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KELLEY BLUE BOOK is an Irvine , California
California
-based vehicle valuation and automotive research company that is recognized by both consumers and the automotive industry. The company is part of Cox Automotive , a unit of Atlanta, GA-based Cox Enterprises .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Sponsorship * 3 Services * 4 Recognition * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

The company began as the Kelley Kar Company founded by Les Kelley in 1918. Kelley started the company with three Model T Fords. His younger brother, Buster, worked with Kelley as a lot boy. By using data collected from the dealership, Kelley published the company’s first Blue Book in 1926, which became a standard guide in automotive trade in determining car value. Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
was formed in 1926, and the Kelley family continued its dealership business in Southern California
California
for several decades. By the 1960s, the company moved from a car dealership to a specialty publisher and focused on the production of its automobile price guide.

In 1995, Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
created its company website, which contained tips and pricing information from its hardcopy guide.

In December 2010, Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
was purchased by AutoTrader.com
AutoTrader.com
. After its acquisition, the company operated as a subsidiary of AutoTrader.com, Inc.

In 2013, the company formed an alliance with Bitauto Holdings Ltd . to expand into China.

SPONSORSHIP

In 2014, Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
signed a two-year agreement with Hendrick Motorsports to be a primary sponsor of Dale Earnhardt Jr.\'s No. 88 Chevrolet SS
Chevrolet SS
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
team.

SERVICES

The company reports market value prices for new and used automobiles of all types, as well as motorcycles. For both new and used automobiles, KBB provides a Fair Market Range and Fair Purchase Price, based on actual transactions of what others are paying for a vehicle and adjusted regularly as market conditions change. For new automobiles, KBB also provides information about a car's MSRP and dealer invoice price. For used cars, KBB provides retail value, certified pre-owned value, trade-in value and private party value. Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
also offers expert and consumer vehicle reviews and ratings, and 5-Year Cost to Own information for new cars.

RECOGNITION

In 2012-2014, Harris Poll recognized Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
as the Online Auto Shopping Brand of the Year. In addition, the company received a WebAward in the automotive category of Outstanding Website for two consecutive years.

REFERENCES

* ^ Christopher Seward (5 August 2014). "New presidents named for AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book". AJC.com. Retrieved 21 September 2014. * ^ Fred Meier (21 August 2014). "Cox creates wholesale, retail auto sales giant". USA Today. Retrieved 21 September 2014. * ^ Sabah Karimi (10 September 2014). "7 Things You Must Do Before Buying a Used Car". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 21 September 2014. * ^ "KBB: Chevrolet Impala tops comfortable cars list". Florida Times-Union. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. * ^ A B C D " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved September 24, 2013. * ^ A B "Autotrader.com Buys Kelley Blue Book". Wall Street Journal. October 26, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2013. * ^ Hirsch, J. (September 22, 2011). "Kelley blue book warns of impostor website". Los Angeles Times. * ^ A B C D E " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
Tests the World Wide Web as a Distribution Source". New York Times. October 28, 1996. * ^ A B Robert Duffer (May 21, 2013). "Fuel-efficient vehicles fill out best family cars list for 2013". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2013. * ^ Jeff Glucker (May 26, 2011). " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
has a new look". Auto. Retrieved September 24, 2013. * ^ A B C D "Used-car innovator invented the 'blue book'". The Globe and Mail. December 11, 2001. * ^ Kristen Schott (26 October 2010). " AutoTrader.com
AutoTrader.com
buys Kelley Blue Book". OC Metro. Retrieved 30 July 2014. * ^ Shira Ovide (October 26, 2010). " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
Sold at Near-Mint Condition". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 24, 2013. * ^ Li, S. (October 27, 2010). "AutoTrader plans to buy kelley blue book; terms of the deal, which requires regulatory approval, are not disclosed". LA Times. * ^ Clough, Richard (November 9, 2013). " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
to expand into China". The Orange County Register
The Orange County Register
. p. Business 1. * ^ "First-time NASCAR sponsor joins Earnhardt\'s No. 88". NASCAR.com. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. * ^ " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
to sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr". Hendrick Motorsports. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. * ^ Kirsti Correa (March 1, 2012). "Irvine-based Kelley Blue Book partners with Cyclechex to offer used-motorcycle information". OC Metro. Retrieved September 24, 2013. * ^ "KBB Launches Price Advisor Tool". F&I Magazine. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2014. * ^ " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
Debuts New Car Pricing Tool". Socal Tech. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2014. * ^ "Kelley adds certification to its used-vehicle listings". Automotive News. June 24, 2002. * ^ "KBB Report: Fair Purchase Price Data Shows Vehicle Segments Worth Buying Used". Business Fleet. 19 February 2013. * ^ "KBB Rolls Out Range-Based Pricing for Used Values". Auto Remarketing. 20 May 2014. * ^ Jonathan Welsh (30 July 2012). " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
Launches First Consumer TV Ads (Video)". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 30 July 2014. * ^ Mackenna Waterhouse (31 July 2012). " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
launches national television ad campaign". OC Metro. Retrieved 30 July 2014. * ^ "2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend Rankings". Harris Interactive. Retrieved September 24, 2013. * ^ "KBB.com Earns Brand of the Year Three Years Running". Yahoo! Finance. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. * ^ Kara Vaporean (October 3, 2012). " Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book
wins WebAward for second consecutive year". OC Metro. Retrieved September 24, 2013.

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