Can I Sell My Car to CarMax Without the Title? Answered

“Can I sell my car to CarMax without the title?” No. You must have the vehicle’s title to sell your car to CarMax — it’s one of the few rules CarMax enforces. Otherwise, CarMax will purchase almost any vehicle, including cars with salvage titles and those with activated check-engine lights.

Can You Sell a Car to CarMax Without a Title?

If you want to sell your car to CarMax, you will need to provide the title. In fact, every titleholder should be present when selling the vehicle, according to the CarMax website. This does not mean you have to own the car free and clear. You can bring your payment information to CarMax and you will still be able to sell it.

If you lost the title to your car, all is not lost. You can apply for a new car title and you will be reissued one after proving ownership. For step-by-step instructions, see our article: Cash for Cars Without a Title.

How to Sell Your Car to CarMax

CarMax will purchase almost any make and model — from luxury vehicles to salvage-title vehicles — but you must have a title.

To sell your car, contact your local CarMax or complete an online form to set up a time to have your vehicle inspected. You will then need to take your car to the nearest CarMax, where an appraiser will take it for a test drive and pull the vehicle’s history. Those factors, plus market demand for your car, will factor into the offer price. The offer will remain good for seven days.

To finalize the sale, you’ll need to provide all keys, fobs, valid and current registration, and photo identification for all titleholders.

In Summary

CarMax will buy almost any car — expect ones without a title. If you lost your car’s title, you can apply for a new one before selling it. For more on CarMax’s policies, see our articles: Does CarMax Buy Salvage Cars? and CarMax Bad Credit Approval Policy.

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