8 Factors to Consider Before Selling Your Junk Vehicle

Marc Skirvin
Marc Skirvin

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At the global level, the market for used cars is worth more than $1.5 trillion every year. In fact, more than 120 million used cars were shipped in 2021. Experts expect the used car market to continue to enjoy growth rates of about 6% each year.

With so much demand for used cars, selling a junk vehicle can’t be too hard, right? Although there is a lot of truth in this, some people are unaware of some of the factors that it is important to consider before selling a junk vehicle.

If you are not careful, you might not get nearly as much out of the process as you otherwise could. So what do you need to pay attention to before you pull the trigger on selling your car?

Read on to learn about the most important factors to consider when you are selling a junk vehicle!

1. You Can Always Sell Junk Cars

Before you start this process, you might be worried about whether or not you will be able to find a buyer. However, you can relax about this. There are so many options for where you can sell a junk car that the only question is whether you will get a little money for your car or whether you can find a motivated buyer that will pay a higher price.

You might also want to keep in mind that demand for used cars has been going up in recent years. Signs seem to indicate that there will be a continued demand for used cars for at least a few years more.

As the economy approaches a possible recession, more people are deciding to abandon the idea of buying a new car and switching to looking for a used one instead.

2. There Are Many Customers for Old Cars

Of course, you do not have to find an individual buyer to sell your junk car. You can also go to a used car dealership to see what they will offer you for it. Not everyone knows this, but you can even take your used car to a new car dealership, although it is not certain that they will be open to buying it.

You can also find companies online that are willing to buy used and even junk cars.

If all else fails, you can always take your car to a junkyard or a scrap yard. Keep in mind that if you sell your car at one of these locations, they will be paying you for the value of the metal in your car, so you will get a lower price.

On the other hand, you can also try reaching out to various mechanic shops in your area. You might find one or more who are interested in buying your car. You should also keep in mind that some of these potential buyers will be interested in your car for its parts rather than because they want to use it or sell it as a vehicle.

Even if some of the parts in your car are worn out and failing, other parts might still be in good condition. In some cases, you can even get more money by selling your car for parts rather than as a whole vehicle.

3. You Can Sell a Junk Car in Minutes

If you are in a rush, there are a few potential buyers that might be willing to buy your car within minutes. Some online companies are willing to offer cash for your car within only minutes of you providing them with a few basic details about it.

Of course, junkyards and scrap yards are also willing to buy cars whenever anyone wants to sell them for the value of their metal.

4. Be Strategic About Selling a Vehicle

Some people focus on figuring out which of the available options for buyers is the best. However, it may be more effective for you to focus instead on a shotgun approach.

You can post ads for your car online and in other places where you might find individual buyers. You can call up scrap yards and mechanic shops and find out what they might be willing to offer you for your specific vehicle. You can go to a website that will provide you with an offer within minutes and see what they will offer you.

In other words, you can pursue all of these options at the same time. If you are in a rush, you might feel forced to accept one of the fastest offers that you receive. On the other hand, if you are willing to take your time, you can wait days and even weeks while you see what kinds of offers come in.

Even if you don’t like what you find right now, it is always possible that you will find better options later. The odds of finding better options go way up if you offer your car to as many different potential buyers as possible.

5. Tuneups Can Increase Your Profits

Of course, the value of your car is not set in stone. If you don’t like what people are offering you right now, you might be able to find ways to increase the value of your car and how much people are willing to pay for it.

For one thing, you want to give your car the best presentation possible. When people look at a dirty car, they automatically perceive it as less valuable.

From a logical perspective, you might imagine that the value of a dirty car is the same as the value of a clean car minus however much time or money it costs to clean a car. However, in reality, people perceive a much bigger difference in value between a clean and a dirty car.

On top of that, the quality of the picture of your car may go a long way to affecting how valuable it seems to people. If you don’t like the offers that people are giving you, consider if there is a way to take a better picture of your car.

If you know someone with some knowledge of photography, you might consider showing them your picture and asking if there are any obvious mistakes that you could correct with a more skillful photo.

Improving the appearance of your car is only one way to increase its value. You might also be able to make repairs to your car that will cause people to offer you more for it.

For example, if your car is not working, the vast majority of individual buyers will not be interested in it. But if the only reason your car is not working is that it needs new spark plugs, then resolving this problem might be cheap and fast. You will be amazed how much more people are willing to pay for a car that is working, even if the only difference is a quick spark plug repair.

6. Some Old Cars Are Worth Extra

Some car models are valuable for reasons other than their functionality as a vehicle. If you happen to have a model that people are interested in collecting, you might get a much higher price from a collector than from someone who only wants your car because they need a vehicle.

7. Towing Can Be Expensive

In some cases, the cost of towing a junk car to a buyer costs more than the amount that they pay for it. On the other hand, you might be willing to find buyers who are willing to take care of the towing for you.

For example, mechanics are more likely to be willing to tow cars if they have the tools to do so easily. If towing is too expensive, you can always try giving away your car.

8. You Do Not Have to Sell a Junk Car

Some people want to sell their car just to get rid of an eyesore. In such cases, remember that you can get rid of your car without having to sell it.

If you offer your car for free, you may find many people who are willing to pick it up or even tow it for you. You might also offer your car as a donation to someone who enjoys fixing cars in their spare time.

Understand the Factors to Consider Before Selling a Junk Vehicle

Selling a junk vehicle can be a great way to pick up some extra cash while also getting rid of an eyesore. As long as you keep the right factors in mind, this can be a simple and convenient process.

To learn more about how to get the most out of selling your junk vehicle, reach out and get in touch with us here at any time!

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About the Author


Marc is the Co-Founder of Cash Auto Salvage and Director of daily operations. He retired from a leading Internet Marketing company in 2013 and has been involved in the automotive industry ever since.

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