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How To Junk Your Car Safely

a car pulled by a tugThere are plenty of ways to get cash for your clunker. For instance, you can trade it in to a dealership or get rid of it on the private market. However, in many cases the easiest and most reliable way to get paid for your vehicle is to junk it at a junkyard or scrap yard.

But what’s the best way to junk a vehicle in a yard? To do it properly, you should do your research about the requirements and the companies you choose to work with. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • When junking a car, always sign over the title. Handing over a blank title — or failing to provide a title at all — could leave you open to legal liabilities. Signing over the title releases you of legal liability to the car.

  • Request a Bill of Sale after you sign the car over. This documents that you have sold the vehicle to the junkyard, and is required in many states.

  • Check what to do with your license plates. In some states, the owner should remove the plates before selling the car. In others, like California, the plates stay with the vehicle regardless of who owns it.

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Legal Requirements For Car Junkers

a car with a disassembled front bumperA tower with a “cash for junk cars” label on their truck doesn’t necessarily have the required license to buy junk cars. Instead, they’ll drop it off at the local junkyard, and you could have a harder time figuring out who you’re transferring your title over to.

Businesses need a salvage dealer license in order to buy salvage cars and resell them or strip them for parts. Before selling a salvage car to a junkyard, make sure the business you’re working with has the appropriate license.

Unlicensed buyers may misrepresent cars they buy when they resell them or fail to appropriately transfer titles over, leaving you legally liable for cars you sell.

For instance, if your car ends up in the hands of a criminal, you may be held responsible for any criminal actions the vehicle is used for. The best way to avoid legal problems is to make sure you are working with a legitimate, licensed business.

Why Junking Your Car With CarBrain Works

CarBrain makes selling your junk car fast, safe and easy. All of our service partners are appropriately licensed to buy salvage cars, totaled cars and other cars in less-than-perfect condition.

happy woman with coffee mug and computer on lapWorried about your car’s environmental impact? CarBrain works with recyclers to ensure that all the pieces in your car get reused or junked appropriately, minimizing its impact on the environment. By recycling your car properly, you can help car manufacturers avoid the need to manufacture new metal for cars, which has a serious impact on the environment.

Want a fast and easy sale? All CarBrain offers include guaranteed free pickup and title transfer. We’ll take care of signing over the paperwork and covering any relevant fees so you won’t have to pay a penny.

There are no fees whatsoever for using our service. You get paid, not us. Best of all, you can complete the entire process from the comfort of your own home. Choose CarBrain, and junk your car the safe way.

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How To Get Cash For Your Clunker With CarBrain

You can get an offer from CarBrain in under 90 seconds with just a few clicks. All you have to do is:

  1. Fill out our form.

  2. Upload photos of your car.

  3. Include your car’s Vehicle Identification Number.

  4. Get your guaranteed offer!

  5. Schedule your free pickup.

When CarBrain evaluates your car with photos and a VIN, we can make a guaranteed offer that won’t change upon pickup. There’s no last-minute negotiations and no hassle.

Our tow truck drivers will arrive at the scheduled pickup time with a check in hand. All you have to do is sign over the car’s title and hand the driver the keys, and you’ll be paid on the spot. It’s that simple! Why wait? Get an offer from CarBrain and junk your car the safe way today.

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