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Top 5 Online Car Valuers
Find out how to get the most for your car!

Here are our Top 5 picks for the best online car valuers...
  1. Shift
    Free online estimates, often paying thousands more than dealerships
  2. NewCars.com
    Quick online quotes for current market value, as well as new car price quotes
  3. Kelley Blue Book
    Trusted price advisor for years, huge info resource
  4. Autotrader
    Great tool for finding your car's value with a range of other tools
  5. Edmunds
    Accurate prices and retail value, free!

Top 5 Ways of Getting the Most for Your Car

Whether you’re thinking of selling your car to another person or selling it for scrap, it’s important to know how much your car is worth. There are many factors that influence how much a car is worth. This includes the age of the car, if the car has ever faced an accident, aesthetics, and more. Let’s take a look at a few of these factors in more detail.

Car Age

One of the most obvious factors that affects the worth of your car is its age. It goes without saying that the newer your car is, the more it is likely to be worth. The exception to this rule is classic cars. Luckily, this is one the age of your car is one of the easiest things to figure out when it comes to features that affect the value of your vehicle.

Use the car’s VIN number to find out its age (so long as the car was made after 1979) if you do not know it already. The VIN number is usually printed along the car’s windshield or dashboard. There are a few other places where the VIN number can be found if you can’t find it on the previously mentioned places. Once you have the number, count until you reach the tenth number or letter. If your car was made before 2001, it will use letters, but after will use numbers. Look up the number or letter here once you have it, and you’ll know when your car was made. It’s as simple as that!

Accidents

Car accidents can take a toll on the value of a car, even if the damage is minor or if it has been repaired. Whether you plan on selling your car to an individual or to a dealership, the buyer has every right to look into the vehicle’s history by asking for a car fax.

If the car has been totally repaired, it’s unlikely that an individual buyer will care much about it having ever been in an accident. However, dealerships can be pickier. For example, a car dealership is likely to pay hundreds of dollars more for a car that has never been in an accident than they would pay for a car of the same year and model that had been in an accident.

Aesthetics

One thing that shouldn’t have much of an effect on a car’s value, but sadly does, are its aesthetics—whether it looks nice or not. Scratched paint, cracked windshields, dented doors, and a messy interior can all affect the sale price of a car. For these reasons, it’s best to fix what you can before you sell the care. While this will be an upfront cost to deal with, it can help to raise the price of the car, helping you make more money from selling it.

If possible, try to paint over any scratched areas, replace a cracked window or windshield, and clean and air out the car before you try to sell it. Both individual buyers and dealerships are more likely to pay more for a spick-and-span looking car than they would for one that looks like it just drove through a dump.

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, there are a million little factor that can affect how much your car is worth. There are a variety of websites that can give you a rough estimate of how much your car would be worth if it’s in great condition. However, the buying price of your car could be lowered by some of the factors discussed in this article. Make sure to keep all these things in mind the next time you find yourself asking, “how much is my car worth?”