Rust buckets, over-sized purses, methods of transportation, and a means of showing worth and status. Maybe it’s needless to say, but there isn’t a topic I detest more. I think about used car salesmen and I think about the gazillion dollars I spent on car repairs last year. I think about the millions of people that believe you shouldn’t drive a car more than 100,000 miles because it’s “cheaper” to buy a NEW one. Sigh.
After years of driving dumpsters disguised as old cars, my wife and I recently decided it was time to take the plunge and buy a new-to-us car. If you knew us well, then you’d know that this decision didn’t come lightly (for all of the reasons I stated at the start of this post).
After spending a few thousand dollars (in 2011) on car repairs for our ’99 Nissan Altima (which had 170,000 miles on it), we had been told that there was another $1500-$2000 of work that NEEDED to be done to it.
That was $1500 more than we were willing to spend.
Truthfully, we didn’t start at CarMax. Instead we spent hours and hours researching the vehicle that was going to give us the best bang for our buck. After searching through Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, and Consumer Reports, we eventually narrowed our selection down to a few cars we felt that would fit our needs (mainly running for the next 10 years and far-surpassing 200,000 miles).
After our research was complete, we visited our local CarMax center and looked through the selection they had available.
The thing that intrigued us most about CarMax was that they have the majority of makes and models that are available (at least the types we’re interested in).
This means that instead of the having to travel to 4 or 5 different dealerships to test-drive cars, we were able to get all of our “shopping” done in one, easy, hassle-free visit!
Frankly, there simply weren’t many but if I had to list some, here are a few:
While we didn’t end up buying our car from CarMax, our experience with them couldn’t have gone better. We were able to drive a myriad of cars that we had preselected, AND we were able to do so without being bothered or hassled.
Depending on your budget, I’d highly encourage you to consider visiting CarMax — regardless of if you’re seriously considering buying it from there!
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