What to Do If You Have a Junk Car to Sell

Schrottplatz mit alten Autowracks


Most modern cars will give up after about 200,000 miles. However, there are others that will call it a day way before this mark and there are others that will keep going for several thousand miles more before letting up.

Either way, one day your car will die and effectively become a junk car. Car death doesn’t necessarily mean the engine will stop running. If you’re ever spending on repairs and new parts, you probably have a junk car to sell.

However, if you’ve never sold a junk car before, you might not know how to go about the entire process. That’s the point of this article.

Here’s how to sell your junker.

Remove Your Possessions (If Any)

We don’t know about you, but if you’re like most people, your daily car naturally becomes your cabinet over time. You leave everything in there, from important documents to mobile devices such as music players.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for car owners to look for something everywhere else only to find it neatly tucked in one of the glove boxes. Or perhaps it fell and slid under the driver’s seat.

As such, before you junk your car, it’s important to comb through it and remove your possessions.

Remove Valuable Parts

You’re probably wondering why you would need to remove the car’s valuable parts. Well, junkyards aren’t buying the car to go and use it. They’re going to scrap it, which means there are only interested in the metal.

So, if you’ve got a nice stereo in there, don’t expect that it will help you get a better offer from a junkyard. You’re advised to uninstall it, along with other parts that can be sold in the used car parts market. You can take the car to a mechanic and ask them to assess the condition of various parts and remove those that still have some value.

Prepare Ownership Documents

A car doesn’t stop having an owner just because it’s no longer useful.

Even if it’s been a decade since you last drove a junker that’s now rusting away in your compound, you still need to show proof of ownership before you can sell it.

Therefore, ensure your junker’s ownership documentation is ready and up-to-date. If you can’t get the documentation, your local DMV will help you out.

Get Offers from Junk Yards

Now, you’re ready to sell the car. Junkyards are the main buyers of these cars.

If there are multiple yards in your area, try to get offers from each of them. If you were hoping to junk a car for $500, don’t be surprised if a yard gives you a slightly higher offer.

When comparing offers, don’t just look at the bottom-line figure. Consider whether the yard will come to pick up the car at their own cost or you’ll need to transport it there on your own.

Got a Junk Car to Sell? Sell It!

When you have a junk car to sell, you might not know how to actually get it sold. It’s a fairly straightforward process, though. With this guide, you’re all set to get rid of that clunker!

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