bottom line is that at most carmax locations, you are going to get a pretty good price. i have gone to them on three separate times for 2 cars and had an appraisal at KBB privagte party trade, good condition. not bad for only 30 minutes ,NO hastle, and free
Yeah they are set in stone. I've bought 3 cars from them and they have bought 2 from me,and on one of those I didn't even buy a car from them and they treated me fairly and like an adult. I hate dealers that think your stupid.
Sold one car to Carmax at what I thought was a fair price. On another I tried to sell, they lowballed me by about $2500. Not sure what was up with that??? - Carmax was over $2000 lower than EVERY trade-in offer I rec'd (4 diffewrent dealerships!!).
By the way, Carmax makes an on the spot offer that is good for 7-days or 300 miles.
You can always use their free estimate to influence any potential dealer offer you might get. I actually got over bluebook when going to carmax...while the Infiniti dealer lowballed me by about $6k (greedy bastahds). It doesn't take much convincing (at least it didn't for me) to get them to match the carmax offer. Might depend on the resale-ability of your trade-in, tho...
When I first went to them to take my FX off my hands I thought they lowballed me. After going to a few dealers and asking for trade-in values I realized they were dead-on to what the fair market value was. It was quite a bit lower than what Kelley Blue Book quoted as a trade-in value. The good news is when I went back a month later, they still honored the original estimate they had given me, while my payoff had dropped.
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