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March 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Just as in past gas spikes, the prices for used compact cars and hybrids are starting to rise quickly, according to auto information company Kelley Blue Book. While the average price of used fuel-efficient compacts at auction rose just a modest 0.4% in February, the values jumped 1.3% in the last week of the month. Hybrid prices rose by 3.6% in the last week, Kelley Blue Book said. “The 2010 Toyota Prius led in gains, increasing in value $1,370 through the month of February,” said Alec Gutierrez, an analyst at Kelley Blue Book.  “Dealers have been aggressively bidding on fuel-efficient vehicles at auction as consumer demand increases in response to rising gas prices.
September 27, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for: Investment advice — In his new book, "The Vigilant Investor," former Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Pat Huddleston offers tips to help investors avoid Ponzi schemes and other scams. Among them: • Check with state regulators to make sure the salesperson is properly licensed. If the person is not licensed, it's probably a fraud. • Check federal court records (available for a fee through )
April 24, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Chevrolet says it has earned bragging rights as the car company with the most efficient electric vehicle. The automaker says that the 2014 Spark, which is set to go on sale this summer in California and Oregon, has an EPA estimated range of of 82 miles when fully charged and an estimated combined city/highway 119 mpge. Mpge stands for miles per gallon gasoline equivalent. PHOTOS: Kelley Blue Book's top 10 'green' cars for 2013 Chevy said the subcompact car will save an average of $9,000 over the next five years, compared with other new vehicles.
August 3, 1999 | Jonathan Gaw
One in four people shopping for a used car goes to the Internet for help, according to a study. The nearly 10,000 used-car buyers polled by J.D. Power & Associates said they most frequently visited the Web site of Kelley Blue Book for pricing and other general information, as well as the sites of Consumer Reports,, Edmund's and Microsoft Corp.'s CarPoint.
February 9, 1990
R. Leslie (Les) Kelley, a minister's son who as a car dealer in 1926 began publishing a Blue Book that has since become the bible of the used-car business in terms of establishing automobile market value, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. The one-time owner of the Kelley Kar Co. and Les Kelley Ford--once the largest Ford dealership in the world--was 93 and had been ill for some time, a company spokesman said.
November 1, 1990 | John O'Dell, Times staff writer
Car retailing veterans Dan Cwieka and Jay Barchenger took advantage of the new 900 line "pay-per-call" telephone service in May to start a business providing auto resale values, new-car wholesale prices and car buying techniques to consumers. They named their Laguna Niguel company Car Smarts and, in a bit of inspired marketing following what Cwieka swears was a diligent search of legal records, they got a phone number that spells out BLU-BOOK.
January 26, 2000 | JOHN O'DELL
A lot of attention is focused these days on cars designed to look like trucks and trucks designed to drive like cars, and on automotive styling from the Transformers and Gobots schools. Given all that, it is interesting to see the results of a Web poll taken recently by Kelley Blue Book ( in Irvine. Chevrolet emerged from the monthlong balloting as the favorite brand of the last 50 years, with Chevy models built since 1950 combining to capture 21% of the 67,000 votes cast.
June 21, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Yes, $3-a-gallon gas is back in Southern California. And a study by Kelley Blue Book indicates that it's starting to affect car shoppers. Kelley, the Irvine-based auto information firm, surveyed new car shoppers in May about gas prices and found that more than 60% had changed their buying approach because of rising pump prices, with many saying they would make compromises in their choice of a new vehicle in order to save money on gas. The No....
April 10, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
If you are planning to sell or trade in a used car, the next couple of months might be the most optimum time. Prices of late-model used cars are expected to peak for the year over the next six weeks or so, according to analysts at the National Automobile Dealers Assn. Used Car Guide. That's because auto dealers are trying to stock up on their used car inventory for the busy spring and summer seasons and there is a shortage of good used cars, an echo effect of the recession. Auto sales plunged to their lowest level in a generation in 2009, when Americans purchased just 10.4 million vehicles after buying an annual average of well over 16 million for the previous decade.  That removed millions of potential used vehicles from the market.
Sidney H. "Buster" Kelley, who had built the world's largest used-car business by the 1940s and helped develop the Kelley Blue Book as the bible of automobile values, has died. He was 92. Kelley died Wednesday at the Norco home of his daughter, Deborah Sanchez. A resident of Huntington Beach, Kelley had been battling cancer and related illnesses for several years, said his son, Robert. "Dad was a goer, always saying, 'Let's go for it,' " Robert Kelley said. "He was very innovative.
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