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Five Tips Before You Junk Your Car

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You’re going to sell a car to the junkyard. But chances are that you’ve never done it before. Let’s face it – no one wants their car to get to the point where it’s only good for scrap value. You’re probably not relishing the thought of going through the process.


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The good news is that it doesn’t have to be hard to junk your car. When you think, “I want to junk my car”, your heart doesn’t need to pound out of your chest.

Before you sell a car for scrap or sell a car to a junkyard, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier. Follow these tips and you’ll come out ahead.

Did You Know?

Junking a car at a junkyard or scrapyard requires you to research junkyards near you, negotiate a price, tow your vehicle, and handle title transfer yourself.

CarBrain makes all this easy for you, automatically getting you the best price in your area and handling all the logistics of your car sale for free! We tow for free, handle title transfer for free, and give fair prices for scrap cars and junk cars! Get an offer now to see how much your car is worth.

1. Clean Out Your Car

No, you don’t have to give it a vacuum or even give it a wash. What you need to do is get all your personal stuff out of your scrap car. Your second set of sneakers, that hoodie you’ve kept in your car ‘just in case’, the sleeve full of CDs you haven’t opened since 2007 – they don’t need to be in your car anymore.

Whether or not you have a purpose for your personal belongings anymore, you should empty your car of anything that’s not fastened down. When your call someone up who will haul away junk cars, you don’t want them to refuse to take it until the car is empty. Plus, you might find something of value like a $5-dollar bill in that old pair of shorts or that Milli Vanilli cassette from high school.

2. Get Your Title

Get Your TitleYou can’t legally change a car’s ownership without the title. And to sell a car to a junkyard or sell a car for scrap, you need to transfer the title out of your name.

With any amount of luck, you don’t owe any money on your car, so there shouldn’t be a lien. If you still owe the bank on your car loan, they won’t be keen on handing you the title until you’ve cleared up that loan.

If you’ve lost your car title, it could take a few weeks to get a replacement. But it’s something you’ll have to do, or you can’t sell a car for scrap.

3. Keep the Good Stuff

Turn your attention to the things that ARE bolted down now. Is there anything of value you’d like to keep? Is there anything you can sell that the junkyard won’t notice is missing?

Here’s the hitch: if you’ve already accepted an offer for your car in its current condition, you shouldn’t make any changes unless they aren’t specifically detailed in your offer. If the car isn’t as described in the initial offer, it could cause some problems. For example, you could put an old cassette deck in the dash and take your Bluetooth CD changer head unit for your new car, or sell it. If you’ve just put a new set of tires and rims on and the junkyard doesn’t know, why not put on a set that are bald and look like junk?

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4. Cancel Your Insurance and Registration

If you haven’t already, cancel your current insurance policy and vehicle registration on your scrap car. When you sell a car to a junkyard, there’s no need to insure it any longer.

The exception is when you need to tow your car away. In that case, you might need to keep the insurance on your car until it’s at the junkyard and out of your possession. In either case, take your license plates off the car, especially if you have “BALLR” plates on the 1989 Olds Cutlass Supreme. They shouldn’t have been on there anyway!

5. Make the Most of Your Final Days with Your Car

Make the Most of Your Final Days with Your CarYou’ve spent years together. Remember all the cool things you’ve done? Your first drive-in movie date, first speeding ticket, and that time your friend got sick in the backseat? Yeah…good times. Go for one last drive before you retire your ride, provided your car doesn’t have engine problems.

But it’s not just about memories. You might as well burn up the gas you’ve put in the tank. You won’t get any extra cash for gas in the tank, so why not use it?

Where Can I Junk My Car?

Once you’ve completed these five tips, you’re ready to sell your car to a junkyard. But do you know how to scrap a car? When you want to get cash for scrap cars, there are a couple of options.

How to Junk a Car

One option is to make a deal with a local junkyard who pays cash for scrap cars. You’ll basically get paid per ton – that is, the money you get is based on how much your car weighs. It might be up to a couple hundred dollars, but not much more.

The other option is to connect with a car buyer who will take care of everything. For example, CarBrain will pay cash for scrap cars. CarBrain will walk you through the process, step by step, so you don’t have to stress out about it.

Who Picks Up Junk Cars?

Who Picks Up Junk Cars?One of the biggest challenges to sell a car for scrap is this: how do you get it there? You need to find someone who will pick up old cars and haul them away. A junkyard doesn’t usually do it for you – you’ll have to pay a tow truck to haul it away.

Again, CarBrain is different and, dare we say, better. When you accept an offer from CarBrain, your scrap car is towed away at no cost to you. You’ll have cash in hand within a few days, and we haul away junk cars so you don’t have to. Get an offer now to put money in your hands for your vehicle.

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