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At We Buy Direct, we understand that customers often have questions about selling their vehicle. Here, we answer a comprehensive range of the most common queries, but if you’d like further assistance, please get in touch. We’ll be more than happy to help.

How to value a second hand car?

The value of your second hand car depends on several factors, such as the make and model, mileage and condition, as well as current market values. Get an instant, accurate valuation for your vehicle with us – with no obligations.

What determines the price of a car?

A range of factors influences the price of a car. These include the make and model, the trim level, mileage, age and condition.

What will my car sell for?

Find out what your car could sell for by using our vehicle valuation tool, which provides an estimate in just a few minutes.

What SUV depreciates the most?

According to What Car? the Toyota RAV4 is one of the fastest depreciating SUVs in 2022.

Why do cars depreciate?

Gradual wear and tear cause a car to depreciate. The more mileage a vehicle does, the higher the probability that repairs or additional maintenance will be required.

Why are used car values going up?

Post-lockdown demand coupled with a semiconductor shortage (causing delays to new vehicle deliveries) has meant that used car values have risen in 2022.

What documentation is needed to sell a car?

To sell your vehicle you’ll need the V5C logbook, service history, your driving licence, and any details on the remaining warranty. You’ll also need to provide both keys and have any finance attached to the vehicle settled. This is something we can help with if you need assistance.

When is the best time to sell your car?

Most people choose to sell a vehicle after three to five years, or when it reaches a certain mileage, but there’s really no ‘best’ time to sell your vehicle in this respect. In terms of the time of year, it can be beneficial to sell outside of plate change months, which are March and September, as the focus in these periods is on new cars.

What affects resale value of a car?

A car’s resale value can be affected by a range of things, including its age, mileage, condition, and any modifications that may have been made.

Does mileage affect car value?

Yes. The number of miles a vehicle has done will increase the chances of wear and tear and the likelihood of this resulting in repair work. As such, vehicles with higher mileage tend to sell for less.

Does a minor accident affect car value?

A minor repair may not significantly affect the resale value of a car, but extensive repairs will likely affect the value, regardless of the quality of those repairs.

Does service history affect car value?

A full service history shows that the car has been maintained according to manufacturer recommendations, and can therefore have an impact on its value. Properly maintained vehicles depreciate less.

What colour car has the highest resale value?

According to What Car? black and grey are traditionally the colours with the best resale values. However, small cars such as superminis often sell well with brighter paints, such as red or yellow.

What car mods increase value?

Lots of upgrades and add-ons can increase a car’s value. These include alloy wheels, leather upholstery, an upgraded audio system, integrated satellite navigation and high performance tyres.