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Old 03-07-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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Kinda ruled out private party for a Mazda Miata after a couple bizarre experiences with sellers....

Carmax is solid with free carfax 5 day warranty and potential longer term warranty...there prices are non negotiable and higher....but fair.

Other dealers for used cars a little sketchy unless they are a major dealer with the Miata as a trade in....would not go downtown just ya know real car dealers.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Either Carmax if you're fine paying more, or find a reputable Mazda dealership in the area.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Carmax is good, but I found a much better deal at a dealer next door when buying my van. The van has been great and the warranty from the manufacturer beats CarMax's warranty, IMO.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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IMO Carmax cars are overpriced. You pay for the convenience of not having to dicker with a salesman for a couple hours. But if you find something on their lot for a price you think is reasonable, there's no other reason not to buy from them.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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It depends on the car you want. I have seen prices of some cars priced much higher than carmax so if you dislike haggling over the price then carmax is good.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:49 PM
 
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I would stay away from carmax, from my experience their "no-haggle" price is at the peak of dealer pricing, which you probably will be able to get down. I personally had a good opinion of carmax from the outside looking in, then after dealing with them, I'll pass.

When I wanted to trade in my Camry they offered me, $9000, KBB was $14,000, Ford dealer gave me $13,000. $4000 is significant enough for me to never do business with low-ballers like that.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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Carmax is solid with free carfax 5 day warranty and potential longer term warranty...there prices are non negotiable and higher....but fair.
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In general, Carmax prices are about the same as you would find posted on the average dealer's lot. The major difference is that you can negotiate a deal at a dealership.

On my last three used car purchases, the Carmax price has been about $1500-2000 price.

Carmax sales are much easier - "take it or leave it" - but you pay for the convenience.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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Recently when I went looking for cars, I checked Carmax. I wasn't impressed since every car that I was interested in, they didn't have. They would have to somehow transfer it here. They have a lot of cars and trucks otherwise. Oh, and the cars they did have I was interested in had way too many miles on it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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Carmax just uses this gimmick, no haggle and we don't sell you a bad car. I have been to their lots a few times. The prices are way high, you can get a CPO from the dealer for the same or less. Also I have found cars on their lot with accidents that have been fixed and not even a good repair. If you go there just make sure you go over the car with a fine comb as you should with any used car.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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