5 Reasons to Use Kelley Blue Book Before Purchasing Your Next Car

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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:

  1. Safety
  2. Value
  3. Reputation
  4. Driving manners
  5. Comfort and convenience
  6. Cargo versatility
  7. Child seats
  8. Technology

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.

Non-Biased Information

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?


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  2. I always use Kelley Blue Book before every car purchase. Buying a car is such big decision it’s important to be an informed consumer.

  3. We always use the Kelly Blue Book when purchasing cars. It’s the only way to really be informative when it comes to cars.

  4. I’m actually on the look out for a new car! My family is getting bigger and now I have no space for 3 car seats.

  5. Lisa Heath says:

    My family are HEAVY KBB users for every car purchase! I remember getting my car at 16 and was SO frustrated it was taking so long because my mom was researching everything and using KBB… but when I got older I realized why she was

  6. rika says:

    I always check KBB before selling a car.. Its a very useful website, could save us $$$.

  7. Echo says:

    I have always used KBB when car shopping. It always give me the best comparisons on pricing!

  8. Anne says:

    Wow I didn’t realize KBB has been around 90 years–basically the dawn of consumer cars. We are in the market for a campervan…wondering if they cover the leisure sector…we could use their input!

  9. Ali Rost says:

    Great post. Selling a car is so hard sometimes .. mostly because it’s hard to know what it’s worth. Kelly Blue Book has been invaluable to us those few times we’ve needed it!

  10. I love the Kelley Blue Book Service. It’s so helpful when it comes to buying or selling a car!

  11. I have always used this when purchasing a used car or even when I sell cars. I love having this resource available.

  12. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This is a great post for me. My Daughter is looking for her first car. It can be very overwhelming if you do not know what to look for.

  13. ricci says:

    KBB is great tool to use when car shopping!! I used it a couple weeks ago when I purchased my new car!

  14. Betty says:

    Wish I had this before we bought our car earlier this year! I know my husband looked at KBB before purchasing but I wish I did as well. Very good information!

  15. Aduke says:

    I recently bought a new vehicle for a great deal, so I didn’t use the book, but I could have learned so much about my vehicle if I had.

  16. I haven’t heard of KBB before. I think this Blue Book will help a lot. My sister is buying a new car, I will share this with her.

  17. Jennifer Van Huss says:

    Buying a car is such a stressful process. Luckily my husband works in the biz so he does it for me!! This is a great resource!

  18. Yolanda Williams says:

    You’re totaly on the mark with this. Buying a car is a big purchase and should defintely consult the Kelly Blue Book. In the past, I’ve done it when purchasing a care from a private owner, but never thought about it in terms of the dealership. Man I will defintely keep that in mind.

  19. I always use Kelly Blue Book before I buy any vehicle. People will try to rip you off, so you need to know what’s what.

  20. We never buy a car without looking up the Kelly Blue Book value. That’s the only way to be sure you’re paying what you should.

  21. Tamara Bowman says:

    I have always used Kelley Blue Book when buying OR selling my car. Some people will try to cheat you on price and it’s never fun when you found out you’ve been had AFTER it has happened. So Using KBB alleviates that issue before it happens. When I’m selling m car, I like to make sure I’m going to sell it at a fair price to both me and the buyer. KBB ensures that happens!

  22. We recently used KBB for both the sale of our old car and purchase of our new truck. Love the way you outlined it’s services for those who have never used it. Was also helpful for me, having used it before! Very helpful post.


  23. Tiffany says:

    Great tips for sure!! We almost always use Kelley Blue Book when we are on the hunt for a car. It’s so much easier and a great way to go in with a bit of insight on what you want and what it’s worth.

  24. We never buy a used car without consulting Kelly Blue Book. We’ve used its information buying a used car from both a private person and from a dealership.

  25. Wow, this is very helpful! I’ve never even heard of this…lucky for me when I went to purchase my first car my dad came with me to help out!

  26. Never heard of these before, are they just US based? Definitely agree though, it’s a big decision and it’s sometimes hard to know who is giving you an opinion in your best interest!

    1. admin says:


      I do believe they cater to the US market.

  27. WE are looking to sell my husbands car soon. We will be using the Kelley blue book when we decide to make the jump for sure. I think it gives you the best information. I am going to share this post with my husband so he can be prepared.

  28. NYC Single Mom says:

    Maybe its because I grew up before the internet came along, Kelly Blue Book is the standard bearer when it comes to car shopping. It’s something you are taught early on that it is a trusted source before you even head to the dealer. I am glad its still around and they are promoting themselves. Shopping for cars is overwhelming but shoppers need only start with KBB.

  29. Most sites are not reliable for car purchasing as there are a lot of loop holes where on can easily get in a fix. Your review of Kelly Blue Book made me have a look at it and it surely is really good for purchasing a new car. Even if you are an amateur with not a lot of car tech knowledge.

  30. I always have checked KBB for cars. Whether buying or selling, it provides a nice guideline. You don’t want to overpay- cars are expensive enough!

  31. I had no idea about the KBB! I will have to ask my husband because he loves cars and is constantly talking about them. We have a family vehicle but I have never owned one of my own! Will definitely have to pick up a copy of this when I finally decide to purchase one.

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