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Old 01-27-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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Are there any advantages of buying from Carmax vs a dealer? I am in the market for a new Fiat and I notice that the dealers seem to have slightly lower prices and more incentives. This seems counterintuitive.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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CarMax -is- a car dealer.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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CarMax -is- a car dealer.

I know, I meant a "dealer" dealer-- like a Chrysler/Fiat dealership as opposed to Carmax.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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I do not see where CarMax has brand new Fiats. They do have some low mileage, nearly new used ones that may have been bought cheap out of new inventory, but are now used as the title has been issued/changed.

If you can get a brand new one from a Fiat dealer... why bother with a more expensive one at CarMax anyway?
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:52 AM
 
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I do not see where CarMax has brand new Fiats. They do have some low mileage, nearly new used ones that may have been bought cheap out of new inventory, but are now used as the title has been issued/changed.

If you can get a brand new one from a Fiat dealer... why bother with a more expensive one at CarMax anyway?

I don't want a brand new one. I don't believe in buying new cars because they depreciate so quickly. A 2013 or 2012 is fine with me.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:55 AM
 
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I know, I meant a "dealer" dealer-- like a Chrysler/Fiat dealership as opposed to Carmax.
There is no difference between the two (except the fact that the Fiat dealership can sell you a brand-new Fiat). They both get their used inventory from trade-ins or auctions.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:56 AM
 
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If not brand new, then just get it anywhere. There is no big advantage of a Fiat dealer over any other dealer for a used 500. It's far more important to go over the car to make sure it is in good working order, accident free, and is as advertised than who your buying it from. It will be under the manufacturer warranty regardless.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Carmax IS a dealer...It is the equivalent of an automotive food court...It has some brand new cars, many used cars. Their pricing is sometimes competitive, sometimes not, and you can usually do a bit better if you look hard.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:12 AM
 
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Carmax is pretty much no games, it is what it is. Its that simple, your trade is this, the car is this and your payments are this. They have a service dept that will look over the vehicle, change the oil and do some work if needed, send it to detail and sell it.
The dealer knows that vehicle, thats really all they work on if a Fiat dealer, so the tech will know what to look and fix if needed, and do computer updates while in the shop. Then comes the fun part, most dealers will play games, some not as bad as others, but you need to be ready to negotiate. You will usually get a very low offer on your trade, dealer fees, mark up on the interest rate on financing. So just know you will have to do your home work, see what KBB has for a value on your trade, look at what similar cars are selling for, be educated. Get pre-approved at your local bank and see what your interest rate will be. That way you can be educated and make a good choice. I personally buy my cars from the dealer and always buy certified pre-owned so I get the warranty coverage at no extra cost usually. I usually have to leave the dealer and wait a day or two and wait for that phone call, that phone call that the salesman talked to the owner/salesmanager and they can now do this and save you this and get a much better deal. Most of the time people fall in love with a car and want to take it home that day and act with there heart and not brain. They will tell you that there is someone coming in later to test drive the car, and they already talked numbers and might not be here. So just be ready for the games.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:12 AM
 
Location: WI
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one possible benefit to Carmax is they offer being able to bring in a particular vehicle from another store's inventory; could be a small fee but that may be part of the final price if the car is bought.
On the flip side, the Fiat dealer could offer a certified used car with it's extended factory warranty where Carmax or any other used lot could only offer a 3rd party ext warranty (if that's a value to the consumer)
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