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Are you planning on selling your junk car? If so, you most likely are interested in knowing where your car junk vehicle is going to go once you sell it right?

This is an excellent question to ask because many companies will fix up a junk car and resell it while others will strip the vehicle down and remove the parts.

If you want to get paid the most money for your junk car you should follow the tips in this post and get paid what your car, truck or van is really worth.

Tip 1 – Junk Or Not, Your Vehicle Has Value

Yes, it’s true, even though the automotive recycling industry is huge right now, every junker is worth money, so before selling your Junker, you should also know the auction value and scrap metal value of your vehicle.

To find out what the auction value of your junker is, you should look up the make and model of your car online via websites like Craigslist or the Kelly Bluebook because, there may be someone out there willing to invest the time and money to get your junker back on the road and running once again.

After finding out the Kelley Blue Book value of your Junker, before being paid cash for your car, you should next understand the scrap value of your vehicle because, many cars, especially if it’s an older model car, have more steel in them than newer vehicles on the road, and that still alone is worth Money because, in 2017, recycled steel is a hot commodity as it’s bought and sold around the world especially in countries like China and India.

Tip 2 – Don’t Fall For The Reverse Lemon Approach

During the process of buying a car, you most likely encountered your fair share of a car salesman who tried to get you to pay more money for a vehicle than what it was worth. This is understandable since it’s in the best interest of the car salesman to sell a vehicle for the most money possible because they make more commission.

The same is true in the junk car market, many companies who are in the used-car or junk Lemon Market will try to actually sell you on the fact that your vehicle is worth less than what it’s really worth when in reality your car, truck or van is actually worth more money.

To avoid getting taken advantage of by a junkyard owner who tries to take your money using the reverse lemon approach, you should thoroughly research your vehicle online including the make, model, and year of the vehicle to determine what it’s really worth and find out if there are any buyers out there who would be willing to purchase your vehicle as is, or purchase it for the individual parts.

Walking into a junkyard with a little knowledge underneath your belt will provide you with the awareness that you need to avoid falling for the reverse lemon approach that many junkyard owners try to take when people bring them their junk vehicles and this will also help you to sell your vehicle for what it’s worth.

Most important of all besides understanding what your vehicle is worth, you should also be willing to get more than one quote for your vehicle that way you don’t come off to the junkyard owner as being someone who’s desperate for the cash that will come from them selling your junk car. 

Tip 3 – Understand The Automotive Recycling Industry

What most people don’t know is that cash for junk cars is one of the top industries in the United States.

Why?

Junk Cars is one of the top products from the United States because, when a car is ready to be junked, it’s not just sent to a junkyard and crushed then left there to rock for eternity like what you made see on television. In 2017, a car is first evaluated and prepared for recycling before it’s actually sent to the junkyard for recycling.

After paying you cash for your car, truck or van, an automotive recycling company, or junkyard, will take a hard look at your junker to see if it can be fixed up and resold. If the vehicle is not salvageable then the following steps will occur:

  • All fluids will be drained from the vehicle including the radiator fluid, oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, clutch fluid and anything else that could seep into the groundwater system.
  • Your junk car will be stripped of its viable components including any parts that can be resold to someone who may own a similar make and model vehicle as yours.
  • Besides stripping the junk car of its valuable parts or components, once you been paid cash for your car, the junkyard will also remove any electronic components or recently installed parts which may include a new GPS system, stereo system, newer tires, rims and other parts which can be resold for profit.

Sell Your Junk Car To Fred’s Auto Removal!

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Planning on junking your old car, truck or van? If so, before you sell your vehicle make sure you get a junk car estimate because this will tell you what your vehicle is really worth.

The big question though is once you’re ready to get rid of your junk vehicle how do you come up with an estimate for what your junk car is really worth?

This is a difficult question to ask because, just about everyone has a sentimental value that they place on their vehicle due to the months or years and memories that they’ve made driving that vehicle everywhere but the hard truth is that once your vehicle is classified as a junk vehicle, your car, truck, or van, is only worth a certain value based on the following questions:

Where Is Your Vehicle Located?

The first step towards determining what your junk vehicle is really worth is the location of your vehicle.

Will the auto yard or recycler have to send someone out to pick your vehicle up and tow it back to their wrecking yard? If so, this is one of the factors that will affect the value of your vehicle because, that individual will have to spend money on gas and labor to transport your junk vehicle from Point A where it’s currently located, to Point B, its ultimate destination.

What Is The Condition?

Another big question that will be used towards determining what your vehicle is really worth is what is the current condition of the vehicle.

Junkyards, salvagers, mechanics and any other type of company that works on junk vehicles want to know the answer to this question because, they need to know if the individual parts in your vehicle are still worth recycling or if they’re too worn down by time, deteriorated, damaged and not worth reselling.

Sometimes, even though you think your vehicle can be classified as junk, and it should be sent directly to the junkyard, another reality is that your vehicle could be perfect find for another company or individual to fix it up, get it running again, and then resell it to someone who needs an affordable vehicle.

What Is The Make, Model And Year Of The Vehicle?

Besides wanting to know the location and the condition of your vehicle, companies that recycle junk cars, trucks, and vans will also want to know the make, model and year of your vehicle because, the answer to this question does mean that there may be more of a demand for specific parts, like the airbag in your vehicle, and other types of components so the answer to this question alone could be all it takes to raise the value of your junk vehicle to more than you anticipated.

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How Many Miles Are On The Vehicle?

Most companies who work on junk vehicles will use mileage for determining the value of a junk vehicle.

In the junk car world, the more mileage that a vehicle has typically means that the car, truck or van which is classified as being a junk vehicle will be worth less money than what its owner anticipated.

Why?

A vehicle with lower miles means that the vehicle could be worth more because vehicles with lower miles means that the parts in the vehicle will still be in fair condition and can be resold to individuals or companies who buy parts for other vehicles while a vehicle with high miles means that the parts in the vehicle have been well-used over time and may not be worth as much.

What Is the Current Price of Scrap Metal?

You may not think that the current price of scrap metal has anything to do with the value of your vehicle but the truth is that it absolutely does affect the value of your vehicle because, if scrap metal is currently not worth as much as it has been in the past, this means that there is less of a demand for scrap metal and you can potentially expect a lower offer on your vehicle then you may have received just one year ago.

What Is The Kelly Blue Book Value?

Last of all, but most important, another key factor that you can use to determine the value of your junk vehicle is your vehicle’s current value in a Kelley Blue Book.

The Kelly Blue Book is one of the oldest and most iconic methods in use today for vehicle valuation but you also have to keep in mind that your car or truck has to be in decent condition, not have any serious damage or mechanical problems because, if the vehicle is never going to get on the road again then the value that you find in the Kelley Blue Book may not be an accurate value for your vehicle.

Save Time And Money By Selling To Fred’s Auto Removal!

Finding out the value of a junk car, truck or van can take time, save time and money by selling your junk vehicle to Fred’s Auto Removal by calling us at (503) 810-3061 or CLICK HERE to connect with us online.

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