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Things to Keep in Mind When Selling a Car for Scrap

Some of the Things That You Need to Consider When It Comes to Selling Your Old Car for Junk

Do you have an old car that you no longer use? It certainly seems to have developed a patina of rust in the meantime. You can always take it in for a thorough checkup, repairs, and maintenance, but that would set you back by a packet. A better option would be to junk the car altogether and get a better one. But before you sell your scrap, there are a few things that you may want to keep in mind—check out the tips posted below:

Remove your personal belongings.

Your car is—well, in this case, was—your second home. So chances are that there are more than a few personal belongings remaining in the car. You need to remove the same and sanitize the car as well. You need to comb through your car, do a complete search, and check all storage places, and even the trunk, before you start checking out various adverts, offering cash for scrap cars.

Remove valuable parts.

It goes without saying that when you approach companies that offer cash for scrap cars, you need to ensure that you remove all the valuable parts of your car. You need to remove all valuable parts that you can sell separately later on, for cash. The objective here is to squeeze as much cash as you can, from your car.

Organize your paperwork.

Since you are looking to junk your car, most buyers would insist on proof of ownership. So make sure that you have the required documentation ready before you approach these companies while looking to sell your car for scrap. And in case you are not able to locate the required title document, then do not panic, but instead head to the state department of motor vehicles and get the same replaced right away.

Prep to remove the license plate.

It is a mandatory requirement in some states and, moreover, the DMV is bound to request the same when you apply to cancel the title after you have sold your car for scrap. So make sure that you have the required tools at the ready, so as to remove the license plates without a hitch.

Cancel your car insurance.

Now that you have decided to sell your car, you also need to cancel the car insurance since you would no longer need one for that particular car. By canceling the car insurance, you would no longer have to worry about recurring charges, and if you have already paid in full for that year, then you would be entitled to a refund as well.

Do your research.

You need to do your research instead of getting into an agreement with the first company that offers you cash for your old junker. Find out if other scrap companies are willing to purchase your car and for how much? You can then sort through the various companies, depending on what the offer.

Ensure that the dealer is licensed.

You need to make sure that the dealer is licensed. Every junk car dealer must be licensed to operate in that state, so make sure that your junk car dealer is completely licensed.


These are some of the things that you need to consider when it comes to selling your old car for junk. Just make sure that you remove all the non-metal parts from your car since some dealers prefer to purchase it after it has been stripped to the bare metal. And if you are selling it by the weight, double check the scales to make sure that it is not faulty or has been tampered with.

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