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Any opinion on CarMax?

138 42 March 16, 2019 at 03:23 PM
It's that time again, where we need another car. I HATE buying cars and dealing with salespeople.

Does anyone have any opinion on CarMax? Some of my friends swear by them. Is it truly haggle-free?

I've been using TrueCar and services like that to see what others are paying. My plan is to get a used car loan with PenFed, and go to the dealer (CarMax or somewhere else) where they have the van I am looking for.

Is there any better service than CarMax so I don't over-pay? Any other tips for me? Obviously I cannot afford to buy cash, so I have to finance.

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I went to credit union event that CarMax were showing the cars.used cars were about $2000 over the price of the over priced Kelly blue priceand even though it had several credit union the interest rate was 1-2% higher.

Some of the cars were not that good a Ford connect van had been in for repairs 10 times I tried a stick Ford mustang the thing would not shift one car I had to return before the test drive had no gas some you could smell dog or smoking or mold.even though they are deodorised
The send you a key to get you there to won a free car.the person in the booth said don't bother.none of the keys work.i would look at car. Gurus for prices but I have never used them they advertise dealers.prices
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I went to credit union event that CarMax were showing the cars.used cars were about $2000 over the price of the over priced Kelly blue priceand even though it had several credit union the interest rate was 1-2% higher.

Some of the cars were not that good a Ford connect van had been in for repairs 10 times I tried a stick Ford mustang the thing would not shift one car I had to return before the test drive had no gas some you could smell dog or smoking or mold.even though they are deodorised
The send you a key to get you there to won a free car.the person in the booth said don't bother.none of the keys work.i would look at car. Gurus for prices but I have never used them they advertise dealers.prices
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CarMax always seemed overpriced to me.
It takes some work but I have always found a better deal than CarMax. Not just hundreds better, thousands better.
The Number One rule of buying a car: Really, Truly be ready to walk away. Don't be rude, just say you can get a better deal somewhere else.
The Number Two rule is: always get the "Out The Door" price. This is the complete, total, everything-included price. If a dealer tries to add ANYTHING to that price, leave! I mean ANYTHING! Not tax, title, delivery, detailing, air freshener, or fuzzy dice. Only agree to buy if the you think the original Out The Door price is good and the dealer sticks to it.
If you can, be ready to buy on the spot for the right deal. You have to prove you can buy on the spot.
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It's that time again, where we need another car. I HATE buying cars and dealing with salespeople.

Does anyone have any opinion on CarMax? Some of my friends swear by them. Is it truly haggle-free?

I've been using TrueCar and services like that to see what others are paying. My plan is to get a used car loan with PenFed, and go to the dealer (CarMax or somewhere else) where they have the van I am looking for.

Is there any better service than CarMax so I don't over-pay? Any other tips for me? Obviously I cannot afford to buy cash, so I have to finance.
I bought last month Hertz Car Sales, 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, it was close to Dealer Retail price but I got 1000 off. I checked Nissan Altima 2018 and 2017 and they both seemed abused, had blemishes, though they had Bose speakers.

I did lot of research and compared Enterprise, Avis and Hertz but found they all have different prices on different models. Create a spreadsheet and then pick your top three and go there. Avis had the best cars but smaller number. Enterprise is same as CarMax little overpriced.

There is some homework before you buy a used car, I am little bit knowledgeable and can check some issues and have intelligent diagnostic tool (though I planned but at last minute forgot taking it with me and could not use). I have not checked my Hyundai yet because I don't want to muddy my thoughts when problem will come I will check, till then don't want to invite Murphy.

PS: Go with Camry, you may be safer there. I am going to sell my current Honda and buy a Jeep soon same way.

Hertz Car Sales do take personal check. I have checked CarMax in the past and concluded they work on some weird pricing and marketing model
and didn't even consider them. I did use KBB and Edmunds for price idea. I used to be ferocious in getting a good deal but I am not me of Past and
I don't want to get ripped off (like for my Veloster repair one mechanic shop asked 550, where as it was a 10$ part to be replaced, I would have paid 300 but eventually paid 85 dollars to mobile mechanic. For my Mercedes GL450 I paid 1300$s to replace a small part and then he asked 2000$ for some other repairs which I suspect he caused or created, mechanic shop is top of the line but he thinks we are Attorneys, Doctors and CEOs) and like win/win situation.
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