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If you’ve ever purchased a vehicle in the past, your first thought may have been to hit up a nearby car lot and walk around talking to a helpful salesperson. But as a smart and savvy shopper today, you know better than that. You are possibly online now doing your research. But with so many pop-up advertisements and personal opinions out there, who can you really trust? I’ve found that using a reputable site that’s been around for some time may be your answer. And here are five reasons to use Kelley Blue Book before purchasing your next car.
What is Kelley Blue Book?
First off, what is Kelley Blue Book? Kelley Blue Book (KBB.com) is a trusted resource in the auto industry for over 90 years now. Their first Blue book was produced in 1926 and care values are now readily available online for consumers. Their content is written for just about any consumer to understand – and that includes the typical family shopper.
Researched and Trusted Information
The Kelley Blue Book team does not just research information on automotive sites. They seriously go out and do their own research. The team includes real parents driving hundreds of vehicles a year while their children (from toddlers to college age) put the vehicles up to their own test helping decide which cars, trucks, SUV’s, and minivans will make the final cut.
Factors Considered with Kelley Blue Book
So, what are some important factors that Kelley Blue Book considers when naming their best family car of the year? Well, there are eight of them:
- Driving manners
- Comfort and convenience
- Cargo versatility
- Child seats
Of these qualities and characteristics, none is more important than another is. For your family, it could be safety, child seats, and the value of the vehicle. For other families, the driving manners and comfort could be most important.
If you believe that there could be some biased information provided on KBB.com, think again. There are some that feel their vehicle selections are biased towards one or two manufacturers, but after reviewing their winners for 2017, you’ll see they did select the best from a wide range of manufacturers.
The Kelley Blue Book team selects vehicles that provide value, are affordable and are meant for the standard family. The Kelley Blue Book team has their own families, so they are presenting family-focused vehicles for 2017 – not luxury SUV’s with bells and whistles that some families don’t need or can’t afford.
This year’s winners have all the important characterizes met and fall in the price range of $20,000 to the low $30,000 range. The only exception is the Chevrolet Tahoe, which exceeded the $40,000 starting price. These vehicles fell into three categories this year: the best 2-Row SUVs, 3-Row SUVs, and Minivans.
Always Providing Informative Tips
Each year, KBB.com ensures they provide additional informative tips. In this 2017 Best Family Cars guide, you’ll find a child safety seat guide. It details the strengths and weaknesses of each winning vehicle of the year.
Provides the Best Family Cars of the Year
For 2017, Kelley Blue Book presents the 12 Best Family Cars of 2017. As you may have always considered sedans being the best family vehicle, KBB.com encourages you to think again! This is the first year they don’t have a sedan in their list. You can even check out their video showing which cars made the cut and how in the 12 Best Family Cars of 2017 – Kelley Blue Book video.
So, before you step out of your home trying to keep up with all the information that will be thrown at you about your next vehicle, make the best decision from the comfort of your home. Visit KBB.com to get helpful, informative, and easy to understand information on your family’s next important purchase.
Which vehicle from Kelley Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars caught your eye and why?