Selling a junk car for cash can be pretty quick and painless. In many cases, you can just make a phone call, have your car towed away and receive cash in hand – all within an hour or two. But if you want to get as much money as possible for your used car, then be prepared to spend a little time to make it happen.
If you’re able to drive your car on the road as-is, then you’ll be able to get a lot more money by selling it directly to the consumer. There are some rules to follow – such as your state’s Lemon Laws – and it will take more time. But you’ll get the most cash for your car by going that route.
But, if you need to get cash for your car ASAP and cannot wait, then selling it to a scrapper is your next best bet. And if your car is undriveable, then calling a junk car removal service might be your only option.
Here are four tips to help you get the most cash for your scrap car or truck.
1. Figure Out How Much Your Car Is Worth
You can start by looking up the Kelley Blue Book value of your vehicle to get an idea. You can also search Craigslist and other classified sites and publications to get a ballpark estimate based on current sale prices for your year, make and model.
But keep in mind that this is for cars that already run fairly well. Junkers are a different story, and in most cases you probably cannot count on getting a lot for a vehicle that needs to be towed away. It might only be good for scrap metal recycling, but you can still get something for it.
2. Find Junkyards That Offer the Most Money for Old Junk Cars
Once you have an idea of how much your car is worth, check around for where to sell your car for cash. Call up some scrap car removal companies around your area to see how much they will offer.
Be sure to ask about towing. Many companies will tow for free, but some will actually charge you. If you’re trying to get the most money for your car, then this will definitely eat into your payout.
3. Strip Some Parts or Items for Resale Online
Before handing over your vehicle, check to see what items you can sell yourself. If the tires are in good shape, you might be able to get some money there – especially if they are truck or SUV tires. Even the rims might be valuable.
You might also be able to sell the battery, spare tire, jack and tire iron online. The same goes for the stereo and speakers. Again, selling these items online will take time, and you’ll need to put up a little money up front to ship the product. But you’ll still make out once the payment clears your account.
4. Get Your Junker Running to Maximize Your Price
The above tips are for those who are in a hurry and want cash in hand right away. But if you have more time and can afford to fix up your car, then you won’t have to sell it for scrap. You can actually get a lot more money by making it driveable – even if you end up selling it to a scrap yard anyway.
If you have an old junker car and don’t have any money to get it running again, then sometimes the best thing is to just call a scrap car removal company to come tow it away. You’ll get some cash, and you won’t have that old thing taking up space in your driveway anymore. But follow these tips to try to get as much as possible for it.