Automobile Prices

There are several services on the internet that will help you price both new and used cars, trucks and other vehicles. The emphasis here is on used cars, trucks and SUVs.

Coverage back through 1980. Provides "trade-in" and "private-party" and "dealer retail" values in one step. Provides prices for more optional equipment than does NADA. Provides dollar figures for each option. Asks some questions not directly related to pricing your car.

Under "Used Car Prices...", click on "Appraise: what is your car worth".
Updated: 8/Jan/2004 11:04

Kelley Blue Book
Coverage back through 1983. Click on "Used Car Retail Value" if you intend to buy from a dealer. Click on "Private Party Value" if you intend to buy from another consumer. Does not provide both values at once. Makes adjustments for more optional equipment than either Edmunds or NADA, but does not provide dollar values for individual options. Also available en Español.

Also includes: Free trade-in and retail values on used street and dirt bikes, ATVs, scooters, mopeds and sidecars. Also features used personal watercraft & snowmobiles.
Updated: 8/Jan/2004 13:10

National Automobile Dealers Association
Coverage back through 1984, but also prices older "classic cars".

Provides average trade-in and average retail values in one step. Makes adjustments for fewer options than either Edmunds or Kelley, but does price the options separately.

Click on "Free Vehicle Pricing & Information", then on "What is it worth?" under Used Prices & Info.
Updated: 8/Jan/2004 13:13

NADA provides online pricing information about new and used cars, trucks, suvs, vans, minivans, van conversions, limousines, classic cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, atvs, personal watercraft, power boats, sailboats, motorhomes, travel, 5th wheel camping trailers, single, multi engine fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, and mobile and modular manufactured housing.

For more information about finding this sort of information on the Internet you might try either the Internet Public Library or the Librarians' Internet Index.