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Junk Cars for Cash

You've been with that car for so long. It's been there for you on so many trips, but you know the end is near. What was once a series of frustrating problems has cascaded into an ever-increasing list of repairs. You could sell or trade a car in decent condition for something close to the book value, but you know that won't happen this time. It's time to consider the junkyard. If you have never junked a car before, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how painless the entire process can be. These three simple tips will tell you everything you need to junk a car for cash.


Know Your Junk Car to sell for Cash

For a starting point, you need to know the make and model of your car. Most vehicles come with different trim levels as well, so knowing the size of your engine or whether it is an LX or GT can help a lot. If you have the owner's manual, it should have all of the important information, but if you don't, you can usually look up the details of your car by the VIN (vehicle identification number). If you have trouble finding or using the VIN, there is a nice tutorial here. Once you have the pertinent information, you should research the bluebook value, but remember that a car that is ready for junking is worth significantly less.

Prepare to Sell Your Junk Car for Cash

The most painless way to junk a car is with the title or registration. In fact, without at least one of these and a proof of identity, it can be very difficult to make the sale. If you have neither, there are steps you can take to get a new title or other proof of ownership. Checking your state's DMV is the best starting point. If you do acquire a title or registration, then you are almost ready to go.

Selling Junk Cars for Cash

In most cases, you'll have plenty of options, so you want to choose a salvager who will do right by you. There are several national chains that can prepare everything online or over the phone, making the process as easy and streamlined as possible. Double check that the documentation they require matches what you have. Some other important notes to check are whether they pay for towing, if they can come to your car's current location, who handles processing the paperwork and associated fees and if they offer any benefits to you doing some salvaging yourself. Many recyclers like to salvage working parts before breaking the vehicle down for scrap, so it isn't uncommon to make a little extra cash by pulling the good parts out of the car before they tow it.

This is pretty much the whole process. If you really want to maximize what you can get for your car, you can try to get it appraised before junking. Also remember to be honest about the car's shortcomings when you discuss things with the junkyard. It's the best way to make sure they can reasonably honor their estimates. Now that you're armed with everything you need, you can get online or on the phone and junk your car for cash in no time.

Cars for Cash
Junk Cars for Cash

Recent Cash Offers & Cars Sold:

Year: 1997
Make: Jeep
Model: Wrangler
City: Commerce city
State: Colorado
Zip Code: 80022
Mileage: 190,000
Trim: SE
Cash Offer/Worth: $850.00

Year: 2006
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: R Class
City: Annandale
State: Virginia
Zip Code: 22003
Mileage: 176,000
Trim: R500
Cash Offer/Worth: $1,150.00

Year: 1999
Make: Lexus
Model: RX 300
City: Nashville
State: Tennessee
Zip Code: 37205
Mileage: 200,000
Trim: Base
Cash Offer/Worth: $450.00

Year: 2005
Make: Ford
Model: F150
City: Peoria
State: Arizona
Zip Code: 85345
Mileage: 175,000
Trim: XLT
Cash Offer/Worth: $775.00

Year: 2004
Make: BMW
Model: 5 series
City: Boca raton
State: Florida
Zip Code: 33431
Mileage: 173,000
Trim: 525i
Cash Offer/Worth: $900.00

Year: 2010
Make: Toyota
Model: Corolla
City: North brookfield
State: Massachusetts
Zip Code: 01535
Mileage: 190,000
Trim: Base
Cash Offer/Worth: $1,000.00

Year: 2010
Make: Toyota
Model: Matrix
City: High point
State: North Carolina
Zip Code: 27265
Mileage: 73,000
Trim: Base
Cash Offer/Worth: $1,000.00

Year: 2013
Make: Ford
Model: Focus
City: Dillsburg
State: Pennsylvania
Zip Code: 17019
Mileage: 75,000
Cash Offer/Worth: $1,325.00


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Frequently asked questions

How does decide the value or worth of my vehicle? takes into account a variety of factors when making you an offer for your vehicle. For example, the wholesale value of your car pre-accident, the extent of damage or mechanical and electrical problems, the current market demand for your vehicle and its parts, its make, model, mileage and age all play a part of deciding the value of your vehicle.