Motorway’s Car Value Tracker is the ultimate tool for car owners

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Track your car’s ongoing value with Motorway’s free Car Value Tracker. (Image credit: Motorway)

It’s now easier than ever to manage the value of the items you own; from services such as Zoopla which lets you track property values, to reselling sites like Vinted which track the price history of different items sold on the site. 

Despite this, 41% of car owners say they don’t know how much their car is worth, partially because car values are changing all the time.  So whether you’re a proper petrolhead or just need a decent set of wheels to get from A to B, chances are you’re not sure if your car is going up or down in value. 

This presents a problem when you’re ready to sell your car: how do you know it’s actually a good time to sell and get your best price?

Most people choose to sell their car before they’ve checked what it’s worth, but that doesn’t get you the best price for one of your most valuable assets. Motorway has the answer with its Car Value Tracker, a free online tool to see monthly price movements and track the ongoing value of up to six vehicles at once.  

Motorway is the UK’s fastest-growing used-car marketplace, connecting people selling their cars directly with its network of more than 5,000 verified car dealers and matching each seller to the best offer. Without leaving the comfort of your home, Motorway can help you sell your car for a great price in as little as 24 hours, and your car will even be collected from your home for free.

Car Value Tracker is free to use on, and can tell you your vehicle’s value over time, with up to 24 months of historic pricing plotted on the graph. If you’ve valued your vehicle on Motorway in the past, those valuations are also included on the graph.

This allows you to see how your car’s value is changing; whether it’s depreciating, holding value, or even rising in price. You can check your car’s value at any point, or sign up for monthly email value alerts.

What’s causing car values to change?

Car pricing doesn’t follow a predictable trend. All cars depreciate at varying rates, dropping value slower or quicker from year to year as demand shifts. 

However, they don’t always depreciate. In fact, due to the pandemic and a lack of new car supply, many popular models actually went up in price year-on-year in 2021. It’s therefore almost impossible to calculate your car’s value every year, although some details like mileage, condition, and the availability of new cars are much easier to predict. It’s useful to understand what impacts your car’s value, but even more important to visualise how that price changes over time, from month to month.

Car Value Tracker is a first-of-its-kind product, using advanced data science techniques to leverage historic data from thousands of similar cars that have sold through the Motorway platform, and hundreds of thousands of bids from dealers, to model each individual car’s valuation history. 

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Car Value Tracker allows you to follow your vehicles’ value, all in one place, with minimal effort  (Image credit: Image Source/motorway)

To use Car Value Tracker, all you have to input is your reg and mileage for a live valuation when you’re logged into your free Motorway account. Your interactive map will display your latest valuation, and a plotted graph with historical valuations, as well as your overall two-year change (e.g. -2.23%). You can turn on or off monthly alerts reminding you to confirm your mileage for an updated valuation.

When you scroll past your interactive graph, you’ll see similar vehicles to yours that recently sold on Motorway, with the prices they fetched. In addition, the dynamic Car Value Tracker webpage shows whether or not your vehicle is compliant with the UK’s Clean Air Zones such as ULEZ in Greater London. Motorway even shares the number of dealer bids across the last month it based your current valuation on, for total transparency and trust in the numbers.

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What if my car is on finance?

The perfect time to sell a car or van with outstanding finance is when the vehicle’s valuation is higher than your remaining balance to pay, normally at least three or four years into contract. This is called being in positive equity. At this point, you can sell your car to a verified dealer with Motorway, who will clear the outstanding balance and pay you the surplus.

By following the dynamic valuation of your financed vehicle on Car Value Tracker, and monitoring your finance payments too, you really can choose the perfect time to sell. This product release from Motorway has changed the way people think about their car as a financial asset, for good.