When it comes to selling your car, convenience is almost as important as getting the best price.
With that in mind, FinanceBuzz decided to compare CarMax, Carvana, and Vroom to see which company gives sellers the most generous offer. In order to do this, they requested quotes for 100 different vehicles – with varying manufacturers, mileage, and age – and then compared the results.
CarMax was the clear winner as their average offer was $13,902 which was $1,007 more than Carvana and $1,127 more than Vroom. That’s a pretty significant difference and Vroom customers could make an extra 8.4% by selling to CarMax.
FinanceBuzz went on to say that for 63% of the vehicles, CarMax returned the top offer. Vroom, on the other hand, had the worst offer 46% of the time.
The results varied by body type as Vroom typically made more competitive offers on trucks. However, CarMax offered over $1,500 more, on average, than either of the other two sites when it came to SUVs. CarMax also offered far more than competitors for older vehicles from 2001-2009 model years.
CarMax came out on top in regards to mileage as well. As FinanceBuzz noted, “For cars with fewer than 50,000 miles (80,467 km), as well as those with 100,000-150,000 miles (160,934-241,402 km), CarMax offered over $1,000 more than the competition on average.” The company also offered the most for models with 50,000-100,000 miles (80,467-160,934 km) and more than 150,000 miles (241,402 km).
While CarMax was the winner in this study, your experience may vary. As a result, sellers should put in the extra effort and get multiple offers as a few minutes of your time could be well worth it.