- Tell us about your car and get your Instant Cash Offer.
- Visit this Participating Dealer to verify your car's features and condition.Visit a Participating Dealer to verify your car's features and condition.
- Use your offer to trade in your car or let the dealer buy it for cash.
- Tell us about your car and get your Instant Cash Offer.
- Visit this Participating Dealer to verify your car's features and condition.
- Use your offer toward the purchase of another car or walk away with cash.
- A fixed offer applied toward your next car purchase or used to sell your current car to a Participating Dealer (pending inspection)
- Valid for 3 days (not counting Sundays)
- Unique to your car
- No need to negotiate
- Based on many specific details related to the condition and features of your unique vehicle
- An estimated trade-in value used toward the purchase of another car
- Updated weekly
- Could apply to many cars similar to yours
- Can be used as a tool for negotiating
- Is a generalized value based on a car's year, make, model, style, mileage, features, options and condition
Tip: The VIN must be exactly 17 characters in length and never include the letters "I" "O" and "Q".
Any non-factory part or upgrade, such as an upgraded stereo system. Other common pieces of aftermarket equipment include spoilers, dark window film and running boards.
Aftermarket Non-Factory Leather
Leather that was installed in a car that originally had cloth interior.
Self-sticking or transferable graphics added to a cars hood, windshield, doors, tailgate, etc.
The small, portable pad that contains the lock, unlock and alarm buttons and is usually attached to or combined with the key.
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
A computer-controlled braking system that senses impending wheel lockup and pulses the brakes many times a second to prevent it. By preventing wheel lockup, ABS allows the driver to maintain steering control. If youre unsure whether your vehicle has ABS, check your owners manual or call your local dealer.
Refers to all components related to the air conditioner, such as Freon/R-134, compressor, dryer, evaporator, etc.
A raised, lockable shell fitting over the bed of a pick-up truck (also known as a topper). Most are the same height as the truck cab.
A protective mat or coating inside the bed of a truck.
A brake component that applies pressure and friction to the rotor/drum to stop a vehicle. Brake pads generally need to be replaced more frequently than rotors, based on mileage and usage.
A section of the exhaust system that removes harmful pollutants from a vehicles exhaust.
The cover of a cars trunk.
Deep Scratch/Large Chip
A scratch or chip that is either larger than two inches or has broken the clear coat and/or paint. Requires refinishing.
A mark or nick in the body of the car. Small dings are generally the size of a pencil eraser, and large dings are generally larger than the size of a dime.
The upholstered panel on the inside of the door in the car.
The metal post in the middle of the car behind the drivers door. Also known as the “B” pillar.
A part made by the cars manufacturer.
The metal panel under the windshield that separates the engine compartment from the passenger compartment. It often includes sound and heat insulation.
Structural damage to a car, usually caused by an accident.
The sides of the cars frame, running lengthwise.
The interior covering of the roof. Headliners often contain consoles with slots for garage-door openers and other devices, as well as dome lights and wiring for electrical and electronic components attached to the headliner. The covering usually includes a sound-absorbing material.
Refers to all components related to the heater and engine coolant system, including antifreeze, radiator, heater core, thermostat, etc.
Inner Fender/Shock Tower
Located under the hood and over the front wheel.
An indention that is larger than four inches, is deep or has a hard crease on the body of the car.
The door in the rear of an SUV or wagon that opens upwards.
Light Scratch/Small Paint Mark
A scratch or mark smaller than two inches that has not broken the paint. Requires polishing or a touch up.
Any service that costs approximately $200 or more, including recommended maintenance services like brake replacement or 45k mile service. Less costly routine services, such as standard oil changes, are not considered major services.
Moldings and Trim Pieces
Metal trim used to cover transitions between the car body and its other parts; usually found around windows and doors.
A part made by someone other than the cars manufacturer.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
Brand name auto manufacturer, such as Ford, GM or Toyota, that makes the original, factory-installed equipment on a vehicle.
The sheet of metal panel that covers the front and rear quarters of the vehicle. In the front quarter, it covers the section between the door and the hood. In the back quarter, it covers the section between the rear door and the trunk.
The metal piece that goes between both front fenders and usually holds the radiator and/or cooling fan.
The metal body panel that runs underneath a vehicles doors.
The brake disc/drum that slows the vehicle after pressure is applied from the brake pad. Rotors need to be replaced based on usage, generally less frequently than brake pads.
A part of the vehicles suspension system that absorbs excess energy created by terrain to cushion vehicles and make the vehicles ride smoother.
An indention that is smaller than four inches, is not deep and does not have a hard crease on the body of the car.
A star-shaped break or crack in the windshield that can usually be repaired without removing or replacing the entire windshield.
The door on the back of a pickup truck that folds down flat.
The legal form that declares the official owner of a car.
Removable roof panels, such as those found on Chevrolet Corvettes and Nissan 300ZXs.
The portion of the frame under the engine.
Vehicle History Report
A report that gives the known accident and damage history of a car, based on its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). Most reports will also let you know if the car has been salvaged or used as a taxi or rental car. The most common and trusted reports are CARFAX and AutoCheck.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
The 17-character sequence of numbers and letters assigned to each car by the manufacturer when the car is built. It can be found on the drivers side of the dashboard by the window, in the drivers side doorjamb and on your insurance card and state registration.
My Instant Cash Offer
What is a Kelley Blue Book℠ Instant Cash Offer?
The Kelley Blue Book℠ Instant Cash Offer is a real offer for a specific amount to purchase a consumer's car or apply the amount toward another car. The Offer is valid for 3 days (not counting Sundays) and can be immediately redeemed during business hours at any Participating Dealer, pending inspection. It is based on specific elements of the consumer's car, like installed options, specific condition (such as dents and mechanical issues) and local market demand.
How is my Instant Cash Offer calculated?
Your Instant Cash Offer is calculated using a proprietary tool that accounts for fluctuating market conditions and used car prices that may vary from day to day, like home or stock prices. The calculation includes multiple data sources and is based on factors that affect used car pricing such as:
- Your Specific Vehicle Details
Our tool factors in details that are specific to your vehicle and critical to its evaluation, including mechanical condition, options, interior and exterior, mileage, year, make and model.
- Supply and Demand
Consumers have a large role in determining a car's value. When more buyers demand a particular vehicle, and its inventory is down, the value goes up. For example, when gas prices are at a premium, fuel-efficient vehicles may be in higher demand and sell for higher prices.
- Historical Trends
Historically, some cars hold their value and are in higher demand than others. Similarly, sometimes transaction prices for vehicles steadily increase over time, making those cars a more sought after commodity.
- Regional Differences
Buyers may be willing to pay sellers higher prices for the same vehicle depending on regional differences. For example, buyers in rural areas may consider large trucks more valuable than buyers in a city where parking spaces are tight.
- Local Market Influences
We also take into account comparable vehicle sales in your area - this information may include dealer sales data,
auction prices, and private seller prices from local advertisements.
Am I obligated to redeem my Instant Cash Offer?
No. There is no obligation to trade-in or sell your car by simply receiving an Offer. The choice is yours.
- A fixed offer applied toward your next car purchase or redeemed for cash at Participating Dealers, pending inspection
- Valid for 3 days (not counting Sundays)
- No need to negotiate because each offer is a fixed amount
- Based on specific details related to the condition and features of your car, like installed options, dents, mechanical issues, and local market demand
The Kelley Blue Book® Trade-In Value Range is:
- An estimated trade-in value used toward the purchase of another car only.
- Updated weekly
- Applied to similar cars of the same year, make, model, style and general condition
- A useful tool for negotiating
- The general value Kelley Blue Book estimates consumers can expect to negotiate this week based on the style, condition, mileage and options of the vehicle when they trade it in to a dealer, however every dealer is different and values are not guaranteed
How much does it cost to receive an Instant Cash Offer?
It's free! There is no fee to obtain or redeem the Offer.
Do I have to purchase a car with my Instant Cash Offer?
No. You can walk away with a check in hand or use the Offer towards the purchase of another vehicle.
How long is my Instant Cash Offer valid for?
Your Instant Cash Offer is valid for 3 days (not counting Sundays). After that time, you can resubmit your request, but your Offer amount may change.
How long do I have to accept my Offer after inspection?
You'll have 1 day after inspection to redeem your Instant Cash Offer. If your car's condition changes or you add more than 50 miles from the time of inspection, your Offer may be recalculated.
How long will it take to receive my Instant Cash Offer?
You will typically receive an Offer within minutes. In some cases, it may take longer, such as during periods of heavy volume. The Instant Cash Offer program is not available for all makes and models, so if your vehicle falls into one of the unavailable categories, you will not receive an Offer.
What if the Participating Dealer I go to won't match the amount on my Instant Cash Offer?
Participating Dealers are required to honor your Instant Cash Offer, provided the information and condition you provided when creating your Offer are confirmed to be accurate by the Participating Dealer. If the information is not correct, the Participating Dealer can update the information using the same online tool you used to generate the Instant Cash Offer for your car, and the update may result in a modified Offer amount. So, the more details you enter about the condition of your car, the more accurate your Offer will be. If you have any questions about this, we want to help. Call or email us at the address and number noted below.
Why do offers fall out of Trade-In Value Range?
Most offers do fall within range. If they fall out of range, reasons include, but are not limited to, market volatility, rapid changes to the market, mechanical issues, excessive damage, reported issues, aftermarket equipment, modified suspension, or the vehicle's specific condition.
My car isn't in perfect condition. Can I still get an Instant Cash Offer?
Yes, if your car is not in an otherwise excluded category.
What makes a car ineligible for an offer?
There are a variety of reasons why cars may not be eligible. Some possible reasons include, but are not limited to, title issues (salvage, grey market, taxis or limousines), market volatility, lack of market data, unresolved recalls, low value due to age or condition, aftermarket equipment, or if the vehicle has been at an auction within the last 45 days.
Can I sell my car if it's financed or leased?
Yes. The Participating Dealer will process the necessary paperwork for you to pay off your vehicle and pay any related fees. Any remaining equity is yours to cash in or use toward the purchase of another vehicle. If your car is financed, bring your lienholder information. If your car is leased, check with your leasing company to find out what paperwork they require.
How will my car's condition be verified?
When you present your Instant Cash Offer to the Participating Dealer, the dealer will conduct a visual inspection of the interior and exterior, then may test drive the vehicle to confirm its mechanical condition. If the inspection report doesn't match your online assessment of your car's condition, the Offer may be raised or lowered based on the dealer's inspection report.
- The VIN is on the driver's side of the dashboard by the window or on the driver's side doorjamb. It is also listed on your auto insurance card and on your state vehicle registration form.
- The letters "I", "O" and "Q" never appear in a VIN.
- The VIN must be exactly 17 characters in length.
- A VIN is assigned to each car by the manufacturer when the car is built. Each car manufactured after 1980 has a unique VIN.
Dropping Off My Car
Where do I take my car to redeem my Instant Cash Offer?
You can take your car to a Participating Dealer to verify its condition and redeem your Instant Cash Offer. We'll provide you with a list of Participating Dealers, and you're free to choose which to visit.
How far away will the dealer be from my location?
We'll do our best to identify Participating Dealers who are in your metro area.
- Your Instant Cash Offer certificate
- Your vehicle title. If you don't have a title because your car is financed, bring your lienholder information. If your car is leased, check with your leasing company to find out what paperwork they require.
- Your vehicle registration
- A valid driver's license or other government photo ID
- All keys, keyless remotes and manuals
- Service and repair records
Don't forget to make arrangements for a ride home and remove all personal items from your vehicle!