The time has come to say goodbye to your old car. It served you well, but as time passes by, it is impossible to rely on that vehicle anymore. It has become a junk car and a liability, and the same applies to the wheels involved in some accident. A junk car is a very old, and (or) very damaged one that a repair is impossible or so expensive, that repairing it is not an option. Although they don’t have any value for the owner, they are not entirely worthless, and that is what many people fail to see. The easiest way to speed up collecting assets for a new automobile is by selling the old one, even though it is a wreck. That is a win-win situation for a person selling it – get some money, and getting rid of junk. And it can get quite profitable if you follow some of the basic rules.
First of all, not all junk cars are the same, especially those that are not totaled. If the one which is ready for sale is still good for the road, it will worth more money than a ruined one. Drivable automobiles with a few problems will bring some cash to the previous owner. Although they have seen better days, they still have some time left, and maybe finding a private buyer who will use it is the best solution. The best thing to do is, to be honest with yourself, and with its condition when creating and picking a price. Also, the brands of higher quality and models with higher regular value will be more expensive, even as junk, because of spare parts that are worth more cash.
If this is not an option, it probably belongs to the junkyard, and the best possibility is to sell it there. All junkyards have their policies, but some of the basics are universal. Also, it is essential to have all the legal paperwork and proof of ownership. It is simple, and no papers mean no money, and you are stuck with a junk automobile with no possibility of selling it, and you need to pay someone to tow it to free the parking spot. When the paperwork thing is in history, let’s see how to earn as much money as possible.
First, it is very significant to call as many junkyards as possible and compare the prices with terms and conditions. Some places offer significantly higher rates than others. There are always a few of them who want to scam you and pay as little as possible, so the reputable yard is the only smart choice. Whenever selling a junk vehicle, it is crucial to arm yourselves with patience, which is the key to finding the right home for your old car. Some yards decide to offer a price based on the damage and others on brand value. There are even some great negotiators who make their living from this business.
In increasing the value of your automobile, do not hesitate to invest a small amount of money in tiny repairs, but don’t get carried away and stay strictly on a predetermined budget and never forget that the actual goal is to earn more money by selling, and not repairing it. Some people even make money by selling some of the most expensive parts before taking into the yard. If the power battery is in good condition, it would be wise to sell it before taking the vehicle to the yard. The same applies to tires and all other valuable parts, but don’t oversell it, or you won’t get a good offer. Some parts of the interior are smarter to sell separately because of their value. If there is a working radio, CD player with USB port, or speakers, you should remove them first. Working GPS will increase earnings if you remove it and sell it somewhere else, or maybe use it in your new wheels. To fully exploit this car’s value, you should sell it with an empty gasoline tank or increase the price for the gasoline value, because if you don’t use the gas, the yard will, and some of the tanks are quite large.
When selling, it is good to fully inform the buyer with all the possible damages of the vehicle, so the original price offered doesn’t decline. If you do so, and the yard still decreases the value, find another place to sell it.
Also, it is of utmost importance to research if yard charges for picking up the vehicle. To increase their earnings, a lot of people decide to deliver their car to the junkyard by themselves. Some of the best yards like Autowranglers offer picking of your vehicle in addition to all the other services, which even include instant online offer just seconds away. There you can sell all sorts of junk wheels, and they come to your address to free your parking space, with no charge.
When selling an automobile, most of the people are in a rush, and it is possible to forget removing some of the accessories installed in them. The price probably won’t change because of those custom modifications, but you can use those on a new one, or maybe sold separately for more cash. Another important thing is not to forget to remove license plates. When a person cancels car insurance and ownership, license plates need to be returned. Needless to say, but check if anything of personal stuff is still in the vehicle, and get it if it is. A few weeks later, the smart choice would be to check if the ownership is transferred, simply to be sure everything went smoothly.
To summarize, when selling a junk car, there is a possibility to get some serious money, and there is also a possibility to get ripped off and end up with a loss. The difference is in choices and research. A little bit of more time invested in checking options can drastically increase your wallet balance.