Frequently asked questions

How do I get my free used car valuation?

It's very simple; just enter the registration number (number plate) of the car, tick the box to confirm you're planning on buying or selling the car, then click "Go"


What if I don't know the registration of the car?

That's not a problem. You can choose the car you're interested in valuing by selecting make and model from our drop down menu.


How does CAP calculate used car valuations?

CAP's researchers are constantly collecting data on the UK car market. This data is collected, compiled and reviewed at our HQ in Leeds, and then produced in our famous, industry-leading, award-winning "Black Book"


On the results page, what does "Average Dealer Retail" mean?

This is the range of prices we would expect you to see from a dealer for the car you have told us about. Your location, the car's condition and other factors will determine the precise price a dealer determines.


On the results page, what does "Private Sale Price" mean?

A private seller is someone that is selling their own used car, rather than being a dealer or trader.

If you're buying a car then the "Private Sale Price" is what we think you should expect to pay if you're buying from a private seller, depending on the car's condition.

If you're selling a car, then the "Private Sale Price" is what we suggest you use as a price for your car, depending on its condition.


What does "Trade in Clean" mean?

If you are planning on trading in your car, then its condition will have a big impact on the price you're likely to be offered. It isn't just about being clean; crazy colour combinations, no spare keys, missing log book – all these things can alter the value of a car.

A car that is "Trade in Clean" would meet these criteria:

  • Ready for the dealer to sell requiring little or no refurbishment
  • Mechanically sound
  • Current MOT certificate or requiring little or no attention to obtain one
  • Acceptable colour and trim combination
  • Interior to be clean and well cared for, in original condition and free from damage
  • All documentation available and in order.
  • Spare keys and security codes supplied
  • Full service history although not necessarily from a franchised dealer

What is the definition of a car that is Trade in Average?

If the vehicle meets the "Trade in Average" definition below, this is the price range you would expect from a car dealer if you traded in this vehicle.

  • In a reasonable condition given its age and mileage
  • In a reasonable condition given its age and mileage
  • Requires some work other than routine cleaning and servicing to bring it up to standard for the dealer to sell
  • Mechanically sound
  • Current MOT certificate or in need of only routine service item replacements in order to obtain one
  • Acceptable colour with some 'touch-up' repainting required
  • Interior largely undamaged and complete but in need of cleaning
  • All documentation in order.
  • Spare keys and security codes supplied
  • Near complete service history although not necessarily enough to warrant the mileage

What is the definition of a car that is Trade in Below?

If the vehicle meets the 'Trade in Below' definition below, this is the price range you would expect from a car dealer if you traded in this vehicle.

  • A vehicle in poor and hard worked condition that would prove to be uneconomical to restore to an acceptable standard for the dealer to sell
  • Mechanically poor condition
  • Little or no MOT test remaining
  • Damaged or corroded body work
  • Incomplete or damaged interior trim
  • Documentation may be incomplete
  • Spare keys and security codes may not be supplied
  • Some gaps in the service history

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