What Do People Do With Junk Cars?


If you’re someone who has multiple cars on your property and a few that are no longer operatable, you might be wondering just what you’re supposed to do with them. After all, the last thing that you want is the city coming to make a visit to talk about all these junk cars in your yard. Fortunately, there’s a very simple way to get rid of your junk car that will benefit both you and your yard or garage. Let’s take a closer look at what people do with junk cars and how you can do it, too.

What do people do with junk vehicles? They sell them!


You might not think that you could sell a junk car, but the reality is that a clunker can still get a fair price for all of the scrap metal and other components that junkyards can sell from your old car. While you won’t get top dollar for a scrap car, you can find salvage yards and similar junk car buyers who will be willing to take it off your hands (although towing and other steps in the process will still be your responsibility). There’s a lot of work that goes into getting rid of your car; but, if you have a pickup or SUV that has become more of a hassle than an asset, the best way to get rid of it is to simply sell it. But what exactly goes into the junk car selling process?

Check with your local DMV to see what they say about junking cars.

Your local DMV can be an excellent resource to turn to when you need to know all of the aspects of junking a car that are specific to your state. For example, if you live in California, the California DMV can help you navigate the process of presenting proof of ownership like your car title and other paperwork as well as destroying items like the Clean Air Vehicle decals on your car. The good news? The process is rarely as difficult as registering a new car, and it’s sure to be worth your efforts once your junk car is out of your driveway and you have money in your hands!

Conduct extensive research on selling junk cars.


Selling your scrap car is a much different process than, say, selling an old car. Car buyers for your vehicle will be relatively limited to auto salvage yards and those who might be looking for specific parts that you have. As such, it’s critical that you do your research so that you get the best possible price and avoid any potential scams along the way. First, clear out your car of any personal belongings and look for parts in your car that can make you way more than scrap metal prices, replacing these items with cheap items that will be junked with your car. Then, research junk car buyers in your area to understand what the process looks like, what the best offer for your car might look like from place to place, and which local junkyards you should avoid (those where you do a lot of haggling or those who don’t require a car title to buy your vehicle). With research and confidence, you can find a buyer who will give you the best price.

Selling your junk car might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but the contents of your car as well as the metal itself have inherent value. Do you have cars that are no longer working and are just sitting in your driveway? If so, use the guide above to learn more about selling scrap cars and how to get started.