How do you derive "Instant Market Value"? How is "Instant Market Value" different than Edmonds "Dealer Retail Value"?Thanks

David Sicks

Asked by May 06, 2015 at 01:02 AM

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Edmunds, for example


Pricing for
Oregon City, OR
For pricing in
your area

True Market Value®

Private  Party Sale
Dealer Retail


Pricing Details for a 2007 Dodge Caliber
R/T 4dr Car
Customized True Market Value® Prices
Private Party
Dealer Retail

National Base Price

Optional Equipment

Power Glass Sunroof

Leather Seating

Color Adjustment - Dark Blue

Regional Adjustment - for Zip Code 97045

Mileage Adjustment - 83,000 miles

Condition Adjustment - Clean


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I'm sure it's based on both current book values and selling prices of similar vehicles, but it's not perfect: it often does not take into account certain details, and that leads to erroneous pricing. For instance, we had a Chevy Silverado 250HD that IMV said was WAAAAY overpriced, but it didn't take into account that the truck had a diesel engine, which adds thousands to the value of a truck like that.

David Sicks

Hello, Team, Edmunds appraisal tool provides ways to recognize optional features, such as power sun roofs, chrome rims and heated leather seats. Diesel engines are not optional in 2007 Calibers, so that particular check box does not appear. The beauty of Edmunds' appraisal tool is that it quantifies many of the principal components of local valuation. With all that info itemized and listed in order, if a seller or a buyer disagree, especially about something as significant as an optional diesel engine, they should be able to agree on a more accurate value for whatever was omitted (or mistakenly included). That takes a lot of hocus pocus out of buying a used car.

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