Trying to sell a car, particularly an expensive vehicle to run such as a truck, can be stressful at the best of times. If you have been trying to sell your vehicle, but newspaper ads and listings have not reaped any rewards or serious buyers, try CarMax®. My husband and I needed to sell one of our vehicles, but we were not have any success with the local market, which is why we turned to CarMax®.
Check the Value of Your Vehicle
Before you arrive at CarMax® to get your car appraised, make sure you do your homework first. Check out your car’s Kelley Blue Book value and what it would be worth in excellent, good or poor condition. Click here to visit the site. Search the site to see what you would be likely to get for the vehicle for private party sale, trade in and what it would retail for.
How Vehicles are Appraised
Obviously, once you visit CarMax® and speak directly with a car salesperson, you will get more of an idea of the car selling process. If you like what you see and hear, your car will be appraised free of charge. My husband and I waited for our turn in line for a car salesperson to come and appraise our vehicle. A CarMax® appraiser will take many factors into consideration before you learn of your car’s value.
The type of car you own, the year, mileage and overall condition will determine how much your car is deemed to be worth when you take it along to be appraised at CarMax®. If the car has been in a serious accident and has had extensive body work done to repair it, then this will reduce the value. But one factor that does not determine how much you will be offered is whether or not the car has been washed and vacuumed. Knowing this can save you hundreds of dollars in getting your car professionally detailed prior to the inspection and appraisal process.
If you own an SUV, truck, 4-wheel drive or an 8-cylinder car, you are not likely to be offered as much money as you would if you were trying to sell a smaller, more economical car. With the steady increase in fuel prices, more vehicles with the larger engines are being traded in or sold to CarMax®, but the company are not selling as many as they are receiving.
After you have received an offer from CarMax® it is up to you to decide if you will accept the offer. The offer will generally be fixed for a week, which will allow you time to think it over and decide whether you would be likely to receive a better offer at another car dealership or if you should sell or trade in your car to CarMax®.