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Need To Sell A Junk Car? 3 Ways To Increase The Cash You Get

Sometimes, your vehicle just turns into a piece of junk. There is no way around it. When that happens, and you can't seem to resell the vehicle to a private party, you will want to sell your vehicle to an auto-wrecking yard for cash. When selling to an auto-wrecking yard, you can do a few things to ensure that you get the maximum cash. 

Clean Your Vehicle Up 

The first thing you should do before you try to sell your vehicle to anyone, including an auto-wrecking yard, is to clean your vehicle up. You will want to take some time to remove all your personal items from the vehicle. Then, you will want to wipe down the inside of the vehicle, including all the little cracks where dirt likes to hide. Thoroughly vacuum your vehicle. If you have a cloth-based interior, you may want to rent a steam cleaner to clean the car's inside.  

A wrecking yard is going to sell your vehicle for its parts. If the interior parts are in good condition, they can sell them, too. Cleaning up the interior increases the chance that the interior parts will be seen as valuable.  

Wash the outside of the vehicle. If your tires are still in good shape, spend some extra time cleaning the tires and rims and polishing them up. Tires that still work, and rims that are in decent shape, can increase what you get for the vehicle.  

Also, removing all your personal items from the vehicle while you clean will make it easier and simpler to hand over ownership and possession of the vehicle to the auto wrecking yard. 

Get Your Maintenance Records Together 

As you sought to get as much life as possible out of your vehicle, you more than likely have paid to replace parts that broke down. Perhaps your brakes don't have that many miles on them. Or maybe you have a new radiator in the vehicle. Or maybe you invested in new oxygen sensors.  

All the pieces of your vehicle that are newer, and have fewer miles on them, are valuable to the wrecking yard. Those are all parts they can pull from your vehicle and resell. Having copies of all the maintenance you have done over the years will be much easier for the wrecking yard to determine what parts of your vehicle are salvageable and hold value for them.  

Having your maintenance records and sharing what parts are new on your old junker is yet another way to increase the cash you get for your vehicle. 

Have the Title 

Finally, if you are ready to sell the vehicle, you need to have the title and registration. If you don't have the title of the vehicle, the wrecking yard can work with you to secure a copy of the title so that you can transfer ownership of the vehicle over to them.  

However, requiring them to do extra work to help you request a copy of the title could bring down what they are willing to pay you for the vehicle. That is why you should have the title and registration in hand when you are ready to sell your junk car.  

If you want to get the best value when selling your junk car to the auto-wrecking yard, clean it up inside and out first to show off the vehicle's full value. Get together all your maintenance records and let them know if you have any low-mileage parts that they could resell. Be sure you have your title and registration ready for a smooth sale.  

Contact a local service, such as Cash For Cars, to learn more.