Carbly vs. Laser Appraiser

A comparison of two vehicle pricing tools

Comparing Carbly to Laser Appraiser

"Great value. Tons of information. I have used Autoniq, Laser Appraiser. Vin Viper. Carbly gives me more information for less money and MUCH better customer service."


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.

Laser Appraiser vs. Carbly

Looking at the screenshots above, it is evident that Carbly delivers a true, modern enterprise-level experience with an emphasis on clean, user-friendly design. As a Carbly customer, you will quickly and easily make decisions about a vehicle's value or price in the same time it'll take just to make sense of the screen with Laser Appraiser.

A Tool That Does The Hard Work For You

Combining Data Sources for Better Wholesale, Retail and Auction Prices

Appraising correctly and accurately requires data from multiple sources. It can be time consuming to examine each guide in detail and then compare them to one another though. Carbly understands this. We offer a Summary Section with an Appraisal Assistant. As soon as a vehicle has been entered, the Appraisal Assistant provides recommended wholesale and retail numbers, with ranges, aggregated from all data providers.

The Summary Section immediately highlights positive and negative attributes of the vehicle so that you know what you are looking at. Laser Appraiser offers no such help.

Advanced Trim Decode & Add/Deducts

J.D. Power VIN Precision+ and Build Data

If you're not very familiar with a particular brand, correctly decoding a vehicle to the trim can be difficult. Making a bad buy as a result of a trim error can be costly, and is avoidable with Carbly. Carbly utilizes advanced trim decoding and matching, so there are fewer instances where dealers are forced to make a trim choice. This results in greater speed and more accurate appraisals.

  • 93% trim accuracy
  • 94% vehicle option accuracy

Our partnership with the new J.D. Power VIN Precision+ offers an ever-growing database of 125 million VINs, providing 93% trim accuracy and 94% vehicle option accuracy. Additionally, every Carbly customer benefits from enhanced trim decoding capabilities even if not subscribed to J.D. Power (it is used for all of our VIN decodes).

Buying & Pricing Accurately With Live Market Analysis

In-Depth Look at Your Local Market

As mentioned above, accurate appraisals require multiple sources of data. Laser Appraiser and Carbly both provide wholesale data in the form of guide books as well as featuring retail comps. Laser Appraiser's "My Market" is a list of similar available vehicles in your area. While it's better than not having any retail information at all, it certainly isn't as informative as it could be.

When it comes to retail, Carbly has you covered. The Live Local Market report offers an in-depth look at your local market, featuring the number of like vehicles in your area, their average price and mileage, median current days on lot and a suggested mileage specific retail price.

There's a quick reference graph so that you can see the distribution of retail prices and a table that shows all relevant trims for a model. You can also include the production years before and after the vehicle in question. And just to make sure that there aren't any unanswered questions, we provide all of that data for both CPO and non-CPO vehicles separately.

Sell & Negotiate Deals Profitably With Historical Comps

View Actual Historical Retail Transactions

Carbly goes even further though. Real Retail shows actual historical retail transactions from almost 50% of dealers in the US so you know exactly what sale price to aim for and the profit you can expect on any given vehicle. Laser Appraiser just doesn't provide this level of detailed information.

Cutting-Edge VIN Scanner

Capture from Vehicles, Handwriting, Print, Screens and More

We know it's still a pain to locate and scan barcodes so we gave our product the ability to read VIN number text. This means that you can just point your device at another screen, a piece of paper, a VIN plate and even handwriting (if neat enough) and Carbly will automatically read the VIN for you without any fuss.

The Carbly app also detects when you have copied a VIN to your clipboard, and will automatically prompt you to run an appraisal as soon as you open the app. It can even isolate the VIN from an entire copied block of text, making copying and pasting easier than it has ever been.

If you do happen to be one of the rare people who likes to type in VINs, we've thought of you too. Carbly has a quick and easy VIN optimised keyboard. Once entered, we also made the VIN actionable so that you can easily copy/paste, text or email it just by tapping on it. These things are unique to our product and save massive amounts of time and hassle.

Chrome Browser Extension

Provided 100% Free during the beta period

As a dealer, you spend hours looking at vehicles online. Sourcing in a competitive market demands that you buy from a wide variety of online auctions and wholesale marketplaces. Save time and increase efficiency with the Carbly Browser Extension; it will automatically find VINs on any web page and show Carbly market data directly in your browser.

Team Support & Collaboration

Free for all accounts with more than one user

Carbly for Teams allows your dealership to manage vehicles and collaborate quickly and easily. Save time and money by keeping everyone headed in the same direction. The Teams feature is free for all accounts with more than one user.

  • Share Vehicles, Notes & Photos
  • Activity Feeds for all Team Members
  • Cloud Sync Between Devices & Users
  • Built for your team, whatever the size.

Vehicles added to Carbly can be viewed by everyone else on the team. Anyone can comment as needed on value, condition, recon, lot status, deal flow and more. Discuss vehicle pricing and appraisal data, or add notes and photos to collaborate with your team members. Data between mobile and desktop usage is also automatically synced, giving you the freedom to work wherever you need to.

Affordable Enterprise Data

Free Vehicle History Integration - No Data Minimums - No Setup Fee

Value is incredibly important and Carbly understands that some dealers might only need a single book; our prices are extremely competitive without any contracts or minimus and we always offer a 14 day free trial.

  • Competitive rates
  • No contracts
  • Extra 5% off for 3 providers
  • Extra 10% off for 4+ providers
  • Risk free 14 Day Trial

Laser Appraiser does not publish its pricing publicly so we cannot make any comparisons, but we are confident that Carbly's rates are among the most competitive available.

"I was a 10 year user of Autoniq, and 4 year user of Laser Appraiser. Carbly is king."
Carbly includes a 14 day free trial, so you can see these benefits with zero risk.
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