How to Junk Your Car

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Do you have an old car that’s been sitting in your yard forever and you don’t know what to do about it? Maybe nothing works on it anymore, and it’s all rusted out. There is no sense in trying to fix or restore it. So, you’re thinking of getting a junk car removal service to haul it away since you figure paying to get rid of the thing is a bargain. Well, before you do junk car buyers this, here are some things you ought to know, because you might be throwing good money away.

Many folks don’t realize that an old piece of junk metal can bring a good price from a junk yard. The prices of steel and other metals have been fluctuating lately, but metal never becomes worthless. The way that junk car removal services make money is by breaking the old cars down into pieces which can be sold separately as used auto repair parts before being sold for scrap metal. The battery, catalytic converter, the rims, tires, radio or CD player, etc. can be worth a lot of money. An old junker may be worth between $100 – $300 and in some cases more to the right buyer. And, depending on whom you talk to, you might get a $100 difference in price between the top and bottom offers.

Be sure to take an inventory of the trunk to see whether there may be any tools, jumper cables, additives, or a spare tire which can be sold separately. Look beneath the seats for money or personal items. It’s a good idea to have a copy of the title for the car as this is required in some states to avoid stolen vehicles from being turned in and most yards prefer to have the original title. The junkyard will know whether a title is required of a car which is going to a crusher. If the car still runs but needs some repairs, you might run an honest advertisement in the newspaper to sell junk car, to see if anyone is interested. It can be worth the cost of the ad to find this out. If you don’t want to mess with the hassle of running the advertisement then make sure to tell the junkyard that the car still runs. Better yet if you can drive it in you may receive more money since they don’t have to recoup their towing expenses.

Start by checking out classified ads in the automotive section under “junk cars”; or in the Yellow Pages under “automotive”; or search the internet for “junk car Chicago”. Also check out “towing”. Maybe you’ve seen signs along the road advertising to buy junk cars. Be aware that even if an advertisement says they pay “up to $300”, that doesn’t mean that’s how much money you’ll get. There is a lot of misleading advertising in the junk car business, since a lot of money can be made on junkers, so some unscrupulous operators rely on people’s ignorance and willingness to “just get that wreck out of here” to make more money. When a guy is standing in your yard with the cash in his hand, even if it is a fraction of what the advertisement promised, the temptation is to close the deal then and. Don’t do it. Shop around and compare different offers. Also, if the car can still be driven, find out if you can get more money driving it to the junkyard yourself rather than having it towed in.

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