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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is GOLD BOOK?
    GOLD BOOK is the premier product line of Sanford Evans Research Group. The following publications are GOLD BOOKS:
    • Used and Older Vehicle Value Guides
    • Car and Truck Data Guides
    • Supplement to the Car & Truck Data Guides
    • Motorcycle/ATV/PWC Data & Value Guide
    • Snowmobile Data & Value Guide
  2. What is the difference between a Data Guide GOLD BOOK and a Value Guide GOLD BOOK?
    Data Guides primarily detail identification, engine and chassis specifications, and original MSRP of vehicles, while Value Guides detail original MSRP along with estimated current average wholesale and retail values for different regions.
  3. Are GOLD BOOKS available online? Do you lease raw data to organizations?
    GOLD BOOK products are available online. Data is leased to select clients. See GB Online for more information on online products and data leasing.
  4. What if I cannot locate a vehicle?
    Most vehicles originally available new in Canada are listed. Vehicles originally purchased new in other countries may not be listed in our lineups. View a similar vehicle for approximate specifications and valuations.
  5. Do you provide data and valuations for RVs, boats, trailers, or collector vehicles?
    No. At this time, only lineups for cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles are published.
  6. Do you have values for heavy trucks/ commercial vehicles?
    Heavy trucks are included in Data Guides, but not included in Valuation Guides. Heavy trucks are often configurable and incomplete; manufacturers do not provide full lists of MSRPs for all configurable options (there can be 100s of options!). Therefore, heavy trucks must be valued on an individual basis and are not included in the Valuation Guides.
  7. When are the books printed?
    • Used Vehicle Value Guide (Cars, light trucks, SUVs & vans): Monthly
    • Older Vehicle Value Guide (Cars, light trucks, SUVs & vans): Quarterly (3 mths)
    • Car & Truck Data Guides: Annually ~ March
    • Supplement to Car & Truck Data Guides: Annually ~ August
    • Motorcycle/ATV/PWC Data & Value Guide: Annually ~ May
    • Snowmobile Data & Value Guide: Annually ~ November
    • Blue Book of Cdn Food Store Operators & Wholesalers: no further issues scheduled
  8. How much do the books cost? How do I place an order?
    Orders can be placed by phone, fax, email, or mail. Click here for an Ordering. See Pricing Overview for pricing details.
  9. Who can buy GOLD BOOK? Do I have to be a dealer?
    The general public can purchase GOLD BOOK; you do not have to be a licensed dealer. For an order form, click here.
  10. I only require one value/weight listing. How can I get this without subscribing or buying a book?
    For a prepaid $20 fee (+ applicable taxes) we can provide a fax/email of a valuation or data listing. See Research Services for more information.
  11. Can historical valuations be obtained? For example, can an estimated vehicle value from a time in the past be obtained?
    Yes, for a prepaid $20 fee (+ applicable taxes) we can provide a fax/email of a historical vehicle valuation. See Research Services for more information.
  12. I have a vehicle older than the years covered in the Older Vehicle Value Guide. How do I estimate/obtain a valuation?
    For a prepaid $20 fee (+ applicable taxes) we can provide a fax/email of a valuation. See Research Services for more information. Alternately, as a general guideline, consider reducing the value for a similar vehicle by 10% for each year earlier than that published vehicle.
  13. What is meant by wholesale value? Retail value? Trade-in value? Private sale value?
    • Wholesale Value: Represents the value a dealer should expect to pay at an auction.
    • Retail Value: Represents the value a private buyer should expect to pay a dealer. This value accounts for inspection, reconditioning, and financing costs incurred by the dealer to make ready for sale.
    • Trade-In Value: Represents the value a private individual should expect to receive if trading in a vehicle to a dealer. Generally, this value is less than the Wholesale value.
    • Private Sale Value: Represents the value a private individual should expect to pay when purchasing from another private individual. Generally, this value falls between the Wholesale and Retail values.
  14. What is the purpose of the values listed?
    The intent of GOLD BOOK valuations is to provide a general valuation guideline for a unit in average "clean" condition; the valuation is based on a commonly equipped vehicle for that model/trim package. Please keep in mind that the values listed are guidelines only.
  15. Do values take into account vehicle condition?
    Condition is based on an average "clean" unit for the vehicle age. A unit in clean appearance and mechanical condition should not have obvious defects. The body and paint finish should be in good to very good condition, and all mechanical items, tires, and glass should be in good condition with only normal wear. Buyers should have minimal investment for cosmetic and mechanical work. Mileage should be within the average usage range for its age. For cars and trucks, approximately 20,000km/year is assumed. In addition, the unit should be able to pass a safety test, and the interior should have wear in relation to the vehicle's age.
  16. Do values take into account vehicle mileage?
    Values published in our Used Vehicle Value Guide are based on an average kilometer usage of 20,000km/registered year as a general guideline. Pickup trucks tend to be driven more than other vehicle classes, while Luxury vehicles tend to be driven less than average. To adjust for actual mileage above or below 20,000 km/year, a kilometer value adjustment is provided in the online version for model years covered in our Used Vehicle Value Guide.
  17. How would one account for above or below average "clean" units?
    Many factors can influence the perceived value of extra clean vs clean vs rough vehicles. As a very general guideline, extra clean values can be estimated at approximately 10% above the estimated current average resale value, while rough values can be estimated at approximately 20% below the estimated current average resale value.
  18. Do the values include tax? Does the MSRP include tax?
    The original MSRP (list price new) for 1992 and newer model years do not include taxes. The original MSRP for 1991 and older vehicles include the former Federal Sales Tax (FST). Current depreciated valuations do not include taxes. In the case of private to private transactions, there is no GST to be added.
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