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BEXAM - SPEED AND SECURITY

BEXAM - SPEED AND SECURITY

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INTRODUCTION

Cryptocurrency is essentially digital money traded from one person to another through the use of pseudonyms. There are no intermediaries like banks, no governmental oversight or authority, and no fees. The “crypto” in cryptocurrency refers to the use of cryptography to ensure the security and privacy of every transaction.
New coins are created through a technique called mining. The process requires powerful computers that solve complex math problems. Each problem should take about 10 minutes to solve, and results in the creation of a predetermined number of coins. The total number of coins that can be created is fixed — there’s a limit of 21 million bitcoins that can be created. The number of coins rewarded for solving each problem dwindles as time goes on.
Bitcoin is believed to have been created in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto, an enigmatic figure who has so far proven all but impossible to definitively identify. By using cryptography to control the creation and tracking of a digital currency, Nakamoto took that power away from central authorities like governments.
Bitcoin was the first and most famous digital currency, but you can choose from more than 1,500, including ether, litecoin and even cryptokitties. For awhile, you saw these currencies only in the darkest corners of the internet, where people used them for all sorts of questionable, even illegal, activities. Drug dealers liked them because they made transactions all but invisible, and trolls at the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency used bitcoin to finance their campaign to influence the 2016 election.
That started to change in 2014, when Overstock became the first major US retailer to accept bitcoin. Companies like Expedia and Microsoft followed suit.
One of the biggest misconceptions about cryptocurrencies is that you need thousands of dollars to invest. It’s an easy assumption to make, especially in the case of bitcoin, which stayed under $1,000 from about 2010 to 2017. But then it took off, surpassing thousand-dollar milestones at a pace that seemed quicker than you could refresh your phone.
The staggering value is off-putting to many. But unlike most stocks, you can buy a fraction of a bitcoin so you don’t need thousands to get into the crypto game.
As more technological advancements are uncovered, BEXAM, a revolutionary blockchain/DAG hybrid platform with high speeds of 0.2s block time, full scalability with no delays, and world class security that hinders hacking and data manipulation came on board.

OVERVIEW OF BEXAM


BEXAM’s root is Japan which connotes quality, to authenticate this, we can take a look at what sets Japan’s inventions apart from others. Most of Japan’s inventions are not new, but a perfection of other inventions such as Sony’s portable radio-the walkman, Toyota’s hybrid vehicles e.t.c. Japanese inventions are majorly improvements on existing products through small steps no matter how good the product is already. BEXAM inculcated this practice also known as “kaizen” which is globally recognized. The philosophy means continual improvement and was also adopted by Toyota. BEXAM strongly believes in progressive development, thereby seeing each day as an opportunity to be better than the previous day. This encouraged their partnership with Early Works Co.Ltd, a Japanese technology company who shares the same vision. BEXAM assures its clients of a constantly evolving project aiming to fulfil their needs in a better way and everyday.

It has a management with over a decade expertise in the software business with developing and promoting virtual merchandise, they possess an in-debt knowledge and are well versed with what users want and they have the needed resources to make them available. BEXAM is a new age exchange with a vast range of functionalities which are all user friendly (easy to use) to both masters and newbies in the crypto space. The core purpose of this innovation is to curb (exterminate.) current complexities traders and investors come across on a daily basis when trading and to introduce a new era where traders can experience an enjoyable, engaging and profitable trade.
Furthermore, BEXAM will improve the blockchain technology and data management sectore as a whole, which will enable a future of reliable and unprecedented expectations in cyber security and efficiency. BEXAM will also enlighten and illustrate to the world the efficacy of blockchain which will be transformed in the daily lives of people.

FEATURES OF BEXAM

DEMO TARDING
This feature is essential for newbies because most of the don’t know when to enter or exit a trade, newbies in the crypto see cryptocurrency trading as a high Return On Investments and they do not understand the monetary risk that’s accompanied with what they’re doing. The demo trading will help them learn about trading and in no time they will be masters.
INTELLIGENT PROFIT/LOSS REPORT
Users will be able to view their profit or loss report from their account dashboard; the report will give them extensive analysis on the executed trade and will help them detect and take a good position for future trades.
CRYPTO RADAR
This provides users the opportunity to search any token or coin based on their decrease or increase in value along with technical analysis indicators like RSI, ADX, MACD, EMA & SMA. Users just need to navigate to the crypto radar on the trading platform and search for any pair of their choice.

BEXAM EXCHANGE TOKEN

BXA is a utility token which users will use in BEXAM platform, using BXA for payments attracts 20% discount on transactions fee. BXA will be paired with BITCOIN ETHEREUM, USDT, EURT, KRW, and JPY amongst others. Listing fees for new tokens or coin on BEXAM exchange will require BXA tokens and all tokens collected through these listings will be burned. 25% percent profit derived will be used to buy back BXA tokens which will be burned, buy backs will be pre informed to the community.
Users with verified email addresses holding BXA tokens will have rights to voting the proposal of new cryptocurrency. Burning of BXA token will stop after half of the BXA tokens originally issued. Transaction fee will be as low as 0.1% for all trades on the platform.

TOKEN DETAILS

TOKEN NAME: BEXAM
TICKER: BXA
NETWORK: ETHEREUM
PRICE: $0.12c
SOFT CAP: 2.5 MILLION USD
HARD CAP: 16 MILLION USD
TOTAL SUPPLY: 1 BILLION BXA
ACCEPTED CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR PURCHASE: BITCOIN

ROADMAP AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN


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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:

Website: https://bexam.io/

Whitepaper: https://bexam.io/pdf/BEXAM_Whitepaper_V4.0_3.pdf

Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/HSOophGd4wk_jTd1NqC2GQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BEXAMofficial
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PUBLISHER


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Kaizen Ico : Interview with Fund Manager

Nearly a fourth of its way to completion. I took a moment to catch up with the Fund Manager for the ongoing Kaizen ICO.
https://steemit.com/ico/@cryptokage/kaizen-ico-a-word-with-its-fund-manager
The Kaizen Coin Ico has begun and the cryptokage wanted to know more! Emailing the newly appointed fund manager we discussed the project and learned a little bit about the man behind the coin, Lawrence Fischer.
Originally in an advisory position for the ICO, the thirty-nine (39) year old financial adviser was asked to take over as fund manager amidst changes by the SEC, (DAO tokens became recognized as unregulated securities). When asked about the change in team he responded;
"One problem we have had is the SEC. As all 3 people listed have securities careers up until recently the recent rulings by the SEC basically have scared a lot of people in our sector."
When confronted by the lack of team information on the website he half-jokingly yet poignantly remarked;
" I personally hate social media. I do not have a twitter (outside of the Kaizen one), I have never had the need for a LinkdIn account as I have been working for myself in crypto trading for the last several years. I honestly don't see the need to have my personal life on a pedestal. I am a boring financial guy that sits for 15 hours a day staring at 4 monitors looking for signs of life in a coin."
Understanding his attitude helps to explain the whitepaper which has been criticized as short and bland.
"I actually wish more whitepapers got rid of all the marketing crap and just made the whitepapers about 2 pages. Basically give me the highlights. Kaizen Coin is basically a collection of crypto currency and it pays a dividend in ethereum each quarter. That's all I would have put in the whitepaper. "
I asked him how he got into crypto;
"I got into crypto how a lot of people did, through a friend. Only mine paid a $50 bet he lost with me in 5,000 bitcoin. The terms of the deal were $50, not $50 in bitcoin that I couldn't see, touch, feel. I basically had to take his word on it that it was worth anything at all, and I seriously considered suing his ass. There was no coinbase or Gemini for me to withdraw to fiat. Because it was a low dollar amount, I gave up after a few hours trying to get to it. I later sold it for $500,000. That gave me some financial independence but not enough to go off of for life. It also taught me that there is something to this crypto thing and to be honest, I was a bit embarrassed for not having seen it. I began immersing myself in bitcoin and altcoins. I got in with Ethereum as a new issue and rode that. Late 2015, I began giving friends bitcoin wallets on their cellphones and $50 (what I originally received) and just told them to wait. They told friends and before long I was heading a small investment club. My phone was blowing up for investment advice. I began making youtube videos with several of my picks and the people that came to me had more and more money. I still respond to text messages all hours of the day and night. It is the fuel that keeps me going. Having a education background in sociology and mathematics, I understand and can predict a lot of human behavior. I think this has always been a key in hype with altcoins. As Kaizen gets bigger, I will be bringing on another person. I have actually begun talking to a jr staffer at a VC firm in San Francisco. The hope is he can start looking at some of these ICO through venture capitalists eyes."
Mr Fischer not only has the international resources (The Uruguay HQ location) but the technical and technological capabilities to see such a plan through. Having worked with mining platforms he is well envisioned and prepared for the security challenges holding a digital fund presents.
"Security is very important. For security reasons I cannot go into all measures, but a few of the precautionary ones are as follows: We tweeted the contract address 2 days prior to the launch in regards to some recent coin hacks. As we aren't 'day trading' the accounts, funds are left offline in paper wallets or hardware wallets. Only 2 people have access to funds. We do not advertise where we are located or even a phone number. There is no reason for anyone to visit or call. We are aware of social engineering attempts and actually have a security specialist coming out a week from tomorrow to go over things and inform us of any weaknesses and what we can do better. One area we do not take lightly."
On the more technological standpoint when asked about the change in token strategy he responded;
"The dividends in the form of KZN coin was actually the original plan. We ran with that in an earlier versions of the whitepaper that was sent out to media, coin listing sites, etc. We scrapped that idea as we are minting a finite number of coins with no coins ever being minted further. This would at some point implode the fund or cause it to buyback tokens at a potential premium. We decided a couple weeks before launch to simply make the quarterly dividend payouts using Ethereum to the wallet address the tokens are in. We will be posting both buys and sells after they complete on the site and most likely facebook. There will be monthly progress checks we make internally as well as an audit every 6 months to account for everything. All of this will be posted on the site whether good or bad."
According to coinschedule.com the Kaizen Ico is 19.58% complete and is a day away from completing its Pre-ICO sale.
"We are getting ready to launch some ad campaigns. If target not reached, we will setup a buy wall on one of the exchanges at the price people bought in on and allow people to cash out that no longer want to be involved. Those that do will continue on with us"
Kaizen is not the first crypto fund project and like a lot of Ico's it will be put under a lot of social media scrutiny. I asked Lawrence of any potential problems presented with such a business model?
"I assume you mean a small caliber office like us? Walk into a big chain retail store, then into a small boutique. There is a difference. TAAS fund got to market before us. They are a little bigger. Everyone yelled scam and shitcoin when they started their ICO. They just made their first dividend payment and it was huge. Find me a mutual fund that has a 61% quarterly dividend. We are doing the exact same thing as TAAS, but we have a smaller staff so instead of us keeping 25% profits for ourselves, we keep 5%. I have worked for mutual funds and they could not and would not ever compete with the returns. And that is why sometimes the little guy wins."
So what is stopping lawrence from just running off with the money?
" To be honest, I guess nothing at all physically. People have instilled a trust in us and we plan to reward them with high yields. Over the last few years, I have made more in bitcoin and altcoins that the KaizenCoin is worth, even at the total sellout level. I don't care for flashy things. I still drive a 2014 Toyota Camry. I always thought at this point I was supposed to have a lambo but that really isn't what interests me. If i just one day closed up shop and ran, i'd probably never see my kids/wife again. I am not the type of guy that wants to live life looking over his shoulder either. I like to think I was raised better than that too. In high school I'd go to the movies with all my friends. The plan was to buy one ticket and go from movie to movie once we were inside, theater hop. I always made sure I was the last to buy tickets and i'd buy tickets for all the shows we were planning to see. No one ever checked, my friends never got caught either. I just did it because it was the right thing to do. If I couldn't steal a $4 movie, grand larceny is completely out. I am actually still pondering this question as it is a good question and really should be one I ask before investing in ICO's. I guess whenever a new coin is started, there is hope for a legacy to be built. I don't know if that is the case with me."
In conclusion only time will tell what the Kaizen coin will bring but if this mans words are anything to be believed, Kaizen not only will happen but it may be a force.
I personally will be having a punt and will update here with the results. First dividend is expected in December, will a fool be parted with his money? or will he be rewarded for his intrigue?
*As always, this is not financial advice. Always question the bias of the author and their perspective.
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[Table] IAmA: We sell cars at CarMax, ask us anything

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What would you suggest to a mid-20's person who still has their little student car (like a honda civic that'll never die) that wants to upgrade just a bit? Lots of factors for this question, starting with budget. If you want to trade in your car and have a few grand to put down, that would be an awesome downpayment on a ~$20k car. If you're wanting to use that amount to just straight up buy a car... Keep yours til it dies.
Personally, my car still runs just fine and there's no real issues, it's just a 1996 model and the paint's coming off the hood. I have a few thousand I could potentially spend plus whatever I get from my car trade in (I believe the Kelly Bluebook value is around $2800). What kind of cars should I be looking at to make a slight upgrade? But, in the ~20ish range, as previously mentioned I really like the Nissan Maxima. If you like American made the new Ford Fusion is very nice, especially in the titanium trim package. Hell, the higher trim package Honda Accords are very nice too. Lots of options in that range, but I'd have to know a lot more about you, your financial situation, and what you want to give you a good, customer focused recommendation
Do your salesmen smell like they have been marinating their forearms at the perfume counter at Bloomingdales for a month? Personally, all of us contributing don't usually wear cologne to work. We do have one consultant that will about make you pass out every time they walk past with the overpowering smell.
Are they wearing suits like someone's Aunt just died? No suits at Carmax, thank god. Polo and khakis/shorts for most of us. It would suck working summer in a suit.
On average, is the average salesman's hair oiled more or less than the average block-piston of one of your cars? Again, for the most part no products for us answering. But again, there are culprits, and it's not a good look.
When your salesmen make your customers grab their socks on a purchase, is it just a little bump, or do they bang the customers heads against the showroom ceiling until there are head-prints? As much as I sometimes wish that was the case, we actually try are absolute hardest NOT to screw people. CarMax, as pertaining to both consultants and as a company, makes very little off each car sale. We just make up for it in volume. Also, commission isn't based on a % of the vehicle, so I don't care if you buy a $7k or $70k car - I'm making the same amount. Tl;dr light tap at worst, usually just a longing gaze.
Regarding the no-haggle pricing. If there is a car I want to buy from my local Carmax for almost $12,000, and KBB says a fair value of the car is only $9500, does that mean I can just offer you guys $9500 and you'll accept it or does it mean that you'll only accept the $12,000 listed price? It will be $12,000. KBB is a great place to start, but is by no means accurate all the time on car values. Same with when people say their trade in is worth X amount according to KBB. Honestly, probably 75% of the time people don't enter their info into KBB accurately, which exacerbates the problem. Don't even get me started on NADA.
I would venture that KBB is much more 'accurate' in terms of the actual value of the car than the dealer mark up price. I would venture that KBB data can be months out of date, doesnt take into account conditions like season/location that can have a large impact on value, can be affected by things like a dealer offering more for a car because it was traded in (they get their data from dealers), and when it comes down to it, KBB is an estimation of what you might get for your car. We are giving you a written offer saying we'll hand you a bank draft for that amount, today.
The most reliable, sporty car that your money is worth? Reliable and still being sporty in what price range? I'm gonna say probably something like a Nissan Maxima for the average person. The SV trim package had a ton of options (leather, heated seats, back up camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, sunroof, navigation, Bose speakers), and the v6 puts out 290hp. Pretty quick, and the paddle shifters are fun.
I have to disagree. After having worked on 05-06 Maximas that had a transmission made by, what I assume, was the lowest bidding glass manufacturing company in North Korea I just can never recommend a Maxima to anybody. And they make them in my home town too :( Let me rephrase: newer Maximas. Also they do have CVTs (continuously variable transmission), which requires trans fluid changes about every 30k miles as opposed to the 80-90k recommended for most vehicles.
"Regular" Dealerships that are near CarMax generally will say, "We have already lowered our prices to compete with CarMax, we cannot lower them anymore." What is your take on that? My take is that we sold 522,950 cars last year, and regular dealers can't compete with us. We have the market cornered on well maintained, newer, low mileage used cars.
That being said you can get good deals on used cars that are outside of what Carmax sells (older than 2003 or over 130k miles). I bought mine from a small mom and pop type place and got a great deal, just have to know what you're looking fohow to bargain. The larger dealers that sell used cars though don't stand a chance.
I was told that you guys make zero bonus on selling cars. You just have to meet some monthly quota. How true is that? Does the quota ever go up or down? Seriously, no bonuses? Nope, no quota. We all work on 100% commission, we don't get hourly or a salary. We make a flat commission per vehicle, doesn't matter what we sell. I really like that as a sales person, so that when I make a recommendation it's something I feel is beneficial to the customer, not just trying to up sell for the paycheck. We can make a higher (flat) commission if we maintain high selling numbers for several months at a time, but you have to maintain that. Pretty much the harder you work the more you make.
Isn't the carmax model to not be like regular dealers? We aren't like other dealers! I wouldn't say that's our entire business model, although we definitely do put the customer first and try and make the car buying experience as simple as possible so.. maybe it is haha.
What would you say is the ratio of people who look online and pick what they want and buy that vs people that come to the lot? I would say about 70% of my customers have at least done some kind of research online before they step foot in the store. And then of course we've got people that come in and just want to walk the lot/kick tires, since we don't force you to be accompanied by a sales consultant at all times like most dealers. Also all of our vehicles are unlocked so you can get in them and check em out without us there, which most people seem to love.
Do all the cars have a sticker price? Yes, all vehicles have the year, make, model, mileage, features, and price clearly printed on the sticker.
Is there any way to get below sticker? No way to get below sticker unless you work here ;)
Are you familiar with Doug DeMuro's reviews of CarMax's warranty program on Jalopnik? Is so, what are your thoughts on his reviews? Do you find the warranty to be a good value? Great question. I hadn't heard of his reviews until just now actually and went and read them.
In my opinion, maxcare is the best extended service plan in the business, period. It covers more, costs less, and is extremely up front about what is and is not covered. Personally I sell maxcare at about an 80% clip, but even company average is over 60%. You'd be hard pressed to find people buying another extended service plan at that frequency. When my next vehicle comes from Carmax, I will definitely be purchasing it.
My concern is the constant fight with the dealer about what is a "wearable part". That makes me never want to buy into a warranty. What's the point if you aren't going to fix it? Maxcare is very clear cut on what it does and does not cover. As in, lists exactly what it doesn't cover, and anything not listed will be covered, period. It's extremely easy to understand
True that when you buy a car to be re-sold, one of the first things you do is put new tires on it and sell the old on the used-tire market, even if they're almost new? Good question, definitely not true. The state requirement for tread depth varies; in our state it is 2/32nds of an inch. CarMax doubles that to 4, and it is RARE to see tires that worn on cars we plan to retail. We will only replace tires if it doesn't meet standards; I've sold a car that's tread was right at 6/32nds before.
Do all CarMax's have ridiculous quantities of Porsche Panameras or is it just my local one? Just the local one. We have a lot of... Fiestas? :/
Sounds like a festive work environment. But seriously, at least 15 Panameras on site. I'm gonna guess you either live in California or Florida
Any idea why there isn't a carmax store in New Jersey? No idea. But Carmax expands every year, maybe soon! Us worker bees aren't usually privy to that type of info until it's imminent.
Also would it be difficult to buy a car from you guys out of state and then register it here? (New Jersey) Not hard at all! You will simply pay your state sales tax at time of purchase, which may differ from the one you purchase it in.
Lastly, how is the extended warranty price determined? Our extended service plan, maxcare, is priced entirely by the vehicle it is covering. Simply put, a newer, lower mileage vehicle will be less expensive to cover than a comparable older one. Further the cost of fixing the vehicle is taken into account (BMW is more expensive to fix than a Honda), and what kind of reputation the vehicle has for needing repairs. The best deal is usually on Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Kia, Hyundai. The absolute worst? SmartCar. We sell them for around 10k and the service plan is something like 5-6k, because they do not have a great rep and they're expensive to fix a lot of the time.
That what I was hoping for. You guys sell warranties for some silly silly cars. I'm going to take advantage of that when my lease is up. [edit: and by silly cars I mean things along the lines of BMW //M5 and Audi RS anything. ] Honestly, even on those cars I would take maxcare if I was the one buying it. I have owned an m3, and I have paid to fix it. Literally use the plan once or twice and it's already paid for itself. Good luck finding a car after the lease is up!
What car would you recommand as a pussy magnet? C63 AMG. Big fan. Link to www.carmax.com
I need something with AWD though. Currently I have a g35x. It fairs well. I got you. Porsche 911 turbo: Link to www.carmax.com
Or Audi S5: Link to www.carmax.com
It's kind of offensive that they had to stick the CarMax logo on the rear decklid. It's on every one of our vehicles. It's really easy to remove though!
What's your worst type of customer? From a fellow consultant: Typically, when that shiny, clean, 2011 Ford F250 Superduty pulls onto the lot we all cringe. Truck clients have gained a stigma for being the most unrealistic customer that steps foot into our dealerships. "I want a 2013 Silverado 1500 with no more than 20k miles for under $15000"... Yeah, so do we all. Take a hike champ.
Couple answers. First, people that come in having done (bad) research on what their car is worth, and blast me when they don't like the realistic value of what their car is worth. Again, NADA is the worst.
Next, people that come in really wanting to bargain and get offended when I tell them we have no haggle pricing - we advertise the heck out of it, you'd think they'd already know.
Finally, people that are extremely unrealistic about pricing. They want a car under 10,000 miles, newer than 2013, with leather and a sunroof, and it needs to be under $10,000. Sorry dude, we sell used cars not unicorns. Those are also the ones that will call back after the fact to tell me they found that at billy bobs used cars, only to later find out it has frame damage.
How would you recommend people keep from rolling debt from one car into the next? Would you say that the best option is too buy a car with cash in hand and drive it for as long as possible before trading it in? Pay it off before you sell it. Or at the very least, pay enough such that your car is worth more than the payoff. Rolling negative equity isn't the worst ever, but make sure whatever you roll it into will be something you want to keep long enough to pay off. And get GAP insurance for sure if you are rolling negative.
Okay. Just want to make sure that I am on the right track now. I rolled negative equity through multiple cars and ended up with a 35K brand new GTI (10K over sticker, dumb i know). Well I have paid off the car and the extra debt and now I have a 2012 GTI with a lil work into it. I assume the best thing to do at this point (financially) is drive it until the wheels fall off? Financially, yep. Definitely.
What demo are you currently driving? Demos are only for managers and sales consultants that are selling at the highest level/have been with the company a pretty long time. I'm not a new hire, but I definitely haven't been here long enough to qualify for a demo :/ My manager was rocking a Cadillac CTS4 earlier.
Sad...I was disappointed by the choice in demo of my recent CarMax sales guy...a Buick Enclave. Not that it's bad, but so many better choices. Yeah, enclaves are nice enough on the inside I guess, but definitely not what id pick. They do have price constraints on what they can demo though, so you won't see anyone working at Carmax demoing something insanely expensive haha.
Is there anything you can suggest doing last minute to a car before bringing it in to sell? Sure. I'm not an appraiser, we actually have a separate department for that, but I entepresent appraisals to customers so I'll give you what tips I can.
We tell customers that as long as there's no damage/nothing wrong that the appearance of the vehicle doesn't matter, and maybe sometimes it doesn't. But in my experience if you get all your crap out of the car and give it a wash, you might get a little extra (think hundreds, not thousands). You wouldn't belief the disgusting vehicles people bring in - it's always nice appraising something that doesn't look like a family of hoarders uses as their trash bin. Also, our appraisers will drive the vehicle a short distance to make sure the tranny/engine are ok, and putting them in a grossed out or bad mood from all your crap will not help your cause.
Tips on bargaining on a car? Absolutely! The best tip I have: don't bargain. Come to CarMax, we do no haggle pricing on vehicles so you always know what the lowest price is up front ;)
Edit: just to be clear, we just don't bargain. Most customers hate that part of car buying and never know if they could've gotten a better deal. Since we eliminate that and are extremely transparent in all of our associated car buying costs, customers can know exactly what they're getting for exactly how much up front
I never knew carmax had the no haggle policy. Next time I am looking for a car I will definitely check them out. I hate the negotiating part and if I can get the same deal or pay even a little bit more not to deal with it at carmax I would buy from you. Yep that's how it works! We have a gigantic sign inside that says "the way car buying should be," and it's true!
A few months ago I was looking to buy a car from Car Max "No haggle" the obviously let me walk because i wanted to talk it for lower. I ended up going to an official dealer and getting the same type of car 2 years newer and less miles for about 3k cheaper. Do you really think the "no haggle" thing is worth it? Unequivocally yes. We get a lot more customers than we lose off of no haggle pricing. And yeah, we won't ever haggle with you. If we haggle with one person, we're just lying to everyone else, and then what else would we lie about?
Thoughts on the 2013/2014 Kia Optimas? I'm thinking they're my best "next car" after having my '98 Toyota Tacoma for the past 12 years. (2nd owner). What are some best alternatives? I think the Optimas are AWESOME. Kia and Hyundai give you a lot of car for what you pay vs a lot of other brands. Satellite radio, bluetooth, and heated seats are very common options even on base models. Especially at carmax - hell, we had a 2013 with 9k miles, hybrid, good options, for 19k. Hell of a price. Equivalent to the Optima, check out the Hyundai Sonata (Kia and Hyundai are the same company). Other than that, you're probably looking at paying a little bit more for an Accord, Camry, or Maxima.
On a different tangent, maybe look at the Ford Fusion or Chevy Malibu. The newer American made cars are much nicer than people are giving them credit for, and because of the American auto industry's poor rep the past few years they are also selling cars at less than they probably could be. I would feel comfortable buying either vehicle.
How can your company sell a used 2010 Ford Ranger for $19,000 with say, 30k on the odometer, all the while knowing that the consumer can walk across the street and get a brand new Toyota Tacoma for $18,000. Do car companies realize this is frustrating for the consumer? Kind of hard to reply appropriately without actually seeing the comparison, but a quick search on the Toyota website and Carmax.com shows me that if you're getting a Tacoma for 18k, it is absolutely base model, 2 door, 2 wheel drive, and that Rangers in that price range tend to be crew cab 4wd. So that's an apples to oranges comparison.
But also, like I said, you can get good deals at other places sometimes, we aren't always the best. You also have to live with the fact that when buying new, you lose about 15% of what you just paid as soon as you drive off the lot.
How often are you the best? I don't know if I could give a really accurate percentage, but I would very confidently say more often than not. Personally I'm just not an advocate of buying new, and will always buy used (I thought this way before working with cars/at Carmax). As mentioned before you just lose too much after driving off the lot, and it's a lesser amount buying used. Plus you can get more car for the same amount of money. It's just a win-win.
What do you know about what they do when they buy a car? If something happens to a car that you sell does it come back? How often does that happen? So actually, one of the really awesome things CarMax does that I'm not aware of anyone else doing - you have 5 days to bring back the car for any reason whatsoever. Hell, you don't have to have a reason, bring it back within 5 days and you get all your moneydollars back. After that, we also give you a 30 day limited warranty which will cover anything wrong with it in that time period, and obviously if there's factory warranty or you purchased maxcare that goes into effect after. I've only probably had 3 returns in the past 3 years, and 2 of them were old people that their children forced them to stop driving haha.
Say I'm looking for a decently specific truck and having a hard time finding one. What options do I have in regards to finding one from you guys? Talk to your local sales consultant and tell them exactly what you want. Chances are we can find it for you; we have 42,000 vehicles in our inventory. If we don't have it currently we get new vehicles in daily, we can build a vehicle search and continually look until it's found. I just spent 2 months finding a guy an almost new SRT8 Challenger in Plum Crazy Purple. Was the only one in the country we had when it popped up, and we had it shipped up here. Depending where the one they find is, you may not even have to pay to transfer it!
What's your pick for a good entry-level luxury sedan, both used and new? Entry level? Probably something like a BMW 328 or Acura TSX. Next step up just go to the 335, or Mercedes C300. For even more affordable, the VW CC Lux is pretty nice
I have not had a great experience with TSX. I think Acura sacrifices a lot of quality for that particular model. Plus frequent brakes issues are apparently a known problem in recent years. The MDX and TL are different stories. Actually I'm glad you said this. I was thinking TL and typed TSX. Yeah, I'd also go with the TL.
We have the 04 TL. I hate the way the newer gen TLs look. What's your opinion on the 04-08 TL vs new gen TL looks? I like all of em :/ the newer ones are different but still really nice, and fun to drive.
Is there any interest in selling things that are not cars? Tanks, helicopters, warthogs, etc. Any interest personally? Sure why not. Sales is sales, doesn't really matter what it is. Now that you mention it.. I'll sell the hell out of airplanes or yachts, that sounds awesome! Tanks too.
Did you guys go out? Nooope. She was... how to put it delicately... Larger. And had a kid that was like 8. Easily one of the most awkward conversations I've ever had.
Can you guys leave us the f*ck alone when we go in there? You have the store designed to make it impossible for someone to just go in and browse. I ended up buying my car somewhere else because your salesman wouldn't let me just take 10 mins to look around. That's pretty weird. I mean yeah, we have the store set up such that you need to walk through it to get to the lot, but we let people browse all the time. The only reason we do that is so that everyone gets talked to so we can at least ask if they do want help. I can't tell you how many people will go hop the gate, and then come inside angry because nobody came outside to chase them down. But personally, and I can speak for all of us contributing - if a customer wants to browse, we'll definitely let them. We'll just check in every 10-15 mins to see if we can help out. Sorry you had that experience, but congrats on the new ride!
Glad you guys are here. Great ad pitch for you, and I learned about a possible way to get my next car. Looking for a fun SUV in the 35-45k range with low miles. I am currently looking at GC or 4Runner. Thoughts? Well... you're talking to a guy that drives a 4Runner, and I am hugely biased. So go buy a 4Runner.
Seriously though, 4Runners are AWESOME vehicles. They're pretty much indestructible, get fantastic MPG for a vehicle that size, are extremely off road capable even bare bones stock (you are getting 4wd, ARENT YOU?), and they have a party mode button. Whats that you ask? A "party mode" button you say? Yes dear friend, I said party mode button. The newer 4Runners have a button, clearly labled with PARTY MODE that turns on the amp/sub and makes your speakers sounds better. Total gimmick, and I love it.
In actual mechanical sense, Toyota knows how to make a truck/suv. They make great cars too, but especially trucks and SUVs. Anecdotal evidence: we appraised a 2007 Toyota Tacoma with 950,000 miles. ON THE ORIGINAL ENGINE. Yeah, apparently all this person did was drive, but seriously - almost a MILLION miles on one engine. If that isn't a testament to quality, I'm not sure what is.
If you have any other specific questions about 4Runners/Tacomas I'll be happy to answer!
950,000 miles on an 07?! WTF did he get for it? $0.99? We told them to take to it Toyota because that had to be some kind of record haha.
I think Toyota might use that person's story and car as a marketing ploy and perhaps give him a new Toyota for free. That's what we said, and I sincerely hope so!
What do you all like to do for your free time? In the state I live, I go hiking in the mountains and take pretty frequent beach trips. But I mean other than that, normal stuff I guess? Haha I play league of legends with buddies, and we go out together pretty frequently to toss a few back. Some days it's a necessity after certain interactions haha. After a good pay period we will go hard.
But the reality is that CarMax still needs to make a profit/commission for every car sale so with the "no haggle" the cars aren't really priced at the lowest possibility because CarMax still needs to make money which is fine but without the haggle how can a buyer really be getting the "BEST" deal? Best deal as compared to the competition. You aren't buying a car from a dealer at cost, no matter how good you are at haggling. Also, Carmax makes a smaller profit margin than most dealers, but we make up for it by selling a LOT of vehicles. Both as a company and as individual consultants, we make our money in volume of sales, not big margins on each sale.
Can I buy a car from you using Bitcoin? Oh man I hope so. Never heard that question. I'm not at work but I'll find out
I'm test driving what my become my first car purchase on Saturday. No CarMax near me, I'm afraid. The Carfax report indicates that this vehicle was involved in a minor accident some time ago, and (apparently) as a result, the dealer is offering it for $17k instead of the KBB value of ~$25k for the same car in pristine order. This dealer has a good reputation, but even so, what can I do to make sure that the damage has been properly repaired? If you have a mechanic friend I would take them along to look at the vehicle, or ask the dealer if you could take the vehicle to an independent mechanic for inspection. That sounds a little fishy to me.
Usually a price drop that drastic would indicate frame damage to me, aka damage to the skeleton of the vehicle, which will greatly impact the value of the car. Unfortunately, carfax doesnt report everything, and while autocheck (what we use, very similar) reports twice the incidents carfax does, its not foolproof either. Definitely take along someone that knows what they're looking at. If you don't know anyone, try and get under the car and look for spots along the frame lines that appear to have been welded. Don't forget to open up the hood and trunk and check those frame rails too.
Let's say I'm looking to sell/trade-in a 2001 Lexus IS 300 at the end of the year to get a new car. It looks great and runs fine, but the catalytic converter needs to be replaced. How much lower would the value of it drop? Or would you not even consider purchasing it? Would I be better off trying to sell it myself, selling it to Carmax, or trading it in with the dealer I'm buying the car from? Go get a quote from the dealer you want to buy a car from, then go to carmax and see what you get. If it's better, take it, if not, then go back to the dealer.
This is the first I've heard of CarMax. Is there a different process for selling to Canadians? Or are you even allowed to sell to your brothers north of the border? I am 100% sure you could come to the US and purchase a vehicle, although I'm not sure how sales tax/registering the vehicle would work. I was fairly certain we had some CarMax stores north of the border, but I may be mistaken on that one.
Plans for carmax Canada? Please? I thought we had CarMax in Ontario = maybe I'm wrong, I'm a pretty long ways from Canada so I may be ill informed
Is it true you get paid on fixed commission? Does this also mean you have a fixed gross margin? Yes we do get paid on a fixed commission. Lots of positives in that, for both the salesperson and the customer.
As far as I can tell, there isn't. Just dealerships using the Car Max as their name. Doh. Sorry guys. Hopefully soon!
Why buy an used car when i can lease new car + get a new one for free every few years? Because when you lease a car it's never really yours. You don't own that vehicle. That's like asking why buy a house when you can just rent the rest of your life? As someone with a paid off vehicle that doesn't have monthly car payments to deal with, it's a really nice feeling! And even better knowing that when I want something new, I have a few thousand of positive equity to work with.
People tell me that selling a car to Carmax is the easiest thing in the world since you guys literally buy anything and give pretty good money for it. What's the policy on cars with mechanical problems (in my case, coolant issues that I don't want to drop any more $$$ on getting it fixed)? We will buy literally any car. If it has mechanical problems, if you come in and we can identify it or you have documentation showing whats wrong, our buyers will look at the vehicle, assess what the price would be fully operational, and then subtract our cost of fixing it, pretty straightforward.
I recently had a 2003 Honda Odyssey appraised and apparently the drivers side door was not the original and we never had an accident. How do you guys find that out? For a door its pretty simple, they will have a VIN number matching the vehicle's VIN, and apparently your door didnt match. also, the appraiser will check for rough paint (evidence of recently painted, overspray) and things like that to tip them off
Just wondering, do you mind taking someone for a test drive, even if they no intent on buying the vehicle anytime soon? I am very curious about a certain car, but cannot afford it anytime soon... thanks... Nope not usually, unless the person is particularly strange or wastes a ton of time. Even if you're not planning to buy for awhile I'm usually very happy to help in any way I can.
Strangest customer interaction, GO. From a fellow consultant: we constantly deal with oddball situations. However, one that is fresh in my mind is a gentleman who claimed we had driven his car "too hard" on a test drive. In full biker gear he stormed back in the next day and made random threats at our staff... Fairly intense day.
For mine, I've worked at a couple different stores. The worst was definitely being on a test drive with someone that was currently on meth. Yep, that happened. Also, there was a time a (much older) woman waited an hour while i was with another customer so that she could ask me out.
Billy Bob's has terrible cars. Jimmy John's is where it's at. I heard their cars are freaky fast... Imsosorry.
I had a great experience when I sold my vehicle at CarMax, but it would've been even greater if my representative was an informed citizen of the internet. Glad to hear it! You might be surprised how many of us are. After all, when it's a slow day we spend lots of time sitting around if we aren't doing follow up haha. A lot of us spend that time on reddit.
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[Table] IamA Parent of a 5 year old who wrote, illustrated, and published a successful children's book! His book is beating Dr. Seuss! Ask Us (almost) Anything!

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Glad you got some giggles out of that. I just feel like this has been a good positive experience for my child. We do things together all the time. He helps me work on my car, we built a play fort for the back yard together, he's always lending a hand for computer upgrades/repaibuilding.
This is just another in a long line of things that I've done together with him. A life experience.
Forgive me my positivity.
I haven't exploited my kid so i guess i have that. You seem to have good parenting confused with exploitation. My son wanted to publish a book, and I helped him do it. What would you have me do? Tell him no, crush his dreams, and teach him a hard life lesson?
Maybe I should just ground him to his room for attempting to do something so outrageous as publish a book. What was I thinking? :)
We know you have your own books. You mentioned it in the main post. It's relevant. The reason he asked me to publish is because he knows I publish. It explains why my son was so adamant about giving it a try.
Can you ask your son if he has any tips for a book? Here's his answer...
(for those who don't want to listen - he says "Write one. They're not even long."
I'm telling you, he's never heard of Heinlein, but he follows the core principles. If you want any tips from -me-, I'll tell you to follow Heinlein :).
Rule 1- Write.
Bryce wrote. He wrote over several days and carefully collected and ordered his pages into a book without any assistance or direction.
Rule 2- Finish what you write.
Bryce finished it :).
Rule 3- Market what you write.
Bryce harassed me every week for a couple of months before I finally came to my senses. I was basically the "big publishing house" keeping the poor little writer down :(. That will -never- happen again.
Rule 4- Don't rewrite.
He knew what he wanted in this book, and he fought me to keep it EXACTLY as it was. He can't quite read yet (he knows the letter sounds and he's starting to sound out words), but he was watching everything I did as I helped him put the words on the pages. When we got to the "Cheetah", we got into an argument about it. He insisted that CHEETA DON'T HAVE AN H! "It's CHEETAAA not CHEETHHHUHHH."
I had to prove it was Cheetah before he'd let me spell it correctly. We used wikipedia and read all about cheetah before we continued. I almost let him sneak that one by, but as his "editor", I had to fix it!
This is just so cute, but also very inspiring. You're raising your kid very well, he sounds very articulate for a five year old. He has a BIG vocabulary, although, you have no idea how happy it makes me to hear you say he's articulate. My son had a bit of a speech delay, and he's spent the last year in speech therapy working on helping him with a few of his letter sounds (he did a lot of letter-sound substitution, and flat-out-couldn't make sounds like K).
He's very smart, and very well spoken, but for awhile there it was very hard to understand what he was saying.
How do you as a parent aproach his skills at this early of an age? Do you see a bright future for him in the business? I'm going to let him develop his skills on his time. I'm not going to force his process or drive him to do more - when he finishes his next book, IF he finishes his next book, I'll publish it.
Way I figure it, he'll hear plenty about the marketplace and about how to succeed as an author as he grows up - assuming I continue to do as well at it as I am now. He's not exactly going to lack for advice if he seeks it.
I see a bright future for him in general. Maybe he'll be an author, maybe not, but I'm very hopeful that I can give him the kind of leg-up I never personally had. My family was poor. Illness and some major life issues caused me to be pulled from school at 12 years old, and I didn't go back until I decided to get a college degree a few years ago.
My son already has a healthy college fund (which he will apparently be adding to), I've done EVERYTHING I can do to ensure he'll have the best possible upbringing, and I'm working hard to keep his life awesome and happy.
If I succeed, he'll have one hell of head start on life. If I fail... I just hope I can teach him the skills that will carry him through the good AND the bad times.
As Seuss would say, bang ups and hang ups can happen to you. Real strength is being able to pick yourself back up and move forward. I hope I can teach him that, above all things.
, you're an awesome Dad and Bryce sounds like the absolute coolest kid. You've made a fan out of me with this AMA and I haven't even read the book yet! You're awesome people and I really do hope Bryce keeps following in your footsteps. We recently read "A Long Walk To Water" together, so I think he's picked up a few ideas from that book, and he wants to get them out in illustrated form.
How are you guiding your son in using his money wisely? He's five, so I'm cutting him a little slack so far.
I asked him what he wanted to do with his money. His first answer: "I want to buy the new Plants Vs Zombies."
If you look at the "proof" pic up above, you'll see that he already bought it :).
I asked him what he wanted next, his exact answer was "A million, so you don't have to work and can play with me more..."
He knows how to tear my heart out sometimes :(.
I've got a savings account for him, so I'll be pouring his royalties into that for now. I'll probably set up some limits, maybe only letting him "spend" some smaller amount of the whole, or even investing a small piece of it for him. A five year old with Apple stock or a bit coin? Why not!
I might have to really start thinking about this though... He might be paying for his own college education at this rate...
Ah bitcoin, very sound investment there./s. You know what? It might be a TERRIBLE investment. Who cares? It would be a fun way to diversify his holdings. Put a little here and a little there.
We're not talking about huge money here. Hundreds, or maybe a few thousand dollars, depending on how his books do over the next year or two (unless something CRAZY happens). I think it's fine to throw that money in a few different buckets and see what happens.
And for the record, I did quite well on my bitcoins. Like them or hate them, I got in, doubled my investment, and got out. If I'd have held, I would have made a LOT more, but, like you, I assumed they were a pretty stupid investment and figured I'd made the money on a lark.
He's got quite a few years to grow an investment portfolio. I think he'll do better than most 5-year-olds at it ;).
That's so cute! YES! He says it's about two boys and a lion in Africa.
Has he started a new book yet? He's drawn two pages already.
Well, glad you bought low and didn't invest and lose all your money and home like others have done. It's a great gamble, but nothing more. Fair enough. I agree.
He can afford a few gambles. I'm pretty sure if you asked an investment expert for advice on what a -five year old- should invest in with money they've earned, the expert would suggest a rather risky portfolio mixed with a few long-term "safer" investments.
That is so cool! It sounds like he's a real animal lover. His thoughts on that...
(for non-listeners, he likes animals because they roar, and he likes elephants because they stomp on bad people)
Do you think talent often goes to waste in young writers who don't have an outlet to the literary world such as a father who is also an author like you? Youngsters just seem to be able to look at the world in a whole other approach than those who have seen it. Congrats by the way! Unfortunately, plenty of talent is wasted due to circumstance. If I wasn't an author right now, I wouldn't have been able to publish this book.
Same goes for wealthy individuals who can open doors for their children that a poor person cannot. If my son wants to start/run a business some day, and asked me for help, I would do EVERYTHING I could to help him - but let's face it, he'd be starting at the bottom. A childhood friend of mine belonged to a wealthier family, when he turned 18, he "started" his first business - a brand new multimillion dollar Toyota dealership. Obviously he got a bit of a leg-up that I can't offer my son.
I'm doing what I can to give my son the best opportunities and outlets for his creative efforts. I'm an author, so it makes sense I would open this door for him.
How much time would you say it took you to re-write and re-draw the book in order for you to publish it? Not counting the 2 months on your scanner. I didn't re-draw the book. We scanned his images straight in and he used a low opacity color brush to cover up the white background.
It took us a few hours to finish all the images, with the text added and the color added. It was pretty easy because I have an awesome drawing tablet for my son to use (he's very technologically adept).
It actually took me longer to handle the publishing aspect of things. I don't write picture books, so it took me awhile to get this thing looking good and properly scaling to different devices. Still, start to finish (not counting the time the book sat on my scanner), I'd say it took me about 4 hours from the minute I sat down with my son, until the minute HE hit the publish button.
My god. Impressive... Just out of curiosity, have you made a lot of money from the book? If so, does he get any of it? Thanks for answering :o. He gets all of the money. Every penny :).
So how much of the book did you write for him? Mostly all, or just the entire thing? Have you read the book? It is the work of a four year old mind, not mine. This isn't some crazy-overpolished book, it's a silly book that talks about seeing a double rainbow, finding the grand canyon in a cave, and of course, the twist ending nobody expects (I laughed when he told me what to write on the last page).
He wrote it. Every single word. We flipped through every page and he told me what to write. I wrote it all down in a pages doc, and I transcribed it onto his pages word-for-word. Is that so hard for you to believe?
The only thing I changed was putting an H at the end of CHEETAH even though he was convinced it should end with an A.
Now that your son has peaked as a commercial artist have you prepared him for his long slow decline into obscurity? His answer...
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