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Advice for selling car to CarMax to buy Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Greg337, May 20, 2010.

  1. May 20, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    Greg337

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    Hi everyone. I plan to sell my VW to CarMax after reading positive experiences here on TW. I am wondering if anyone has any helpful pointers for me before I head in there tomorrow. Thanks everyone!

    Here is what I am selling.
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  2. May 20, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    t-frax

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    get the Kelly blue book value of your car and work off that when comparing it with the carmax offer.
     
  3. May 21, 2010 at 4:07 AM
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    Wattapunk

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    You will be better off selling your car on CL. There is a chance Car Max will not take the car or low-ball because of the mods you've done to it. Most dealerships like Car Max like their cars plain so it appeals to the masses. Your car will limit their selling demographics to a certain age group. I traded a car to Carmax a few yrs ago and they offered to pay me $1000 more if I would put the stock wheels back on. How about trading yours for a nice '93 4 dr civic w/210K miles, new 13" tires, no PW, No PL ? I will even install a satoshi grille and throw in a bull bar I have laying around off my Tacoma?(professional welder's install recommended)
     
  4. May 21, 2010 at 4:37 AM
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    whiskey101

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    I would go to CarMax, see what they offered me and then post the car on Craigslist and see if I could get any hits. The CarMax offer is good for so many days. I would also see what deal I could work trading the car in on a Tacoma.
     
  5. May 21, 2010 at 4:42 AM
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    My advice- Don't.

    You seems like you've put a bit of work and/or money into your car. You won't get any of that money back. Try to find a private sale for a little bit and see what happens- then consider trading in.

    You don't need to rush to get a new car because you have one now...so give it a shot and see what happens.
     
  6. May 21, 2010 at 4:49 AM
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    I just traded with a local dealer who works the same as carmax...they go by KBB and gave me a high private sale value as base because it was in good general condition, then deducted for some very specific cosmetic defects they'd have to fix (a scratch on the hood) and for detailing it. The salesman, before giving it to their estimator, even asked me if there was anything I wanted to take off that wasn't stock because they won't give value for it. It was still well above average wholesale, the usual for a dealer's offer, but if I had money in it for coil-overs and wheels it would never have covered it.
     
  7. May 21, 2010 at 5:04 AM
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    how much are you looking to get for the VW..??
     
  8. May 21, 2010 at 5:06 AM
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    Is that a 337?
     
  9. May 21, 2010 at 5:31 AM
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    Get a quote from Carmax and than try to get more elsewhere. CL/eBay/FrontYardSale/
    :)
     
  10. May 21, 2010 at 5:50 AM
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    rjclemen

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    I traded in my 99 f150 for 3,500 bucks at carmax. Needing a new rear diff, body work all f'd up and interior trashed never mind the aftermarket exhaust and the 150k miles. i was happy as hell to get that much. I think KBB for perfect condition was like 5k.
     
  11. May 21, 2010 at 6:05 AM
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    I spoke to the Toyota dealership last night about a trade-in offer. They offered me $6k. The private party excellent condition amount from Blue Book is $9.5k. I didn't even try to haggle since there was such a difference between the two amounts and just told them no. Hell, the trade-in value on Blue Book in poor condition is more than they offered me for the car.

    It is a 337 edition with 47k miles that I bought new in 2002. The only thing that isn't stock on the car is the custom stuff like debadging and spoiler removal. It has been a great car but my needs from a vehicle have changed and a Tacoma suites my needs much better now.
     
  12. May 21, 2010 at 6:07 AM
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    Greg,
    How about listing it on some VW forums? With the mods you have done a dealer is just going to give you a low ball wholesale price.
     
  13. May 21, 2010 at 6:07 AM
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    I agree with not selling at CarMax. The modifications you've done will not add any value. It would probably end up at auction anyway.

    Either sell it on Craigslist or get it back to stock. You may even be better off trading at a Dealership since you will have more power over the negotiation process. When I traded in my 05 Civic (Stock) for my Tacoma, I was able to get $1500 over CarMax's offer.

    I would also advise not buying a vehicle from CarMax. Regardless of the inspection process they tell you about, they aren't. You'd be better off finding a certified used or similar at a Toyota dealer.
     
  14. May 21, 2010 at 6:09 AM
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    I didn't notice your user name. ;)

    Dealers tend to go with the "black book" rather than the KBB. Your best bet would be to try and sell it on the VW Vortex or something like that. Where are you located?
     
  15. May 21, 2010 at 6:12 AM
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    Justin723 Dont judge me

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    Dont rush on getting a Tacoma you have all the time in the world. Just play around on some other sites as people have been suggesting and go from there. Trust me Tacomas will be around for a while.
     
  16. May 21, 2010 at 6:15 AM
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    The only benifit of trading it in at the dealership you plan on buying the Tacoma at is you pay less in sales tax.

    Just thinking from a buyers stand point your car is just about to be 9 years old. You might see if the dealership will come up on the trade in value.
     
  17. May 21, 2010 at 6:19 AM
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    Oh, and of course the dealership is going to low-ball you on the trade in. They are in the business of making money. You'll have to negotiate.
     
  18. May 21, 2010 at 6:22 AM
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    As someone else said...don't. Carmax offered me something around half of what I actually ended up selling my last car for. Sell it on craigslist.

    Also...see what NADA values it at...they seem to have the most accurate pricing out there.
     
  19. May 21, 2010 at 6:23 AM
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    I never understood why people trade cars in when you can get a few thousand more selling it on your own private party. Just throwing away money IMO. Just put it on craigslist. I sold my last car in two days on craigslist and got exactly what I wanted for it. Set a price you want for it (obviously make sure its reasonable) and don't budge. Don't let them talk you down. Just stand your ground and make your listing very clear on craigslist that you are firm on the price. I usually put something along these lines in my list in CAPS.

    "I WANT $3,000 CASH. THE PRICE IS FIRM. DO NOT OFFER ME ANYTHING LESS. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY 3,000 THEN DONT BOTHER CALLING ME"

    I'm always firm on the price of anything I sell on craigslist. But I still get a few jackasses who lowball me.
     
  20. May 21, 2010 at 7:29 AM
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    Be careful with Carmax. They made me a $2500 offer on my 99 Durango and I didn't bite. I went back after the two week/300 mi. grace period (with 25 more miles on odometer) and they dropped it to $2000. Moral is, if you're happy with their initial offer, take advantage of it before the grace period.
     
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