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Selling or buying a used car? Get a car valuation from the experts, so you know how much it's really worth.

We've teamed up with Glass’s – the UK's leading motoring guide and vehicle valuation experts – to offer our valued members great savings on car valuations.

Even if you're not a member, you can still use the service and the first valuation is free.

This means you can select a car below and discover the car's value.

Used car valuations

About Glass's guide prices

What do the car guide prices mean?

What does 'Trade-in (excellent)' mean?

Trade In (Excellent) is the typical value for cars that would benefit from slight cosmetic work. It meets the following criteria:

• Might need to replace small removable parts; eg wiper blade, badge, number plate, etc
• Might need to replace some large removable parts such as door mouldings
• Might need small to medium sized repairs of the bodywork (external cosmetics of the car), upholstery and trim (eg dashboards, seats, carpets, etc.)
• Repairs (excluding structural repairs) will have been completed to a high standard, and be acceptable to the expert eye
• Cars will have been serviced in accordance with manufacturers' guidelines
• A service history will be required
• The car has a minimum of six months' MOT (where applicable)
• The car is roadworthy. All safety critical components (eg brakes, steering, suspension, tyres) should be road legal and functioning normally
• The car must be returned to an unmarked condition. Windscreen may be chipped but not in driver's line of sight
• All documents, manuals and keys should accompany the car
• The mileage must be warranted
• The car must be free of major mechanical faults (see definition below).

Trade In (Excellent) assumes a condition that does not change with age.

What does 'Trade- in (average)' mean?

Trade In (Average) is the typical value for cars that would benefit from a significant amount of cosmetic work and bodyshop (external structure of the car) attention.

All these repairs, whilst more prevalent, are still isolated to a few areas of the bodywork. It meets the following criteria:

• Accident repairs (excluding structural areas) will have been completed to a reasonable standard and be acceptable to the expert eye
• Cars will have been serviced in accordance with manufacturers' recommendations
• A service will be due, either immediately, or within the next few thousand miles
• The car has a minimum of three months' MOT (where applicable).
• The car is roadworthy. All safety critical components (eg brakes, steering, suspension) should be road legal and functioning normally. Tyres are regarded as a medium repair item.
• Upholstery and trim (eg dashboards, seats, carpets, etc) may show visible signs of marks/scratches/staining that will not respond to light repair or valeting.
• The mileage must be warranted.
• Free of major mechanical faults (see definition below).

Trade In (Average) assumes a condition that does not change with age.

What does 'Trade In Below Average)' mean?

The typical value for cars that would benefit from a significant amount of cosmetic and bodyshop attention and also requires a single major repair.

A major repair would be described as the replacement of a large part of a car’s bodywork (eg bumper, door, etc). It meets the following criteria:

• Accident repairs may have been carried out but there may be visible evidence of slight panel misalignment/overspray/imperfect colour matching
• There will be enough service history to warrant the mileage as being correct
• A service will be due, either immediately, or within the next few thousand miles
• All cars will have a current MOT and be roadworthy
• All safety critical components (e.g. brakes, steering, suspension, tyres) should be road legal and functioning normally
• Upholstery and trim will show visible signs of marks/scratches/staining that will not respond to valeting and there will be missing or damaged parts
• Documents, manuals or a spare key may be missing
• Free of major mechanical faults (see definition below)

Trade In (Below Average) assumes a condition that does not change with age.

What does a dealer retail price indicate?

The typical price advertised by dealers (based on 4 million retail asking observations a year); it is not necessarily the price a dealer would actually market a vehicle for, as it may be the subject of negotiation, discount, or an extra allowance on the value of your own vehicle.

It will also vary depending on any special offers applicable at the time, condition, length of warranty and any standard fit and optional extras that may be fitted.

The vehicle condition would relate to the degree of dealer preparation that was customary for a car of a given age. For cars under three years of age, it is assumed that cars are offered by franchised dealers and are prepared to manufacturers approved used car standards. The following represents the minimum requirements for any dealer advertised car:

• The sold car must comply with Consumer Protection Regulations 2008, and Sale of Goods Act 1979
• Be of sound provenance and offered with good title ie free of outstanding finance, not on police record as being stolen, and not on record with the DVLA or ABI as accident damaged
• Warranted mileage
• No accident damage. Repairs carried out to a high standard (ie not visible to the naked eye)
• All documentation complete (ie V5, current MOT (minimum six months)
• Full service history for cars under six years of age
• Recently serviced
• If sold by a franchised dealer the car must be prepared to the approved used standards set by the manufacturer
• Excludes grey imports (also known as parallel imports).

What's a private sale price mean?

Glass's private sale price represents an estimated selling price for a vehicle sold by one private individual to another private individual at a given time.

Private sale prices apply to vehicles in good overall condition. It should satisfy the following criteria:

• It will carry the best part of a year's MOT.
• It should present itself well, with no obvious damage to bodywork.
• Tyres and mechanical parts should all be in good condition.
• All equipment should be fully operational.
• In the case of vehicles under three years of age, the balance of the manufacturer's warranty would also be included.

The private sale price must always be adjusted for condition, whether better or worse. It is also important to note that there may still be differences due to colour, standard fit and optional extras, and variations in market conditions according to geographic area and so on.

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Insurer and competitor valuations

My insurer has given me different values to your valuation. Why?

The values Glass's make available for private use is so you can understand how much you might expect to pay for a particular vehicle if you bought it at a dealership. Alternatively how much you might expect to get in part exchange for that vehicle.

The values are adjusted for age, mileage, options, and condition; however, they are also adjusted to take account of a trade-in scenario, so the prices quoted factor in some of the typical dealer allowances in a retail situation.

Therefore, our Glass’s consumer valuations are not suitable for comparative purposes versus insurance valuations.

Please remember that a Glass's Valuation is a guide only.

Valuations obtained from Glass's via this partner’s website are for use in buying and selling situations and are not insurance settlement values, cash values, or replacement prices and should not be presented as such.

If you have an issue with the settlement figure provided by your insurer, unfortunately Glass’s cannot provide you with advice regarding this. Your insurer will have a sophisticated and well-documented process for handling these issues (usually found on their websites), and that process is your recourse if you wish to take the matter further.

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About Glass's car valuations

What is a Glass’s valuation?

A Glass's consumer valuation is an estimation of your vehicle's monetary value, and is designed for a private individual wishing to buy or sell a vehicle.

Where does the valuation information come from?

Glass's puts a lot of effort into getting the data right. They do not just repackage numbers grabbed off the internet; they collect data from all sectors of the industry.

To quantify the volume, it's 4 million retail observations and 1.3m trade observations per year. They also have editors on the road every day, talking to the motor trade and spotting the market trends ahead of the competition.

Glass’s exercises all reasonable care and skill in providing you with your valuation, using information obtained in good faith from sources unconnected to Glass's.

What is a Glass’s free valuation?

Free Valuation
The free valuation will confirm the basic vehicle details and give you an indication of the car's trade-in value, dealer retail price and private sale price – all based on the average mileage for a vehicle of that age.

The actual value/price will vary considerably depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition and detailed specification.

What is a premium valuation?

If you upgrade to a Glass's premium valuation you will be able to refine the result to take account of the vehicle’s actual mileage, condition and optional extras. You will receive:

• Dealer retail price (adjusted for mileage and specification)
• Private retail price (adjusted for mileage and specification)
• Trade-in value (three condition-based values – 'excellent', 'average' and 'below average' – adjusted for mileage and specification)

What average mileage do you use?

First three years: 12,000 miles per year.
Following three years: 8,000 miles per year.
Thereafter: 6,000 miles per year.

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