Price Trends

Use our tool to see the price trend of any make, model or year of car. Completely flexible - use as many or as few of the fields as you want. To get the best results try and keep the data sample size as high as possible (shown top right of the results graph). Use specific variants with caution…

Please to use the price trends service.

Questions & Answers

We have built the service to be as flexible as possible, however there are still a few pointers that will allow you to get the most out of the database:

  • Ideally use a minimum of make, model and years to search. You can search for just make but that would be a very large query that may timeout before it is complete.
  • Use years to select specific models or editions for example, if I wanted to search for Porsche 911 993 variants then I could search for Make = Porsche, Model = 911 and Year From = 1994 and Year to = 1997.
  • Be cautious When using Variants - this is our most unreliable data field. Have a play with it but be careful that you don’t make your datasets too small and therefore unreliable.

Every month at Patina we gather more than 250,000 advertised car prices. We have been doing this since mid-2014 and have millions of price points in our database. We take this data and carry out some clever categorisation and statistical analysis on it, including the removal of duplicates and outliers (those prices which are not typical of the overall data). This helps ensure that the data you see is the best representation of the market that is available.

'Advertised prices is not necessarily what a car sold for' we hear you cry and we completely agree. Our pricing engine is not supposed to accurately value any car (no software can do that due to the variables of condition, history etc), but instead it shows what the overall price trend is for any make or model. Even if we assume that every car sells for 10% less than the advertised price, the overall price trend (e.g. a market fall of 5%) would not change.

So why don't we use sold prices from auction house like other pricing websites? This is simple, classic car auctions represent significantly less than 5% of sales in the market. They tend to favour certain marques and quite often the prices are influenced by the competition in the room at the time (we can testify to this having bought quite a few cars from auction ourselves). If you want to understand price trends across any make or model of car then quite frankly auction data is not that useful.

When it comes to data and statistics, bigger is better and we collect, store and maintain the largest database available.

'We are continually improving our analysis of the data available. If you see something that you think looks obviously wrong then please contact us on the form below and we will use your comments to improve the service.

If you can't find the answers you're looking for please contact us directly and we'll be happy to provide you with more information.

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