How to Sell a Car to a Junk Company


Selling your car to a junk company may be the last thing you want to do, especially if you've put an abundance of time and/or money into the vehicle trying to make it run well. Most car recyclers or junk companies pay for your vehicle even if it has body or engine damage. When the junk company takes the car, the company can sell any salvaged parts or use parts from your vehicle to repair others. Selling your vehicle to a junk car company can at least help you get some quick cash, depending on how much the company is willing to pay.

Open a business directory phonebook and look in the "Automobile Wreckers" or "Automobile Recyclers" section for a listing of junk car companies. Alternatively, go online to a business directory site like Yellow Pages, Yellow Book or Switchboard and type in "junk car" and your zip code to find a junk car company nearest you. Also, call a friend, family member or mechanic and ask for a name of a trusted company with whom they have dealt in the past. Examples of national junk car companies that offer services locally include Junk My Car, Pick-N-Pull and Junk The Car. Write down the phone numbers for car junk companies you find.

Call the automobile recycler or car junk company. Tell the representative that you have a car you want to sell. Tell him the make, model and year of your junk vehicle. Tell the representative the features that your car has (e.g. air conditioning, AM/FM radio, CD player) and whether you'll be removing any after-market parts or accessories from the vehicle that you want to salvage for your personal use, such as a stereo or speakers. Speak honestly when you describe the overall condition of the car, including defects or problems with the interior, engine and transmission. The junk company may rescind its offer if it finds your car in worse shape than you described.

Listen to the junk car company's representative after you describe your vehicle. Listen for the amount of money she offers for your vehicle. Call a second, third or even fourth junk company to hear the amounts that are being offered and to determine the average rate for your car in the area in which you live. Call back the junk car company who quoted you the highest amount and accept the company's offer. Set a date and time with the representative to have the company pick up and pay for your car. Ask any final questions about the payment you'll receive or other questions you have.

Call the Department or Bureau of Motor Vehicles for the county in which you live. Ask whether your signature--in order to transfer the automobile title--must be notarized. Go to a notary, if required, to sign the back of the title and have your signature notarized so that it is ready for the junk company.

Go to the junk car you're selling at the time and date you set to meet the representative. Wait while the representative inspects your vehicle. Give the representative the car keys and the signed automobile title. Sign any paperwork presented by the junk car company.

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