Hello and happy Sunday! Today was quite an eventful day...really, these past few days have been!
We are pretty much all packed up. Daniel's mom, dad, sis, 2 brothers, and sister in law were sweet enough to come and pack up their trailer this morning with almost all of our furniture and boxes! We have a mattress in our room to sleep on for these next few days, but other than that, our house would be a major disappointment to a burglar!
I also bit the bullet and hired a cleaning service to come and thoroughly clean our home before we leave. I really thought I would be able to do it myself, but I just don't have time. This takes off a ton of stress!
I really wanted to write this post to let you know that I sold my car! I tried to do a lot of research before selling it, and I really couldn't find a ton of information about the best way to sell my car. Hopefully this post will help you out if you are looking to sell your car, too!
I had a 2011 4runner. It was in fairly good condition, other than a few scratches and dings. I knew that I wouldn't have a problem selling my car, I just wanted to make sure that I got the best price! I was also concerned because I wasn't done paying it off yet (although I knew I would be able to sell it for more than I owe) and therefore didn't have a title. Here was my experience with the places I went...
Toyota Dealership: First of all, their customer service was outstanding. The salesman was very professional and friendly. However, he told me that the process would take 2 weeks since I didn't have the title. I'm going to be out of the country in less than 2 weeks- I needed to have this taken care of ASAP! He offered me an ok price...better than Carmax, but about $500 less than the other competitors. I knew it wasn't going to work for me though because I needed to be paid for my car before moving!
Carmax: They were also very friendly, yet maybe a little unprofessional. Since it is right next to TDA, they bashed them a lot. They offered me WAY less than TDA...when I told them that, they assured me that TDA gave me an estimate, not a quote and wouldn't end up paying me that much. In the end, Carmax just did not offer a fair price- had to scratch them off my list of options!
Texas Direct Auto: I have to say, I had an awful feeling when I went into TDA. First of all, the workers are all VERY young and seem a little inexperienced. Second of all, there were a TON of people there. I ended up waiting a while to get a quote for my car. They were not very friendly or personable. HOWEVER, I will say that they offered me more than the dealership and Carmax. I was hesitant going with them though after what Carmax said. I called TDA later and they assured me that they would honor the quote that they gave me. I had plans to go with them, but did not trust them, ESPECIALLY after reading so many negative reviews about them.
Austin Auto Group: I ended up selling my car to AAG, and I am so thankful that I did! They bought my car for the same price that TDA offered, but I knew I could trust them. AAG is a small dealership in Austin that specializes in selling used cars. They came to my house in Houston and picked up my car. It was no issue at all that I didn't have the title yet- they just wrote me a check for the difference between what I owed and what they were going to pay me. They took care of paying the rest of my car off and getting the title. It was a no brainer doing business with AAG- they offered me the best price, actually came to ME to buy my car, and took care of the title switchover and payoff. So easy!
I'm sad that I no longer have my car, but so thankful that this is one less thing that we need to worry about! Please let me know if you have any questions at all about selling your car.