While the Kelley Blue Book offers a price guide for cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles and personal watercraft, the company's official website indicates they do not offer a guide for boats; however, several other companies, including the National Automotive Dealer's Association, offer price guides some people mistakenly call the Blue Book price. Neither NADA nor the other companies offering boat values have any relation to the Kelley organization.Continue Reading
Leslie Kelley founded the Kelley Car Company in1918. Kelley and his brother Buster published their first Blue Book in 1926, and it quickly became the standard guide to determine the value of a vehicle. The company changed its name to the Kelley Blue Book Co. Inc., the same year it published this book. While it remained a car dealership for several years, by the 1960s it was a specialty publisher, producing annual automobile price guides.
Kelley Blue Book began a website in 1996. AutoTrader.com bought the company in 2010 and operates it as a subsidiary, as of 2014.
NADA guides cover powerboats, sailboats, boat trailers, outboard motors and personal watercraft. Financial institutions, government agencies and insurance agencies depend on its used car guides and other publications. Like Kelley Blue Book, NADA provides paper publications and information on the Internet.Learn more about Buying & Selling
The Kelley Blue Book for boats can be found under the Kelley Blue Book website, listed under "Personal Watercraft Values," then "Personal Watercraft." Consumers can use the information to calculate the value of a new or used boat depending on the boat's features.Full Answer >
Kelley Blue Book does not provide boat values on its website; however, it does provide watercraft trade-in and retail values for crafts from 1995 through the present, as of 2015. Boat values can be obtained through the NADA Guides website, which offers a similar service as Kelley Blue Book.Full Answer >
Blue Book values for all cars manufactured after 1926 can be accessed at NADAguides.com, the website of the National Automobile Dealers Association. Searches return the original suggested retail price in addition to current low, average and high retail values.Full Answer >
Kelley Blue Book does not offer suggested pricing on boats. However, suggested pricing for several types of personal watercraft is available. This includes models such as Jet Ski, Sea-Doo and WaveRunner. The primary resource for suggested pricing on boats is NADA Guides.Full Answer >