Letting go of something we had for a long time is hard. Big or small, it is human nature to feel attached to the things that we gave importance to, the things that made our lives better, more convenient, and easier to live. Nothing lasts forever—including our cars. No matter how often you have it checked up, no matter how much you have it maintained, it is destined to break down after a few years, depending on how you took care of it and how much you used it.
Selling your car to a junkyard maybe emotionally draining, but it doesn’t have to take away too much effort and physical stress for you. The junkyard company you will choose should be able to help you deal with it, as well as do as much part of the job as they can.
With a little bit of research and reading, you will find out that once you know the step-by-step process of junking your old car, which will help you let go and bid goodbye to your roadside buddy easier.
Step 1: Make your decision final.
For the last time, are you sure to junk your car? Are there any parts you can sell as is that can be worth much more instead of including it in the junk? Is your car beyond repair? Would it cost more to repair it than to just toss it? Are you really ready to say goodbye to your old road buddy?
Step 2: Remove your personal belongings.
Before junking your car or contacting your chosen junkyard, spend some time with your old car and do the last round of checks. Are there any personal belongings in the compartments? How about in the trunk? Before junking it, make sure there’s nothing left inside it because junkyard companies can not be liable for anything left inside the vehicle.
Step 3: Go for the best junkyard.
After your last round of checks and goodbyes, it is now time to choose the right junkyard you can trust your old car into. There are several junkyard companies you can choose from, depending on your location. Here are some of the qualities you need to see in order to make sure you’re making the right choice:
Go for the ones with a neat reputation—those who are fair with their clients, and those who don’t take advantage of first timers. You can do your homework and do a little bit of research online on a specific company’s credentials, as well as reviews. Check their rates, promos, and other specifics to know if they are too good to be true.
Step 4: Prepare the needed documents.
Junkyards require the title of the car to prove ownership, and that it is your own car that you are selling. When you transfer it to the junkyard, you will need to sign the title over to them to get it officially off your hands. This will officially and technically end your ownership of the vehicle. According to DMV’s website, each state has its own junked vehicle requirements, but just to be sure, you might want to prepare the following:
- Completed junked or salvaged auto paperwork. Sometimes this is called a Damage Disclosure Statement and is included on the back of the title.
- Vehicle title and proof of registration
- Relinquishing the license plate(s).
Step 5: Discuss the process.
After you have decided and have chosen the best junkyard company for you, call them and discuss the whole process. You can even set an appointment with them to see how their yard looks like. They can walk you go through the process by showing you around. Junking a car maybe an intimidating process, especially for those who do it for the first time. Knowing how the process works will let you feel sure and relaxed during the whole duration of junking your car.
Step 6: Know which questions to ask.
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and ask anything that boggles your mind. Junking a car is not a normal process that everybody goes through. You can ask for their rates, how the car will be transported or towed, will your car be towed or dismantled and be taken by piece?—anything that you’d like to know, this is the moment to ask them.
Step 7: Don’t be afraid to negotiate.
If you feel like you should get more than what they are willing to pay, don’t be intimidated to negotiate and speak your mind. If you think that your vehicle should be appraised higher, you can contact your mechanic and let them have a third party appraisal and discuss it with your chosen junkyard company. You can also negotiate the specifics of transporting your vehicle. Keep in mind that you should not feel shy and ask for discounts or promos as well.