How to Find the Original MSRP on a Used Car

February 28, 2013

Finding the original MSRP of used cars is simple, and a great basis for judging the legitimacy of used car prices.

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Information related to original MSRP car prices on used cars is not hard to find once you know where to look for it.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, or MSRP, is the actual retail price of the car. This is the price that the manufacturer suggests the car should be sold at. It is marked as the base price on the sticker. It does not include prices for options. Destination charges are also not included. You need to distinguish it from invoice price and sticker price. The amount paid by the car dealer to the manufacturer is called the Invoice price. This is generally lower than the MSRP due to incentives passed on to the dealer. Sticker price includes all charges related to the vehicle. It does not include taxes and tags.

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Step 1: Find Dealer

Contact the car dealer from whom you are planning to buy the used car. The dealer should be able to help you in getting the information.

Step 2: Find Information Online

Go online and find the true market value of a vehicle at the following sites:

  • http://www.nctd.com/index.cfm: Use the “Car reviews” tab that is available in the menu. Enter the make of the car. For example, Honda, Toyota, BMW or Ford. Select the year and model from the car list that comes up on the left side. Four related pages will come up and one of them will have information related to “Summary, Prices, Specs”. This page will have the MSRP price that you are looking for.
  • http://autos.msn.com/home/used_research.aspx: You need to enter the make and model under the “Used Car” tab. For example, enter “Honda” for make and “Civic” for model. A new page will come up from where you can select the year. Click on the required year. This will now pull up a page that has various tabs. Click “Specs and Features.” This will give you the original retail price (MSRP) along with Kelley blue book value and invoice Price for the different models like: DX Coupe and HX Coupe.

By following the above steps, you should be able to find the original MSRP car prices on used cars.

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