Is it time for you to junk your car?
This may be a question that you’ve been asking yourself for weeks or months now as you put more money to keep your car running, and it’s a good question to ask. Every car owner should look at the cost versus benefit of keeping a junk car running and decide if it indeed is worth spending a few hundred dollars more to keep the car running versus selling it for cash and getting a new vehicle.
If you decide that now is the right time to junk your car, this article will provide you with steps that you can follow to negotiate the sale, junk your car, and get paid what it’s really worth.
How to deal with junkyards and Automotive Recyclers
One of the first things that you have to know when dealing with junkyards and automotive recyclers is that most companies know that the average owner of a junk car wants to get rid of it and they are going to be inclined to quote you the lowest amount of money possible.
Before accepting the first quote that you received to junk your car, it’s important for you to know that every vehicle is worth money regardless if it’s running or not.
Regardless of the make or model, your car, has steel, aluminum, plastic, precious materials, and parts in it that are worth value especially if they can be resold to someone else who owns a car that’s the same make and model car as yours.
The average junkyard owner will have it in their mindset to use the reverse lemon approach and make you think that your junk car is worth less than what it really is. Armed with a little knowledge, you can save yourself the time, money and hassle of accepting a low quote plus get paid money for what your car is really worth by following the tips in this article.
Before Contacting a Junkyard or Recycler Do This
Before contacting and junkyard, scrap yard, or individual who specializes in automotive recycling you should make a list of your vehicles assets just so that you can know what your car is worth.
These assets may include:
- A newer stereo system with speakers and a sub-woofer
- Newer tires and rims
- Security system
- Airbag components
- Catalytic converter
- Car battery, especially if it’s relatively new
- Air conditioning compressor that’s still in good working order
- Any auto part that can be easily salvaged that has copper in it. These may include radiators, alternators, and starters.
Learn More About Your Junk Car’s Auction Value
Once you understand what your junk car is worth in terms of its assets, the next thing that you need to do is find out if your junk car has an auction value.
You may be wondering “why would my junk car have a value to it?” and the answer to this question is simple, there may be someone out there who would be interested in restoring your junk car back to its former glory, especially if it’s still worth driving.
Before dismissing the value and the idea of if you should junk your car or not you should make the effort to find out if it indeed has an auction value because, this will save you the time, money and hassle stripping the valuable parts, components, and accessories from your vehicle because there may be someone out there who wants to purchase it as is and restore it for themselves.
Do This Before You Junk Your Car
Before selling your junk car for cash, another thing that you should do is know the Blue Book value of your vehicle.
The Blue Book value of your vehicle is important because combined with the auction value, and the scrap value, you have three different values for your vehicle that you can base your asking price on and this will also help you to avoid getting paid less money than what your vehicle is really worth.
After understanding the Blue Book value of your vehicle, you should next get your junk car cleaned up, regardless if you drove it recently or not because, image is everything and if your junk car looks like it’s been sitting in the driveway for months or years, you are more likely to receive the lowest quote possible from a junkyard or scrap metal dealer.
Besides cleaning up the outside of your vehicle, you should also take the time to remove any trash from the inside of your junk car and clean up the inside of the vehicle as much as possible too because, a junkyard or scrap metal dealer is not a place to get rid of your trash, you are conducting a business transaction and you should take care to treat your junk car like an asset if you want to get paid money for what it’s really worth.
Get Paid cash for your junk car
To get paid cash for your junk car, contact Fred’s Auto Removal today by calling us at (503) 810-3061 or click here to connect with us online.