Established in 1955, Black Book was founded in Gainesville, GA, by three businessmen who regularly attended local, dealer-only auto auctions. Realizing that having accurate market values would help them make better buying and selling decisions, the three began writing down and tracking auction prices. When other dealers requested copies, the three started publishing their sheets weekly. Within a few years Black Book went from a hand-written tally of the week's local auction results to a nationally recognized provider of the most current used vehicle values available.
Black Book editors have 300 years of professional automotive experience. Black Book provides values for both new and used vehicles, including cars and light trucks produced since 1946, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, and heavy duty commercial trucks and trailers. Black Book data is published daily in multiple electronic formats including data feeds, Internet-based applications, hand held PDAs, web enabled cell phones, Pocket PCs, BlackBerry and Palm devices, SmartPhones, Micro Browsers, online trade appraisal services, and in a variety of other custom products. Printed versions are also available on a weekly basis.
Black Book is a division of the Hearst Business Media Corporation, and has offices in Georgia, Florida, Michigan, and Maryland.