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Most of us run to Kelley Blue Book, the NADA website, or Edmunds to find invoice cost (the image to the right shows Edmunds pricing on Ford Fusion models). I compared a 2011 Ford Fusion (base) 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder, 6-speed manual transmission, 4-door sedan, with no added extra options. Here are the results from all three of these auto websites:
- Kelley Blue Book – Invoice - $19,226 – MSRP - $20,470
- Edmunds – Invoice - $18, 476 – MSRP - $19,720
- NADA – Invoice $19,226 – MSRP - $20,470
Both Kelley Blue Book and NADA offer the same cost for invoice and MSRP, while Edmunds offers an invoice cost of $18,476 and MSRP of $19,270, so who’s right?
In this case, Kelley Blue Book and NADA are including the $750 destination (shipping) charge, so if you use Edmunds invoice price of $18,476 and add a $750 destination charge, you do indeed get a true invoice cost of $19,226. So, all of these websites seem to be offering the same invoice cost. It’s important to note here that no matter what website you choose, all invoice prices are based on your zip code—the reason for this is that destination (shipping) charges vary from region to region. I used my New Mexico zip code for the Ford Fusion and the destination charge was $750—it could be more or less depending on how far your closest dealership is to the railway that ships the car from the manufacturer and the trucking company that delivers the car from the railway to the dealership.