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Are Kelley Blue Book Car Values Correct for Junk Cars?  

The Kelley Blue Book® (KBB) is widely recognized as the ideal resource for the valuation of used cars, trucks, and other vehicles. As useful as it is, the KBB is not always accurate even for good used vehicles due to variables discussed below, and it cannot provide meaningful estimates of value for damaged automobiles or those to be sold for salvage. There are special factors for calculating the difference between the Blue Book value and the market value of a junk car.

Can I Use the KBB to Find Out the Value of My Junk Car?

An accurate car value assessment depends on variables that cannot be accounted for in the KBB, so the Blue Book car value typically does not hold up at the potential point of sale. For example, it can’t account for damage or repair costs. The value of a salvage vehicle is even much less likely to be accurate in the KBB.

On the contrary, salvage car valuations tend to be closer to around 50% of the Kelley Blue Book Value. The KBB value reflects pricing for a driveable car, not for a vehicle in salvage condition. Check auto salvage rates in your vicinity to get an appropriate valuation for a vehicle in a similar condition to yours.

What Vehicles Can the Kelley Blue Book Price Accurately?

The KBB values are based on recent sales data. The Blue Book values do rather reliably reflect the fair market value of new vehicles and used cars that are in fairly good condition. However, when selling a damaged, undrivable, or salvage car, expect the KBB value to be very different from the amount your vehicle is really worth.

In some cases, using the Kelley Blue Book Private Party Value option renders more realistic prices for vehicles. But, you would need to factor in the cost of the money and time you will spend listing your vehicle, showing it to multiple parties, waiting while trying to sell it, etc.

NADA and Manheim Alternatives to Kelley Blue Book

Alternatives to the KBB include the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) guide, which is for dealers to use in pricing trade-ins. But, its valuations are with the assumption that all trade-ins are in very clean condition. Of course, that is not the usual condition of older or junk cars. So, NADA pricing must be adjusted for expected repairs, maintenance, and detailing. So most dealers now use the Manheim Market Report, a.k.a. the Black Book. It’s not available to the public and it lists far more conservative valuations for used automobiles.

How Is the Value of Salvage Vehicles Calculated?

A different set of factors go into the calculus for valuations of salvage vehicles than the formula used to estimate the value of automobiles for the Kelley Blue Book. For example, the make, model, year, condition, mileage, location, and other factors influence the KBB fair purchase price. The value of a junk vehicle is largely based on the current various scrap metal rates for the collective parts of the car.

So, How Much Is My Car Worth?

If you want to find out how much your damaged or salvaged vehicle is worth, Junk Car Cash Out can help. Call us to get the current value of your junk car from one of our car-buying experts. We will provide you with an estimate of the fair market value of your car within just a minute or two, including free towing and transfer of title.

To get a price quote for your car from our state-of-the-art pricing tool at Junk Car Cash Out, you can just answer a few basic questions about the vehicle to generate a quote. It probably takes less time than filling out all the fields to get the Blue Book value of your car, and it’s incomparably less prone to pricing errors than the KBB for a damaged or very old car.

Why Choose Junk Car Cash Out?

We buy junk cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and newer vehicles too. We pay top dollar for junk cars that don’t run, wrecked cars, etc. We’ll tell you the current value of your junk car, and if you decide to sell us the car, we’ll tow it away at no cost to you.

Call Junk Car Cash Out at (801) 441-2766 to get the current value of your car by phone. Or, use our online quick quote request to find out how much your car is worth today!

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Noah Schmitz
Noah Schmitz
19:15 24 Jun 22
JCCO was incredibly easy and convenient to work with. My old car was gone within 24 hours, and I got a few hundred dollars for minimum effort. Would happily recommend.
Rachel Montes
Rachel Montes
19:53 26 May 22
I contacted them and within a day the car was gone and I had the cash, very helpful with paperwork and very friendly! Highly recommend this place to get rid of unwanted vehicles!
Andrea Behrman
Andrea Behrman
17:02 20 May 22
This is my third car. Very satisfied.
Ryan Peacock
Ryan Peacock
19:38 09 May 22
kierston ally
kierston ally
22:59 21 Apr 22
Extremely fast service. I was able to get a quote today and they already picked it up with payment.
Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson
23:17 08 Apr 22
They picked up the car the same day I contacted them. They paid a fair price. I would use them again.
Kinder Giron
Kinder Giron
21:52 20 Mar 22
These guys were awesome to work with. Our car was totaled. I filled out info on their website. They texted me a quote (which was more than expected, tbh). Car was picked up and money in hand later on that day. They made it as painless as possible.
Mr. Nice Sky
Mr. Nice Sky
19:03 16 Mar 22
Fast and easy.
Jessica Dunyon
Jessica Dunyon
21:04 18 Feb 22
Would definitely use Junk Car Cash Out again! They are very friendly and helpful, we’re easy to work with, gave me more cash than any other company I contacted, and the whole process from first contact to them picking up the car with cash in my hand took less than 24 hours. The tow driver, James, even worked with me and waited while I turned around for a forgotten garage door opener. JCCO will be my go to if I need these services again.
Susan Bliss
Susan Bliss
23:29 12 Feb 22
After my accident, we decided to not keep the car. Stacey said she would get back to me on our desired amount for our vehicle.and she did. They were prompt, came at the arranged time and paid in cash. Stacey mad it easy to give them the necessary paperwork and I consider them trustworthy people to work with.
Kaysen Sucks
Kaysen Sucks
20:38 08 Feb 22
Crystol Chapman
Crystol Chapman
20:14 05 Feb 22
Easy Satisfying Great experience! Such a seamless experience, wonderful, friendly people to work with. They literally did all the work for me, gave me a fair value for my vehicle, & offered solutions to me at every roadblock. I prefer text msg, never had to speak to anyone but pickup driver for seconds to exchange custody of vehicle & payment. All I had to do was hand over the keys with signed title, & then was handed cash right then for the amount agreed upon, driver pulled it out of my driveway with ease, & no interruption to neighbors, community or myself, once payment, keys & title were exchanged, I went back to what I was doing & vehicle & driver were leaving mins later. Easy Satisfying Great experience!
Maria C
Maria C
23:10 17 Dec 21
Everyone I dealt with was very friendly. They pay more than some of the other junk yards..
Dayna McArthur
Dayna McArthur
21:53 15 Dec 21
Ingrid Veldhuis
Ingrid Veldhuis
20:13 11 Dec 21
Nerissa Iloilo
Nerissa Iloilo
20:04 06 Dec 21
Larry
Larry
23:30 17 Nov 21
All went well. Nice flexible people. Paid cash. So simple.
Alex Roman
Alex Roman
17:05 15 Nov 21
Excellent customer service.
America America
America America
20:16 12 Nov 21
Simple and straight forward. Everything was done through text by choice and it was awesome. Just be honest on the description of your vehicle for sale and you'll get what your quoted.
Leah Windley
Leah Windley
20:04 05 Nov 21
Quick with the quote and quick with the pick up! Super easy!
Kristyn Shaw
Kristyn Shaw
19:06 26 Oct 21
Very fast service and got what was offered! Thank you!
Rachel Talbot
Rachel Talbot
22:42 08 Oct 21
I can't believe how easy this process was! I would definitely refer them to anyone and everyone I know, the process is painless. They do all the work all you have to do is sign your name!!! Try it you'll love it!!!
Verlynn Gordon
Verlynn Gordon
22:51 02 Oct 21
Jeff Wheeler
Jeff Wheeler
19:06 18 Sep 21
Great company to work with, the entire process from quote to pickup took less than 4 hours.
Randy Iler
Randy Iler
23:47 12 Sep 21
Crystal Barraza
Crystal Barraza
19:09 12 Sep 21
Great customer service & super easy!
Loob
Loob
19:08 09 Sep 21
Kevin Beckstead
Kevin Beckstead
05:17 05 Sep 21
I signed the titles over, the driver gave me $300 for each car, and was on his way. Easy peasy. I'll call them again.
John Behrman
John Behrman
17:16 03 Sep 21
I am very satisfied with my experience with Junk Car Cash Out
Gabriella D
Gabriella D
19:36 01 Sep 21
Otrin Baibe
Otrin Baibe
20:10 31 Aug 21
June Buggy
June Buggy
23:42 25 Aug 21
This place is very good, they actually worked around my schedule unlike other places, they also gave me the highest pay which was another bonus😊
Cho BaiDen
Cho BaiDen
18:21 11 Aug 21
Easy to work with. On-time scheduling.
Marilyn Kelsey
Marilyn Kelsey
20:39 08 Aug 21
Ty Abbott
Ty Abbott
19:32 05 Aug 21
Heather Johnson
Heather Johnson
20:21 28 Jul 21
Amazing service, they were so fast getting ny car out. Highly recommend!
Kimberly Brsinerd
Kimberly Brsinerd
22:00 26 Jul 21
Michelle B
Michelle B
17:05 26 Jul 21
Absolutely amazing service! Super easy, fast, and professional. Highly recommend if you're wanting to get rid of any car, we've used them twice now. Both times were extremely easy and no hassle at all.
Jake (NemesisJake)
Jake (NemesisJake)
23:23 24 Jul 21
Great experience with Will.
David May
David May
20:46 19 Jul 21
Getting a quote was easy and I felt zero pressure to accept. Once I decided to accept my quote, scheduling pickup was also easy. The tow truck came to me at the appointed time. The driver was friendly, professional, and showed he valued my time. From the time they showed up and when my junk car was towed away was probably 15 minutes. My quote was honored. Zero stress.
Mark Trent
Mark Trent
23:21 24 Jun 21
This the easiest transaction I've ever done showed up on time took my car like they said and paid me exceptional for it
Chase Harvey
Chase Harvey
22:20 24 Jun 21
100% amazing company! Great communication, easy to deal with, FAST response. Super friendly dudes. Thank You, Adrian! Excellent service.
sadie felix
sadie felix
19:09 24 Jun 21
This is my second time working with junk car cash out and I was even happier the second time around! Highly reccomend going through them if your looking to sell quickly and with no hassle! Thank you guys so much! Oh and the tow truck drivers were so nice and prompt!
Catherine Lichfield
Catherine Lichfield
19:11 23 Jun 21
I shopped around a few places and this was by far the best deal and experience. The other guys offered me 1/4 of the money, hounded me while I was waiting for my title in the mail (which I hadn't realized I didn't have until I reached out to sell it), told me their very low offer was going to expire, and told me "other companies" were going to show up for pick up and change their offer to almost nothing.Junck Car Cash Out was respectful, waited for me to contact them when I was ready, picked up my vehicle the same day I had everything ready, and paid me in cash their original offer with no haggling or renegotiating. They didn't bad mouth the competition and the guy who picked up my vehicle was friendly, courtious, and professional. All in all it was a great experience and I would recommend them to anyone!
Wagner Oliveira
Wagner Oliveira
20:27 17 Jun 21
Super easy to work with, they were patient, very accommodating to my schedule and offered fair price. I highly recommend.
Michelle DeHaan
Michelle DeHaan
19:14 16 Jun 21
Felicia Douros
Felicia Douros
17:46 12 Jun 21
This was the easiest way to sell my car. They responded and pick up my car the same day. It’s a legit company and I am extremely happy.
Denise Vandevanter
Denise Vandevanter
04:55 11 Jun 21
Jen & Aarin
Jen & Aarin
19:05 09 Jun 21
I inquired about a quote for my vehicle through the website and I received an email within an hour. Communication was always quick and informative. As soon as I accepted the offer they gave me for my vehicle, the tow Junk drover called me within the hour and picked up my car 45 min later. In total the process took two days, and everyone was professional. I highly recommend Junk Car Cash out!
Jeremy Lucero
Jeremy Lucero
19:46 05 Jun 21
Very quick and painless awesome experience Oscar was the driver really nice guy 5 min process verify title check vin then cash in your hand and done
Christopher Jordan
Christopher Jordan
19:09 31 May 21
Fast and easy to get my old broken car taken off my hands. Website needs a little work
Wonsuk Choi
Wonsuk Choi
20:20 28 May 21
William responded to my quote request in short time, he was easy to work with, and very friendly.
Brock Kunz
Brock Kunz
00:17 26 May 21
Very kind and professional people.
David A Garcia
David A Garcia
19:04 21 May 21
Super fast and easy to get a quote. Picked up same day. Very easy to communicate with, highly recommend. Was offered more than a different company.
Sarah Coddington
Sarah Coddington
20:55 20 May 21
Giany Leon
Giany Leon
18:07 20 May 21
Easiest process and better offer than expected!
Krissia Amaya
Krissia Amaya
21:22 16 May 21
They were awesome! Everything was done fast and easy! Highly recommended!
Jonathan Stewart
Jonathan Stewart
18:25 09 Apr 21
Fast friendly and easy to work with. Best offer for my car, too. And in cash!
They were very friendly and professional. such a relief to finally have my clunker gone!
Oakley Damron
Oakley Damron
18:06 09 Apr 21
The workers are very nices and give you what I would say is a lot of money for a junk car! Will work with them again.
timothy walsh
timothy walsh
14:58 29 Mar 21
I love this place
Rex Harris
Rex Harris
17:52 12 Mar 21
Levi Johnson
Levi Johnson
22:19 10 Mar 21
Great people, they gave me a fair price for my car.
Jack Allen
Jack Allen
13:54 04 Mar 21
Could have asked more money.
Christina Atuatasi
Christina Atuatasi
19:03 03 Mar 21
AnajakLaosCoffee
AnajakLaosCoffee
18:17 03 Mar 21
Great service and smooth transaction.
Makayla
Makayla
23:32 20 Feb 21
I had a very bad experience with their partners Pull N Save , but junk car cash out worked it out with me and figured something out and I appreciate how willing and kind they were to work with me after my bad experience with Pull n save.
Eric Giles
Eric Giles
22:57 11 Feb 21
David Schugk
David Schugk
18:37 10 Feb 21
Painless. Made a call they picked up the next day. Thank you
Rachel Muren
Rachel Muren
23:50 03 Feb 21
Rich Leister
Rich Leister
23:07 27 Jan 21
Easy as making a call!
Rick Larsen
Rick Larsen
22:48 14 Jan 21
Gathernax X
Gathernax X
22:26 14 Jan 21
Easy pick up, hope my dead car helps somebody out.
Trista Ballard
Trista Ballard
22:19 14 Jan 21
They were fast, courteous and I feel like fairly priced. I didn't get a run around it was straightforward and James was a delight to meet!!!
fabiola munoz
fabiola munoz
23:47 08 Jan 21
Gabriel G.
Gabriel G.
21:35 08 Jan 21
Pete Luetz
Pete Luetz
19:02 06 Jan 21
Easy peasy. They arrived when they said andEverything went well.
LuLu Beltran
LuLu Beltran
16:29 06 Jan 21
Were able to get me in the same day they reached back out to me professional, easy and fair amount on a car that didnt work. Bonus that it was cash. Will and James were fantastic
derek simpson
derek simpson
16:39 01 Jan 21
Offered higher pay than competitors. Everyone that was involved in the process was very respectful, polite, and helpful. I hope I don’t need to junk a car again, but if I do, it will 100% be with this company.
eugene watte
eugene watte
23:19 29 Dec 20
Sandy Cross
Sandy Cross
17:18 28 Dec 20
This was a great company to work with. They made the process very simple, plus they showed up when they said they would and hauled of my vehicle without any hassle at all. They're very competent and efficient. I would recommend them to anyone looking to junk a car.
Carolyn Richards
Carolyn Richards
21:06 11 Dec 20
JCCO helped me with 5 vehicles within 2 days. i recommend them to everyone!!!! Thanks again for all the help!!!!!
Brandon Swenson
Brandon Swenson
19:51 11 Dec 20
Ray Wilson
Ray Wilson
01:02 19 Nov 20
Rikki Tulin
Rikki Tulin
01:07 13 Nov 20
Simple and easy. Very good communication. Friendly.
Luis Salazar
Luis Salazar
15:28 03 Nov 20
Breanna Whipple
Breanna Whipple
18:28 30 Oct 20
Very fast. It was less than 24 hours from when I contacted them to when they came and got my car. I thought I would have to pay someone to tow my car away, but they towed it and gave me some cash so win win.
Darian Holloway
Darian Holloway
20:51 27 Oct 20
It was quick and easy and such lovely service!!
Bri
Bri
20:50 27 Oct 20
Apeman
Apeman
21:27 23 Oct 20
Edward Eyre
Edward Eyre
21:19 23 Oct 20
Junk Car Cash Out was fantastic. So easy to work with. I will recommend this service to anyone wanting to cash out their car. Thank you. Keep up the great work!
Salote Kimoana
Salote Kimoana
21:26 22 Oct 20
Will was very helpful, and super responsive. Thank you for your fast service, will definitely recommend this place and use in the future. Great Service
Neil Christiansen
Neil Christiansen
20:49 13 Oct 20
They made the process of selling my died in the canyon car easy and did everything they said they would.
Kaden Hoskins
Kaden Hoskins
16:21 09 Oct 20
Quick and great to work with!
Kyle Lang
Kyle Lang
17:22 08 Oct 20
Elizabeth Guertler
Elizabeth Guertler
21:57 07 Oct 20
Great to work with!
Michael Davis
Michael Davis
16:01 21 Sep 20
Had a great experience with this business. They were easy to work with and helped me out when I lost the title to the car.
Ken Nottingham
Ken Nottingham
11:37 15 Sep 20
These guys have got it going on! As soon as you accept the offer, with blazing speed, they confirm the title and where to tow the car from and within an hour it was done.
Drake Rees
Drake Rees
22:29 10 Sep 20
Very fast response and gave cash and made it very easy
Family Account
Family Account
15:35 10 Sep 20
Ling F
Ling F
18:26 09 Sep 20
Stewart Cowley
Stewart Cowley
23:15 02 Sep 20
Excellent, prompt service. No surprises. We recommend Junk Car Cash Out.
dana crowther
dana crowther
19:43 31 Aug 20
These guys were quick to return my call, and got me on the schedule within a few days. Nice and efficient!
Nate Medici
Nate Medici
16:46 25 Aug 20
These guys we're awesome!! They worked with me on scheduling and gave me a good price!
Bryan McCleary
Bryan McCleary
16:09 21 Aug 20
Great to work with! These guys came and helped me out the ame day that I called. Super friendly and were very good with communicating pickup time and information. Thanks for the help!
Heather Smith
Heather Smith
21:17 19 Aug 20
Justin Harvey
Justin Harvey
17:30 13 Aug 20
Fast and easy! No hassles. Up front about the whole process.
freddy gutierrez
freddy gutierrez
17:27 12 Aug 20
Well i didnt get much as another place but i loved the service and how fast they got out here very easy and they got back to you fast
Paul Isaacson
Paul Isaacson
20:53 11 Aug 20
Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
20:49 11 Aug 20
Great group of people. Very responsive. Higher offer than other places I called. The driver who came to pick up the car was prompt and very friendly.
Cherish Lamb
Cherish Lamb
01:22 07 Aug 20
Easy, simple and fast! My husband and I would do business with them anytime, great service!
D Park
D Park
15:45 03 Aug 20
Couldn't have been easier. Quick response time, car was picked up on time and with no hassle or issues of any kind. I made last minute schedule changes and they rolled with it. Highly recommend.
Matthew Borget
Matthew Borget
12:57 31 Jul 20
Great to work with and they were quick!
Lydia Williams
Lydia Williams
14:47 30 Jul 20
Our experience with Junk Car Cash Out was fantastic! The whole online process worked very smoothly. Both Will and James were a pleasure to work with and they were very upbeat and friendly. Not only did we get a decent price for the vehicle we were selling, but we were also able to enjoy the experience with no hassle. I've now sold 2 junk cars to them and both times it was fast, easy, and totally worth it!
Troy McDougal
Troy McDougal
16:56 27 Jul 20
First time user and was surprised how easy and fair they where. Will did a great job communicating and they did exactly what they said they would. Will use them in future
Linda Rowley
Linda Rowley
15:03 22 Jul 20
Fast and fair!!!
Jacqui Thoman
Jacqui Thoman
19:28 13 Jul 20
Kanna Meeks
Kanna Meeks
18:57 30 Jun 20
Sam Naatz
Sam Naatz
23:20 22 Jun 20
Minhee Kang
Minhee Kang
21:41 11 Jun 20
Their service was fast, friendly, and professional.
Shaunte Kelley
Shaunte Kelley
17:56 03 Jun 20
They are amazing!! Wonderful customer service!! Will was just the best to work with thank you guys so much!
Benjamin Van Noy
Benjamin Van Noy
15:07 02 Jun 20
Super easy, gave me the most for my car, texted me updates when tow truck was dispatched so I knew where they were, when to expect them. Paid in cash. Highly recommend
Johanna Romero
Johanna Romero
20:42 30 Apr 20
I did not call, did everything online and over email. Very fast and fair service!
Ann Andreini
Ann Andreini
06:26 26 Apr 20
Jerry Lynch
Jerry Lynch
20:01 07 Apr 20
All my expectations were met. Truck picked up and payment made.Thanks so much
C A
C A
21:10 27 Mar 20
Damian Parish
Damian Parish
21:59 24 Mar 20
Vivian Garcia
Vivian Garcia
19:34 12 Mar 20
James Nelson
James Nelson
14:00 07 Mar 20
Elvi Rwankuba
Elvi Rwankuba
16:12 24 Feb 20
Josh Appleman
Josh Appleman
02:48 30 Jan 20
Qilu Wu
Qilu Wu
20:14 04 Nov 19
Jake Baker
Jake Baker
22:12 02 May 19
Jen Y
Jen Y
00:10 19 Apr 19
Unhealthy_axis _ranger
Unhealthy_axis _ranger
21:30 23 Mar 19
Lets have a car smashing side,because thats very fun,and taking ur anger out
Randy Chap
Randy Chap
23:23 24 Jan 19
Tim was very professional and helped get rid of our car for a very decent price.
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