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Recent research from motor insurers Britannia has unearthed some pretty shocking results

The survey – which looked into motorists ability to carry out basic car maintenance – found that a staggering 10% of drivers couldn’t even open their car’s bonnet!

Even the vast majority of those able to open a bonnet had no idea of basic car maintenance, with almost three-quarters of the 1500 adults surveyed admitting that they struggled with basic tasks like refilling windscreen washer fluid and checking oil levels.

The research also found that the majority of drivers don’t carry devices like tyre inflators or battery chargers in the car with them – measures that could get them up and running again after a breakdown.

Given that evidence suggest that as many as one in seven breakdowns could be prevented through basic maintenance, Britannia Rescue’s managing director, Peter Horton, has reiterated the need for drivers to be proactive when it comes to maintaining their vehicles.

“Regular car maintenance is crucial, whether your car is old or new.” he said. “Looking after your car will determine the length of time that it remains in good condition and will stop you having to pay expensive repair costs. Checking your car’s oil level is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your car’s engine – so don’t wait for a warning light or indicator to come on.”

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Used car values hit new high

New data released by British Car Auctions (BCA) show that used car values are improving.

Figures released in BCA’s Quarterly ‘Pulse Report’ have revealed that the average value of a used car in the first quarter of 2012 was £6,114 – the highest first quarter figure recorded since Pulse began reporting in 2005. (Read More)

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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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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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