BUYING A CAR IN 2017
(WITHOUT HAVING HEADACHES IN 2018)
To determine values of used vehicles, the National
Automobile Dealers Association book, titled NADA Official Used Car Guide,
previously mentioned, is probably the most accurate source. This periodical is available as a subscription,
and is usually maintained by banks and car dealers. The NADA consumer guides (available at book
stores) and the NADA internet website are less accurate, but still somewhat
useful. Try Edmunds.com and
KBB.com. These sources, also, publish paperback
books. Remember that vehicle values vary
from place to place, so those places that ask for your zip code will probably
have a more accurate value of your vehicle.
For instance, 4 wheel drive Subarus are far more valuable in the
mountainous sections of
When looking up values of cars, try not to guess the value of one model or year of car based on the value of another car. Even though you may be accurate, you could just as easily be thousands of dollars off. The Chrysler 200 and the Toyota Camry are direct competitors, and their new list prices are a couple thousand dollars different (Camry is cheaper), but on the used car market, the Camry can be worth around $1500 more than the Chrysler 200.
For another example, the 2000 and 2001 Toyota Camrys may have originally cost within $1000 of each other, but the 2002 Camry changed body styles, and it is worth around $3000 more than the 2001 Camry on the used car market. This worked backwards for the Nissan Maxima. After the new 1995 Maxima body style came out, the used 1992 through 1994 Maximas were actually worth more for a few years since they had a more popular body style.
2001 CAMRY 2002
- 2004 CAMRY
1997 - 2001 CAMRY 2002 - 2004 CAMRY