Do you have a junk car sitting in your driveway and you can’t decide what to do. We have compiled some signs below for your assistance.
It Didn’t Come with a Title
We’re not asking any questions, but if you try to sell the vehicle, people might get startled. Bottom line, no matter how you obtained it without a title, whether you inherited it when your great grandma passed or you took a shady kijiji deal, you cannot legally sell the vehicle to somebody else.
However, an auto junkyard will happily take it off your hands for some quick cash and can scrap it for metal.
Just document the transaction through a Bill of Sale. This requires:
- names of seller and buyer
- date the sale took place
- description of the vehicle which includes year, make, model, VIN
- mileage/kms at time of sale
- price sold for
This information above covers you and the scrap yard legally.
It’s Sort of Junky
We understand that every spill, rip, and break comes with a store behind it, but we also know how the memories that make your car precious to you, devalue the car in the eyes of potential buyers.
You should salvage your car if:
- the window’s don’t roll up normally
- the automatic door locks stopped working
- the interior is destroyed
- the trunk will not open
- the rearview mirror is missing
- one or both side mirrors broke off
- the smell of ____ will not go away
- the gas tank door doesn’t open or isn’t there
If the cost of repairs starts to equal or exceed the trade in value, save yourself the headache of trying to sell. Plus, at some point soon, this baby probably will not pass an emissions inspection any longer, making it much more of a liability than an asset.
Clean up your memories; save a car key or small token from the car and let the rest go.
You Resorted to Using Duct Tape
Once you start breaking out the duct tape to hold together pieces of your car, it’s time to junk it. You may think it’s no big deal and that somebody will not notice something so little, but they do.
This holds especially true when you start duct-taping crucial pieces under the hood! Melting tape can get in places it shouldn’t and ruin something important under there, plus, doing so creates a fire hazard.
Save the duct tape for protecting the floor and ceiling edges the next time you paint and junk your car.
Driving It Feels Like an Episode of Fear Factor
If everytime you buckle up, you get knots in your tummy as if somebody’s strapping you into an unregulated roller coaster, then junking your car might save you from an accident, heart attack, or stroke.
We get it, the engine light came on three years ago, but the car drives just fine, except that shimming, an awful grinding noise. Plus, the wheels probably will not fall off all at once, right?
If it’s grinding, rattling, hesitating, or doing anything that makes you sweat while you drive, then junk your car. No more excuses! You need a safe and reliable vehicle that doesn’t threaten the safety of everybody within a mile radius. Bring it in for quick cash and peace of mind.
Nobody Wants It
Even if you cannot find anything majorly wrong with it, no engine problems, no missing parts, no serious body damage… some cars simply do not sell.
If you follow the rule of thumb used by car dealerships, then you do not want to try and sell for more than three months. Even one month is a long time when you consider:
- insurance payments for a car you do not use
- time, energy, and cost of placing ads
- the number of no-shows you will deal with
- all the people who waste your time looking at the car, pretending to want it
- Regardless of how good of a vehicle you think it is, if people will not buy it, then you lose money on it. Your best bet is to junk it.
How Does Junking a Car Work?
To junk a car, follow this easy process!
Provide all vehicle information including, year, make, model, and true condition. If you lie, they will see this upon inspection. So tell them if parts are missing and if stuff doesn’t work.
Receive a cash offer, that you can accept or decline, but keep remembering why you’re junking it!
Accept the offer and collect the paperwork you will need for the transaction, like title and registration.
Choose a pickup date for them to retrieve the vehicle.
Get paid cash!
As you can see, this process takes up much less of your time and energy than trying to sell an old car.