30 May
2018

Things to Do Before Selling Your Wrecked Car to the Junkyard

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When your wrecked car is parked in the driveway and it is inconveniencing you in some ways, you would want to get rid of it as fast as possible. And since it’s in a bad state and no buyer would want it apart from the junkyards, you’d be happy to sell it to them.  But before selling it to car junkers, there are some things you should do first.

Get your paperwork in order

Most dealerships don’t do business with individuals with no car titles. How else are they going to know if it’s indeed your car or someone else’s? Selling your junk with no title can be very tricky. If for some reasons you cannot trace your title, just contact your local DMV to get it replaced.

Sell valuable component

If there are still some valuable components, it’s best if you sell them separately. If the tires were almost new or the brake lights are still intact or the music system is still functioning, it makes perfect sense to remove them and sell the parts. This also ensures you get the most cash for your junk car. When removing the valuable parts of the car to sell, be sure to move them carefully. If you don’t have the mechanical expertise or the special equipment needed, just call your mechanic to sort it out.

Remove the license plates

Depending on the state you reside in, removing the license plates when transferring ownership is necessary. In fact, it’s a legal requirement. In some states, however, it doesn’t really matter. But to avoid future fees, it’s best if you remove the plates.

Remove personal effects

Who would want your car if it’s stuffed with junk? The car is a junk itself, yes, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your personal belongings there. Nobody is interested in your personal effects, so do everyone a favor and take them all out. You might even be surprised to find your long-lost earring or an important document you thought you lost in the car.

Shop around and secure the best deal

Different junk car operators can pay widely different prices. So don’t be in a hurrying to strike a deal with the first dealer you encounter. Take your time to shop around and get the best deal. But if you don’t have much time on your hands, get at least two to three quotes.