Kelley Blue Book ® Used Car Values Alternatives

Aug 15, 2011

The Kelley Blue Book ® has long been a guide to used car prices. There are multiple alternatives to using Kelley Blue Book ®, however, overall many people when searching blue book, Craigslist ®, Autotrader ®, and the like are really trying to find out "how much is my car worth? " There are a number of ways to do this.

First you can visit a regular used car dealer. Their price may differ based on whether you show an interest in part exchanging your vehicle or not. If you only want to sell your car, then make sure you have thoroughly cleaned the car. Start with the wheels and make sure they are as clean as possible. Get rid of any nasty odors internally, and it's worth giving the car a professional cleaning if you can afford it. Numerous preparations exist that can help to minimize the effects of minor scratches. Please remember that people tend to be a lot less fussy about their car being in poor condition as they know its history and how it drives. But to someone such as a car dealer, poor condition, cleanliness, or even a horrid odor can be symtomatic of a poor-runner. Don't forget that the more work that the dealer must do to get your car up to sale condition, the more they must take account of this in their offer price.

Second, use an online valuation service such as our own. In only a few minutes, you can get an accurate price based on the information entered that we would be prepared to buy it for.

Third, you can find out how much your car is worth by looking on Craigslist ®, Yahoo Autos ®, or Autotrader ®. By comparing the pricing of your vehicle to those for sale, this can be a useful guide to assessing value.

Fourth, if your car is a rare make or model, take a look at specialist dealers in that market. They may be able to offer a better than standard rate.

Good luck!

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