2017 Guide To Selling Your Car



If you intend to sell your car then it is essential that your prepare your vehicle in order to facilitate a fast sale which rewards you with the best possible return. However, given that there were approximately 7.7 million cars sold in the UK in 2016, it is vital that you professionally prepare and advertise your vehicle so that you can compete against other sellers. Fortunately this comprehensive resource offers a wealth of useful information and exclusive advice on how to ensure a smooth and profitable sale of your vehicle.

This various sections that this resource will cover include:

  1. Essential preparation
  2. Preparing your car for sale
  3. Setting your price
  4. Advertising your car for sale
  5. Where to advertise your car
  6. Sale appointments
  7. Closing the sale
  8. Manufacture specific details

1. Essential Preparation


Before advertising that your car is for sale, you should arrange all of the paperwork that is associated with your vehicle. By doing so, you will be ready to sign the car over to the buyer as soon as the time comes. Subsequently, you should locate your car’s log book and insurance details to save yourself time and hassle later on.

You will need to collect together all the documentation for your car to present to potential buyers. This documentation should include the car’s service history with all relevant receipts, MOT certificates and the V5C Registration Certificate (logbook). If you do not have a V5C certificate, you can apply for a replacement which will cost £25. If you have a receipt for your purchase of the car then you may wish to present this document to the buyer. Similarly, you should write a receipt as proof of the sale when you sell your vehicle to a buyer.

Moreover, if a car is SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) or untaxed then driving it on the road is against the law. Consequently if you are selling a vehicle which is SORN then you must inform the buyer immediately so that they can make appropriate arrangements.

If you can provide all of the essential documentation that is needed to legally drive your car on the road then you will instil confidence and trust in buyers. By supplying your buyer with all the necessary documentation that permits them to drive your car away immediately (as long as they have appropriate insurance), you will motivate them to confidently close the sale.

Previous Finance Arrangements

If your car is currently subject to a finance arrangement you will need to pay off any remaining fees before you sell it. Under most vehicle finance arrangements you are not deemed the legal owner of the vehicle until you have fully paid off the debt and therefore you are not legally entitled to sell the vehicle.

However, if your car is still subject to a finance arrangement but you wish to sell it, then you can attempt settle your arrangement with the finance company. It is worthwhile contacting your specific finance company and requesting a settlement amount for the contract. In these circumstances finance companies will be happy to settle the remaining finance up front, although they may charge you an additional fee for doing so.

2. Preparing Your Car For Sale

Once you have compiled all of the necessary paperwork for your vehicle then you can begin to prepare it for sale. Unless you are selling a very rare or vintage car then your vehicle will be competing for the attention of numerous buyers with similar vehicle makes and models. In these circumstances, seemingly minor details can have a massive impact on the sale price of your vehicle.

Cleaning Your Car

Many sellers are not aware of the impact that cleanliness can have on the selling price of a vehicle. This is due to the fact that buyers can be emotionally driven and often judge a vehicle based on their first impression. Even very logical buyers can be influenced by the cleanliness of the car and trade buyers will usually pay more for a car that is clean. As stated by CAP black book editor Philip Nothard; “Assuming the tyres are legal, the car is damage-free and has all its documentation, a clean could add up to five per cent in value terms. And by clean I mean more than a quick wipe over with a chamois leather”.

When cleaning your car there are multiple methods on offer. For instance, you can choose to have your car professionally cleaned as an investment that will often add more value to the final sale price of your vehicle. Alternatively you can clean your car to a professional standard yourself. By doing so, your car will appear more attractive in any advertisements as well as striking a great impression on buyers who come to view it.

Consequently, you should thoroughly clean both the interior and exterior of your car to a high standard as well as removing all clutter and rubbish. When selling your car, you want the vehicle to appear as neutral as possible so that the buyer can picture themselves driving it. As a result, you should remove any internal or external accessories and bumper stickers from your car. It is advisable that you ask a trusted friend to check your vehicle after you have cleaned it. This is due to the fact that you may not detect any faults with your vehicle due to familiarity; whereas a friend or potential buyer will be more likely to notice these flaws when viewing your vehicle with fresh eyes.


Any minor repairs, which can be performed quickly and cheaply, will dramatically improve the prospects of selling your car. These repairs will improve a buyer’s first impression of your vehicle because they will reduce the amount of work needed to your car after it has been purchased; thus making it a more attractive buy.

For instance, if your car bears any small scratches or dents, they can be easily removed with inexpensive DIY methods and tools such as T-Cut. Larger scratches and damage to the paint may require re-spraying your car so you will need to decide whether the cost and time taken for these repairs will be worthwhile once you have factored in the estimated improvement in the final sale price.

The MOT Certificate

If you are selling a vehicle which is over 3 years old and there is a substantial period of time remaining on the MOT certificate, then it will appear much more attractive to buyers. Furthermore, a recent MOT certificate will also assure buyers that the vehicle they are purchasing has been kept in good condition. Therefore, if your MOT certificate is close to expiring, and you are confident in the condition of your vehicle, then it will often prove wise to acquire a new MOT certificate for your vehicle before listing it for sale.

3. Setting Your Price

Once you have cleaned your vehicle and arranged all the relevant paperwork, it is time to decide upon the price for which you will advertise your vehicle. Bear in mind that there are a large number of factors to consider when determining the value of your car; from the amount of mileage you have amassed to the location from which you are selling the vehicle. Once again, seemingly minor aspects, such as the colour of the vehicle, can affect the sale price.

You must also consider whether you are willing to hold out for a higher price for your vehicle or if you want a quick sale. Every month your vehicle is awaiting sale the value can decrease, so it may prove economically advantageous to advertise your car slightly below its average sale price in order to achieve a quick sale. The following measures will help you decide upon a fair and reasonable sale price for your car.

Research What Your Car Is Worth

Research the recent sale prices of used vehicles that are the same make and model as yours. You should also scrutinise the sale prices of cars that are of a similar age, condition and mileage as your vehicle, as well as investigating the sale prices of all sellers within your region. By doing so you can decide upon a reasonable sale estimate and price range when selling your car.

Investigate The Desirability Of Your Vehicle

The value of your car is largely governed by the law of supply and demand. If the make and model of the car which you are selling is in high demand, then you can charge a significantly higher price for it than you could for a less desirable model of the same specification, age and condition. For this reason it is worth investigating the automotive market to ascertain the desirability of your vehicle. If your vehicle is a popular model and in demand, then you are in a much better position when negotiating with buyers and holding out for a higher price.

Acquire An Online Valuation

It is also possible to acquire a basic valuation for your vehicle by visiting automotive sites such as What Car and Parkers. These online valuations equip you with a quick and reliable estimate for your vehicle. Listed below are several of the most reputable resources through which you can acquire an online valuation for your vehicle:

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  • Online Trade Brokers: Trade buyers, such as Southern Car Buyers, will give you a quick valuation for your vehicle. If you are happy with the price you can get a quick sale for your vehicle without any of the hassle of advertising it privately. It can often be much more economical to sell your vehicle to a trade buyer than advertising it privately. Once you have covered the cost of cleaning, repairs and advertisements for your vehicle, as well as the time taken to show it to potential buyers, then selling your vehicle to a trade buyer can often prove to be a wiser and more efficient alternative.
  • Glass’s Used Car Guide: Hailed as the UK’s leading motoring guide, Glass offer fair and reliable used car valuations. As a result of their reputation, a substantial proportion of used car dealers subscribe to their bi-weekly publication of average used car sales prices. Glass also permit you to check the current average value of your car’s make and model on the private used car market. This free online service allows you to view a separate average sales value for selling privately, to a dealer, or trading in your car.
  • AutoTrader: This online automotive resource publishes used car advertisement magazines in regional editions, thereby allowing you to acquire an average sales price for all cars in your region. Unless you intend to sell your car to a national car buying organisation, AutoTrader’s used car estimates that are based on average prices within your region are more likely to be appropriate to your particular selling circumstances.

4. Advertising Your Car For Sale

As soon as your car is prepared for sale and you have decided upon an asking price then you can begin to advertise your vehicle to potential buyers. The following section contains useful information and exclusive industry insights on how to design a used car advertisement and the best channels through which you can promote your car to potential buyers:

Be Honest About Your Car’s Condition

Buyers will carry out approximately nineteen hours of research before purchasing a car and will have acquired knowledge on the expected condition of your vehicle. Consequently, you should be honest about your car’s condition in order to earn their trust and secure a sale. For example; do not state that the interior is in very good condition if the seat covers are torn, the dashboard is heavily marked and there is heavy damage from smoking in the vehicle because you will lose your buyer’s trust and drastically hinder your chances of a sale.

Moreover, if you can present a HPI check to your buyers then you gain their trust and potentially their custom. These Hire Purchase Information checks will reveal the car’s history and will alleviate any worries that buyers may have regarding your vehicle’s condition. HPI checks highlight whether your car has been involved in any previous accidents, acts of theft, or are linked to any outstanding finance payments.

What To Include In Your Used Car Advertisement

If you were purchasing a car you would want to know its full history and condition. Therefore, you should extend this same courtesy to your potential buyers. Irrespective of whether you intend to list your car online or in a local newspaper, you should include the following information in your advert:

  • Price
  • Contact details
  • Appearance- e.g. a clear description of your car’s colour and model. It is recommended that you attach a clear colour photograph in your advert
  • Condition- e.g. any additional equipment or features such as a spare tyre, stereo system, air conditioning etc
  • Year of registration
  • Specific mileage
  • Whether your car has a full service history

By including this information within your used car advertisement you can encourage more buyers to view and potentially purchase your car.

What To Leave Out From Your Used Car Advertisement

When creating a used car advertisement there are several factors that can hinder your chances of a sale. For instance, you should avoid stock sales phrases such as “first to see will buy” which do not convey any information to the buyer. These phrases unnecessarily pad out the advert and do not establish a good first impression with buyers. Similarly, you should avoid “ONO” (or nearest offer) statements. Not only is this phrase redundant due to the fact that all prices are negotiable on used car sales, but it also makes you appear to be an unconfident seller which will encourage buyers to haggle on your sale price.

Advertisements are sometimes billed per word and often have a set word or character limit. Using phrases such as those mentioned above that offer nothing of value to the buyer; simply use up space that could be utilised to present handy information.

Choosing The Right Time To Sell Your Car

Timing is crucial when selling your car. If you are selling a vehicle which has seasonal appeal, such as a convertible, your vehicle will attract far more interest in the warm summer months than in the middle of winter. Moreover, if you sell your car at the beginning or end of a calendar month, buyers will be under stress to pay their household bills and will feel more financially pressured. This financial pressure can translate into a lower offer for your car than if you sold it during the middle of the same month. Consequently, selling your car when buyers are under less economic pressure will give you more power to negotiate a higher price for your vehicle.

5. Where To Advertise Your Car

Having decided upon your advertisement and the price you would be willing to accept for your car, it is time to decide where, and how, to sell your vehicle. You have the opportunity to advertise your car for sale privately or to sell it directly to a private dealer or organisation. When considering your options, you should determine whether you want a quick sale or a better return. Additionally, you should also compare advertisers based on the number of potential buyers who will see your advert in order to figure out which method provides the best value for money.

It is important to remember that buyers will usually try to haggle on the sale price so you should advertise your car for more than the minimum amount you are willing to accept. Listed below are several outlets through which you can sell your car:

  • Online Auctions: Online used car auction sites, such as eBay, enable you to acquire a sale that suits you. You can customise the auction’s end date and other features in order to ensure a very quick sale.
  • Private Dealerships: If you do not want to sell your car online then you can trade it in to a private dealership. Although these companies facilitate a quick and effortless trade-in service, you will often receive a much lower sale price than if you sold your car independently.
  • Online Used Car Sites: You can choose to advertise your car via online used car sites, such as AutoTrader. These resources permit you to promote your car to a large online audience who are more likely to offer you a fair and reasonable price for your vehicle. However, bear in mind that you will often have to pay fees in order to advertise your car via these online channels.
  • Local Advertisements: If you do not wish to sell your car online then there remain several viable outlets through which you can sell your car locally. From purchasing a classified advertisement in your local newspaper to parking your car on the side of the road with a sale sign in the window, these methods can reward you with a reasonable sale price for your vehicle with your efforts.

6. Sale Appointments

Once you have begun to advertise your car for sale, you will soon be contacted by potential buyers. They will want to meet up, check everything is in order and possibly test drive the car before haggling over the price, exchanging money and signatures. At this point in the process there is an element of risk and it is important to handle buyer meetings carefully in order to oversee a secure sale for both parties involved.

When showing your car to a potential buyer you should never let the buyer go on a test drive alone, nor should you ever leave the buyer alone with the car and keys. Always ask to see the buyer’s photographic identification and driving licence before agreeing upon a sale. By carrying out these precautionary methods you can safeguard yourself from having your car stolen during a viewing, or from allowing an uninsured or unqualified driver to test-drive your car.

Where To Meet

Some buyers will insist on meeting you at the address that is visible on your car’s log book in order to ensure that the car has not been stolen. However, if you are not comfortable with this arrangement it is acceptable to bring photographic identity and some proof of address to an alternate location.

The safest places to meet for a used car viewing are those which are well-lit and surrounded by CCTV cameras. Car parks during the daytime are generally considered a secure option. Moreover, you should also consider bringing a friend or a partner to the viewing to prevent yourself from being pressured into a sale.

What To Do

The buyer will probably want to fully inspect the car or even take it for a test drive before agreeing upon a sale. They may also want to be able to see the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) where it is marked into the car’s body.

You should carry out viewings during daylight so that buyers can examine the vehicle to their satisfaction. If you arrange a viewing at your home, you should place the car on your driveway rather than inside your garage, so that buyers can view it clearly and easily. These minor aspects can reap you lucrative financial dividends when it comes to deciding upon a purchase price with your buyer.

7. Closing The Sale

Congratulations! You have agreed a sale for your car. All that is left for you to do is collect your payment, fill in the necessary paperwork and hand over the vehicle to its new owner.

How To Accept Payment

This is one of the most prominent concerns of people selling used cars. You should never allow your buyer unsupervised access to the car until money has changed hands, nor should you give a buyer possession of your car and its keys before receiving the full payment for your vehicle. As a rule you should not agree to accept a personal cheque as a form of payment. These cheques can often be written without sufficient funds in the buyer’s account to pay for the car.

Cash is universally regarded as the safest solution for you as a seller. Agree to meet in a secure location during the daytime so that you have no concerns regarding the financial transaction. If your buyer cannot pay in cash then a banker’s draft is another viable source of payment. Unlike a personal cheque, a banker’s draft will be verified by a guarantee from the bank that the funds exist in the account of the person who is paying you for your car.

Other methods such as bank transfers are possible but should only be accepted when you have received absolute proof that the transaction has been completed. Meeting at the buyer’s bank for them to make the transfer is a safe and secure way in which you can ensure that the bank transfer has been successfully processed.


Before you and your buyer part ways, you will need to arrange sufficient paperwork in order to register the legal transfer of car ownership. You will need to write your buyer’s contact details into Section 6 of your car’s log book (also known as a V5C certificate) as well as arranging for them to sign the declaration that can be found in Section 8 of your log book.

Once you have arranged all of the necessary paperwork, you will have to post your car’s log book to the DVLA central offices. You must also fill in and hand to the buyer a section of the log book called the V5C/2. Alternatively, if you are selling to a trader, you will need to fill out and hand over the V5C/3. It is essential that you transfer ownership of the vehicle to the new owner immediately, because until a change of ownership has been officially recorded you can be held criminally responsible for any road accidents or damages that occur due to the fault of the driver of the car.

Furthermore, as well as informing the DVLA that you have sold or transferred ownership of your vehicle, you can apply for a road tax refund if there is any remaining duration on your car’s road tax disc. In order to do so, you will have to fill out a form, attach your tax disc to the form and post it to: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AL.

As soon as the DVLA has received all of the necessary paperwork in order to transfer ownership of your vehicle, they will send you a letter of confirmation within four weeks. If you have any problems during this process then you should contact the DVLA to verify that your car’s log book has arrived at their offices and that your application is being processed. By doing so, you can legitimately prove that you are no longer the registered owner of the vehicle in question.

8. Manufacturer Specific Details

When it comes to the world’s largest car manufacturers, BMW is high up on the list. BMW is known for holding a prestige appeal and many motoring enthusiasts aspire to be the proud owner of a BMW in the future. This is great news if you’re looking to sell your own BMW, as there’ll be a number of interested buyers. However, adversely you’ll face plenty of competition too.

It’s the BMW saloon cars that certainly draw the biggest crowds, especially the ever-popular 3 Series and 5 Series. The German brand is notorious for providing reliability and efficiency, whilst the manufacturer also boasts low CO2 emissions, ensuring a BMW is an eco-friendly purchase.

If you’re planning to sell your BMW anytime soon, there are a number of factors to take into consideration. After all, if you’re competing with thousands of other sellers, you want to put your vehicle top of the pile.


If you’re selling your BMW it’s important to realise that the value would certainly have depreciated over time. In fact, the chances are your vehicle won’t command anywhere near the same price as it once did. This is proven in that a 2013 BMW 3 Series will sell for around £23,991, whilst a 2010 model averages at £12,586.

Service and repair costs

Regardless of the manufacturer, car buyers are keen to invest in a vehicle that’ll avoid unwanted high repair bills. Remember, you have an expensive model to sell and every buyer will be aware of this value. They’re looking for faults that could be costly over time, so the better you can prove the car’s reliability, the greater your chances of selling.

Even though the BMW brand is highly regarded for reliability, they do need to visit the local mechanic on occasions. No one is expecting to view a used BMW that hasn’t had its fair share of problems. For this reason it’s vital to keep all the service history and MOT certificates of your BMW, to show as evidence to any prospective buyer.

BMW repair costs are much higher than the average car you’ll find on the road and as such, having any technical issues repaired before selling will give you a better chance of receiving a higher price.

Common BMW faults


BMW used car price guide 

If you’re selling your BMW in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
BMW 1 Series 2011 £9,842 56,529
BMW 1 Series 2007 £5,137 85,465
BMW 2 Series 2016 £26,079 3,217
BMW 2 Series 2015 £19,960 12,237
BMW 3 Series 2011 £11,723 67,330
BMW 3 Series 2005 £5,303 93,832
BMW 4 Series 2015 £29,288 15,162
BMW 4 Series 2013 £19,800 43,767
BMW 5 Series 2011 £13,757 78,659
BMW 5 Series 2007 £7,492 106,508
BMW 6 Series 2011 £23,189 42,386
BMW 6 Series 2007 £11,584 79,523
BMW 7 Series 2011 £18,249 60,122
BMW 7 Series 2007 £7,913 86,852


As with BMW and Mercedes, Audi is another German brand that has catapulted itself into a premium brand status, being a credible alternative for aspirational car buyers. With Audi there’s a wide spectrum of choice available, from superminis to sport cars and everything in between.

If you have an Audi to sell, your main priority will be ensuring the right price for the model you own. Many buyers will treat your vehicle as an expensive Volkswagen, reflected in the fact the two brands share much of the same engineering qualities (which isn’t a bad thing).

However, as Audi remains a popular brand in the UK, the chances are you’ll face plenty of competition when selling your vehicle. Getting your car in tip-top condition for the sale will certainly help you in the resale value, even if you have to spend a little first.

Audi common faults

Unfortunately, there are some common problems afflicting the Audi range you may have experienced throughout your ownership. If these have been successfully resolved it’s vital you have the appropriate paperwork as evidence. The average car buyer spends 19 hours researching the brand; if they’re serious they’ll know what to be on the lookout for.


Audi used car prices

If you’re selling your Audi in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
Audi A1 2013 £11,446 31,717
Audi A1 2010 £8,581 51,647
Audi A2 2005 £2,728 96,333
Audi A2 2001 £1,465 109,658
Audi A3 2011 £9,478 65,519
Audi A3 2007 £5,070 92,378
Audi A4 2011 £11,221 72,294
Audi A4 2007 £5,844 96,198
Audi A5 2011 £14,236 65,618
Audi A5 2007 £9,334 95,109
Audi A6 2011 £12,502 83,094
Audi A6 2007 £5,878 108,182
Audi A7 2012 £20,998 61,731
Audi A7 2010 £18,561 52,952
Audi A8 2007 £8,891 107,441



The Mercedes brand is credited for first launching the motorcar in 1885 and since then has taken a pivotal role in its development over the years. Today, Mercedes-Benz has a luxury appeal and is most known for providing saloon and estate models. Its range has seriously expanded lately and Mercedes now offer everything from sports cars to SUVs.

Despite being a brand regarded for its quality and fantastic reliability, Mercedes have been plagued with problems, especially in the popular C Class range.

The C Class was first launched in 2007 and comes as both a four-door saloon and five-door estate. There are a number of engines on offer with the model, stretching from 1.6 all the way to 3.5-litre engines.

Mercedes common faults

With the Mercedes line of cars there are some faults that have affected motorists in recent years. Many of the below will have been repaired by the manufacturer, although some may still persist.

If you’re selling your Mercedes in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
A Class 2011 £6,358 46,193
A Class 2007 £3,372 66,496
B Class 2011 £7,941 43,419
B Class 2007 £4,265 82,198
C Class 2011 £12,371 64,658
C Class 2007 £6,211 82,869
E Class 2011 £14,253 62,855
E Class 2007 £7,128 90,861
G Class 2011 £45,472 89,500
G Class 2007 £54,990 25,000

bently-iconBentley Motors

Founded in 1919, Bentley has quickly turned into a luxury brand and is notorious for transporting the rich and famous. Bentley motors are extremely high performing and ever since the conception by W.O Bentley, this brand has been continually reaching new heights.

Despite being almost 100 years old, Bentley still relies on the principles set out by its founder in terms of beliefs, actions and ambitions. In 1998 Bentley was taken over by the very reputable German Volkswagen group, but is still regarded as a staple British icon for desirability and prestige.


Bentley common faults

Despite the luxury appeal of Bentley cars, they aren’t overly reliable when it comes down to the electronics. According to This Is Money, Bentley is the second least reliable manufacturer for electronics and on average, by the time it has covered 38,000 miles, you’ll have spent nearly £700 in repairs. Given the cost of these vehicles though, many motorists will see this as just a drop in the ocean.

If you’re selling your Bentley in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
Arnage 2009 £79,750 10,400
Arnage 2004 £29,978 67,798
Azure 2008 £104,989 31,000
Azure 2006 £99,074 21,722
Continental 2011 £71,483 29,487
Continental 2007 £43,704 48,188
Mulsanne 2012 £117,029 20,646
Mulsanne 2010 £84,975 49,848


aston-iconAston Martin

James Bond’s automobile of choice; the Aston Martin brand is regarded as both expensive and exclusive. In fact, used Aston Martins remain just as highly sought after as the latest models and won’t come cheap. Aston Martin has been in business since 1914 and although it’s co-owned by a number of investors, Ford still retains a stake.

For brand new Aston Martins you’re looking at upwards of £90,000, which is why the used market continues to be extremely popular. Parts are largely shared with ex-Ford brands such as Volvo and Jaguar though, ensuring they’re more affordable.

With Aston Martins, there isn’t a lot of popularity in renovations. For this reason, buyers will have carried out extensive research and invested in books covering a specific model. This isn’t a purchase that’ll be made on a whim.

As such, buyers will be advised to buy an Aston Martin that’s in the best possible condition. This is simply because renovating an Aston Martin will cost more than buying one in a better state; the reason being they require specialist attention. In fact, potential Aston Martin buyers are heavily advised against a restoration project.

The service history will also be thoroughly checked through and vehicles with extensive gaps will be avoided. This is an expensive purchase and buyers simply won’t take the risk.

Aston Martin common faults

If you’re selling your Aston Martin in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
DB7 2003 £49,997 36,502
DB7 2001 £34,344 53,826
DB9 2011 £64,252 28,148
DB9 2007 £46,057 38,361
DBS 2012 £119,652 17,253
DBS 2008 £110,850 27,270
Vanquish 2012 £144,900 3,441
Vanquish 2007 £183,331 25,912
Vantage 2011 £59,309 20,045
Vantage 2007 £40,904 33,423



When it comes down to British car brands, there are few that come close to having the style and desirability of Jaguars. Jaguar’s fortunes have certainly been on the rise recently, thanks mostly to the very popular XF and XK models. These have certainly helped restore some trust in the brand, which has had its fair share of shaky builds over the years. Customers now view the Jaguar brand as ahead of its German rivals; Mercedes and BMW.


Jaguar common faults

The Jaguar brand has certainly witnessed its fair share of faults over the years, especially with the X-type range, which was first launched in 2001. Listed below are some of the issues that have been reported.

If you’re selling your Jaguar in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
S Type 2008 £8,995 37,200
S Type 2004 £3,109 90,624
XF 2012 £16,334 53,966
XF 2008 £9,246 80,574
XJ 2012 £24,220 50,464
XJ 2008 £11,190 76,639
XK 2012 £33,979 37,796
XK 2008 £20,634 59,524
X 2010 £7,413 85,281
X 2007 £4,070 90,420


LAND-iconRange Rover

The Range Rover brand is a favourite for many motorists worldwide, offering excellent quality and efficiency. There are a variety of models available, from the smaller Evoque designs to the full-size Defender and Discovery. These British 4x4s are famed for their off-roading abilities and popular models range from 1.8-litre to 3.2 V6 diesels.

Range Rover common faults

Range Rover vehicles continue to be highly-sought after, even though they do have a history of reliability issues. Some of these we list below:

If you’re selling your Range Rover in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
Defender 2011 £21,330 51,062
Defender 2007 £17,571 76,087
Discovery 2011 £22,603 71,283
Discovery 2007 £10,760 103,152
Freelander 2011 £13,619 64,278
Freelander 2007 £7,759 93,055
Range Rover 2012 £35,367 64,702
Range Rover 2008 £14,877 93,694
Evoque 2013 £25,914 41392
Evoque 2011 £23,923 52,911



Porsche is another luxury car brand that carries a status of sophistication and desirability. It seems the Porsche story has come full circle, as Ferdinand Porsche designed the Volkswagen Beetle and now the VW group have officially merged with Porsche since 2009.

The Porsche brand is notorious for many great cars and in particular motor enthusiasts are keen on the Boxster, Cayman and 911 models. In recent years the Cayenne SUV has also picked up popularity.

Porsche common faults

Porsche are regarded as the everyday supercar manufacturer and are well known for excellent reliability and owner satisfaction. Still, there are some faults that persist with the brand and below are some of those to watch out for.

If you’re selling your Porsche in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
911 2012 £64,571 26,631
911 2008 £42,708 47,913
Boxster 2012 £33,815 25,990
Boxster 2008 £15,699 55,872
Carrera 2014 £119,950 17,000
Carrera 2007 £79,995 45,900
Cayenne 2012 £37,228 46,865
Cayenne 2008 £19,781 64,618
Cayman 2012 £33,859 24,387
Cayman 2007 £16,792 58,663



The Volkswagen brand is certainly very popular and like most German manufacturers, the VW group is notorious for efficiency, reliability and quality. Volkswagen cars are typified as being mid-range vehicles that are affordable, yet provide incredible qualities for all motorists. There are plenty of excellent models on offer for potential car buyers, from the city cars, to coupes and even SUVs.

Among Volkswagen’s leading automobiles is the VW Golf. Its conception dates back to 1973 and nowadays is a staple for family cars. This is for a number of distinct benefits, such as being spacious, efficient, competitively priced and having fantastic residual value. Whilst other manufacturers do compete in individual sectors, none can compare to VW Golf’s full package.

Volkswagen common faults

Despite VW’s notoriety for being extremely reliable as a brand, there are some issues that have reared their head over the years. This is not exclusive, but includes the following complaints:

If you’re selling your Volkswagen in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
Beetle 2012 £9,694 39,152
Beetle 2008 £4,349 67,753
Golf 2011 £8,190 61,161
Golf 2007 £4,942 88,281
Passat 2011 £8,203 76,606
Passat 2007 £3,306 108,211
Polo 2011 £6,379 44,464
Polo 2007 £3,099 73,077



1963 was a strong year for many reasons, not least because that’s when Ferruccio Lamborghini first created his infamous brand. The Lamborghini line of cars would soon follow and the brand would become the pinnacle of engineering quality and luxury designs.

Lamborghini common faults

The Lamborghini brand is notorious for its luxurious appeal and is affordable only to high-end buyers. As such, buying a Lamborghini isn’t something decided upon out of the blue, and potential buyers will spend a long time ensuring the vehicle is right for them.

There are some faults that have presented themselves with the Lamborghini brand and below are just a few of them:

If you’re selling your Lamborghini in the near future, it’ll certainly be worth checking out our price guide below, so you know the average selling price of certain models, depending on the year and mileage.

Model Year Average Price Average Mileage
Aventador 2014 £264,756 7,085
Aventador 2012 £227,971 13,659
Gallardo 2011 £124,990 14,433
Gallardo 2007 £81,590 28,774
Murcielago 2009 £252,657 7,725
Murcielago 2006 £185,992 16,250