To use Kelley Blue Book, first navigate to its official website on Kbb.com, according to DMV.org. Select the option to check the price for new and used cars on the left side of the home page. Enter the car's information or browse vehicles to search for the car.
The first "Blue Book of Motor Car Values" was published in 1926 by Les Kelley, explains the Kelley Blue Book official website. The publication was named Blue Book after the Social Register to imply valuable information was inside the book. It showed the list price and cash value on thousands of different vehicles. Les Kelley started his company in 1918 by opening a car dealership, which then went on to become the largest car dealership in the world.
The Kelley Blue Book website offers information on used cars such as retail value, private party value and trade-in value, notes DMV.org. To search for used car information, select the retail, private party or trade-in value. Input the mileage and condition to find the specific car's pricing recommendations.
Pricing information is also available for new cars, claims DMV.org. Kelley Blue Book lists the manufacturer's suggested retail price, dealer invoice and new car blue book value. The new car blue book value is the average selling price from dealerships around the country. To search for new cars on Kelley Blue Book, input the manufacturer, make and body type of the car. The website also asks for the body trim, year and zip code. It then shows pricing, pictures and general information about the specific car.