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Here are links to websites that will tell you what your car, truck, SUV or crossover is worth.
What Is My Car Worth?
How much is your car worth? How to find used car values
(For new car prices, see below)
Good source: Get the current Canadian Black Book wholesale value (what it's worth to a dealer as a trade in) of your used car by visiting www.canadianblackbook.com, or via the pass-through links from Toyota Canada's website or through GM Canada's GMAC website.
Editor's Note: Black Book asks you to submit your name, e-mail address and postal code before they send you an e-mail link that lets you view the trade-in value of your vehicle. However, the e-mail and link arrive in your inbox within moments and in our tests over more than two years, we've received no inappropriate e-mails or unwanted contact from using this service.
On the negative side, Black Book Canada completely updated and revamped its website and relaunched it in June 2010, and all we'll say here is that the old site was easier to use. Several features on the new site did not work properly in the month after the redesign.
Another good source: For an even simpler pricing website, check out both wholesale and retail (what a dealer would sell it for) values at VMR Canada.
Also try this: Here's another tip. Visit the Auto Trader magazine online and search for your own vehicle to see what price others are trying to sell similar models for in your area. Similarly, you can also check the prices of vehicles for sale on eBay Motors Canada.
Yet another option: Your local bank's loan officer should have printed copies of the weekly Black Book (listing wholesale values) and the Red Book (retail values) that will help you find an estimate of the current value of your vehicle.
If you're willing to spend a little money: For a fee (about $10-$12 for 30 days of access), canadiancarprices.com will tell you current wholesale and retail pricing for vehicles in the Canadian used car market, as well as dealer pricing on new models.
There's also an interesting blog on car values at http://carvaluesblog.blogspot.com. Written by Simon Scott, the Internet department manager at Langley Chrysler in Surrey, BC, his goal is to provide consultation for trades, selling and insurance purposes and help educate people on the pitfalls of buying, selling or trading in their cars. He also provides a link to current new car rebates on Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep products
New Car Prices
In addition, new car pricing and invoice costs can be found at the fee-based CarCostCanada, This site offers new-car pricing reports that show what the dealer pays for your car and the incentives available, so you can figure what the best price should be. A fee of $39.95 gets you unlimited retail price reports plus wholesale price reports on up to five models. For example, a 2006 Jeep Liberty Renegade had a retail base price of $31,770, which rose to $40,620 with options, freight and other costs. At the time of writing (Feb. 2006), the total wholesale cost for the loaded-up Liberty, according to CarCostCanada, was $37,935, less up to $3,500 in available incentives. Reduced dealer markup and administration fees, which typically cost extra, are offered by specific dealers affiliated with the website.
Best new-car deals right now
Consumer Reports New Car Price Reports regularly monitor and report on car prices in Canada. Certain vehicles are identified as offering particularly attractive savings opportunities at certain times, reflecting supply and demand in the automotive market. Here are examples from August 2010 and September, 2009:
In the charts above, Consumer Reports lists some of the models in its price analysis that carry both substantial discounts and have been recommended by the magazine based on performance and at least average reliability. The Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is listed, For fees in Canada of $29.95 US for 1 report, $39.95 US for 2 reports or $49.95 US for 4 reports, you can access the New Car Price Service, which also gives you Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price -- a close approximation of the actual dealer cost. (Unfairly, it seems, CR charges US customers only $14 for the first report.) The CR Bottom Line Price incorporates the familiar dealer invoice with the behind-the-scenes financial incentives that manufacturers give dealers to increase sales of particular models. Consumer Reports recommends negotiating from the Bottom Line Price. For details, visit http://crcanadacars.org/CNCPS_BestDeals.asp.
Updated July 8, 2010. Updated April 27, 2010. Updated Nov. 3, 2009. Updated Nov. 19, 2010. (c) CarTest.caTM