Selling a junk car without an up-to-date registration can be a bit simpler than selling a car with no title, but it’s not always straightforward. Fortunately, there are plenty of auto salvage yards that will pay cash for a car with no registration — you’ll just need to do your homework first.
THE PROBLEM WITH UNREGISTERED CARS
First, you should be aware that in many municipalities, there are strict laws about vehicle registrations. Regulations often stipulate that any car on your property must be registered, and if you’re caught with an unregistered vehicle on your property, you could be hit with a hefty fine. That’s right — even a junk car could incur a fine for being unregistered on your property. So if you were uncertain about selling your unregistered junk car, that’s one more reason to do it as soon as possible.
CAN I GET A REPLACEMENT REGISTRATION?
If you’re missing your car’s registration, you can first check with the local DMV to see if you can get a replacement. Losing your car’s registration certificate or tags is more common than you might think! Depending on your local DMV, you may need other information already on file with the office, such as your current address and proof of ownership.
HOW TO FIND A CAR THAT BUYS CARS WITH NO REGISTRATION
If, for whatever reason, you’re not able to get a replacement certificate or tag, you can likely still find someone to pay cash for your junk car. Finding a salvage yard that pays cash for unregistered cars is completely doable.
Follow these steps to get an unregistered junk car off your hands:
- Research your local laws and ordinances. You may be violating a law by simply having an unregistered junk car on your property, and it’s worth checking it out so that you can act accordingly. These laws vary by state and by city.
- Find a reputable salvage yard. Not all salvage yards will be willing to buy your car without registration, especially if you’re missing other important documents. However, many salvage yards will. It’s just a matter of speaking to a few local salvage yards to see what they say. Make sure that you’re only going to reputable salvage yards and avoiding scams.
- Follow the salvage yard’s instructions carefully. Once you tell the salvage yard about your missing documents, they’ll tell you how to proceed so that you can still transfer the car to them. Follow the instructions carefully to avoid any issues.
WHAT IF I’M MISSING THE TITLE AND REGISTRATION?
If you’re unlucky enough to be missing both of these crucial documents and still want to sell your junk car, you may still be able to do it. If you have an old tag and card, without a current registration, that may be sufficient. You’ll simply need to find a salvage yard that can cooperate with you, and let them know about your missing paperwork.
WHAT IF THE JUNK CAR ISN’T MINE?
If you have a junk car on your property that isn’t yours, you probably can’t sell it to a salvage yard, unfortunately. The vehicle is considered abandoned, so it should be surrendered to the police. Call your local police station and let them know that a vehicle was abandoned on your property.