Our vehicle search FAQ

  1. How do I start a search?
  2. How do I search with the "Find cars by..." buttons?
  3. How do I specify several criteria at once for my search?
  4. How do I search using keywords?
  5. How do I refine my search results?
  6. Why do you ask for my ZIP code when I start a search?
  7. Can I see results from CarMax's entire nationwide inventory? From just one store?
  8. Can I control the order in which my results are listed?
  9. Who do I contact to learn more about a car on my results page?
  10. Some of the cars in my results are marked with a "V" in a circle. What does this mean?
  11. Can I be notified when a car I'm interested in is added to your inventory?
  12. Can I find information about vehicle history on your site?
  13. Can I buy a car online?
  14. Can I set an appointment online to see a car?
  15. Can I reserve a car online until I can come in to see it?
  16. Do you sell new cars at all of your stores?
  17. What can I expect to pay for taxes, title, tags, and document processing fees?
  18. If I buy a vehicle from a CarMax store in a different state from the one I live in, do I have to pay the state taxes for both states?
  19. Are all of your used cars inspected?
  20. What is the difference between CarMax and ValuMax cars?
  21. Do you transfer used cars between stores? What about new cars?
  22. Do your used cars come with warranties?
  23. Can I return my used car?
1. How do I start a search?

Searching for cars on our website is easier and faster than ever. To begin, just go to our home page and decide how you'd like to search. You can use the "Find cars by..." buttons, you can specify several criteria at once, or you can search by keywords that you type in from any page on our site.

2. How do I search with the "Find cars by..." buttons?

The "Find cars by..." buttons are the fastest way to start seeing search results since they let you quickly pick just one search criterion—Make, Vehicle Type, Model & Price, Features, or MPG—and then immediately show you all the vehicles that match your selection. You can then refine your results on the search page itself adding and removing criteria as you wish.

3. How do I specify several criteria at once for my search?

From the home page, click on "Model & Price," then narrow your results by selecting multiple criteria before ever hitting the "Find Cars" button.

4. How do I search using keywords?

The CarMax search has a "free text" option, allowing you to type any combination of words to start your search. This keyword search is found at the top of every page in our site, just beneath our logo. To use the keyword search, click in the text box and then type anything you like. For example, you could type "camry, leather seats, red" and then click "Search" to immediately see all our red Camrys with leather seats.

5. How do I refine my search results?

The results page makes it easy to either add or eliminate search criteria, automatically updating your results as you go. To add criteria, use the list on the left of the page. Click on as many as you like: the more criteria you add, the more specific your search results will be.

It's also easy to eliminate search criteria. At the top left of the page is a list of all the criteria you selected to get your current results. Beside each of these is a "remove" link. When you click on the "remove" link, the associated criterion will be eliminated and your search results will immediately update accordingly. For example, suppose you have these three criteria at the top left: "camry," "leather seats," and "red." If you click on the "remove" link next to "leather seats," the "leather seats" criterion will disappear, and your search results will update to include all red Camrys, with or without leather seats.

6. Why do you ask for my ZIP code when I start a search?

Your ZIP code tells us which of our CarMax stores is nearest you so that the search results page can start with the cars that are closest to your home. As for how far away you’d like to look, that’s up to you. Set the distance within which you’d like to search when you enter your ZIP, and you can always change your radius or ZIP at the top of the search results page.

7. Can I see results from CarMax's entire nationwide inventory? From just one store?

By setting the distance within which you'd like to search, you can control the range of your results, from local to nationwide. Just click on the distance drop-down menu and make your selection. You can choose to see only results from your nearest store or from your nearest city. You can also specify a distance radius, in miles. To search nationwide, select "any distance." And if you find a car across the state—or across the country—that you’d like to take for a spin, you'll be glad to know that most of our used cars can be transferred from one store to another (a fee may apply). Find out about transferring vehicles.

8. Can I control the order in which my results are listed?

Yes, you can sort your results in a number of different ways. When you first see your results, they are automatically sorted by distance, from nearest to farthest. To change how the list is sorted, just click on the "sort by" dropdown at the top of your results. You can choose to sort by price, make, year, mileage, MPG, and new arrivals.

9. Who do I contact to learn more about a car on my results page?

Regardless of where the car you're interested in is located, you should contact the store nearest you. If the car is located elsewhere, someone from your nearest store can check into transferring it for you and setting up a test drive (find out about transferring vehicles). The phone number and address of your nearest store can be found at the bottom of every page in our website (once you've entered your ZIP code during your first search), and every Search results page has a clearly marked “Email Us” tab on the right-hand side.

10. Some of the cars in my results are marked with a "V" in a circle. What does this mean?

The "V" stands for ValuMax.® ValuMax vehicles are thoroughly inspected and reconditioned older vehicles, 6+ years old and/or 60,000+ miles. They all offer the CarMax 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee* and Limited 30-Day Warranty (60-Day in CT, 90-Day in MA and NY),* and are chosen for their exceptional value.
*See store for written details

11. Can I be notified when a car I'm interested in is added to your inventory?

Yes. After you’ve performed a search, click the "Create Alert" link below your selected refinements. Then, provide your email address so we can notify you when new matches become available.

12. Can I find information about vehicle history on your site?

Each of our car information pages has a link to a Vehicle History Report by AutoCheck. This summary title report is provided by Experian and includes a summary of a car's title history. You can also request a free full Vehicle History Report by directly contacting your nearest CarMax store.

13. Can I buy a car online?

Although you cannot complete a car-buying transaction online, you can begin the process. Each car page includes several links to help you get started, including "Request more information," "Schedule a test drive," and "Request financing information." Clicking these links allows you to submit a request to one of the dedicated Internet Sales Consultants at your nearest store. Of course, you are also welcome to call your nearest store; the phone number and address will be listed at the bottom of every page in our website.

14. Can I set an appointment online to see a car?

If you click on the "Schedule a test drive" link on the car information page, a Sales Consultant will contact you to schedule an appointment. You can also call to set an appointment; the phone number of your nearest store will be at the bottom of every page in our website.

15. Can I reserve a car online until I can come in to see it?

In general, we are unable to reserve cars, online or otherwise. However, in special cases, our store management may allow a car to be held until the end of the business day. If you find a car in which you're interested, you should call the store as soon as possible, since our vehicles sell very quickly.

16. Do you sell new cars at all of your stores?

We sell new cars at 4 of our stores. The available brands are Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan, RAM, Scion, and Toyota. Learn more about our CarMax new car stores.

17. What can I expect to pay for taxes, title, tags, and document processing fees?

The exact amount you can expect to pay for state-required tax, title, and tags will vary depending upon (1) the state in which you live, (2) the county where you will register your vehicle, (3) the weight of your vehicle, (4) whether you will have a trade-in vehicle, and (5) the type of license plate you select. Amounts charged as Document Processing Fees are not state-required and will vary.

To help you determine what your final cost and monthly payments might be, we have developed the CarMax tax, title, tags, and fees calculator, which contains relevant fee information in those states where CarMax operates. To give you a general idea of what these costs might be for a particular vehicle, we have provided estimated fee ranges based on the price of the vehicle you select. For purposes of these estimates, we have assumed no trade-in vehicle is involved. In most cases a trade-in would lower these numbers. Try our CarMax tax, title, tags, and fees calculator.

18. If I buy a vehicle from a CarMax store in a different state from the one I live in, do I have to pay the state taxes for both states?

It depends on the states involved. Typically, purchasers of motor vehicles are only required to pay taxes in the state where the vehicle will be registered. For example, if you are a Virginia resident and you buy a car from one of our Maryland stores, you will pay the applicable state tax in Virginia when you register and title the vehicle in Virginia, but you will not have to pay Maryland state taxes. Other states do require that you pay the tax in the state where you purchase the vehicle. Our Sales Consultants will help you determine the taxes you will be required to pay.

19. Are all of your used cars inspected?

Yes. Every vehicle on our lot must pass a 125+ point Certified Quality Inspection by one of our technicians. This comprehensive and detailed inspection includes an investigation to ensure that the car does not have flood or frame damage. In addition, we back every one of our cars with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee* and a Limited 30-Day Warranty (60-Day in CT, 90-Day in MA and NY).* Learn about our Certified Quality Inspection.

*See store for written details

† CarMax does not guarantee a recall-free vehicle

20. What is the difference between CarMax and ValuMax cars?

ValuMax cars are actually CarMax cars, too, but unlike other CarMax vehicles, ValuMax vehicles are over 6 years old and/or have over 60,000 miles. In the case of older used cars, our customers have told us that minor cosmetic imperfections are acceptable if it means paying less, so our ValuMax cars may have minor dings, paint imperfections, or other cosmetic flaws that you won't find on other CarMax cars. However, ValuMax cars still go through the same rigorous inspection process as all CarMax cars.

21. Do you transfer used cars between stores? What about new cars?

Yes. We can transfer most used cars to the store nearest you from another store. In some cases, a transfer fee will apply. We are unable to transfer new vehicles, Toyota Certified Used vehicles in Laurel, Maryland, and any used vehicle identified as nontransferable. Learn more about transferring vehicles.

22. Do your used cars come with warranties?

Every CarMax used car comes with a Limited 30-Day Warranty (60-Day in CT, 90-Day in MA and NY). Please see your local CarMax store for written details. We also offer an optional MaxCare® extended service plan for all our used vehicles. Learn more about MaxCare extended service plans.

23. Can I return my used car?

For peace of mind, we offer a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee* on every used car we sell. Simply bring back the car in the same condition in which it was purchased. You'll get a full refund, with no hassles. And with no pressure to buy another car.

*See store for written details