We’ll buy any carOther dealers and online estimators, like Kelley Blue Book, can supply you with used car values, but our specially trained appraisers take into consideration your car’s specific condition. And while online estimates may only provide you with a ballpark figure from market data, we’ll actually buy your car after it’s appraised.
How we determine your offerTo get an offer on your car, simply bring it to Tom Wood Honda—no appointment necessary. Your car will be examined inside and out, and we’ll give you an offer that day.
See how your offer is created
Our car appraisers put your car through a detailed process, ensuring you get a fair and honest offer. The process in determining your offer includes a physical inspection of your car. Since every car is different, our appraisers focus on:
Using multiple sources of data, appraisers also check general factors that affect any car of similar make and model. Your car is compared against current and accurate market conditions, such as national sales trends and auction data.
Once our appraisers analyze the information, we’ll give you a free written offer good for seven days. Our FAQ section can help answer any questions you have before your visit.
Why consider Tom Wood Honda for an appraisal?We buy cars everyday, and our appraisal process can be done in as little as 30 minutes. Bring your car with or without a scheduled appointment to one of our stores. Before coming in, see what you need to bring with you.
Selling your car to Tom Wood Honda vs. Selling your car elsewhere
Our appraisal process
Bring us your car and we’ll give you a free written offerGetting a car appraisal at Tom Wood Honda is quick and easy! They can be done in as little as 30 minutes, and we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy one of ours. And each car we appraise is backed with a written offer, good for seven days.
Here’s how we handle appraisals:
Step one: Bring your car to any Tom Wood Honda location
Ready to sell your car?Once we appraise your car, you are required to have certain items to complete the sale. These items may vary from state to state. If you have any questions regarding the items to bring with you, contact your local Tom Wood Honda store before your visit. The About Our Process section can also guide you in what to expect when coming to the store.
What to bring with youAlong with bringing your car to your local Tom Wood Honda, remember to have the following items. If you're missing some of the items required, we still may be able to complete the sale. We will guide you through the process and help you make arrangements to gather any missing items:
1. Your car's title or pay-off information
We will need your title to transfer the car's ownership, and it must be provided at the time of sale. All titleholders should be present. If any person listed on the title cannot make it, please visit our FAQ section.2. Valid registration
We must see the car's current registration to confirm that you're the car's owner.3. Valid Photo ID
All titleholders should bring a valid, state-issued photo identification.4. Keys and remote
If the original keys and remote to the car are missing, we may adjust the offer. The Determining Your Offer section lists what other factors may impact the offer.
What to expect after the saleReceiving payment
To complete the sale, Tom Wood Honda will issue a bank draft to the names listed on the title. The bank draft must be deposited and cannot be cashed. Consider contacting your bank for information on their hold policy.
Contact us to get started
For questions or to speak with a Sales Consultant about setting up an appointment to have your car appraised, contact us.
Selling your car to Tom Wood Honda FAQ
1. Do you accept trade-ins?
Yes. In fact, we'll buy your car even if you don't buy one from us.
2. Will you buy my car?
Once your car has been appraised, we'll give you a written offer that's good for seven days. And you are under no obligation to buy one of Tom Wood Honda's cars if you sell us yours.
3. Can I get my car appraised online?
You must bring your car to a Tom Wood Honda store to receive an appraisal. To determine your offer, one of our appraisers will need to inspect and test drive your car. When we're done, we'll give you a written offer good for seven days.
4. What happens to the cars Tom Wood Honda buys?
Even though we'll buy any car, only about half of those bought by Tom Wood Honda will ever be sold to the public. Each car must pass our rigorous inspection before we'll consider it for our lot, and cars that don't meet our high-quality standards are sold at auctions to other dealers.
5. Will you explain how you appraised my car?
If you have questions about the appraisal of your car, speak with the appraiser who developed the offer. Our appraisers can provide a thorough explanation about the factors that influenced your offer. Start now by contacting a Sales Consultant.
6. Why is your written offer different from retail prices?
Our appraisal offers vary from retail prices for several reasons. Due to the costs associated with reconditioning and applying guarantees and warranties on the cars we purchase for retail sale, we must purchase a car at a lesser amount than what we will sell it for. All cars that we purchase for retail sale, regardless of the condition, must undergo a thorough 125-point inspection and be reconditioned to meet our high-quality standards.
7. How can I get an offer for my car?
You can have your car professionally appraised at any location. This process usually takes 30 to 40 minutes, and we'll give you a written offer that's good for seven days when we're done. For more information, find out how our appraisal process works.
8. What makes Tom Wood Honda different from traditional dealer appraisals?
The Tom Wood Honda written offer is good for seven days, and is valid whether you buy a car from us or not. Most traditional dealerships appraisals are based on you trading in your car for a new one, and they won't buy your car outright. And if you decide not to buy a car from us, your offer will stay the same.
9. Is your offer negotiable?
No. We make a written, no-haggle offer on every appraised car.
10. Will making modifications to my car affect the offer?
Supply and demand ultimately determines the desirability of any car or feature in the marketplace. A feature sometimes could improve the offer, and other times it could have a negative impact depending on the feature/modification. Sometimes, an aftermarket modification may void the factory warranty, thus reducing the offer. For more information, visit the Determining Your Offer section.
11. Will regular maintenance/repairs affect the offer?
Your car's overall physical and mechanical condition will have an impact on your appraisal offer. For more information about how we determine our offer, visit the Determining Your Offer section.
12. Do I need an appointment for an appraisal?
No appraisal appointment is necessary. Just visit your nearest Tom Wood Honda or call for details. Your appraisal takes as little as 30 minutes. If you would like to set up an appointment, contact your nearest Tom Wood Honda store, or consult a Sales Consultant.
13. How can I save on taxes if I buy and sell at Tom Wood Honda?
Lower the amount of taxes you pay when you buy a Tom Wood Honda car when you selling us a car at the same time. The following states may give you a break on your taxes when you buy a car and sell us your old one:
Certain situations may disqualify you from receiving a tax break. For example, your name must be on both the paperwork to buy a car and the paperwork to sell a car in order for the tax break to apply. Check with your tax professional and your Tom Wood Honda Sales Consultant for details.
14. What if all titleholders cannot be present or one is deceased?
If all titleholders cannot be present, you must speak to a Business Office Associate before selling a car to Tom Wood Honda.
In some cases, we may be able to accept a Power of Attorney, allowing someone else to sign on the absent titleholder's behalf. If a titleholder is deceased, you may have to transfer the title into your name before Tom Wood Honda can buy your car. This can usually be done by taking the title and supporting papers to the local titling office. However, because this process varies by state, ask a Business Office Associate for more information.
15. Do I have to sell my car at the same location that it was appraised?
You may sell your car at any Tom Wood Honda location. If you're within seven days of having the appraisal completed, a Sales Consultant at the location of your choice will be able to assist you. However, if your appraisal was completed more than seven days ago, Tom Wood Honda will re-appraise your car.
16. What if I owe more on my car than the amount of your appraisal offer?
If your pay-off amount is more than the offer for your car, the difference is called "negative equity." In some cases, the negative equity can be included in your financing when you buy a Tom Wood Honda car. If not, we'll calculate the difference between your pay-off and our offer to you and you can pay Tom Wood Honda directly. Tom Wood Honda Car Buying Centers can accept cashier's or certified checks and certified funds. Tom Wood Honda stores also accept cash. If the amount you owe is less than $250, we will accept a personal check. Our written offers are good for seven days, giving you time to get any necessary funds to settle your transaction.
17. If I choose to sell Tom Wood Honda my car, could I get it back?
No. All car sales to Tom Wood Honda are final.
18. What if I have a lien on my car?
We will need to contact your lien holder during business hours to get a 15-day payoff. To pay off the lien, we will need your lien holder's name and phone number, the name(s) on the account, and your lien holder's account number and social security number. If a previously paid-off lien is listed on the title, you'll need both the title and the lien release from the lien holder before we can purchase your car.
19. Can I sell a car on behalf of a company?
If you would like to sell a car on behalf of a company, please see a Business Office Associate for the requirements needed.
20. What is a bank draft?
A bank draft is a type of check where payment is guaranteed to be available by the issuing bank. It must be deposited and cannot be cashed. Before attempting to draw on the bank draft, consider contacting your bank for information on their hold policy.