Car Valuation

icap banner iCAP is Ireland's most accurate and trusted vehicle valuation assessment for passenger and commercial vehicles. iCAP is also used on a daily basis by the entire automotive industry, including the insurance industry as well as financial institutions. Enter the registration number of the vehicle below and the odometer reading and get a car vehicle valuation in seconds!

Enter the registration number to get true value of this vehicle

This report includes:

  • Vehicle Identity Check
  • Accurate iCAP Valuation
  • Trade-in Price
  • Number of vehicles used in assessment
  • New vehicle price

Importance of iCAP Valuation:

  • Get an accurate fair value
  • Pre-Accident Valuation for insurers
  • Trading your vehicle at a dealerships
  • When selling your vehicle privately

Additional information

Ireland's most accurate and trusted car valuation system

Whether you are buying or selling a used vehicle it is always a good idea to know the current valuation and to know what cars of similar make and model are on sale in the Irish and UK markets. The car valuation calculator is based on the current market overview of the entire Irish market.

The iCAP valuation system is Ireland’s most trusted car valuation system and is used by almost all insurance companies. It is also used on a daily basis by hundreds of Franchise and Independent motor dealerships relying on the accuracy of the vehicle valuation.

These valuations are also utilised by over ninety percent of independent Vehicle Assessors.

When you know the true value and Open Market Selling Price of a car, this will put you in a much stronger negotiating position on price.

If you are selling a car, it will help if the buyer is driving the price down too low. A third-party independent valuation will not be just another opinion.

If you are buying you will immediately know if the seller is overpricing their car and is asking too much. Your iCAP valuation will help you from paying over the odds for a used car.

The iCAP valuation is not just an opinion but takes into consideration the entire current market and will give the most accurate estimated price of a car.

To get an accurate vehicle valuation on any vehicle just enter the vehicle registration number in the reg box.

Why should you get a car valuation?

A car valuation report will tell you the following:

  • If you are selling: How much you could get
  • If you are buying: An accurate estimate of the current OMSP
  • An iCAP valuation can be used as a price negotiation tool when car is overpriced
  • If you are the seller, it can be used to prove your asking price
  • You could save hundreds by having a price not based on just an opinion

How is the valuation calculated?

Car valuations can vary depending on a number of factors. The valuation is based on a complex proprietary vehicle valuation system developed by our parent company VMS (Vehicle Management System. VMS provides iCAP valuations to the entire automotive industry and insurance sectors in Ireland, as well as banking and finance institutions as well as most vehicle assessors.

The valuation looks at many variables, from the age of the vehicle, odometer readings, owner type and category of the vehicle and many other vehicle variables and specifications.

The valuation can provide you with a fair valuation based on the entire Irish market. Please note: if a vehicle has additional extra and non-standard specifications, this may very well add a greater value to the vehicle from a buyer/seller perspective. This will depend on what kind of specification and the type and age of the vehicle.

Why is there a difference between dealer values and private seller valuations?

Valuations can vary widely amongst car dealers. It should be remembered that an iCAP report is an independent valuation and an individual or organisation is certainly not obliged to adhere to the current market valuation as it is a free market.

There can be many different variables that may prompt a trader or dealership to ask for a higher price. Here are just a few variables that may affects how a dealer values a car:

  • What is the age of the car?
  • Does the car have a service history?
  • Does the car have very high or low mileage?
  • How many owners?
  • Is the car a standard model or high-spec?
  • Does the car have a current and valid NCT?
  • Is the car still road taxed?

A car dealership will also have a premises, have to pay sales staff, offer guarantees and warranties which will all contribute to a higher price. Many of their after sales services mean that they will put a premium on the value of the car. Many of these factors may attract a higher price tag while the opposite can result in dramatically lower values. Motor dealers are aware of these variables and factors in their retail environment but they still utilise our car calculations as part of their business as an overview market guide.

Does the mileage affect the value?

Yes, mileage can certainly affect the value of a car as well as affecting the cost with maintaining and servicing the vehicle. If a vehicle has extremely high mileage, for example, the value of the vehicle will decrease and conversely, if the vehicle has very low mileage, this may increase the value of the car as low-mileage cars are well sought after.

On average a car will clock up around 20,000 kilometres (approx. 12,000 miles) a year, so if your car has mileage of say less than 100,000 (approx. 60,000 miles) after five years it would be considered low. More than 100,000 miles after five years, could be considered as high.

The odometer reading can really have an impact on the value and so both buyers and sellers may have to readjust their opinion on the true value of their car depending on how high or low the mileage is.

What things affect the value of a car?

There can be many things that will affect a car's value. One of the most important considerations for most car buyers is the mileage. That's why when getting a valuation of a car, it is also important to know the exact mileage. Although mileage is very important, every vehicle is different and there can be multiple things that can affect the value.

What can increase the value of a car

  • No damage: Cars that are in pristine condition are worth more
  • Good condition: Minor wear and tear and few scratches on the paintwork
  • Low Mileage: Low mileage cars will have a greater value
  • Number of owners: The less owners a car has, the higher its value.
  • Optional extras: rear-facing cameras, in-built sat nav, multimedia systems
  • Desirable colour: Certain colours are more sought-after and can be worth more
  • Full service history: full service history with no gaps increases the value

What things can decrease the value of a car?

  • Damage: damaged cars and categorised vehicles will be worth significantly less
  • Bad condition: Significant wear and tear will decrease the value of the car
  • High mileage: the higher the mileage, the lower the price
  • Parts not working: buyers do not want to fix anything and so, electric windows not working, or air conditioning, central locking etc. will have a negative effect on the value
  • No NCT or TAX: If there isn't a current NCT cert or there are significant gaps in the tax history, it can reduce the value of a car
  • No service record: Gaps in the service history or no current MOT
  • Lots of previous owners: More owners means more devaluation
  • Depreciation: Remember, depreciation means devaluation

Tips for valuing and buying a car

When seeking a car valuation you must take into consideration the Make, Model, Year of the vehicle along with the engine size, fuel type and mileage.

Tips for buying a used car

  • Do plenty of online research
  • Check all the vehicle documentation
  • Always negotiate and bargain on the price
  • Buy based on purchase price and not solely on repayments
  • Factor in any extra costs such as tax, insurance, fuel costs etc.
  • Never buy on impulse and consider all factors
  • Stick to your budget

Tips for selling your car

  • Paperwork: Make sure you have the VRC, NCT, service records etc. ready for inspection
  • Car valuation: Get an iCAP car valuation
  • Advertise: Give plenty of details including condition, mileage
  • Images: Always include high quality images including NCT & Tax disks and Odometer
  • Price is negotiable: Be prepared for a buyer to haggle on the price
  • Receive full payment: Always receive full payment and clear any outstanding finance
  • Register: Register the change of ownership with DTTAS

How to get the best price for your car

Why should you get a car valuation?

For a buyer: To avoid paying over the odds you will always want to get an accurate estimate of the current market value of the car you are looking to buy so that you do not pay over the odds

For a seller: An iCAP car valuation will tell you how much you can get for your car and this will help you to get the best price. As it is a third-party valuation it will help when the potential buyer wants to haggle.

What is the benefit of a car valuation?

For a buyer: A car valuation can be used as a good negotiation tool on price, particularly if the car you are interested in is overpriced.

For a seller: If you are selling your own car, an iCAP valuation can be used to give more weight to your asking price. It can help you convince the buyer that you are not just giving your own opinion.

How to get the best price for your car?

For a buyer: By getting a third-party iCAP valuation you could potentially save hundreds as the independent price will be more powerful not based on an opinion.

For a seller: Keep your car well maintained, serviced and clean.

How is car price calculated?

An iCAP vehicle valuation calculation is based on many different kinds of variables. Some of the basic factors of car valuation calculations include the following:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Engine size
  • Fuel type
  • Mileage

What can affect the value of a car?

There are many different variables that can affect the value of a vehicle such as the following:

  • Year
  • Condition
  • Mileage
  • Damage
  • Number of Owners
  • Write-off Category
  • Transmission type
  • Full Service Records
  • Valid NCT (Pass & in date)
  • Valid Motor Tax (in date)

Disclaimer is a current market overview and the vehicle valuation is for guidance purposes only. We do not take any responsibility if a vehicle does not attain these types of car prices and also for car buyers not being able to purchase a vehicle at these prices. All iCAP car valuations are to be taken as a guide only, and the purchaser of the report must also be aware that an asking price is not necessarily the selling price of any vehicle.

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