Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bye Bye Mini

After enjoying my Mini Cooper S for 18 months I decided it was time to get a more practical vehicle.

The Mini was fast and fun to drive but it was basically a two seater. Mountain Man has a jeep and to get in and out of the back seat of that is a task---no way to enter or exit gracefully. I was frustrated that we couldn't take other people with us if we wanted to so I decided to sell the Mini.
I'd seen the CarMax commercials so on Saturday I took the Mini in to see what kind of offer they would give me. I had a number in mind and was pleasantly surprised when that was the amount they offered.The appraisel took about 30 minutes because there were 3 cars ahead of me. Once they give you an offer you have 5 days to think about it. I discussed it with Mountain Man on Saturday night and we decided to sell them our Mini. There weren't any hassles at all. Either you accepted their offer or you didn't.
Okay I had sold the Mini now what? While waiting for the appraisel on Saturday I checked out some cars on their lot. I was thinking I wanted a Kia Soul so I looked at them and I also looked at some small SUV's. I test drove a Soul and a Chevy Captiva---again no hassle or hard sell, you can look at, sit in or test drive as many cars as you like.
On Monday when MM and I went in to sell the Mini I had him test drive the Captiva, an Outlander and the Soul. We narrowed it down to the Capitiva and the Soul, now it was my decision. We decided to finalize the sale of the Mini and take some time to think about it---you guessed it no hassle from the CarMax people. The actual sale of the Mini took less than 20 minutes.
I went to the Kia dealership and drove a 2013 Soul and then back to CarMax to drive the Captiva one more time. My dilemma, did I want a brand new car or did I want a more luxurious slightly used car? Sporty or comfortable? Heated leather seats or nice cloth ones?  Was keyless ignition necessary? My choice:

A 2012 Chevy Captiva Sport. The picture above is from the web. The picture below is my car:


CarMax set up a personal web page for me that had all the pictures of my car that had been on their website. I can email them, post them on FBook or download them.

All the cars on the CarMax lot has the haggle free price on them, what is on the sticker is the price they are asking, I wish all car dealerships worked this way.

I am enjoying my Captiva and all it's luxury. This was my first time doing business with CarMax and I would not hesitate to do business with them again.

NOTE: I do work for CarMax or have any family or friends that work for them. The information I gave in this post was from my own personal experience and I will in no way profit from it.

Til next time, Ronda


  1. very nice, enjoy it.

    1. Thanks Terry, it's very different from the Mini, more relaxing.

  2. Cute car! Good job!

    btw, I bought my Honda from CarMax. I found it online, set up the financing online, paid $149 to have it shipped it to me from the LA Area. Once it arrived, had it paid for, papers signed and out the door in about an hour. They've stood by their word (2 years now) and it was just easy. No haggling, no slimy car salesmen...easy.


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