Transferring Ownership of Junk Car

Selling and Transferring Ownership of Your Junk Car

Selling a junk car and transferring ownership might seem daunting, but at Junk Car Medics, we simplify the process, ensuring you get cash for your old clunker with minimal hassle. While we handle the bulk of the work, you must follow a few key steps to ensure everything goes smoothly.

1. Transferring the Title and Ownership

When you decide to sell your junk car to us, the first crucial step is transferring the title to the new buyer. If you're missing a title, don't worry – we can assist you with the transfer process. Once the title transfer is complete, inform your local DMV about the sale. This step is essential to record the change in ownership officially.

2. Handling License Plates and Insurance

After selling your junk car:

  • License Plates: Remove them from your vehicle. You can return them to the DMV or transfer them to another vehicle. The process varies by state, so check with your local DMV for specific requirements.
  • Insurance: Cancel your car insurance policy immediately after the sale. Most insurers will prorate your premium, but be aware of any potential cancellation fees.

3. Completing the Sale: DMV Notification and Documentation

To finalize the sale of your junk car:

  • Notify the DMV: Let them know you've sold the vehicle. This step is crucial for canceling the registration and absolving yourself of any future liabilities associated with the car.
  • Receipt or Proof of Sale: Obtain a receipt from the buyer. It should include the sale date, the buyer’s details, the VIN, the vehicle description, and the sale value. Keep this document for at least a year, as it's your proof of sale and may be needed for any DMV discrepancies or if the vehicle is implicated in unlawful activities post-sale.
  • Insurance Cancellation: Cancel your car insurance only after DMV notification. This ensures you're covered until the car's ownership is officially transferred.

4. Post-Sale: What Happens to Your Junk Car

Once ownership is transferred:

  • The car is either towed to a junkyard or assessed for potential resale.
  • If resale isn't viable, it’s stripped for usable parts sold separately.
  • Finally, the remainder of the car is recycled and sold for scrap metal.

Additional Considerations

  • State-Specific Requirements: Remember, the steps can vary depending on your state. Always check with your local DMV for any additional requirements.
  • Leave a Review: While not mandatory, leaving a review for your junk car buyer can assist others in your community.

Why Notify the DMV?

It's essential to notify the DMV for several reasons:

  • Avoid unnecessary property taxes on a vehicle you no longer own.
  • Potentially receive a credit for unused portions of your registration, applicable in states like Arizona, Iowa, and Texas.


Selling a junk car and transferring ownership involves more than just handing over the keys. By following these steps, you ensure a smooth transition and avoid any legal or financial complications. At Junk Car Medics, we're here to guide you through each step of this process.

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