Steps to Take Before You Sell Your Junk Car

If you’re considering selling your junk car or are in the process of getting quotes from junkyards, then you’ll want get your vehicle prepared for the sales transaction. Whether you’re having the car picked up or you plan on dropping it off, you’ll want to ensure it’s a speedy process. To do this, there are specific things you’ll want to do before the junk car buyer sees the vehicle in person.

Do This Before Selling Your Vehicle For Cash

Steps to Take Before You Sell Your Junk Car

Even before you start to research junk car buyers near you, consider taking these four steps before bringing your car to the junkyard or the tow truck shows up.

Use Up Your Gas

If your car is still running, you will want to use up the gasoline that’s in your tank before completing the sale. Likely you won’t receive the value of the gas, so it’s better to use it up or siphon it. If your vehicle isn’t running, then your only choice will be to siphon the gas. This process can only be done safely when it’s performed with the proper equipment—which doesn’t involve sucking it out with your mouth!

JMDRacing has a great video on how to siphon gas out of vehicle, watch it here.

Clean Out Your Belongings

If you’ve owned your car for a while, then you’ve probably accumulated a lot of things that have taken over your glove box, back seat and trunk. Even if you have kept your car tidy, you still have items you’ll need to gather up before selling the car.

In order to speed along the selling process, you’ll want to clean out your car long before the transaction is set to take place. This includes cleaning out garbage and wiping down the console and dashboard areas.

Remove Expensive Parts

When you’re junking your car, you’ll wan to remove expensive car parts and accessories to get the most cash. If you’re selling your car for scraps, there may be several parts that you can remove to sell separately on sites like Craiglist or on social media marketplaces.

We recommend you replace tires with older, balding ones before the car is scrapped. If you’re handy, you may be able to also remove the vehicle’s windshield wipers, bumper, airbags, battery or air conditioning to sell individually.

You’ll also want to remove any valuable upgrades that you made over the years, such as a CD player, stereo speakers, GPS or expensive rims. These items would be better off sold separately or saved to use in your next vehicle.

Remove Your License Plates

Most likely you’ll need to turn in your license plates to the DMV to cancel your registration and your insurance. In order to prevent a delay in the transaction with the junkyard, you’ll want to remove your license plates as soon as you’ve finalized the sale. If you are planning to purchase a new car, you’ll want to keep your license plate. It can be transferred to the new vehicle which will save you money.

Junkyard Dog Will Buy Your Car!

If you’re looking for junk car buyers near Fort Lauderdale, FL, we offer cash for cars. Call us now for a quote and we can pick up your junk vehicle in under an hour!

If you prefer to drop it off, schedule your appointment today and walk out with cash in hand. No waiting for checks or money wires!

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