When it comes time to get rid of that clunker taking up space in your garage, you may think it’s as easy as dropping it off at a junkyard and calling it a day, but there are a few more steps to it. In order to make sure you get the most for your junk car and do it the right way, we’ve compiled this little guide to help you out.
The first step in selling your junk car is to find out where you can take it. Local junkyards may take your vehicle, but not all will. Sometimes you’ll find that an auto salvage yard is a better deal. You can also sell the car on Craigslist to a private buyer if you have the time. It’s best to consider a few offers to find where you can get the best deal. If your car has working parts, such as tires or the engine, a salvage yard may be willing to give you more money since they can repair and resell those parts. Don’t just take your car to the closest buyer -- do your research.
Before you actually sell the car, it’s important to look over the vehicle and make sure everything is all set. Check to see that you didn’t leave anything in the backseat or trunk, since you’ll never get those things back. Also, if you still owe money on the car, you should pay off any debts you have or ensure that the sale of the vehicle will cover any outstanding loans. If you feel comfortable with cars, you can inspect the vehicle for any working parts that can be sold and remove them if you know how. This will raise the value of your junk car. It’s also important to remove the license plates before selling the car. If you leave the license plates on, you could be liable for anything that happens to the car after you sell it.
After finalizing the sale and having the car towed away or dropping it off at the buyer’s, you need to tie up any loose ends around the car. It’s important to notify the DMV that you’ve sold the car so that you are not liable for the registration and ownership of the car. You should also inform your insurance company that you no longer need insurance on the vehicle. If you buy a new car with the money you get from your old one, you can transfer your old plates to that vehicle and register and insure that one instead.
When you’re ready to sell your old car, we’re ready for you! At Rusty’s Auto Salvage, we’ll buy cars in any condition for top prices. Contact our network of junkyards today to sell your junk car.
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Lou - Paterson, NJ
Rusty's gave me a fair price for my vehicle and was completely professional throughout the process. They took the time to carefully answer all my questions.
Graeme - Birmingham, AL
You guys did a good job picking up the car. You took care of everything. Thanks again.
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