How to Find the Book Value of a Car

by MickeyV

If you are looking to buy or sell a car, it is important to find the book value of each vehicle that will be included in the transaction to ensure that each is priced at fair market value. Kelley Blue Book has been the trusted source for both new and used car values for many years and continues to be the standard by which most individuals base the value of a vehicle.

Open a web browser and navigate to the Kelley Blue Book website. Click on either "New Cars" or "Used Cars" depending on the type of vehicle that is being valued.

Enter the car's year, make and model into the dialog boxes that appear on-screen. Select the type of vehicle in question (i.e sedan, coupe, wagon, etc.) from the next screen.

Select one of the following options from the screen depending on your particular needs: "Trade-In Value,""Private Party Value" or "Suggested Retail Value." The valuations for each will be different and are representative of the value that you can expect to get for a vehicle in each corresponding area.

Enter the vehicle's mileage into the dialog box on the next screen and select either "Automatic" or "Manual" for the vehicles transmission depending on the type of system the vehicle uses. Enter in all additional features that are included in the vehicle by checking off the boxes from the menu included in the web page.

Select the condition of your vehicle from the next page. The options include excellent, good, fair and poor. Each option will have criteria to describe what vehicle conditions fit into each particular category. Click "Continue" at the bottom of the page to reveal the value of the vehicle.

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