Black Book® is best known in the Automotive Industry for providing timely, independent, and accurate vehicle pricing information. Black Book data is published daily by National Auto Research, a division of Hearst Business Media, and is available to industry qualified users through subscriptions to our website (www.BlackBookUSA.com) , applications for mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 7, BlackBerry, Palm and virtually any other Smart Phone sold in the U.S. , and via a wide variety of regularly published guides. Black Book Data is also available to industry qualified companies for license and sublicense through proprietary web services, APIs, and data feeds. Black Book’s mission is to provide the Automotive Industry with timely, independent, and accurate information to help make the right decisions.
Black Book…Because You Can’t Afford To Be Wrong.
Since our founding in 1955, Black Book has led the industry in innovation to meet the constantly evolving needs of the industry. Recent examples of such innovation include:
- Black Book Mobile Solutions™ - Black Book values at your fingertips on virtually any Smart Phone sold in the U.S.
- Black Book Daily™ - daily value updates for more timely insight into a rapidly changing market.
- Black Book Finance Advance™ - market driven values for loan origination.
- Black Book FirstValues™ - used vehicle values from day-one (starting at new model launch).
- Black Book Activator Complete™ - the latest generation of website lead conversion tools for dealer websites.
Established in 1955, Black Book was founded in Gainesville, GA by three businessmen who regularly attended local, dealer-only auto auctions. Realizing that having accurate market values would help them make better buying and selling decisions, the three began writing down and tracking auction prices. When other dealers requested copies, the three started publishing their sheets weekly. Within a few years Black Book went from a hand-written tally of the week’s local auction results to a nationally recognized provider of the most current used vehicle values available.
We’re still car people. We attend more than 60 auctions nationwide every week gathering the data we use to report the market. While the volume of raw data available to us continues to grow in size, and the tools we use to mine the information have grown in sophistication, we’ve found that there is simply no substitute for being in the lanes. We experience and understand the wholesale market the way our customers do. Our editors have 300 years of professional automotive experience…day in and day out, they do the hard work of getting it right. Today, Black Book provides values for both new and used vehicles, including cars and light trucks produced since 1946, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, and heavy duty commercial trucks and trailers. Black Book data is published daily in multiple electronic formats including data feeds, Internet-based applications, mobile devices, Micro Browsers, online trade appraisal services, and in a variety of other custom products. Printed versions are also available on a weekly basis.
Black Book is a division of the Hearst Business Media Corporation, and has offices in Georgia, Florida, Michigan, and Maryland.