Kelley Blue Book: App Review

BreakingModern — For some, October means football is in full swing, and for others it means fall foliage is reaching its color peak. For still others, October means next year’s car models are being released and it’s car-buying season. Whether you’re looking to buy a new or used car, the only way to get the best deal is to arm yourself with the best information available. This is where the Kelley Blue Book Car Buying app can level the playing field between buyer and seller.

Just the Facts

The Kelley Blue Book Car Buying app for Android is available on Google Play. Naturally, there’s an iOS version available on iTunes too. And, as you can see from the screenshot of the app, the folks at Kelley didn’t concern themselves with aesthetics. The app’s interface is about as minimalistic as an app can get. Even the advertisement on the bottom of the screen is small and simple.

The main screen offers the most basic choice when looking for a car to buy: new or used. From there you can select make, model, year and special packages or accessories. Eventually, you will drill down to find the exact car you want. From there you can get the vital information you need regarding fair market price, suggested price and trade-in value.

You can also ask the app to locate a dealer or seller in the area that is likely to have the car you’re looking for. Your location is provided by your smartphone’s GPS. You’ll also be able to download photos and videos of the car, so you know exactly what you are getting.


The Kelley Blue Book is the trusted, most often cited, standard for determining the general value of any automobile, regardless of make and model. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a Ferrari 458 Spider ($269,903) or a 2012 Kia Optima ($22,906), the Kelley Blue Book Car Buying app will provide you all the details you need to make the best deal.

Remember: no matter how much they try to convince you otherwise, the person or dealership trying to sell you a car is not your friend. Information is the only friend you have. With the Kelley Blue Book Car Buying app installed on your smartphone, you have just the knowledge you need to make the best deal, right at your fingertips.

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All Screenshots: Mark Kaelin

Mark Kaelin

Author: Mark Kaelin

Based in Louisville, KY., Mark W. Kaelin is a tech and gadget writer who also covers fine living for us here at BreakingModern.

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