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Are you planning on junking an unregistered car, truck or van? If so, this is by far one of the most difficult positions that many people have to face because they still continue to have an emotional attachment to their vehicles but the reality is that if it’s not running, or the vehicle is not worth more than $500, it makes sense to junk that unregistered vehicle.

Yes, You Can Junk An Unregistered Vehicle 

Thankfully, junking an unregistered vehicle is fairly easy. All you need to do is just contact a local salvage yard in your area and then trade your vehicle for cash. Nothing simpler than that!

But what If you don’t have paperwork to junk and unregistered car, truck or van? You could be asking for trouble because many states require vehicles regardless if they are running or not to be registered so you should first check your local ordinances to find out if you will have to pay fines before they give you the title or paperwork for your vehicle from your local DMV office.

Junk Your Old Car – Save The Environment

Besides turning into eyesores that can also lower property values in any given area, an unregistered vehicle that hasn’t been running in months or years most often is left to sit in the owner’s driveway or empty lot, rusting out, deteriorating, and leaking fluids to the ground.

When you decide to junk an unregistered vehicle, you are actually helping the environment because you’re keeping that vehicle from leaking toxic fluids into the groundwater system and eliminating the threat of your vehicle becoming a hazard to children or animals in the local area.

Here’s What To Expect When You Visit The DMV

So, you’re thinking about missing your local DMV office to inquire about the title and registration for your junk vehicle.

This is a smart move to make because you may be able to easily get the paperwork that you need to give to a wrecking yard and get cash for your vehicle but you may also find out that you could be subject to paying fines which can easily run into the hundreds of dollars.

Once you have your title or registration, you will need to present either of these documents to a salvager when they show up to pick up your vehicle or you deliver it to them at the junkyard.

Most companies will typically require an owner of a junk vehicle to just have the title so if you have that, you’re golden, because, the title of your vehicle can be considered to be proof of ownership and most auto wrecking yards or salvage companies want to know that you’re not trying to sell off your neighbor’s ancient, noisy, rust bucket (even though you probably would If you could).

Will you have to pay the registration on your vehicle if you’ve not paid it since it was last due for renewal? The answer to this question depends upon your local DMV office, especially if you have to go there to get a copy of the title but, depending on your state you may be able to get by with presenting the old tags and registration card to a salvager or junkyard when they request it without having to pay for new tags to get the vehicle up to date.

If you’re just getting started with attempting to sell your unregistered or junk vehicle, the best thing to do is to call the salvage yard or company that you plan on using to pay you cash for your vehicle because, they will provide you with all the answers to the questions that you have, saving you the hassle of asking a driver to show up to pick up your vehicle only to realize that you do not have important documents that they need.

Depending on where you live, the good news is that your state may not require you to present a title or vehicle registration if your car, truck, or van is older than (X years) or worth less than (X$).

What’s great about working with the salvager or a licensed vehicle remover, like Fred’s Auto Removal, is that we will also be able to tell you if you also qualify for additional bonuses or perks for getting rid of your vehicle.

Do you have a vehicle on your property and you don’t know who owns it?  If so, your best option is to contact your local police station, explain to them that you have an abandoned vehicle on your property and then they will handle that vehicle by the book.

Make Sure You Have Your Documents Ready

Last of all, but most important, when attempting to get rid of an unregistered vehicle by selling it for cash to a salvager or junkyard, one the most important things that you need to remember is to always have your documents ready when you meet with a representative of the company who will come to your house to scrap your vehicle.

To organize all of your documents and have them ready at a moment’s notice you should consider going to a store like Walmart or your local neighborhood dollar store so that you can have your title, registration and other vehicle documents conveniently Within reach in a folder or binder when they are requested.

Sell Your Vehicle to Fred’s Auto Removal!

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Are you planning on junking your car? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

At Fred’s Auto Removal we’ve junked many cars over the years from owners in Portland Oregon and the surrounding areas.

Although many people think that junking a car is as simple as calling a company like ours, or a wrecking yard to pick your car up, the reality is that there’s more to it and you can get the most money possible for your junk car when you follow these tips.

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Tip 1 – Remove Everything From The Vehicle 

This tip is important because, what most people don’t realize is that cars, trucks, or vans are sometimes like second or third homes and we have a tendency to leave or store things in our vehicles over time.

To avoid losing money, or many of your personal possessions that are saved in your vehicle, you should take the time to look through every square inch of your car, in the glove box, underneath the seats, and in the trunk for any of your personal belongings which may have been left or stored in your car or truck over the years.

Checking your vehicle for personal belongings is also important because, a junkyard or automotive recycler should not be thought of as a scrap yard or dumpster for getting rid of your junk so before you get paid cash for your car, you should take the time to make sure that your vehicle is in decent condition because you are conducting a business transaction and the buyer expects to get a vehicle without a lot of junk stored in it.

Tip 2 – Make Sure You Have The Title Ready

This tip is important because, many people will realize that the title to their vehicle is missing when it comes time to sell it so before you contact a company like Fred’s Auto Removal, or another automotive recycle company, to get paid cash for your vehicle, you should make sure that it’s ready to go when the person or company that you plan on selling your vehicle to come’s by to pick it up.

Tip 3 – Find Out What Valuable Parts Your Vehicle Has

After taking time to remove all the junk from your vehicle, and getting your cars title in order, the next thing that you need to do is to find out what are the valuable components in your vehicle.

Some of the valuable components inside your vehicle may include a newer stereo system, speakers, GPS, electronic devices, newer tires, rims, and anything else which can be stripped off your vehicle and resold.

The reason why you want to assess what’s valuable in your vehicle is because the company may strip those valuables or recyclables from your vehicle anyway so why shouldn’t you be the person to be paid what those parts or accessories are really worth.

Tip 3 – Remove Your License Plates

Yes, you should also remove the license plates from your vehicles because doing so will protect your best interests especially if someone were to purchase the vehicle after you’ve sold it to a junk yard or recycler. Removing the license plates from the vehicle will guarantee that you will be held liability free if the car, truck, or van that you owned is involved in an accident or an injury after you have sold your vehicle.

Tip 4 – Use Your Gas Before Junking Your Car

Last of all, but most important you should use up all of the gas in your vehicle because you paid for it and that gas will ultimately be siphoned from your vehicle anyway along with other fluids once it’s sold so you might as well use it up.

Tip 5 – What Is the Value of Your Junk Vehicle?

As with any donation, your primary goal may be to deduct your donation come tax time. To claim your vehicle, you have to itemize it on the Schedule A tax form 1040. Before you fill out the deduction, you should also know the fair market value of your vehicle by researching its value on the Kelley Blue Book website or reviewing the value of your vehicle on other car websites or forums online.

You must be aware that if your purpose is to claim your vehicle as a deduction, you won’t be able to get the full value of your junk car as deduction because you may only get a small portion of it’s value based on the marginal tax rate for the state that you currently live in.

Let’s say that your junk car is worth more than $500, or even worth more than $5,000, in this case, you’ll need to fill out Section A of IRS Form 8283.

Once you know what your vehicle is worth, depending upon the state that you’re living and you may be required to transfer the title above your junk car over to the charity that you plan on donating to and you may also need to remove the old license plates from your vehicle and the registration sticker too.

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