• Understanding How The Kelly Blue Book Works

    The Kelley Blue Book (KBB)was first published in in 1926. Since then, it has become the standard for determining the second hand value of cars. when buying a car for the consumer. In fact, in 1995 www.kbb.com was launched, its popularity soared as everyday internet users could then check the value of their cars.

    The Kelley Blue Book

    The KBB is circulated in paper form, and online, as mentioned above. The book itself offers charts to guage the price of a vehicle based on mileage, condition, and optional equipment. Cars are listed by make and model alphabetically, so finding your vehicle is simple. For example, if you wanted to search for a Chevrolet Tahoe, you’d first thumb your book over to the “C” section until you found Chevrolet, then followed the list of cars until you found your Tahoe, Then you can look at the mileage, options, and guage the condition, to get an accurate value for your vehicle.

    The KBB Website

    If looking at charts isn’t your cup of tea, you can still visit www.kbb.com and look your car up this way. First you select your model year, which will cause a list of automobile makes to appear below. Selecting your make will then create another list below showing all the models available that year. After you select your vehicle, it will ask what kind of value you want to look up. You can choose between Trade-In value, Private Party value, and Suggested Retail value.

    After doing this you can select the trim level of your vehicle, input your cars mileage, and proceed to select from a comprehensive list of options for your specific model year. Once you select all the options your vehicle has, you have to select the condition. Your options include “Excellent”, “Good, “Fair” and “Poor”, with details about each choice listed below it. The better the condition, the more money your vehicle is worth, however, you don’t want to be dishonest about your vehicles condition, as this will give you an inaccurate reading.

    The KBB, in either of its forms, is a valuable tool when buying or selling a vehicle of any type, and should be checked before making any major automobile purchases.