What's the Best Way to Determine the Value of Your Car?


Quick Answer

Visit the Kelley Blue Book or Cars.com website, enter the relevant make and model, and complete any additional questions to determine the value of your car. The presented values list what a dealer or private party can consider offering for the vehicle.

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The Kelley Blue Book website requires a user to enter the year, make, model and mileage for the associated vehicle. After entering this information and proceeding to the next step, enter the style type, and complete the additional questions. The Kelley Blue Book website then provides a range of prices based on either standard values or luxury features. Visitors can also browse photos, technical specifications and additional reviews associated with that particular make and model.

The Cars.com website requires a user to enter the make, model, year, style, mileage exterior color and associated ZIP code. Afterward, users can determine a sale method to determine the value of the vehicle. The three sale methods include a dealer appraisal, a quick offer or a Cars.com advertising campaign. Each option has a different length of time to sell and allows for comparison against other offers. A sale or a trade to dealer also impacts the value of the associated vehicle. The valuation ranges are based on the black book car conditions.

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