What You Need to Know about Selling Your Car

March 9, 2018 8:57 am Published by

Do you have a car that no longer works, and is just taking up space in your yard or driveway? If your car has “given up the ghost” and you’re looking to sell it to a scrapyard, below are a few key things to need to know to help make the process a little easier.

1. Be aware of your state’s process for junking your car. 

Most states require some type of paper trail to be followed any time a vehicle changes hands, so be sure to find out what type of regulations your state has in place for handling the title, registration and license plate of your junked vehicle.

2. The make, model and year of your vehicle can influence what you’ll get for it.

Like any other market, the salvage world is governed by the laws of supply and demand. Cars that have been in mass production for several years – with very few variations between models from year to year – can probably be found in abundance in scrapyards. This means the vehicle might not be quite as valuable as another type of make or model. Now this doesn’t mean that it’s not worth it to junk a popular car; you just need to keep in mind that some scrapyards might offer more for your vehicle than others, so it’s a good idea to obtain several quotes before pulling the trigger.

3. Do your homework.

Not all cash-for-cars businesses operate with the same level of integrity; in fact, some operations are downright shady. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to hear stories of unethical establishments using bait-and-switch tactics and other underhanded methods to try and get over on their customers. Scrapyards that have a national presence with multiple locations have achieved professional status in the industry, and they have the resources to offer you the best price for your salvaged vehicle.

4. Look for businesses that offer transparent pricing.

A reputable business will be transparent about the prices they charge – no gimmicks and no hoops to jump through just to get a straight answer. Also, before you hand over the title to your junked vehicle, make sure the amount they’re prepared to give you matches the amount you were originally quoted.

5. Be sure to clean your car out before turning it over!

Before you say your final goodbye to “Ol’ Faithful,” you will definitely need to make sure you’ve cleared all of your personal belongings out of the vehicle. Common things to check for include:

  • Any audio/visual equipment, such as a custom stereo or CD player, DVD player, your CD collection, subwoofers, etc.
  • Emergency car repair or maintenance items, such as a tire iron, jumper cables, battery charger, jack, spare tire, etc.
  • Personal items from the glove compartment, trunk, console, etc.
  • The license plate

All vehicles have a limited lifespan, so when it’s time for you to dispose of an inoperable vehicle, you want the process to be as stress-free as possible. U Pull & U Pay has mastered the art of buying junked vehicles, and we pride ourselves in providing a no-hassle experience for our customers. We’ll arrange for the towing, and give you cold hard cash for your car as well. Contact us today to get rid of your junked vehicle!


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This post was written by Scott Blankenship