How Do Online Car Valuations Work?

It’s no secret that as the internet has become such as large part of our daily lives, it has had a huge impact on a vast number of industries and services. From the convenience of ordering products online and having them delivered directly to your doorstep, to browsing local service providers to find the best prices and deals from your mobile phone, it’s fair to say the internet has created a new era of convenient access to almost any product or service.

And it is exactly that which inspired us to create the UK’s most popular online car buying service. A simple website that offers a simple, yet incredibly revolutionary service; by simply entering your car’s registration number along with a few simple details, you can receive a free and instant online car valuation without having to take the car to a physical location.

And as if that were not simple enough, we have furthered the speed and convenience of our offering by creating a fantastic new We Buy Any Car app, allowing users to track the value of their car and monitor for increases in market value and demand.

But how can what was formally such a face-to-face process be revamped as a simple, instant online process? Let’s take a look at exactly how online car valuations work.

How Online Car Valuations Work

Our online car valuation tool is a quick, simple and free way to find out how much we value your car. It all starts when you enter your registration number into the box on most of our website’s pages. Once entered, we can identify the car from a huge national database of cars in most cases. From there, we request a few additional details, such as the car’s mileage, number of previous owners and the amount of service history you have for the car.

During this stage, users can also opt to add a more detailed report of any damage to the car. We assume that any cars that are entered without additional inf

ormation on damage such as scratches or chips are in great condition, serving a quote based on this, so be sure to add any existing damage for a more accurate valuation. By combining all of the information we’ve collected on the status and condition of the vehicle, we then apply external information to the valuation such as market value, demand and seasonality. After all of the information has been combined and processed by our pricing engine, you will receive your online car valuation. Simple!

How Online Car Valuations Work

Our online car valuation tool is a quick, simple and free way to find out how much we value your car. It all starts when you enter your registration number into the box on most of our website’s pages. Once entered, we can identify the car from a huge national database of cars in most cases. From there, we request a few additional details, such as the car’s mileage, number of previous owners and the amount of service history you have for the car.

During this stage, users can also opt to add a more detailed report of any damage to the car. We assume that any cars that are entered without additional inf

ormation on damage such as scratches or chips are in great condition, serving a quote based on this, so be sure to add any existing damage for a more accurate valuation. By combining all of the information we’ve collected on the status and condition of the vehicle, we then apply external information to the valuation such as market value, demand and seasonality. After all of the information has been combined and processed by our pricing engine, you will receive your online car valuation. Simple!

What Next?

So you’ve received your online car valuation and want to know what comes next. You’ll be pleased to learn that we strive to make every step as simple and convenient as possible, much like our online car valuation engine!

SIf you’re happy with the quote you got online and would like to sell your car with us, you can book at appointment at one of our 200+ webuyanycar.com branches all across the UK. In fact, the average distance any customer would have to travel to reach their nearest branch is just 4 miles; it doesn’t get much more convenient than that! You can usually find our pods located in retail centres or industrial parks, but your nearest branches will be recommended to you on the appointment booking page. To ensure you get the best possible price, there’s plenty to you do to spruce up your vehicle, so be sure to check out our page on How to Get the Best Price for Your Car.

At the appointment, you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly and knowledgeable Branch Managers, who will explain the whole process to you and walk you through the car selling process. The VP will take you outside for a quick inspection of the car’s exterior and interior, just to be sure the car is in the same condition you stated during your online car valuation, then it’s on to sign the paperwork. Once any required adjustments have been made to your valuation (should there be any newly-discovered damage or missing items), you can opt to sell your car then and there. Selling your car has never been simpler!

What to bring to your appointment?

We mentioned the essential bits and bobs you’ll need to bring to your appointment, but here’s a recap just in case:

1

V5 Logbook/reg certificate

2

Service history and MOT certificates

3

Shop with a friend. One of you can point out flaws to drive the bargain, while the other's enthusiasm will reassure the retailer you're interested.

4

Both sets of car keys

5

Bank details of car owner/seller

6

Finance settlement letter if appropriate

7

Essential extras including wheel locking nut, radio security codes etc.

Top Ten Tips to haggle with confidence

  • Confident language

     

    Avoid hesitant ("isn't it", "you know") and 'powerless' language (eg. tag questions like "don't you think?"). Instead use positives rather than negatives ("can you?" Instead of "can't you?") to get what you want.
  • Make friends

     

    Engage the salesperson as an individual. Ask a few questions to disarm them and they'll be more likely to do you a good deal.
  • Good cop, bad cop

     

    Shop with a friend. One of you can point out flaws to drive the bargain, while the other's enthusiasm will reassure the retailer you're interested.
  • Mirroring

     

    People you mirror (through body stance, hand movements, etc.) subconsciously feel more empathy with you.
  • Don't over argue

     

    If you offer too many reasons to explain what you want, your persuasive efforts may well backfire.
  • Take Time to Relax

     

    Discussing the price of a new car with a dealer can be difficult, especially if it’s your first time haggling. Taking time to relax and clear your mind before the discussion is a great way to ensure you’re thinking clearly. Take a few deep breaths before entering and think over exactly what you need.
  • Be Prepared to Walk Away

     

    Sometimes you won’t be able to get the deal you need from a seller. If they are truly unwilling to meet your terms, always be prepared to walk away from a deal. You may find the dealer calls you a day or two later with a better offer.
  • Keep Your Cards Close to your Chest

     

    By not revealing your exact requirements or specifications for a car right away, you’ll get a better idea of what deals are on offer. If you are flexible on what car you want next, let the dealer rattle off as many deals as they like, then pursue one that suits you!
  • Make Plenty of Time

     

    Buying a new car should be a carefully thought out process. Be sure to have plenty of time available on the day so you aren’t forced to make any big decisions quickly, ensuring you can strike the perfect deal.
  • The power of silence

     

    If all else fails, be quiet - we all hate awkward silence and retailers included will do anything to avoid it!

Why Sell with Webuyanycar.com?

As mentioned above, our online car valuation and car selling process is designed to deliver a simple and convenient customer experience that eliminates all of the frustrating aspects of a private car sale. Selling a car privately can be a considerable uphill struggle, from dealing with countless ‘tyre-kickers’ and time-wasters to being visited by potential buyers at all hours of the night, there’s so much to be put off by the private car selling process.

And for those looking to upgrade to a new car, there’s another great reason to choose webuyanycar.com when selling your previous vehicle. You can use the cash you receive from us as a cash deposit to negotiate a much better deal on your new car, while avoiding any confusion or unnecessary loss of value suffered during the process of a part-exchange.

Our 3-step process is incredibly easy. From the second you enter your details and receive your quote, to the moment you leave an appointment at your local branch, you will notice how quick and easy selling your car with us is.

This highlights one of the main reasons that over 1 million customers have sold their car with webuyanycar.com, simplicity.

If selling your car privately sounds like too much hassle to you, be sure to value and sell your car with webuyanycar.com, the quick, simple and hassle-free way to sell your car.

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