Criteria to determine the VW Beetle Value
We often get the question: what’s the value of my VW Beetle? How much is my Beetle worth? Well, determine the value is not so simple. There are several factors that we must not overlook (the condition, the type, year, is it a convertible,…). The VW Beetle is a universal car, with a high sentimental value for many Volkswagen enthusiasts. For a car that had a rather odious beginning as a people’s car commissioned by Adolf Hitler, the VW Beetle came to be loved by multiple generations of basic transportation seekers on every continent with the possible exception of Antarctica. We’ve created a tool to help you calculate the value of your Beetle. The calculated value is an estimation based on our algorithms.
Concours Condition #1 Beetles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours”. These Beetles are very valuable.
Excellent Condition #2 Beetles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. This VW Beetle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent”. Just as the concours vehicles, these Beetles are very valuable.
Good Condition #3 Beetles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 Beetles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 Bug.
Fair Condition #4 Beetles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 car.
Poor Condition #5 Beetles have severe mechanical and/or cosmetic defects and are in poor running condition. The vehicle may have problems that cannot be readily fixed such as a damaged frame or a rusted-through body. “Poor” is the one word that describes a #5 Beetle.