We love our cars – there are always so many memories wrapped up in them. Whether your old car reminds you of your first cross-country road trip or the first time you ever gave a vehicle an oil change, it can be hard to let go of a car when it’s long past its use-by date. You don’t always have to look far beyond your own kitchen window to see a junk car that is better off being sold than sitting around gathering more rust and becoming an eyesore on your lawn or in your garage. If you’ve been thinking that it’s time to sell your junk car, here is a quick guide to doing what needs to be done to get rid of it, and getting money for it!
Get the Vehicle Roadworthy
If you’ve been holding onto that old car as a restoration project for some time, chances are that you have some level of technical know-how when it comes to vehicles. Have a good look over the vehicle and decide if you can make the car run. While you’re still not likely to receive a lot of money for that old beast, being able to drive it is a bonus for you (because you’re able to move it) and for the buyer; cars that are roadworthy are worth a lot more to a junk buyer than an immobile old clunker.
Assess the Vehicle
Whether you can get the vehicle going or not, it’s best to go over the vehicle with a fine-toothed comb and make a list of all the things that are wrong with it. If the car has sustained damage through a crash or rust, note it all down. Check the wear on the tires and inspect whether the interior has incurred any wear and tear throughout the years. Once the car’s damage has been surveyed, make sure to write down what is still in good, great or excellent condition. You may have a brand new battery, fan belt or even stereo that could be worth more than you think.
Remove the Good Bits
Junk buyers are interested in good quality items that they can resell at top dollar. If you have a good-looking battery or catalytic converter in your vehicle, take it out. These items have good resale value on their own and are worth the little bit of extra labor.
Don’t Pay To Have The Car Removed
A really common mistake made by people who want rid of junk cars is thinking that it’s easier to pay to have a towing business take the old car away. By paying to have the car removed, you are lining the pockets of the company you’ve given it to – twice. They will break your car down into parts and sell it all off. Combine that with the fee you paid to have it removed, and the company has made a pretty penny.
We hope this basic guide to selling your junk car has been helpful to you. If you’re in need of some advice about how to sell your junk car and get top dollar, contact us today. One of our team will be happy to assist.