Kelley Blue Book | KBB
Kelley Blue Book, or KBB for short, is an automotive shopping website. The company dates back to the late 1920s, when it published a veritable blue book that dealers referred to for providing car values and pricing information. Kelley Blue Book car prices were so commonly used by dealerships that the term “Blue Book” became part of dealer lingo, and many car buyers eventually adopted it as well.
In 2010, Kelley Blue Book was acquired by Autotrader, and the brands are now tightly interconnected under the Cox Automotive umbrella.
But Kelley Blue Book isn’t the only place to find car prices these days. Here on Edmunds we have similar price data on cars and more. When a car buyer asks for the “Blue Book price”, what they really mean is that they are looking for a specific car value in today’s market.
Market value can be used in a number of buying and selling scenarios. If you are a new or used car buyer, you can use the Edmunds or Kelley Blue Book car price to help you determine a fair price range to pay at the dealership. If you sell your vehicle, you can use the values to check what its trade-in value is.
When determining the value of your used car, Kelley Blue Book will give you a price based on four condition levels: Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. Many people tend to overestimate the value of their car and call it “excellent” when, according to Kelley Blue Book, only 3% of vehicles fit that description. Good, or possibly very good, would be a better starting point for the condition of your used car.
If you’re looking to sell your used car, Kelley Blue Book offers a service similar to Edmunds’ popular instant offer program. One of the main benefits of the Edmunds program is that you won’t be contacted by many dealers and you’re free to redeem your offer within seven days.
Ultimately, Kelley Blue Book is a good resource to use when trying to determine the value of your vehicle or when shopping for a new or used car. But Edmunds offers strong services that directly compete with what Kelley Blue Book offers, so we suggest saving yourself a few clicks and letting us help you find your next perfect car.