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Carbly VIN Scanner 2.4 Is Live

We've been hard at work upgrading the Carbly VIN scanner and are pleased to announce the newest additions to the product.

Real Retail Data Supports Every Aspect Of Buying & Selling Used Vehicles

Real Retail supplies data from approximately 3 million transactions, from almost 50% of the dealers in the US. It takes you behind the scenes, showing what retail prices are really being achieved after the deals have been negotiated with customers.

Know Your Retail Market

When buying and selling a successful dealer doesn't rely on guide book values alone; they also make sure that they properly understand their retail market. Failing to do so can result in poor buys and costly errors. Carbly offers extremely detailed and robust data for your live local retail market.

The Importance of Historical Comps When Pricing

You will often hear people in the trade tell you that they simply follow the prices in their local market. That works if everyone else in your market can be trusted to price their inventory correctly; if not, you're allowing an unskilled individual to negatively impact your ability to make money.

Carbly Vin Scanner 2.3 Released

Live Local Market updates, guide book order preferences and more

What is Diminished Value?

Put simply, diminished value is a state in which a vehicle suffers a loss in value as a result of an accident or damage, despite correct repair work having been completed. When compared to a similar model with a clean history, a vehicle with a bad...

The Increasing Importance of Vehicle History

When appraising vehicles there is no shortage of data and reference points these days. They all have their uses and should not be overlooked but before you get too far into the process, you should start by examining a vehicle history report.

Market Day Supply: Why it Matters

Whether you're appraising in the lane at auction or back at the car lot trying to price your inventory, market day supply for any given vehicle is a number that should be central to your process. By dividing the total number of available like vehicles...

Why Used Car Market Trends Are So Important When Appraising

If you're serious about fully exploiting opportunities for profit when buying and selling vehicles, you'll already know that you need multiple data points for complete insight when appraising and pricing. Accurate appraisal requires a nuanced approach that cannot be achieved when only consulting a single source.

What's New in Carbly 2.2

We are pleased to have released Carbly v2.2 and would like to walk you through some of the updates and improvements to the app.

Carbly vs. Autoniq: Pricing Tools for Dealers

There are a handful of vehicle appraisal tools for mobile devices. Autoniq was one of the tools that people turned to after Vin Viper ceased operations a few years ago. At first glance, Carbly and Autoniq offer similar services for auto dealers....

5 Common Mistakes When Appraising Cars

Buying or selling a vehicle at the right price can be a challenging process, and it all starts with determining what you think is a fair (and profitable) price. Except in very rare scenarios, the appraisal process starts with looking at book values...

Carbly vs. Laser Appraiser

Laser Appraiser is another mobile appraisal app for car dealers. To the casual observer it might seem very similar to Carbly but there are actually quite a few things that set them apart.

A VIN Viper Alternative

VIN Viper was an incredibly popular and broadly used tool before the business closed a couple of years ago. It's easy to see the reason for their popularity. They provided a useful feature set for much less than other available tools. Let's look at...

A Guide to More Accurate Vehicle Appraisals

Whether you're determining the highest price to pay for a vehicle or understanding what you should accept as a floor for offers, finding out the true value of a car or truck can be a complicated business.

Want to appraise vehicles faster and more accurately?

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Download our free "Field Guide to Appraising Vehicles" to learn how to price and appraise vehicles more accurately in less time. We've distilled our years of experience down to a 16 page ebook that covers the 4 main areas you should be considering on every vehicle.