finance company bank details (if applicable)
- All keys, including spares
- Any accessories related to the use of the vehicle i.e. user manual, locking wheel nut key, memory cards etc
How long will my appointment last at the dealership?
Your appointment will last between 30-60 minutes.
Are there any fees or administration costs?
No. Regardless of the value of your car, there are no other charges or fees if you decide to sell to us.
Shall I cancel my direct debit to my finance company prior to my appointment to sell my car?
It is important that you do not cancel your direct debit until we have received your car and confirmed that all finance has been paid. If you do cancel the direct debit early, you may risk owing a payment which you will be obliged to pay.
Do you buy cars in any condition?
If you would prefer to discuss selling your car to us in person, please book an appointment at your local dealership.
Do you accept non-runners?
No, we do not accept non-runners. The vehicle must be able to start up properly.
Will you buy my car if it has private registrations?
Yes, however the private registrations will need to be removed prior to sale.
When will I receive payment for my car?
If you decide to sell your car to us, provided the V5 document, driving licence and bank statement you bring to your appointment (see What do I need to bring with me to sell my car?) are all in the same name, payment will be processed by the next working day.
Can I sell a deceased relative's vehicle?
Yes. We understand that it may be a challenging time, but we are here to help. You can sell the vehicle to us; we just need a few documents to process the sale. Take a look at our guide to selling a deceased relative's car for more information.
Can I sell a deceased relative's vehicle if I don't have the V5C logbook?
Yes, you are still able to sell the vehicle to us, we just require a letter from you including some important details. You can find out more in our guide to selling a deceased relative's car.
Who receives the payment if I sell a deceased relative's car?
We must process the payment to an account of the deceased registered keeper or an account of the solicitors dealing with the estate. Our guide to selling a deceased relative's car outlines this further.