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.
Letting go of your precious car is not easy. Especially if you have treated it as your ‘baby’ back in the days. It is normal for people to hold onto their broken vehicles for as long as they can for its sentimental value. But, as time pass by and the needs arise, sooner or later, you will need to have it removed from your garage or backyard.
Junking a car is one way of giving it dignity one last time. But, as much hard bidding goodbye to it emotionally, selling it to a junkyard is not an easy task as well because some people might find it quite technical and tedious. But, 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, you can just turn sentimental value into something that has more value nowadays: cash.
Step 1: One last check.
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? 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: Choose 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.
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 3: Prepare the 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.
Step 4: Check with your province requirements
Your province’s ICBC varies of the process and requirements of junking cars from other provinces. To make sure you are doing it the right way, check in with your respective ICBC by contacting them or simply by researching online.
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.
Step 6: Ask the right questions.
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: 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.
Step 8: Return plates and cancel registration
The exact protocol differs by province, but typically you need to return the license plates to the ICBC in order to cancel your registration. Ask your chosen junkyard what is expected of you as you hand off your vehicle. You can check your province’s ICBC website to guide you on the exact procedure for canceling your registration and returning your plates