Official KBB Buying Center

Official KBB Buying Center

How is the Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer Calculated?

The Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer considers the reconditioning list and local market conditions associated with your specific vehicle, and also utilizes a unique algorithm known as the "Desirability Index." Below are some examples of the factors and variables that are part of the Desirability Index, and how they influence your vehicle's value.

VIN Specific

Your Vehicle's VIN # Identifies a lot about your vehicle. Instant Cash Offer uses the VIN # to help eliminate mistakes and make your car unique.


Your vehicle's exterior color plays a significant role in determining it's desirability…and ultimately its value.


Exportability is a huge factor in determining a vehicles value and market demand. Instant Cash Offer considers this factor, therefore, giving you a global perspective on your vehicle.

Real Time Data NOW

Instant Cash Offer has access to up-to-the-minute data, providing a better look into market fluctuations.

Vehicle History

Vehicle reports, such as Carfax or AutoCheck, can impact the value of a vehicle by thousands, even if repaired.

Auction Data

Sold vs Not Sold

Instant Cash Offer looks at the auction data of sold vehicles, as we as "No-Sale" vehicles. This comparison of data gives a true gauge of which vehicles are in the highest demand.

Next Week's Run?

Instant Cash Offer has the ability to see what vehicles are running in upcoming auctions…which speaks to market trends on your exact vehicle.

Understanding The Kelley Blue Book Range and The Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer

The Kelley Blue Book Range

  • Provides an objective 3rd party value for cars of the same year, make, model, style and general condition.
  • Is typically contingent on the purchase of another vehicle.
  • Provides you with a low-to-high range, with absolutely no cash value.
  • Gives you the option to "complete the process", by taking the next step and receiving an Instant Cash Offer.

The Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer

  • Provides you with an actual offer on your car, which is redeemable now at Kelley Blue Book participating dealers.
  • Gives you a quick and easy way to trade-in or sell your car, by putting you in the driver's seat throughout the appraisal process.
  • Is an Offer, not an opinion! Never accept less than the Instant Cash Offer.
  • Delivers an offer on your exact vehicle, based on factors like color, options, condition, and demand.