Originally born out of a car dealership’s need to assign values to its inventory of automobiles, Kelley Blue Book began publishing an extensive list of automobile values in 1926. For nearly 70 years, the company’s published materials were only designed for dealers, but a consumer-directed Blue Book was introduced in 1993. While Kelley Blue Book still publishes a print edition, its online website attracts more than 13 million visits each month. Today, sellers and buyers around the country use the “Blue Book value” of a car as a standard.
From helping consumers view new and used inventories at dealers around the country to avoiding fine-print pitfalls in lease terms, Kelley Blue Book is a comprehensive resource for anything automotive. While primarily used for cars and traditional passenger vehicles, Kelley Blue Book also lists suggested values of RVs, motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles.
Knowing trade-in value with Kelley Blue Book
For customers looking to trade in their old vehicle at a dealer as part of their plan for purchasing a new automobile, knowing its true value is crucial for using it as a down payment. Kelley Blue Book’s website provides free calculator tools to help users know how much their vehicles are worth.
Kelley Blue Book advice on financing a new vehicle
Kelley Blue Book’s website offers helpful tips on how to negotiate terms for reasonable monthly payments and arrange a plan that fits a customer’s individual spending power.
Knowing insurance expenses before purchasing
The Kelley Blue Book website provides an online resource for customers to get free auto insurance quotes, and it also offers useful information such as which vehicles carry the lowest insurance rates and how much car insurance a driver really needs.
The Kelley Blue Book corporate headquarters are located here:
Irvine, CA 92618
To reach Kelley Blue Book, automotive enthusiasts can call (949)770-7704, and dealers can reach the company at (800) 258-3266.