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OK, as Dr. Phil would say, I am stupefied! My neighbor's kid wants to sell his 1999 EX 250, 9k miles, pretty good condition.

KBB retail is $1955. NADA has average retail at $1135. Why the huge discrepancy? Which guide is or should be followed, etc. I thought NADA were the dealer trade-in values but it says retail. :confused: as usual. Thanks.
 

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Let me modify my question. I am aware of the KBB private party value. But let's say a dealer wants $2k for the 1999 EX 250 and NADA says it is around $1100. Would someone get screwed paying close to $2k? I'm still not sure about what price guide a buyer should use. :(
 

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Here are NADA and KBB retail prices:


NADA 1999 Kawasaki EX 250 F-13

Low Retail Average Retail

$865 $1,135



KBB 1999 Kawasaki EX250-F13 Ninja R

Suggested Retail Value $1955


Are there any motorcycle dealers on this board who can explain this difference? There must be some reason. Thanks
 

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The kbb retail is often higher on older bikes. Also, that is probably the high retail price where as the nada is the more average price. I would say the bike should be around $1800 at a dealer or $1200-1500 buying from a private party. My local dealer was selling them brand new for $2800. later
 

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Thanks. I'm seeing dealer and private party prices for 250 Ninja's that are way over both KBB and NADA. And what's anoying is that they are getting these higher prices. I agree that $1500 for a very nice 1999 250 would be about right. This kid started at $2300 and won't go below KBB Retail. I'll look elsewhere.
 

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They're just guides, and often aren't very accurate compared to what counts, which is market value.

You may want to call a local bank or insurance agent and ask them which guide they use for loans and insurance claims. For example in MA NADA is the standard.

The bike's probably worth more than $1200. You've got to research how much they're selling for...check Ebay under "completed listings" at 250's and see what people are paying for them. Check ads, dealers, ect., and you'll get an idea what they're worth.
 

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After googling through various motorcyle websites and comparing both kbb and nada, there is no clear view regarding who is more accurate. Both looks good for me, but the price statistics assumed by nada is fairly low.
 
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