Car Czar in San Diego, CA

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CarCzar is San Diego's locally owned premiere auto buying service where we strive to beat the competition. The CarCzar and his San Diego car buying team have over 25 years buying cars in the Southern California region.

Car Czar

Dealer Info:

Phone(s):(858) 382-1661
Address:4455 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, 92123

Reviews on Car Czar

Megan H. | 2015-04-21

I know nothing about cars, and suddenly needed to sell mine rather quickly. I had no idea what I was going to do as far as attempting to sell it on my own, and I felt like the offer I got from Carmax was too low to accept.

Someone told me about Car Czar after seeing a sign of theirs, and I am really happy that they did. They guys there were so awesome, informative and accommodating from start to finish. They were able to explain that there had been work done to my car previously that I was unaware of which was causing the value to be less than what I thought it should be, and then they still came in at $600 higher than Carmax!

I was so stressed going into this and then the process was seriously just SHOCKINGLY quick and easy, and I felt like I could really trust everything that they were saying to me. They clearly care about their reputation and making their customers happy as much as anything else, which is hard to find in most industries these days. I cannot say how highly I recommend them!

Jon M. | 2015-03-29

Gavin and Chris are great!  Got $2,500 more on my Infiniti than Carmax!  Cash in hand same day we agreed upon a price. Go here first before anywhere else to sell your car. You'll be glad you did

Marco G. | 2015-03-27

I had question regarding title transfer and Chris was able to answer my question quickly. Unfortunately they outright refused to buy a high mileage (134k) vehicle, but at least they were upfront about it.

Andrew H. | 2015-03-09

Sold my 2007 Shelby Mustang to Gavin. I called and he quoted me over the phone. He drove to me, inspected the car, and beat Carmax by over $1000. The check was cut from Mossy Ford and I was able to cash it immediately at Bank of America. Very satisfied and would highly recommend. Thanks!

Alex H. | 2015-01-19

Gavin made me a great deal on my car with the least amount of hassle. I had taken my car to 3 other places and he gave me $300 over the next best offer. No brainer. Very professional, got me the check the next day. Highly recommended if you're selling a car!

Bridget M. | 2014-11-15

Very nice people.  I spoke with/met Chris & Gavin, and they were both extremely friendly and straightforward. The process was quick and painless and I am officially down 1 junky old PT Cruiser...which is a win for me! Thanks to all the folks at Car Czar

Jacob W. | 2014-11-03

What a great experience!!! :) I got a quote from a honda dealership and carmax. CarCzar came in $200 higher than both. Not a ton, but it is still $200. Beyond that, Gavin is super nice, he came to me to check out the car, and then when we agreed on a price he sent out a tow truck to get the car. I signed 2 places and was done!!! I have sold a car to CarMax before and it took over a hour. This was much easier and faster!!

Lindsay M. | 2014-10-28

We recently contacted Car Czar about selling our BMW and we received fantastic service. Gavin was a pleasure to work with and very honest and upfront. He initially gave me an estimate price over the phone for our car which seemed very fair. They then arranged for Larry to come out and appraise the car, which he did on a Sunday afternoon! They offered us a very fair price for our car and we will definitely be using them again in the future. This company really goes the extra mile and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking to sell a car.

Winston G. | 2014-10-17

Fantastic place to go to if you are looking to sell your car.  Gavin is a pleasure to work with and a straight-shooter -- was able to offer me a great price ($1000 over CarMax and $500 over the next best competitor) for my used BMW.  Really easy to work with and doesn't seem like someone who would mislead you around - I called ahead to tell him what I was looking for, and he was able to give me an honest and straight forward assessment from the get go.  I have the feeling that if he can't beat a price that's offered to you by someone else, he will just tell you that and you won't be wasting any time here.

Also, love the name of the place.

Chris H. | 2014-09-22

Gavin does good job to educate his customers about the wholesale market. Although he's pretty realistic, he actually beat the folks at c-max by well over $1000. I'll swing by again when I have to sell.

Jenna U. | 2014-07-31

I was looking to get rid of my old beat up car. I looked around and called everyone. I finally got a hold of someone at Car Czar. Gavin called me back and was very knowledgeable and  easy to work with. He personally stopped by my home and gave me a quote. At the time, I had not yet received my title and he generously allowed me to submit a application for a paperless title. He then set me up with his tow guy to come and pick up the vehicle and was extremely flexible with my time. He is super friendly, knowledgeable and has amazing customer service. The transaction went seamless and I walked away with $500 bucks for my beat up vehicle. If I had more cars to sell, he would be the guy I would turn to! Thanks again Gavin!

Heather C. | 2014-05-08

If you're trying to sell a vehicle, this is the place to go! My husband and I had an awesome experience with the Car Czar! We had taken our Jeep to get an appraisal at Car Max and we were disappointed with the outcome. My husband had seen the vans sitting around San Diego with the Car Czar's information on it so we decided to give it a shot. We are so glad we did! From the moment we walked in, they made us feel comfortable and every one was so friendly. They gave us the amount we were hoping for out of our vehicle which was a lot more than Car Max offered. Their vans don't lie! :) We had our check in hand the next day due to the business office being closed the day we went in. Thank you Gavin and Kristen for a smooth experience! It was a pleasure working with you guys!

Leo H. | 2014-05-03

Got the best price for my 2004 Z06 Corvette from Gavin at Car Czar.  They beat Carmax and the offers I received from advertising on Craigslist. Saw the Car Czar van and decided to made a call.  Talked with Gavin and set up an appointment.  Once I got there they inspected my car and presented me good price for my car. All this was done within the hour. Then they gave me a ride home.  This sure beat the hassle of having folks come over to poke around the car, drive it and then make me a low ball offer. Have already recommended them to my friends.

Kyle B. | 2014-04-19

I called the Car Czar and was promptly connected with Gavin who was very upfront about what he thought my car was valued at and what the company would pay me for it upon arrival.

I stopped by their location on Grand and within 20 minutes had an outstanding offer on my 2007 Chevy Tahoe LTZ and an agreed to deal. I found their team to be pleasant and professional.

If you're thinking about selling your car, I highly recommend giving the Czar a chance.

This is not your typical used car buyer. Thanks again Gavin and team.

Tom G. | 2014-04-12

My wife and I made the decision to sell two cars and buy one car to sort of downsize our fleet. We went to Carmax and got somewhat lowball offers on our 2007 Lexus LS 460 and 2008 BMW 535i. Driving home we noticed a sign  for Car Czar. We diddled around for a couple days and finally made an appointment to see Gavin and the folks at Car Czar, now part of the Mossy group. It was one of the best financial decisions I've made in a while. Not only did they beat Carmax, they met the price we wanted for the Lexus and came close to what we wanted on the BMW. I advertised in Craigslist and the individuals interested came nowhere  close to what we wanted. If you're selling a car and want the best price for you must go to Car Czar. Simple, easy, fast and pleasant.

Rory B. | 2014-03-11

Gavin and his team are friendly, professional, and offered me a reasonable price for my used 2000 Volvo. They beat Carmax's price by over $200, which they advertise to do. I enjoyed working with Car Czar and if you are looking to sell your used car quickly, consider using Gavin and the rest of the Car Czar crew.

Scott R. | 2014-02-06

Gavin and his team at Car Czar are the best in the business. I recently purchased a 2002 Toyota Camry and to say that my experience at Car Czar was pleasant is an understatement. They were professional, answered all of my questions, and had me on the road in no time. If you are thinking about buying/selling a pre-owned vehicle don't shop anywhere else. Gavin truly is the "Car Czar".

Travis H. | 2013-12-27

No high pressure sales, just friendly people who love their jobs.

I highly recommend anyone with a used car to visit Gavin and see just how much you can get for it!

Very understanding about missing head rests too... Will definitely go back to Gavin for my next sale or purchase.

Jessica E. | 2013-12-19

I recently went to Car Czar to sell my 2007 BMW 328i and, overall, it was a GREAT experience!

Prior to me going to Car Czar, I went to Carmax to see what they would give me but was not satisfied with their offer. I did more research and actually found Car Czar through a google search. They stated that they beat Carmax and sure enough they did! I worked with Gavin through the whole process and he made it really fast and easy! He even worked with my busy schedule and stayed a little later after business hours to help me out.

Gavin is very up front, honest, and knowledgeable about the business he is in. I would recommend anyone to go see Gavin at Car Czar if you are looking into selling your car.

Rob R. | 2013-10-24

Went to Car Czar to sell my 2007 Range Rover.  They advertise beating CarMax and so I thought I'd check it out.

Working with Gavin was great.  He was easy to talk to, was open and honest about the process and was fast.  Gave me a price range first, then did a full inspection to have an actual approach.  I really like this because it saves time and effort.

He ended up beating CarMax and the whole process was very fast.  Received my check the next business day and was done.  I would definitely recommend seeing them if you need to sell a car and don't feel like doing it yourself.

Eric V. | 2013-10-09

Went to visit Gavin and Chris at Car Czar today and had a great experience.  

I posted my car on craigslist for about a week and had a number of of low ball offers so I thought I would try Car Czar since I see their adds around town. I called and told them my situation and explained what I had for an offer and he said he would try to beat that and told me to take my car in for him to look at.  So I went to his shop and they were very friendly and professional and even allowed me to go in the garage where they look at the car.  He showed me my problems which I agreed with.  He said he would like to honor his word on the phone and beat the offer I received from a private party.  I feel it was a good offer, yeah I could have made a couple extra dollars by selling it myself but then I would have had to have it smogged, deal with showing it, making sure I got paid, etc.. Overall he was pretty close to kbb private party retail and I know he has to make money so it works out good for both of us.

The process took about 30 minutes and I got a better offer than any private party and they were very pleasant to deal with. I will be returning if I have to sell more cars and would refer my friends to them.

Duane B. | 2013-03-27

Wow! This guy is good! I was thinking about selling my car myself and even had an ad out there. After no nibbles on my ad, I called the car czar. Sold my car that day and it was super easy. Very impressed. Duane in La Jolla

Lori C. | 2013-03-15

I had a good experience with CAR CZAR and his mechanic that helped me on more then one occasion, with the purchase of my daughters first car..
These guys were respectful and professional to me and my beloved daughter..

K M. | 2013-01-21

I had an '07 volvo XC90 that i wanted to get rid of since our family keeps growing.  It was a nice, clean car.  I had seen the tacky car billboards all over our neighborhood so i decided to give him a call. Yes he did beat carmax by $500, but Did not bother to come look at the car.  After a couple days of thinking it over with my husband, when we called him back to take the offer he changed his offer and eventually said he wouldn't offer anything.  Over all, selling a car sucks, but I felt like he was just another slimy used car salesman. If you want to get rid of your car fast, without having to list it on Craigslist or the paper.  Go straight to carmax.  They gave us blue book and we were out of there in an hour.