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How to Get Rid of a Scrap Car and Get Paid

Are you tired of decorating your front or backyard with a clunker of a car that hasn’t run in years? If so, you’re not alone.

According to charities such as The Military Order of the Purple Heart, who take part in widely popular “cash-for-clunkers” programs, donations of old cars can easily exceed 700,000.

That said, such programs work so well that many charities have seen a steep drop in monetary donations in favor of clunker gifting. The result? A crisis in the non-profit world.

So, what’s the better route when it comes to getting rid of your used vehicle? Consider turning your wheels into a scrap car.

Not only will you stand to make some money, but if you’re bent on donating to a charity, they’ll thank you for the gift of cash instead of a clunker. Read on to learn more about how to junk a car or how to sell your car.

How to Junk a Car or Sell It

When it comes to how to junk a car or sell it, you should start by removing all personal belongings. This means everything from sunglasses and hats to old license plates.

Whether you end up sending your car to its final resting place at a salvage yard or selling it to someone, nobody wants to deal with your old belongings. So, make sure all personal items get removed.

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Besides obvious spots like your glove compartment and center console, don’t forget to check your sun visors, trunk, floor mats, space under seats, and CD player.

Sort Out Any Potential Title Issues

You’ve got to make sure you’ve crossed all your “T’s” and dotted all of your “I’s” before you can get rid of that pile of metal rusting in your driveway. That means locating your car title.

Without a title, you can’t transfer ownership to a junkyard. It also makes it very difficult to sell your vehicle. So, make sure you locate this paperwork before moving any further in your attempt to get rid of a former vehicle.

And if you don’t have a title? Then, you’ll need to research your state’s laws to find out how to proceed. A visit to your DMV website can help you get to the bottom of what options you have.

Scope Out Valuable Parts of Your Scrap Car

Let’s assume you’ve found your car title and you don’t owe any money on it. Then, take a good look at your vehicle to see which components are worth money. For example, you could bring in a few extra bucks with:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Tires with good tread
  • Electronics of value
  • A battery that’s fairly new

Make a list of anything of value on your vehicle so that you’re prepared to negotiate with a salvage yard or private buyer. Note the asking price for these items so that you can ensure you get what you deserve.

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Now that you’ve done your research and have a better concept of what you’d like to get out of your clunker, hop on Google and search “junk car buyers near me.”

An Informed Seller

Whether your next step involves dealing with a private buyer or a local salvage yard, the tips above will put you in a better situation to make a little money from your scrap car.

Once you’ve got that junker out of your yard, you can invest in a couple of rose or flower bushes to beautify the new space you’ve just cleared.

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