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Car History Checks – Why are they Important?

To some, especially those who have carried out a Car History Check, this will seem like a ridiculous question.

Would you buy a house without purchasing a survey….my guess is 99% of people wouldn’t dream of buying a house without paying a few hundred pounds for a survey to check their new house wasn’t going to fall down. Those that don’t carry our a survey are quite frankly fools!

The same applies to buying a used car. Often the only thing you will buy in your lifetime more expensive than a car is your house, yet very little consideration is given to the background of a car. You may be spending five, ten or even twenty thousand pounds on a second hand car. Don’t you think it is worth spending an extra £10 to check you’re not quite literally throwing your hard earned cash away.

People who are selling a car are only legally obliged to tell you if the car has been an insurance write off if they are aware of it, but that is difficult to prove. If you ask the question has the car been involved in an accident many sellers will reply “not to my knowledge” their get out of jail free card.

Don’t take a chance, with your money. Make sure you carry out a car history check on any car you are thinking of purchasing. HPI are the leading provider of Car History checks and we can’t stress highly enough the importance of protecting yourself against unscrupulous sales people

A useful, free tool is an MOT check provided by the government. Here you can enter the V5 (log book) Document Reference Number and the vehicle registration number to check all the previous recorded MOT's. This may help you identify any mileage discrepancies.  Government MOT Information.

 

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Car Value Calculators

What a minefield!!! How do Car Value Calculators work???

Valuing a car in today’s market is a difficult task, there are so many factors to be considered and getting it wrong could cost you thousands.

If I wanted to value a car today I would have to make sure I check a number of different factors before I could even attempt to give a car valuation. Giving a car valuation  is one thing, but providing a car valuation that you then may be asked to back up with a firm offer to buy the car is another matter.

There are many websites and providers that will give you a value for your car, but it is relatively easy to value a car if you don’t have to worry about buying the car and then second guess what the market is going to do when you yourself have to sell the car on for profit!

Car Value Calculators

Car Value Calculators

Car values change each month when the new industry guides are released. Normally these are at the end of each month. During the last week of the month you have to consider what may happen to the price of cars in the next guide that is due to be released as any car you buy in the last week would be subject to any reduction in value in the new guide.

The most common guides used in the trade are not Parkers or Whatcar but Glasses’ and CAP (Car Auction Prices). Both these guides follow the market closely and usually set the price for what cars are worth.

I use both these guides to asses a cars true worth within the trade, but they then I also know those cars that are “below book” (meaning they are not worth what the guides say) or those that are “into book” (meaning they are worth more than what the guides say).

Car Value Calculators normally work on just one of the guide prices, perhaps adjust it a bit for the mileage and then give you an approximate figure.

Free Car Valuations Car Value Calculator works in a similar way, but it is monitored to make sure it is as accurate as an automated car value calculator can be.  Anyone saying I want to sell my car after receiving our initial value can then ask us to provide a fixed offer to buy their car. This is done manually based on the extra information we request and taking into consideration the guide prices and current market conditions.

Remember your car is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. Just because you may have seen one advertised at a higher price, it doesn’t mean that car is actually worth that. Many dealers have over aged, over priced stock at the moment that they simply can’t afford to sell for less as it would show as a loss on their books, they’d rather have it showing as a stock value!

 

 

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Ways to sell your car

Selling your car in the current economic climate could prove to be difficult, especially if you are hoping to sell it privately. Many people simply do not have the cash readily available to go out and buy a new car. Bank loans are harder to get approved and car finance is only available from car dealerships.

Many people who are selling their car don’t want to part exchange, they want to sell their car and negotiate with cash either as a deposit or to buy a car outright.

Free Can Valuations can help you if you are looking to sell your car.

We will value your car, make you an offer for your car, collect it and pay for it before we take it away, it really is as simple as that.

Selling your car online is secure and hassle free, you are paid by direct bank transfer and our drivers stay with you until you confirm the funds are showing in your account.

Don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself on our testimonials page what our customers thought.

“I wanted to sell my car and couldn’t really be bothered advertising it in the local paper, dealing with the test drives or more worryingly not dealing with any test drives having paid a smal fortune to advertise it. A friend told me to search online for companies buying cars. The did warn me to be carefull as some pay you a few days after they have your car some even say they will only pay you once they have sold your car on. I didn’t want that sort of sale. After trying a couple of other website I found Free Car Valuations. It was also so easy..almost too good to be true. The site valued my car instantly, the valuations was around what I was expecting, comparable with what I had been told I would get if I was part exchanging. I clicked the yes button to get an offer, this arrived within minutes by email. It was at the low end of the valuations (like you may expect) but I called them up and managed to negotiate a better deal. Max assured me they wouldn’t try and reduce their offer to buy my car on collection. The next day a collection driver turned up in the morning, had a quick look over the car. He called Free Car Valuations (Max I presumed) told him about the scuffed alloys, this didn’t worry me as I had already mentioned those to Max. Max confirmed everything was as agreed and the money showed in my account about 25 minutes later at which point the driver left with my car. I can honestly say I was really impressed and a little surprised at how easy it was to sell my car. I had heard the stories about companies reducing offers at the last minute but I’m pleased to say it wasn’t even mentioned. Thank you Max and Free Car for making it so easy – T P – Exeter.”

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Car Buyers

Free Car Valuations are one of the UK’s top Car Buyers. We will make you a guaranteed offer and pay you before we take your car. No catches.

From our initial, instant free valuation where we provide a guide price as to what you car is worth within the motor trade, you can request that we send you a guaranteed offer to buy your car.

The process of selling your car to us is very simple and more importantly completely risk & hassle free. If you think the initial valuation is around about what you would like to sell your car for then, ask us to make you a guaranteed offer for your car. Once you have asked for the guaranteed offer we will be in touch to confirm the vehicle’s details, service history and condition and then give you our guaranteed offer.

If you are happy with the offer we make to you and you accept it, we then arrange a convenient time to come to you and collect your car. We use an independant collection company, who are not there to start renegotiating with you, they don’t even know what we have paid you for your car.

Once the collection driver has seen the necessary paper work and had a brief look around the car, we will pay the agreed amount directly into your bank account. This will show in your account within 10 to 15 minutes, once you are happy it is there you can let the driver leave with your car.

If there is finance outstanding on your car will settle this in full on your behalf and pay any balance left over to you. If there is a shortfall you can pay this to us by debit or credit card.

This service is completely free, we do not have any hidden charges such as administration fees, Road Tax contribution fees or even a collection fee. Our final offer is exactly what you will be paid on completion. You really have nothing to lose trying Free Car Valuations.

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Check my Car

If you are considering buying a car then unless it is brand new you should consider carrying out a Car History Check.

With less disposable income people are taking more drastic measures to keep their car on the road or sometimes taking unnecessary risks when purchasing their next car. Don’t fall in to the same trap.

The Car History Check Free Car Valuations can provide costs less than a gallon of petrol yet can help save you from making a mistake that could quite literally cost you thousands.

The Free Car Valuation Car History Check looks into the background of your car and notifies you if:

  • Your car has been involved in an accident and deemed to expensive too repair by the insurance company, commonly known as a CAT D write off. These cars are often sold by the insurance companies then repaired and put back on the road by people looking to make a quick profit.
  • Your car on the Police Stolen Register
  • Your car has ever been stolen & recovered
  • Your car ever been scrapped by the DVLA
  • Has been Subject to Plate Transfers
  • Has ever had a change of colour
  • Make and Model
  • Number of Former Keepers
  • VIN (Chassis Number) Check
  • Engine Number and Size
  • Exported
  • Date First Registered
  • Year Manufactured
  • Colour
  • Fuel

Make sure your next has the history you think it has, complete a Car History Check today and buy your next car with confidence.

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Sell My Car Online

How Do I Sell My Car Online Quickly?

Look no further than Free Car Valuations. Selling your car online to us is quick, easy, hassle and risk free. You are even paid before we take your car.

From the moment you visit our site, everything is clear and easy to use. You get your initial valuation within seconds of entering your vehicle registration number and mileage details. At this stage we don’t even ask for any contact details. You are free to use that valuation as you wish.

If you are searching for the valuation of a car you are considering buying then we strongly recommend you use our Car History Check service. Just so that you know the car you are buying is OK without any adverse history such as accident damage or stolen recovered.

If you are looking for a valuation for a car you are selling, then once you have your initial valuation you can click the “sell my car” button, complete a simple from and we’ll be in touch with our guaranteed offer.

If our offer to you is acceptable, we agree the deal and confirm everything in an email. We then arrange collection at a time that is convenient for yourself. The price we agree on the phone is what we will pay you on collection.

We use an independant company to collect the car, they are there to purely check the paper work and briefly check the car to make sure it hasn’t any obvious damage we were not aware of. Once everything has been confirmed, we make the payment directly into your bank account. This whole process normally takes aproximately 20 minutes and the funds are cleared and in your account before we take your car.

This make selling your car online to Free Car Valuations one of the most safe & secure methods there is.

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How much is my car worth?

The simple answer could easily be…it depends on who you ask!

The sarcastic answer would be…how long’s a piece of string…..twice the length from it’s middle if you want to get clever!

Getting a true valuation on your car can be very difficult, at the end of the day it is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. It’s all well and good visiting various web sites and getting valuations from them, some will even charge you for this service. But how accurate is that valuation? They may give you a high valuation that makes you feel better but will they put their money where their mouth is and buy your car for what they claim it is worth?

Many sites claim to use industry experts and real time updates on car prices to give you the most accurate valuation for your car….great but anyone could claim this if they weren’t actually offering to buy the car. This may help you in deciding if a car you are buying is good value for money or if you are going to try and sell your car privately what you should ask for it.

If truth be told, the best way to get a value for your car is to either shop around and look at what similar cars are selling for….note this is different to what they may be advertised for. Just because someone is trying to sell a car for £5000 doesn’t mean it is worth that, in the end they may accept a much lower offer just to sell it. A great and probably more accurate option is to ask a trade buyer what they would be prepared to offer for your car.

The majority of trade buyers use the same guide (Glass’) and valuation data (CAP) to value cars, as well as using their experience they know those cars that can fetch “above book” prices and those that are “behind the book”. Factoring in things such as mileage adjustment, service history, colour, interior condition, additional extras and general condition of your car. With a trade buyer you know your valuation has come from someone who is willing to put their money where their mouth is and buy your car quickly and conveniently as many will often come to you to collect your car and not start renegotiating before concluding the sale.

Free Car Valuations is an upfront and honest trade buyer of all vehicles under 6 years old. Simply enter your registration number and mileage on our home page and your trade valuation will instantly appear. Even better fill in a few more details and we will make a genuine offer to buy your car, quickly, securely and hassle free.

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Sell the Car

Sell the Car Quickly, hassle free and risk free to Free Car Valuations. Guaranteed Offers and you are paid before we take your car.

It is still a 10 second process to get your online valuation. If for any reason our system can’t automatically give you a valuation, then complete our contact us enquiry form with your cars details and we’ll be in touch with a trade value for your car.

Once you have your valuation, you can click the sell my car now button and we will be in touch with a guaranteed offer to buy your car. We agree everything over the phone, we don’t add extra costs, or reduce the price when we come to collect your car. Providing you have been honest in the description of your car, the cash will be in your bank account before we take your car away.

It really is as simple as that!!

If the valuation you requested was for a car you were thinking of buying then it is worth purchasing one of our vehicle checks, from only £4.95 the extra peace of mind it provides is worth it to know you ‘re not buying a car that is on the insurance accident register or on the police stolen register.

Free Car Valuations is currently providing over 2000 vehicle valuations a day, if you’re thinking “what is my car worth” or “I want to sell the car” then use of Value my car service and if the figure we provide looks reasonable to you, click the sell my car button and we will be in touch with our guaranteed offer.

You really do have nothing to lose getting a Car Valuation from us!

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Free Car Valuations Relaunched

Getting a valuation for your car has never been so easy and transparent. All you need to do is enter your vehicle registration number & mileage, your free car valuation will instantly appear on screen. That’s it, no catches, no strings attached, no follow up calls…no hassle!

Once you have your valuation you are free to leave the site without submitting any contact details what-so-ever. For those people that are using the valuation service to find out what they could sell their car for then it gets even better. Free Car Valuations in one of the UK’s biggest Car & Van buyers and if you choose to sell you car we can make you an offer based on the free valuation you have already received.

If you have your valuation and are thinking “how do I sell my car” the process is simple, from your free car valuation page click the “Sell my car – get a guaranteed offer” button and complete the straight forward form, this takes less than a minute and enables us to give an accurate offer for your car. One of our buyers will be in touch with you to discuss our offer and if agreed they arrange collection of your car.

Free Car Valuations takes away all the stress, worry, hassle and confusion for anyone wondering who will buy my car or who do I sell my car to. Once you have agreed a price with one of our team to buy your car, we look after everything. We collect the car at a convenient location and time for you, we send independent drivers to collect the vehicle who are not there to haggle on the price we have offered and to complete the safe and secure method of selling your car we pay you by bank transfer so that the money is in your account, verified by yourself before you allow the driver to leave with the vehicle.

We buy any car younger than 5 years old and in many circumstances we will buy older cars as well, whether your selling a Fiesta or a Ferrari, a Bugatti or a BMW we can buy your car.

Location isn’t important to us either, we collect from virtually anywhere in the UK, with almost all counties covered.

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