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As the vehicle owner, you will need to provide keys, signed title and access to the car. If your title is held by a lien holder, we can help you get the title released.


Get Paid! works with a nationwide network of partners to pick up your vehicle. On average, we can have your vehicle picked up 24 to 48 hours after you accept our offer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Do With A Non-Working Car?

If you have a non-working car on your hands, you might wonder what your options are. After all, if a car doesn’t run, isn’t it functionally useless? 

Not quite. There are still plenty of things you can do with a non-running car, including make some cash off of it. Your options including:

  • Parting out your car
  • Selling it to a private buyer
  • Donating it to a charity
  • Selling it to a junkyard
  • Selling it online — to CarBrain! 

The best option for you depends on your car knowledge, your personal circumstances, your financial situation and where the car is located. 

If you want to sell a car as fast as possible because it’s sitting somewhere you can’t keep it, like a tow yard where it’s accumulating fees every day, selling to CarBrain could be the fastest option available to you. 

What Are The Downsides To Donating A Non-Working Car?

Donating a vehicle sounds like a nice thing to do. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unexpected downsides. For example, the purported tax benefit you are eligible to get can actually be quite difficult to claim. 

You have to keep careful track of your paperwork and make sure to file the right documents, and the charity you choose may only auction your car at a salvage market for a tiny amount. You can really only claim what the charity makes, so you could go through all that fuss for as little as a $50 tax claim. 

Additionally, not all charities are eligible to provide the tax donation. Only 501(c)(3)s qualify, so you have to make sure the charity you’re considering is formed as the right type of organization. If not, you’ll get nothing out of the donation. 

Where Can I Sell My Non-Working Car?

There are plenty of options for selling a non-working car. For instance, you can try to part it out and sell each piece individually. However, that requires skill, time and patience. It could be months before you finish selling all your car’s parts. 

An alternative option is selling your car on the private market. However, that comes with its own downsides. A private buyer will probably try to negotiate you down to the lowest price possible based on your vehicle’s perceived damage and need for repairs. Additionally, you and the buyer will have to independently negotiate who will pay for towing the vehicle. 

Selling to a junkyard comes with its own downsides, although that’s certainly an option. The problem with selling to a junkyard is that you could end up spending hours on the phone with different junkyards trying to find one that will offer a fair price for your vehicle without charging you additional fees. 

Luckily, there’s an easier way: selling it online. By selling it online, you can take care of the problem with minimal fuss. You won’t have to contact a bunch of different buyers, and you have access to more of them. 

How Much Money Can I Get For A Non-Working Car?

The value of a non-running car depends on a lot of factors, including its year, make, model, trim and what damage it has. For instance, if it requires a new engine or transmission, chances are the vehicle is only worth its weight in scrap metal for a lot of people. However, if it can get back up and running with a simpler fix, you may be able to get $1,000 or more for it. 

The best way to find out what your vehicle is worth is to get quotes from lots of different sources. Accurately describe the damage and include photos and VINs when possible. That will let you know what your car is valued at. 

Why Should I Sell My Car To CarBrain?

Selling to CarBrain is the easiest, safest and quickest option to getting rid of a non-running car and getting paid. It takes less than 90 seconds to get a quote from us. Additionally, if you supply photos and a VIN for the car, we can give you a guaranteed offer. As a bonus, our offers are guaranteed for seven days, so you have time to think it over. 

We offer fair market prices for vehicles, taking into account its condition, year, make, model, trim and any upgrades and repairs you’ve made to the car. Additionally, our offers include FREE pickup and FREE title transfer. Finally, we can help you schedule your pickup in under 48 business hours. 

How To Sell A Non-Working Car To CarBrain

Selling your non-working car to CarBrain couldn’t be easier. All you have to do to get started is click “get offer.” Type in your car’s information and details, including what’s wrong with the car. If possible, upload photos and its VIN. Within 90 seconds, you’ll have a quote for your car!

If you like the offer you see, you can schedule your pickup time with our buyers. You can also wait a little longer and think it over before reaching out to us again. When the tow truck driver arrives, he or she will hand a check to you on the spot. 

It’s that easy! No hassle, no haggle, no fuss and no fees. CarBrain is the modern way to sell less-than-perfect vehicles. Why wait? Get started today. 

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