For many people, getting cash for scrap cars is a great way to realise some of the vehicles value, especially if it is no longer running or has been written off in an accident. Before visiting a dealer and attempting to sell your car, however, make sure you pay heed to the following tips – they will help you to maximise the value of your vehicle so that you get top dollar.
- Establish Ownership
A reputable dealer will ask you to prove that you are the owner of the car, otherwise they will not buy it. Obtain the title of the vehicle (if you don’t already have it) and make sure that you take the relevant paperwork with you when go to sell.
- Assess the Value
Take a moment to assess any damage to the car and arm yourself with as much information as you can about its condition. When looking to sell, you might be asked a lot of questions about the vehicle (including how much damage it has, whether it runs, and what’s wrong with it). Consider having some of the damage repairs so that it’s running.
- Get Estimates
Call the dealers in your local area to see what sort of cash for scrap cars you are looking at. You might find that a particular dealer is offering significantly more, making a longer drive worth it. Some won’t pay anything for a vehicle that they have to pick up, whereas others will pay based on the make and model.
- Deliver the Car
Once you have chosen a particular dealer whose price you like, you need to deliver the vehicle. If possible, drive or tow it yourself – most dealers will pay more if they don’t have to go and pick it up. See if a friend has a trailer or even truck that you can borrow.
- Abide by the Law
If you have found a consumer who is willing to buy your scrap car (whether they are selling it for parts or not), there are certain laws that you must abide by. These laws are designed to protect consumers from purchasing lemon vehicles.- State: Research the laws for your state to make sure that you are covered. Most states do not extend protection to those who buy used cars or ones that come “as is”.- Kilometre Tampering: This is one of the most common ways for a seller to deceive a buyer. You are not allowed to tamper with the kms of a vehicle at all, and doing so is punishable by law.- Private: In most states, lemon laws are enacted differently on private owners who sell their own vehicle versus dealers. It is important to know what defines a dealer in your state.
- Price Maximums: In many cases, these laws can be avoided entirely by staying within a certain price range. Most states will only issue refunds under lemon laws if a car is sold for more than $700.
By following each of the tips we have compiled above, you can rest assured that you get maximum cash for scrap cars and that you avoid problems with the lemon laws of your state. If you have never scrapped a vehicle before and are worried about doing so correctly, ask around family and friends – we are sure that you’ll know someone who has done this.