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Kelley Auto Blue Book work in buying a used car

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Rebecka Rilee
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Nov 26, 2007, 2:21 AM

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There are two versions of Kelley Auto Blue Book one for dealers and one for consumers. The best way to explain how the books work is by means of an example:
  • Let us say that you are interested to buy a car in a dealer's showroom or from other reliable sources.. The first thing you will be interested to know is the fair price which you should be paying for it.
  • You start talking to the dealer and ask him about the price.
  • The dealer will probably show you "Kelley Blue Book Auto Market Report - Official Guide" (this is the dealer version of the Kelley car bluebook). This is not only to ensure transparency but also to make you understand the fact that the used car's price is according to the Kelley guide.
  • Once he shows you the price recommended by the Kelley guide, he would say that his selling price roughly matches the guide's price or is a little lower than it. What he is actually telling you is that there is no need to negotiate. you can also give your own suggestion, it will be used for everyone, thank you Smile

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Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 26, 2007, 4:26 AM

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Interesting about vehicle values. It's a game and guesswork at best for the used car market. I always factor in something that is almost always overlooked which is HOW OLD IS THE VEHICLE?? It says XYXYXY model year. What a lie that is! Look at the door jam and see when it was made. In two weeks the same car/vehicle could be a whole year older or newer than the model year! Ins claims will default to the model year. As a consumer you should deduct for older in the model year especially with the used car market in around 3-5 model years old. Battery, fluids, other things have aged and will require service sooner by that year if you are paying attention.

Just went thru a whole lot of arguing about the price of a new car that was two full years old, never sold with just 35 miles on it with a dealer. I said this car is due for an oil change, cooling system service, battery should be replaced as it's not new now and so on. Went on to say if I had purchased that car two years ago and only drove 35 miles you would have voided my warranty if I didn't do service on it by time - not just miles -- wouldn't you?? Basically the answer was YES!

Folks - look at the real age of the vehicles as the books won't break them down by the month,


Rebecka Rilee
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Nov 26, 2007, 10:01 PM

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hey great information, nice to see your reply, keep in touch Wink

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