How can I check the “value” of my car myself?

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As with many things these days, finding information can be done most quickly on the internet.  Quick estimates can be had from Kelly Blue Book (www.kbb.com ), Edmunds (www.edmunds.com) and NADA (www.nadaguides.com) are good places to start.  Just remember-don’t rely on figures showing the dealer’s selling price for your vehicle, because the selling price includes dealer profit.  You may want to look more closely at trade-in value, or the price a dealer would have paid to buy your vehicle (if it hadn’t been damaged).  If you don’t have internet access, the reference desk of your local library is a good place to go.  If you do have internet access, you can try to calculate through the same sites the insurance companies are allowed to use.

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