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Which of the car value books are accurate ? #5334231 01/27/20 09:05 PM
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spent the weekend and today car shopping. using references like Edmunds , KBB. NADA no one seems to use them to price a vehicle. they are all high . questioning a couple of the sales guys at the lots i went to , they just ignored the question or blew it off.

So which of the common reference sites are accurate. how does one figure out the true value of a vehicle

KBB
Edmunds
Nada
CarFax
Autotrader



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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: WhyMe] #5334239 01/27/20 09:11 PM
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Ultimately, it’s down to what people are willing to pay. In my experience, they’re always listed high, and you have to negotiate down to a reasonable price. But I kind of average all the sites you listed to get a rough idea. The dealers are also less willing to come down on vehicles like crossovers, trucks, and SUV’s than they are coupes and sedans.


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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: WhyMe] #5334240 01/27/20 09:11 PM
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The lowest price they'll sell it for the and the highest price you'll pay for it. That's the real world price smile


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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: WhyMe] #5334255 01/27/20 09:23 PM
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It's all about condition & everyone thinks their car is in better shape than it really is!


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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: WhyMe] #5334259 01/27/20 09:30 PM
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Local comps will determine value. If someone has a car listed at similar price in similar condition as other cars in the area they rightfully will tell you where to shove your book if you try to throw what it says in their face.

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The chequebook of the person sig ning the cheque.


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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: WhyMe] #5334273 01/27/20 10:04 PM
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The " BLACK BOOK" is often used by dealers since it is updated frequently. Ed


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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: WhyMe] #5334279 01/27/20 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyMe
spent the weekend and today car shopping. using references like Edmunds , KBB. NADA no one seems to use them to price a vehicle. they are all high . questioning a couple of the sales guys at the lots i went to , they just ignored the question or blew it off.

So which of the common reference sites are accurate. how does one figure out the true value of a vehicle

KBB
Edmunds
Nada
CarFax
Autotrader




Look on CraigsList. See what private party and dealers are getting. I just sold my 2015 Forester started at $16K and came down about $1K per month and sold for $13K. On Craigslist. Sold it to a guy with an older really rusty Subaru who appreciated the yearly CarWell rust treatment the vehicle had gotten.


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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: WhyMe] #5334295 01/27/20 10:43 PM
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Asking car salesmen about used car valuation is not going to get good information. What it will do is "what was my training to counter a prospect when they bring in this NADA or similar arguments ?

My take has always been: KBB skews in favor of car dealers (low trade in valuation, high retail- max the spread in favor of dealers). Edmunds skews in favor of the consumer. NADA is highly influenced by previous actual data on car sales, with predictive models on future activity. I do not think Carfax or Autotrader have much input in valuations. Of all the sources, IMO NADA is the most accurate and fair. I used to socialize with a few IT folks at NADA, and on occasion got some insight on how they come up with their models- a lot of it is similar to what FICO does with credit scores, and like FICO their methods are somewhat secretive.

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Usually whichever benefits you the least and the selling (or buying) party the most.


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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: Donald] #5334387 01/28/20 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Donald
Look on CraigsList. See what private party and dealers are getting.


On CL you see what people and dealers are asking, not what they're getting. Most private party listings are what I'd call optimistic. You were 20% on your original asking price apparently.



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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: WhyMe] #5334390 01/28/20 06:16 AM
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I always seem to find KBB high (across the board, at least private party & retail) and Edmunds realistic to just a bit low. The simplicity of the guides does cause people to not adjust properly for condition and vehicle history issues - in both directions. I'll pay up for a garaged suburban car with zero questionable history. I had heard many dealers use Galves; not sure if that is dated info.


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As an earlier poster mentioned- Black book and only Black Book.

Black book is the results from the last weekly auction.

The only number that counts for a used car is what will a dealer pay for it at auction. It is ALL ART above the last weekly auction price.

If I can't get to Black Book, Edmunds is a ok tool.

Run away from KBB. For example, KBB lists the average of new card dealers used car list price. Which means KBB retail has nothing to do whatsover with the value of a used car. It is a toll for dealers to show the car is worth more than it actually is.

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GALVES Black Book.


https://www.galves.com/t-aboutus7.aspx

But that's not the right question.

You are making a transaction of the moment - a barter.
No party is in anyway "bound" by est. market value - though that is ONE negotiating tool.

The Sales mgr will call your local Honda dealer if you are trading a newer Honda; Chevy if Chevy, etc if he doesn't want it on his lot.

He will check recent auction values if you are trading a car that will go straight to auction.

Best to sell yourself.

If you don't want to deal with that, you are leaving $2000-5000 on the table for a couple days work.

I understand the trade option if you are squeezing a lemon.


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Re: Which of the car value books are accurate ? [Re: WhyMe] #5334466 01/28/20 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyMe
spent the weekend and today car shopping. using references like Edmunds , KBB. NADA no one seems to use them to price a vehicle. they are all high .
Of course they are high. They are in this to make as much money/profit as possible. They are not in this to give you a great deal.

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questioning a couple of the sales guys at the lots i went to , they just ignored the question or blew it off.
Not surprised. 1) The sales guys have no part of determining the sale or sticker price and 2) they are in this to make as much money/profit as possible and they are not in this to give you a great deal.

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