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Are you planning on recycling your junk car or non-working vehicle? If so, you’ve come to the right place! At Fred’s Auto Removal we’ve been helping people get rid of their junk cars for years!

We’re a trusted source for getting rid of junk cars but sadly most people fall for scams every day and get taken advantage of by shady salvage yards who only want to make a quick buck. This is why in this article we will provide you with more information on what the most common scams are that auto salvage yards try to pull before you contact them.

Top Auto Salvage Yard Scams

Bait and Switch – Sadly, many companies will quote you one price for your vehicle over the phone then another price when the driver shows up! Don’t fall for this tactic. If the driver doesn’t pay you the exact amount that they quoted you when they show up then you should sell your vehicle to another company.

Delayed Payment – Never let an auto salvage yard take your vehicle away without paying you first. This is a recipe for disaster because once they have your vehicle, they have no motivation to pay you anything.

Subtracting the Cost of Towing – Another scam that many salvage yards try to pull is charging their customers to tow their junk vehicles away. Don’t let this happen to you! Towing should always be part of the total package! Never fall for a company that tries to charge you extra for towing because you may ultimately make nothing for your vehicle.

Valuing Your Junk Car at Nothing – Last, of all, another top scam that many salvage yards will try to pull is giving you a value of zero for your vehicle. That’s right! It’s not uncommon for some salvage companies to say that a vehicle is worth nothing because it’s so old. Don’t fall for this! Every vehicle is worth something and you never want your used car or truck to be towed away for nothing!

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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!

Don’t have the time to find out what your junk car, truck or van is really worth? Sell it to Fred’s Auto Removal by calling us at (503) 810-3061, or CLICK HERE to connect with us online.

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