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Although it will probably remain a stress-inducing experience, Kelley Blue Book has introduced a smartphone app and a Seller's Toolkit to make buying a car slightly less stress-inducing. The app ties your iPhone directly into the KBB database, so you can pull up the appropriate KBB values on the fly when that one-owner steal looks more like it's been stolen from five or six owners. It'll also clue you in to dealer locations and provide 360-degree views and reviews of any car you have questions about. It's a free download in the App Store.
On the other hand, if you're a seller who's trying to unload that one-owner steal, you'll want to take advantage of Kelley Blue Book's Seller's Toolkit. AutoTrader won't be happy to hear about it, but the KBB software helps you create a professional-looking listing for posting on Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, or in your e-mail or blog. Check a few boxes and you've got a digital window sticker, Facebook application, widget, dynamic images and a direct link to your selling page.

On top of that, all of the tools provide quick links to KBB for buyers to research your car. The window sticker comes with a QR code that calls up KBB's LiveValue function, the LiveValue ID can respond via SMS, the widget is built to fit into Wordpress and Blogger, Direct Link provides a shortened URL for Twitter, or a potential buyer can even make a voice call to KBB to get more information. Like we said, it might not make things less stressful, but it could make everyone more informed, and that's got to be good for something.

Check out the galleries below for screenshots of the new iPhone app (we loaded it and poked around) and of the KBB Seller's Toolkit features.

[Source: KBB]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I would not trust anything from KBB, who for decades has been in business to cater to the needs of DEALERS, not individual consumers. My experience with their "retail" price guides over the years is that the prices listed for consumers' reference are considerably inflated. As a buyer, not a dealer, I do not believe that the company has my best interests in mind and I would not consider any market information from them to be credible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same goes for their consumer trade in values.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll check out KBB because of it's value of cars, but for buying/selling of used cars I really like the cars.com app. The AOL app is only for new cars, and autotrader.com doesn't have one yet that I'm aware of.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hi All, I’m Rebekah and I work at Kelley Blue Book. We work to provide values for you that build your confidence as you enter into negotiations with a dealer and it is our goal to help you make the best purchase decision possible. There are a TON of variables involved in the car buying/selling process which affect the actual price you pay or the amount you receive in trade (even things the average car buyer/seller may not think about, like market conditions, gas prices, the amount of inventory on a dealers’ lot, etc.).

      You should also know that in late 2008, we overhauled our valuation methodology to include more frequent updates (our values are now updated weekly) and we made major enhancements to the types and size of data collected so we are able to report the most market-reflective values possible. Our team of analysts literally collect millions of data points from various sources (i.e., transaction data - what cars are actually selling for at dealerships around the country, auction data from across the U.S., and much more) put them through the serious analytical wringer here, and publish information to help consumers make good buying decisions.

      Of course, I have a bunch of scientific nitty-gritty info about how we get our values, so if you want more info – comment below and I will reply!

      Rebekah King
      Consumer Communications Manager
      Kelley Blue Book
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about android?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm.. I'm more interested in that Autoblog app.
        • 5 Years Ago
        what we really need is a NADA + KBB app because dealers will sell or buy on which ever one suits them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah Alex, I have that. Whooptydo. I have AB open in Safari 24/7. That just takes up space on my homescreen. An AB app would be better, replete with an Edit button!