How to Sell a Vehicle to the Junkyard

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Rid yourself of a nonworking vehicle by selling it to a nearby junkyard.

Selling a car to a junkyard is one of the easiest ways to rid yourself of an old, non-functioning or barely functioning vehicle. Since the junkyard will be purchasing the vehicle based on the projected value of the parts they can take from it, the amount of money you get for the sale is unlikely to be high. The process is a quick one that will allow you to leave the junkyard with a check in hand on the same day that you make the decision to sell.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone directory
  • Original car title
  • Personal and driver's license information
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    • 1

      Clear the vehicle of any personal belongings.

    • 2

      Locate a nearby junkyard by looking up junkyards or salvage yards in your telephone directory. You want to find a junkyard that's close so you can transport the vehicle to it with little or no additional cost.

    • 3

      Call each of the nearby junkyards and inform the worker that you have a vehicle that you're looking to sell. Give the worker the details on the vehicle's make, model and condition. Answer any additional questions that he may have.

    • 4

      Listen to any purchasing offers presented by the junkyard representative over the telephone. The worker should be able to make an accurate offer based on the information provided by you without your having to bring the vehicle to the premises, as long as the information you offer is accurate. If dealing with multiple junkyards, write down each offer and go with the highest.

    • 5

      Take the vehicle to the junkyard that you've chosen. If the car is no longer drivable, have a towing service tow the vehicle to your destination.

    • 6

      Wait a few minutes after your arrival at the junkyard for the workers to perform a quick inspection of the vehicle. This inspection simply verifies the information provided by you over the phone. After the inspection, verify the payment price, sign over the title and collect the payment for the vehicle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles after a week to make certain the junkyard transferred the title. If they have not, call and remind the junkyard to do so in order to avoid any liability issues.

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