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CAP Black Book Live

Time 10:24 pm, March 29, 2012

CAR valuation experts CAP will launch a real time used car trade valuation system called ‘Black Book Live’ in May.

The new system, which values trade vehicles in real time, will not replace the monthly Black Book guide. Instead, the Black Book guide will continue to be published in all its current formats.

For users, the major difference will between Black Book Live and current CAP used car valuations is speed. Current CAP used car valuations are published on a monthly basis, whereas valuations in Black Book Live will change as soon as sufficient evidence is gathered to indicate that the market value of a vehicle has changed.


It means the values published in CAP’s monthly pricing products will now become a ‘snapshot’ of the Black Book Live system, and it is expected the quality or accuracy of existing monthly valuation products will improve.

The monthly ‘snapshot’ will be taken later in the month than the current editorial production process allows. Therefore monthly published valuations will be more up to date when products are released.

‘The integrity of all our valuations will therefore be enhanced,’ says CAP.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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