Questions to Ask When Selling a Junk Car

Selling a junk car means working with the buyer a little, no matter who it is. If you're not digging into the details of the sale, it's easy to sell your car for less than it's worth. Whether you choose Junk Car Medics or not, we want you to come armed with these questions before you let your car go.

1. Can I Have More Money?

A lot of people will sell a junk car just to get the eyesore of the property, but let's be honest, most would like to get as much as possible from a vehicle that they've likely poured some time and money into. There are a few things to keep in mind though before you set the wrong expectations for what it's worth. For instance, if you're asking for more money because you just installed new brakes or tires, you might be disappointed.

Most junkyards will focus on the price of the metal only, which means there isn't a lot of wiggle room here. The best advice you can get is to both shop around and work with a company who has negotiated the best prices in the industry. If the car is safe (and you're sure it can make the  drive!), you can also consider skipping the towing service to a scrap yard, which might net you a few extra bucks.

2. Who will the buyer be?

If you're working with the wrong organization, they may not be forthcoming about who exactly will be buying the car. If they don't have a dependable network, you may end up meeting with a buyer who does their own thing. Some buyers will make promises, only to change their minds when they actually see the vehicle .

If you complain, you'll likely be met with a shrug at best or radio silence at worse. Junk Car Medics has deals worked out across the nation, and we only partner with reputable professionals who do what they say they're going to do.

3. What are the current scrap metal prices?

This is going to be the element that impacts your car most. The price for metal depends on any number of events going on in the market, but the numbers have largely been on the decline over the past few years. If you want to get more from your car and you have time to wait, then you might want to hang onto your car for a bit longer.

Just be careful to avoid waiting for too long. It's not unusual for owners to keep a car they don't want, only to find that the price of metal actually went down by the time they couldn't wait another second longer.

4. How long will it take to pick up the car?

Some people store the car in busy areas where it may take no time at all to come collect it. Of course, other people live in more rural areas where the logistics of getting a towing service out there are less straightforward.

Keep in mind that there are usually some limits placed on getting out-of-the-way cars. For instance, if  a junk vehicle quits hundreds of  miles from a city (say, in the middle of a desert), there's likely to be some pushback to send someone all the way out and back.

Junk Car Medics is all about transparency when it comes to how we work with customers. If you're in a unique situation, we let you know upfront so there's no confusion. Otherwise, we're known for arranging pickups at lightning speed.

5. How will I be paid?

When junkyards promise cash for cars, they don't usually mean green bills in your hand. Instead, they write you a check that's as good as cash. If you're working with someone who does offer you straight cash, you should be wary. Because there's no paper trail with cash, you have no guarantee of who you're dealing with. Junk Car Medics plays it safe by giving you a reliable receipt of the transaction, one that can be audited if need be.

6. What kinds of adverse events affect how much I get?

It's really just the big ones. A small fender-bender isn't going to be a big deal, but flooding damage or major accidents will. Junk Car Medics evaluates the age of the car, how in-demand it is, and whether it's operable on any level. Again, most cars will be dismantled anyway, no matter how much you spend on that new spoiler, but some may be considered based on more than just the weight of the metal.

7. Can I sell my car if I don't have the title?

Maybe. If you've misplaced the title or it was stolen, whether you can sell it to a junk yard depends on what state you're in. As long as you're selling it for scrap, some will allow you to get rid of it with very little documentation. Junk Car Medics can tell you more about whether you can get away with it in your area.

You don't have to learn a new industry just because you want to get rid of a clunker that's been in your driveway for too long. However, it does help to poke around a little for info to make sure you're getting the best possible deal.   You can take the guesswork out of it with our cash for junk car service that will get you top dollar.

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