The main goal of scrapping your cash cars is to earn money from it! That being said, before you hand it over to a junkyard where it will be turned into scrap metal, take the time to dispose of any valuable parts. Some car components will earn you more money if you sell them separately. These include:
- Entertainment / Radio systems
- Starter motors
Of course, if you partner with junk car buyers, they will take care of this for you. You don’t have to worry about losing money when these components are hit by a car crusher.
All you have to do is call them and come tow your vehicle to your location! If you partner with a strong team like ours, you will find that towing is free.
Get paperwork squared
In some cases, you can dispose of your car without showing documents that prove you are the legal owner. However, you may not get as good a deal on your clunker if you follow this route.
It is always easier when you have titles and other documents available. In this way, you can transfer ownership to the junk buyer you are working with, giving up all of your associated obligations and responsibilities. Then, if something unexpected happens, like a vehicle theft, you won’t have to deal with the investigation. Not sure where you last placed your title? It’s okay!
You can request a copy from your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). For an interactive map of all DMV locations in the country, visit this website. While at the DMV, ask about your state’s requirements regarding scrapped car titles.
Some will not require you to show a title or any other form of ownership if the car is over a certain age. Vermont is a state that follows this model, it does not title cars that are more than 12 years old.
Ask about non-metallic parts
There are many parts and components in your car that are not metallic. Think of your built-in sun visors, seat cushions, or cup holders, for example. Some junkyards prefer that you bring your vehicle completely bare to pure metal. Others don’t care if you leave those parts intact. Ask about distributors that operate in and around your location. Do they just prefer the metal housings or are they ok if you don’t remove all the accessories in excess?
If you love metal, go ahead and remove anything that is not attached to your vehicle’s shell. In this way, you can attract the attention of more buyers in this category. As you perform this step, remember that there are some non-metallic components, including gas, that require extra care and caution when removing them. Throwing everything in a giant garbage bag may seem efficient, but it could also be dangerous. Your best bet is to hire a mechanic to take care of this effort for you. While you will pay for this service, you can be sure that it was completed the right way.