CarMax buys vehicles in all sorts of conditions, including those with the check engine light on. The company even launched an advertising campaign under the title “WBYCEIYDBO.” (That tongue-twister of an acronym stands for “We’ll Buy Your Car Even If You Don’t Buy Ours.”) So, yes, CarMax will purchase a vehicle in virtually any condition.
Will CarMax Buy a Car With the Check Engine Light On?
Yes, CarMax will buy a car with a check engine light on — and cars with more serious issues, according to a company representative. CarMax will also purchase damaged cars and cars with salvage titles.
However, the company won’t necessarily sell your car back to the general public. Cars with severe mechanical issues and/or damage are sold at CarMax auctions, where all issues are fully disclosed. These dealer-only events are not open to the public.
What Is the CarMax Selling Process Like?
In order to sell your car to CarMax, you’ll first need to schedule an appraisal. You can do this by calling your local CarMax or by filling out a form online. Once you’re at the lot, a CarMax appraiser will examine your vehicle. This process can take as little as 30 minutes.
When determining an offer, CarMax primarily looks at the vehicle’s condition (including accident history, mileage, wear and tear, etc.) and market conditions (such as the car’s general desirability). The company values a track record of long-term maintenance more than, say, a set of new tires.
Make sure to bring your driver’s license, all sets of car keys, your registration, and the car’s title or payment information.
If you want to sell your car and the check engine light is on, you can still sell it to CarMax. CarMax claims its buys “All The Cars” — regardless of type and condition. For more on CarMax policies, see our articles: Does CarMax Buy Salvage Cars? and Will CarMax Buy a Car With a Bad Transmission? and Does CarMax buy old cars?