Getting your car appraised at CarMax is quick and easy. You’ll get a written offer that’s good for seven days at any CarMax location. We’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours!®
National sales trends and auction data give us a starting point to consider. It's also an extra assurance that we're providing a fair offer on your vehicle.
We'll examine your car's condition both inside and out. Minor imperfections usually don't impact our offers, but major defects like frame or flood damage can.
Obviously, we'll need to see if the brakes and turn signals are working (among other things) before making an offer. If repairs are needed, we may adjust our offer accordingly.
The history report is a snapshot of your car’s past, and an important part of determining your offer.
Getting an appraisal at CarMax is quick and easy. You’ll get a real, written offer for your car, not just an estimate. These helpful videos explain our appraisal process and how we determine the offer for your car.
Requirements for selling your car can vary from state to state, but there are a few items you’ll need no matter where you are:
- Your car's title or payoff information. All titleholders should be present.
- Valid and current registration
- Valid state-issued photo ID for all title holders
- All keys and remotes
We review current market conditions as well as your car’s specific year, make, model, mileage, and vehicle history report. We examine your car’s condition inside and out for major defects like frame or flood damage. We also test drive your car and check to see if the brakes and turn signals are working (among other things). If repairs are needed, we may adjust our offer accordingly.
We use the answers you provide about your car’s condition and the photos you send of your car’s interior and exterior to determine our offer. We also review current market conditions as well as your car’s specific year, make, model, mileage, and vehicle history report.
No. We make a written, no-haggle offer on every appraised car.
They could. Supply and demand ultimately determines the desirability of any car or added feature.
The long-term maintenance and care of your car is what’s most important in determining our appraisal offer.
We want to make sure you are confident about selling your car. There’s no pressure to accept our offer and zero hassles as you think about your decision.
You may sell your car at any CarMax location - with the same written offer for seven days. If your appraisal was completed more than seven days ago, we'll re-appraise your car.
If your pay-off amount is more than the offer for your car, the difference is called "negative equity." In some cases, the negative equity can be included in your financing when you buy a CarMax car. If not, we'll calculate the difference between your pay-off and our offer to you and you can pay CarMax directly. CarMax Car Buying Centers can accept cashier's or certified checks and certified funds. CarMax stores also accept cash and debit cards. If the amount you owe is less than $250, we will accept a personal check. Our written offers are good for seven days, giving you time to get any necessary funds to settle your transaction.
Yes! In most cases, you can sell your leased car in almost the same way as any other financed car. We'll appraise the car then contact the leasing company for a payoff quote and process any equity you might have. Please note that some leasing companies will not allow you to sell the car prior to the expiration of the lease. Also, be aware that your leased car might not be eligible for trade-in tax savings. Check with your leasing company for complete details.
Yes! We’re ready to answer your questions. Call your local CarMax to connect with an associate.