Well, there comes a point in life, where your precious automobile has given you its all, it now lays old and rusty in your garage. Another scenario is your car is damaged and you are in two minds, repairing it is beyond question, ‘cause it is battered beyond repair, either that or the cost of repair is just not worth it, it is higher than what the car is worth at present. You are now wondering what to do next?
You aren’t alone, around 15 million automobiles reach the end of their life cycle every year in the United States of America and out of those around 13 million are sold off to car scrap yards and recycled. Sending your car to the junkyard or junking the car may be the best way to get rid of it and to earn a quick buck while you are at it.
The next question is, what does it take to junk your car? We’re listing down everything you need to know for junking your car. Get a hold of your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.
GATHER YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Next, to your home, you spend most of your time in commute, so in your car, hence it’s no mystery how few of our personal belongings make its way into the car and end up staying there for weeks, sometimes even months. After serving for several good years, your faithful companion can become home to a variety of personal belongings. It could be anything, from important bank documents, such as bank cards, insurance documents to a safe for jewelry or electronics.
It’s a common occurrence for car owners to turn the house upside down only to find what they were looking for in their car, tucked away in its storage compartments. Hence to ensure no personal belonging is lost in your junking process, go through the storage compartments, the floor and other corners of the cars carefully, salvaging your car.
TAKE VALUABLE PARTS OUT
Your aim is to squeeze out as much moolah as you can from the damaged piece. To do so, remove parts or components of the car that will fetch you some money when sold on its own. Focus your attention on starter motors, entertainment units, alternators and other high-yielding parts that can be sold to car dealers or owners with similar car models. Also, take out the ones that can be taken to the manufacturer for restoration. Give the car battery and the wheels a look as well, if they are in good condition, take them right off. Remember to replace the tyres with old battered ones, some dealers may refuse to buy your car if it can’t be towed. Diesel forklifts and electric forklifts can only do so much.
Also, another good place to look for is the gas tank; if you have some gas left siphon it out using a siphon pump, store it in an air-tight container to use for another car, keep it safe and sound, away from heat sources. This step is essential, don’t miss out on taking the valuable parts out because you lack the technical know-how, and just call a friend or a trusted mechanic to help you out.
TAKE CARE OF THE PAPERWORK
It’s almost impossible to scrap your car without having proper papers in place, you need to show the proof of ownership in order to junk your car or the dealers will knock you right off.
Getting your title in place helps transfer the ownership to the dealer, this way if something unexpected should occur, for instance, if the car gets stolen from the scrap yard before the junking, you won’t be asked to be a part of the theft investigation, if you are unable to find your title. There is no reason to freak out in case you don’t find one.
The immediate next step would be to head to the state department of your automobile and get it replaced. Rules for vehicle title differs for different states, so always check with the local DMV to figure whether your papers are in order for that state. It’s not mandatory to have titles for really old vehicles; the or instance, in the US, Vermont doesn’t allot titles to vehicles that are over 15 years old.
TAKE OUT THE LICENSE PLATES
You must be wondering, why should you remove the nameplate from a vehicle that is about to be crushed? The answer is, nameplates never stop being useful, even after a car retires from service. Removing the nameplate form the vehicle after the transfer of the ownership is a legal mandate in several states; the majority of the time, your DMV will ask for the license plates when you apply to cancel the title of your car.
This is an essential step, cancel your junking insurance, this will ensure your dealer won’t have to incur any recurring payments before the expiration of the policy. In case full coverage has been paid in advance by you, you will be entitled to a refund. Don’t skimp out on this step, it will ensure your share a strong business relationship which gets you discounts and special offers in the long run.
LOOK AROUND FOR THE IDEAL DEAL
Different dealers will offer different rates, no matter what condition your car is in. Though the offers may vary only a little, it is still better to scope the market to get the best one. Gather as much info as you can; because most dealers will need as much information about the damage they can get before making you a deal.
Check out the towing options, you can get a diesel truck on hire for towing, sometimes delivering the car on your own can be more profitable, make sure you’ve done the math.
GET A LICENSED DEALER
Always make sure you work with licensed dealers, in most cases, the states make it mandatory for junkyard dealers to have licenses, but check it out yourself. Just ask the dealer to show you the license before they junk the car. This can save you from future liabilities if the deal goes south and the dealer refuses to pay up or threatens to sue for improper transfer of the car.
TAKE OUT NON-METAL PARTS
It depends on the dealer, some may prefer to buy the car when stripped out to the metal base, and some may accept it with the non-metal elements. The quickest option to get this done hassle-free is to call a mechanic, it will cost you some bucks but make be worth it, or else turn to your friends for some muscle power.
MAKE SURE THE WEIGHT SCALE IS CERTIFIED
Some dealers will meddle with the weights to save themselves from shelling out huge amounts, they sell the metal scraps by tons, which means the more your car weighs the more money you get. Hence they tip the scales to make a profit. Stay one step ahead and deal with dealers who have a trusted reputation. Stay away from dodgy ones.
OTHER WAYS TO JUNK YOUR CAR
While most people will junk their car for cash, giving it away for charity can be your other option. They will use the proceeds for a good cause, which gives you some good karma as well.