Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"What paperwork do I need to sell my car?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"If you're selling your vehicle to a dealership or trading it in, you will need the vehicle title, current registration and your state identification. If you're still making payments on the vehicle, make sure to bring a current statement or the account number and lender phone number. If there are two names on the title, both people will need to sign it to complete the sale. If you're selling the car privately, much of the same items are needed, but there may be other requirements such as a bill of sale or proof of smog inspection. If you have any maintenance records, they could be helpful to the new owner, so be sure to include those in the sale. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"What is the best site to sell a car?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"The best site to sell your car is one that strikes a balance of convenience, safety and a fair price for your vehicle. We believe the instant offer on Edmunds strikes that balance the best. All you need to do is enter the details on your vehicle to get a quick, redeemable and no-obligation cash offer. It’s good for seven days and can be redeemed at any participating dealership. Sites such as Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace will cast a wide net, but you'll spend a lot of time dealing with lowball offers and potential scammers. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"How can I sell my car fast?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"The fastest way to sell your car is to get an Edmunds appraisal offer, then take it to any participating dealership to complete the sale and walk away with a check in hand. If the Edmunds offer is not available in your area, you can still take it to your local franchise dealership for an appraisal, though it may take a little longer. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"Where can I sell my car?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"There are a number of places where you can sell your car, ranging from here on Edmunds to an online classified site such as Autotrader to a social media outlet such as Facebook Marketplace. You could also use a consignment store or trade it in at a dealership. The best place to do so depends on how quickly you want to sell, how much effort you want to put in, and how willing you are to deal with strangers. We think that the Edmunds instant offer provides a nice balance between maximizing convenience and getting a fair price. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"Is CarMax a good place to sell your car?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"Yes, CarMax is a great place to sell your car. It offers fair prices and has streamlined the process to get you in and out quickly and efficiently. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"What are the qualifications to receive an offer?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"
  1. Vehicles must be 2018 or older (newer vehicles do not qualify for an offer)
  2. Your vehicle must have a value of less than $30,000
  3. There must be a CarMax location within 100 miles of your ZIP code
  4. High-end or exotic vehicles do not qualify (e.g., Acura NSX, Ferrari)
  5. The vehicle must not have an active appraisal with CarMax (i.e., it has not been otherwise appraised by CarMax within the past 7 days)
  6. Your vehicle must not be in CarMax’s inventory
  7. Your vehicle history must meet CarMax standards with respect to condition
Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"Where is this product available?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"This product is available in all states where CarMax stores are open (based on local restrictions to insure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic). Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"How can I visit a CarMax location during the COVID-19 pandemic?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"Some CarMax locations are not open to walk-in traffic and are limited to appointment-only visits. In that case, when you are presented with the offer on Edmunds, we’ll let you know if the CarMax location requires an appointment and provide a link to schedule an appointment. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"What precautions is CarMax taking so I know I can safely redeem my offer in person?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"The good news is that the appraisal process can be completed safely on Edmunds from the comfort of your home, but when it comes to redeeming your offer, CarMax has incorporated social distancing into their entire in-store process. CarMax will process your offer without sitting in your vehicle or touching your car's most frequently used areas. A CarMax representative will maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from you and ask you to assist with turning your car on or off, and opening or closing doors, windows, and trunk spaces. Offers may be contingent on verifying a car's mechanical condition with a test drive and/or a review of the cosmetic condition of the vehicle. These are not always required and are dependent on the vehicle condition, as well as the remaining warranty of the vehicle. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"What makes the offer on Edmunds better than offers available from Edmunds’ competitors?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"Edmunds has always been dedicated to delivering the best to consumers to make online car shopping easy. You can be assured with this offer, fulfilled by CarMax, that a broad range of vehicles are accepted nationally, more than any of our competitors. Since you do not have to provide vehicle photos or any personal information (such as a phone number) or submit a “lead” to receive an offer, our service is direct and involves significantly less hassle for you. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"Do I have to buy a car from CarMax to be eligible for this instant cash offer?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"No. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"Will you match the offer I’m getting from a competitor or my local dealership?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"We do not have a matching policy, but we can assure you that CarMax’s proprietary algorithm determines an offer price based on market data, and the offer you receive from CarMax on Edmunds is a real offer you can use as a baseline to understand the minimum you can expect for your trade-in toward your next car purchase. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"What documentation is required when I go to redeem my offer?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"
  1. Valid registration
  2. Valid state-issued photo ID for all owners
  3. Title (if it’s not with the lien holder, i.e., a bank or finance company). The title must be provided at the time of sale and all owners named on the title should be present. If a previously paid-off lien is listed on the title, you will need both the title and a lien release from the lien holder before CarMax can purchase your car
  4. All keys and remotes (if applicable)
Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"What if I owe more on my car than what it’s worth? Will it still be eligible for the instant offer?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"You are able to obtain an offer on your vehicle as long as it meets the eligibility criteria in effect when you elect to receive an offer. However, if you owe more on your car than what it’s worth (negative equity), CarMax will calculate the difference between your payoff and its offer to you, and you can pay that amount to CarMax directly. CarMax stores accept cashier’s checks, certified checks, other types of certified funds, cash and debit cards. In addition, if the amount you owe is less than $250, CarMax will accept a personal check. CarMax Car Buying Centers (locations that only buy cars) can accept cashier’s checks, certified checks and other types of certified funds. Your offer is good for seven days, giving you time to get any necessary funds to settle your transaction. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"If I wait past 7 days to redeem my offer, can I submit my information again?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"You can submit your information again, but vehicles depreciate as time passes. The longer you wait to sell your car, the lower the offer you might get. Learn more"}},{"@type":"Question","name":"I have more questions about my offer. Who can I contact?","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"Email offers@edmunds.com and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have about your offer. Learn more"}}]}]

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Selling your car has never been easier. Just enter your VIN or license plate number to start your online offer. Then bring in your vehicle to get your check.


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Enter VIN or license plate

Enter VIN or license plate

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Get Paid

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Bring in your vehicle. Go home with a check after a quick inspection.


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    Resources for selling privately

    Quick Guide to Selling Your Car

    All You Need to Know in 5 Easy Steps

    by Ronald Montoya

    September 18th, 2020

    Selling your car today is a different experience than it was 10 or 15 years ago thanks to the tools available on the internet. Online appraisal tools and internet classified ads have made the process faster and more convenient.


    How to Set the Right Price to Sell Your Used Car

    Choosing the Right Price Will Bring a Quick Sale

    by Edmunds

    September 18th, 2020

    Setting the right price for a used car is almost an art — a blend of research and intuition. Set the right price and you will quickly get the full value of your vehicle. Set it the wrong way and you'll wait weeks for a call or email from a buyer.


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