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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.


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.

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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
  • GPS
  • 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.

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