Frequently Asked Questions: Used Car

What is the Kelley Blue Book® Fair Purchase Price for used cars? 

This is the price that Kelley Blue Book has determined people are typically paying a dealer for a used car with typical mileage in good condition or better. This price is based on actual used-car transactions and adjusted regularly as market conditions change.

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What is Fair Market Range for used cars?

The Fair Market Range is Kelley Blue Book's estimate of what you can reasonably expect to pay this week for a vehicle with typical mileage and options (or with the miles and options you specify), excluding taxes, title and fees when purchasing from a dealer. Each dealer sets and controls its own pricing.

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What is Typical Listing Price?

Formerly known as Suggested Retail Price, the  Kelley Blue Book Typical Listing Price is representative of dealers' asking prices. It assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. This price also takes into account the dealer's profit, costs for advertising, sales commissions and other costs of doing business. The final sale price will likely be less depending on the vehicle's actual condition, popularity, type of warranty offered and local market conditions. In other words, it's the price you should expect a dealer to ask - not always the price you should pay.

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What is Kelley Blue Book Typical Listing Price (Certified Pre-Owned)?

Formerly known as the Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Price, the Kelley Blue Book® Typical Listing Price (CPO) is representative of dealers' asking prices for a used car covered by the manufacturer’s warranty in its CPO program. It assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clear title history. The price also takes into account the dealers' profit, costs for advertising, sales commissions and other costs of doing business, while also factoring in any value associated with the CPO program.

For most vehicles, CPO coverage typically increases market value between $1,000 and $2,000. The final sale price may vary according to the vehicle's actual condition, popularity, type of warranty offered and local market conditions. In other words, it's the price you should expect a dealer to ask - not always the price you should pay    

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How often do you update your used car values and pricing?

Trade-In Values, Private Party Values and the used car Fair Purchase Price are updated or verified at least once a week. However, an update doesn't necessarily mean that every vehicle will change in value. In addition, the values we provide are based on several factors including, but not limited to, the current marketplace, which can vary widely.

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How does mileage affect a car's price or value?

Kelley Blue Book employs a team of statisticians that analyze millions of transaction records to determine what the typical mileage of a vehicle should be based on its age and time spent in the market. The typical mileage points change regularly based on the mileage data in our transaction records. If a vehicle's mileage is higher or lower than the typical mileage, we give it the necessary adjustment. Generally, lower-mileage vehicles have a higher price or value. 

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Does your used car pricing account for my region?

Yes. Kelley Blue Book understands the importance of providing pricing that is geographically relevant to consumers and dealers. In order to better meet the needs of the industry, we produce values based on 134 geographic regions in the US. Each region is analyzed individually to reflect local pricing and local economic conditions. 

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Do you have Canadian pricing?

Pricing and specifications info on KBB.com 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.

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 Canadian 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 pricing in other countries? 

Pricing and specifications info on KBB.com 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.

Kelley Blue Book also operates websites with pricing and information specific to these other countries: 

In addition, Kelley Blue Book data and valuations can be found on websites in these countries.

As we continue to offer more global websites, we will pass the info on to you via KBB.com.

If you're interested in pricing for a country where we don't currently offer values, you can use a 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 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'm 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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Do you still sell the printed editions of Kelley Blue Book?

No. For over 90 years, Kelley Blue Book published Used Car Guides providing values for used cars and trucks. For over 40 years, Kelley Blue Book published the Motorcycle Guide, but in 2017, we published our last printed book. These decisions are never easy. 

The good news? If you need to get the value or your current car or are interested in what you should pay for your next car, you can still find 21 years of new and used car pricing right here on KBB.com.  In addition, we also offer values for motorcycles, personal watercraft and snowmobiles

If you would like to learn about other options to receive Kelley Blue Book® Values, or have any questions, please call KelleyKare at (800) 258-3266.

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What do the abbreviations on your site mean?

(  ) - This bullet-symbol indicates the model(s) for which this line item is listed. Loosely, "Available for this price on...  LS, GS, etc."
( * ) - The asterisk is used as the wildcard symbol. It is a place holder to signify any missing character. For example, D*B means D(any letter here)B.
2D - Two Door
4D - Four Door
5D - Five Door
2WD - Two-Wheel Drive
4WD - Four-Wheel Drive
6-CYL - Six-Cylinder Engine
8-CYL - Eight-Cylinder Engine
ABS - Anti-lock Braking System
AWD - All-Wheel Drive
CID - Cubic Inches Displacement
CVT - Continuously Variable Transmission
DOHC - Dual Overhead Cam
DRW - Dual Rear Wheels
DSL - Diesel
EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
FFV - Flexible Fuel Vehicles
GVWR - Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
HO - High Output Engine
HP Turbo - High Performance Turbo
LP - Low Pressure Engine
MFI - Mulitport Fuel Injection
MSRP - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
N/A - listed in the description text means that the item is Not Available. There is usually text describing the circumstances.
N/A - listed in the pricing columns means that at this time the pricing information is Not Available.
N/C - means that there is No Charge for this item.
PFI - Port Fuel Injection
PIO - Port Installed Options
PZEV - Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle
SFI - Sequential Fuel Injection
SOHC - Single Overhead Cam
SPRCHG - Supercharged Engine
SRW - Single Rear Wheels
SULEV - Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle
TG - Turbo Gas (fuel type)
Turbo - Turbocharged Engine
ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle
V - Valve
V6 - Six-Cylinder Engine
V8 - Eight-Cylinder Engine
VTEC - Variable Timing and lift Electronic Control system
VVT - Variable Valve Timing
WB - Wheelbase

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