2013 Scion FR-S: Sold to Carmax
January 16, 2014
We kept our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S seven months and 5,000 miles longer than we normally do. It was a fun car to have around and as the 25,000 miles on its odometer showed, it wasn't often left to collect dust in our garage. But it's a new year, and we need some money back in our car-buying budget. This meant it was time to pay a visit to CarMax for appraisal.
"Do you have a figure in mind?" said Hamal, the appraiser. He recognized me and remembered the last car I brought in, our long-term Ford Focus ST.
"I have a number, but I'm keeping my cards close to the vest," I said. I was thinking about the saying, "He who speaks first loses."
Hamal told me that someone had recently traded in a red FR-S with about 10,000 miles. It sold in three days. I was originally expecting an offer of $17,000, taking into consideration the high miles on our FR-S. I thought they would impact its value. But when I heard that the other FR-S sold so quickly, I upped my guess to $18,000. For reference, we paid $24,930 (before tax and title) when we bought the car last year. Edmunds trade-in TMV is $18,831.
Before you hit the jump, take a guess on the offer.
CarMax said it would give us $19,000. It was a solid offer, so we took it.
Our Scion FR-S depreciated about 24 percent. Our fleet average is about 22 percent. If you're curious as to what this car would retail for when CarMax re-sells it, I found a white FR-S at a CarMax in Las Vegas, with the same miles, selling for $21,998.
And so the 2013 Scion FR-S leaves the fleet. Its ride was too firm for my tastes, but it was a fun car to drive and I'm glad we had a chance to test it.
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 25,175 miles