Do you have an old junk car just sitting on your property taking up space and accumulating rust? Often car owners keep a vehicle around in hopes they can repair it or they just can’t sell or get rid of it for various reasons. When you’re ready to let go of a junk car, you can always seek out a towing service to take it to the scrap yard or make a small profit. More and more places are buying junk cars and recycling them for parts. Citywide Towing Service provides towing service, roadside assistance, and we even buy junk cars. If you decide to sell your junk car you will want to make sure to take proper steps to ensure a smooth transaction. We will walk you through each step and show you how can prepare your junk car to be sold.
Tips for Preparing to Sell Your Junk Car for Cash
Step 1. Remove any personal items from junk car. When selling even an old car that has been sitting around for a few years, often they will contain personal items, some which you may have forgotten all about. Before you sell the car make sure you thoroughly go through it and take out any personal belongings you wish to keep. Additionally, remove any items that may contain your name or address or any other personal information. Depending on the buyer, the vehicle may be broken down and sold one part at a time. Others will auction the vehicle to those who like to restore cars or they might scrap it out and sell the parts themselves. Because you may not know the future of the junk car, you will want to make sure there are no personal belonging you wish to keep or personal information left inside.
Step 2. Get vehicle ready for sale. Some junk car buyers will require the title while others may not. Again, each buyer varies. For those with a title you may find you get more when selling the junk car. Junk cars vary on how much they can be sold for. Often an appraiser will look at the vehicle and determine what can be salvaged. A titled car with a high salvage value will often sell for more. When preparing a title you will need to transfer the ownership of the car to the buyer.
Step 3. Remove license plates and turn them in. Often car owners will forget to take off the old license plates on their vehicle. In most states, the license plates must be turned into the Department of Motor Vehicles before the registration can be canceled. Some states won’t let the registration or insurance be canceled unless the plates have been turned in first. If the vehicle gets towed away before the plates are turned in, it can make canceling the vehicle’s insurance and registration more difficult.
Step 4. Salvage fuel. Many people are worried about losing out on the cost of fuel. For junk cars that are considerably newer, it may still contain gas. If you want to save the fuel some companies will offer help siphoning the remaining fuel. If not, you may want to siphon the fuel yourself before the vehicle is removed from your property.