Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Where can I find information on motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles?

We list used powersport values on KBB.com which includes motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft and snowmobiles. These values can be accessed by using the links located at the bottom of our homepage. If you have questions regarding our Motorcycle section, please go to our Motorcycle FAQ.
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What about values for older cars, RVs, Travel Trailers, etc.?

Kelley Blue Book currently offers values for motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, and 21 years of used cars and trucks over the Internet. We also publish guidebooks that provide values for Older and Collector cars. Unfortunately this information is not available on our site at this time. The Older and Collector car publications are available by annual subscription or single copy through our Customer Service Department at 1-800-258-3266, option 2. If you do not wish to subscribe, our publications can often be found at libraries or credit unions.
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Do you have values on boats, aircraft, tractors, commercial vehicles, etc.? What other resources does Kelley Blue Book offer?

There are probably hundreds of companies, none of which are affiliated with Kelley Blue Book that produce value guides on just about every product imaginable. Kelley Blue Book only supplies values for the automotive industries. In addition to offering values for motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, and 21 years of used cars and trucks over the Internet, Kelley Blue Book publishes several guidebooks that are available by subscription.

Kelley Blue Book publications address:

Early Model Cars & Trucks (going back to 1946)

Residual Values

If you would like to subscribe to one of these publications, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-258-3266, option 2. If you do not wish to subscribe, these publications can often be found at libraries or credit unions.

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My car is more than 21 years old and isn't listed on the site. How do I find its value?

Our Early Model Guide, Collector's Edition addresses vehicles older than 21 years back to 1946, and gives a range of retail values from fair to excellent condition. Unfortunately this information is not available via our site at this time; the Early Model Car Guide is offered by annual subscription, or you may also order a single book or a certified copy of a particular value in the book. If you would like to place an order, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-258-3266, option 2. If you do not wish to subscribe, this publication can often be found at libraries or credit unions.
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What is My KBB? Do I need to sign up to get a value for my car?

You are NOT required to sign up for My KBB in order to get Kelley Blue Book valuation reports.

Signing up for My KBB gives you a personal space on kbb.com where you can save your research on any number of new or used vehicles.

There is no cost to join, and your sign up information is kept secure.
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What can I do with a My KBB account?

My KBB is a great way to store information about the cars you own or may want to own. Saving your car information in My KBB lets you easily refer to its Blue Book value-which updates week-by-week-without re-selecting all the options necessary to identify the car, its equipment, and options whenever you return to kbb.com.

Similarly, with new or used cars you are considering for purchase, you can save an unlimited number of vehicles, save your vehicle comparisons, log dealer quotes you've requested, and more.
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I totaled my car. How can I find the insurance company's total loss value?

Insurance company policies vary quite a bit, but generally insurance adjusters try to determine the replacement value for a vehicle that has been totaled as a value somewhere between Wholesale and Retail. They may also research comparable vehicles that have sold in your area to help determine a fair price. You could average the Trade-In Value with the Suggested Retail of your vehicle and use the resulting value as a reference point for determining replacement value. Please note that insurance companies do not have any obligation to use Kelley Blue Book pricing to determine replacement values. Insurance companies use Kelley Blue Book as a reference and will set their own policies as to which values they use.
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My car is in good condition, but has a "salvage" title. How does that affect the value?

A salvaged, reconstructed or otherwise "clouded" title has a permanent negative effect on the value of a vehicle. The industry rule of thumb is to deduct 20% to 40% of the Blue Book value, but salvage title vehicles really should be privately appraised on a case-by-case basis in order to determine their market value.
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Which Kelley Blue Book value is the Loan Value?

The individual financial institution determines Loan Values. Loan Values are a certain percentage of the Blue Book Wholesale Value most of the time, but can be a percentage of Retail depending on the individual bank policy. Contact the financial institution you will be doing business with to get their policy on loan values.
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Why doesn't Kelley Blue Book list used values for Lotus, Ferrari, Bentley, etc.?

Kelley Blue Book reports vehicle values by analyzing actual transactions in the market. We do not believe in using arbitrary formulas to predict prices because our promise is to report dependable values, not set prices. Kelley Blue Book does not currently offer values for certain exotic or low volume vehicles since they are seldom seen in the market and can vary widely in value. Low volume and exotic vehicles should be privately appraised.
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I am buying a demo car from a new car dealer, but it already has 700 miles on the odometer. Is this car considered new or used? How do I find its value?

New/used is determined by whether or not the vehicle has been registered by an owner, not by the number of miles on the odometer. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with a standard deduction for miles on a new car. The discount offered for a demo model would depend on the dealer, and should be compared against incentives or changes made on the new model before making your decision.
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How can I get the value of my car on a past date?

Occasionally we get a request from a consumer for the value of a particular vehicle at a particular date in history. This request may be for litigation, estate planning, taxes, etc. The fee for a Past Value Report is $35 per value. We do sell these older books as well, and in some cases the book may be less expensive than the Past Value Report. To request a Past Value Report or archive book, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-258-3266, option 2. This service usually has a 48-72 hour turn around time. If you do not wish to purchase a report or book, our publications can often be found at libraries or credit unions.
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Do you have Canadian pricing?

Kelley Blue Book pricing pertains only to vehicles sold in the United States. Vehicles sold in other countries may look the same as their U.S. counterparts, but often contain significant differences in engines, safety standards and optional equipment. Currently we have no links to sites that offer values for non-U.S. vehicles, but we are continually upgrading our site and as more information becomes available, we will pass it onto you via the Web site.

You can obtain a report from a region in the U.S. that borders your own, but remember vehicles built for the Canadian market do differ from their U.S. counterparts in both the engines and optional equipment choices. You must also do a little math to convert the U.S. dollar values to your own country's currency.

If you would like an idea of the value of a vehicle in U.S. dollars in a nearby region, enter the ZIP code closest to your province.

Alberta --- Shelby, MT 59474
Atlantic Provinces --- Bangor, ME 04401
British Columbia --- Bellingham, WA 98226
Manitoba --- Fargo, ND 58102
Ontario --- Detroit, MI 48202
Saskatchewan --- Glasgow, MT 59230
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Do you have anything on pricing in other countries?

Kelley Blue Book pricing pertains only to vehicles sold in the United States. Vehicles sold in other countries may look the same as their U.S. counterparts, but often contain significant differences in engines, safety standards and optional equipment. Currently we have no links to sites that offer values for non-U.S. vehicles, but we are continually upgrading our site and as more information becomes available, we will pass it onto you via the Web site.
You can use a Used Pricing Report from our Western Region as a guideline, but remember vehicles built for the foreign markets do differ from their U.S. counterparts in both the engines and optional equipment choices. You must also do a little math to convert the U.S. dollar values to your own country's currency.

If you would like an idea of the value of a vehicle in U.S. dollars in the Western region, please enter the following ZIP code: 92618
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Does Kelley Blue Book provide escrow services for vehicle purchases or guarantee online vehicle purchase transactions?

No. Kelley Blue Book does not participate in new or used vehicle transactions. Read more about protecting yourself from online fraud More
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I am not in the United States. Can I still get a Used Car Report?

Kelley Blue Book information is based on cars originally sold in the United States that are now being bought or sold in the United States. You can get a report, but you will have to enter a U.S. ZIP code, since there are regional factors that make the values different.
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I purchased my car outside the U.S., but it is now registered here. Can I still get a Used Car Report?

Kelley Blue Book only offers value information on vehicles sold in the United States. Cars imported through sources other than factory authorized distributors are considered gray market vehicles and may have substantially lower used values because the conversion to U.S. specifications is performed by aftermarket companies, not the factory. Kelley Blue Book does not address gray market vehicles; therefore yours may have to be privately appraised.
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