FAQs: What You Need to Know About Junk Car Selling

It pays to do your research first before you sell your car for cash. Cash Auto Salvage answers the most common questions associated with selling a car, junk car buying, and auto salvage yards.

What types of vehicles do you purchase?

We buy cars, trucks, vans and SUVs in any condition, year, make, and model. We’ll buy your vehicle even if it’s NOT junk!

Depending on your location, we might be able to purchase larger vehicles like RVs, school buses, and work trucks. Please call us for more details.

How can I sell my junk car for cash?

It’s actually a really simple process. You can call or text us at 855-922-3095 or begin the online process here to get a free offer. We’ll ask you a few questions about your vehicle, such as year, make, model, mileage, and any damage and then provide you with an instant quote.

Can I junk my car without the title?

It depends on where the car is located. Some states absolutely require a title in order for a vehicle to change hands. In areas where you don’t need a title, all we need is a copy of a drivers license or other form of valid id and a copy of the registration, current or expired that matches the form of identification. Please inform of us as soon as possible if this is the case.

A basic rule of thumb to determine if you need a title or not is as follows: You do not need a title if you own the vehicle, the vehicle is 10 years or older, and if you have a registration in your name.

Learn more about titles in your specific state.

How much money do you get for a junk car?

There are a variety of factors that go into valuing your junk vehicle. Depending on year, make, model, and condition, our offers typically range within the $100 – $15,000 range. We can’t determine a price until we know the details of your vehicle.

Do I need to know my VIN?

To get an offer from us to buy your vehicle, no. However, using your VIN during the offer process provides us with a more accurate picture and often results in a much higher offer. In most cases, you will need the VIN to complete the sale once you accept an offer from us.

Is your junkyard open on Sunday?

In most cases, yes! Cash Auto Salvage is a nationwide junk car buyer that offers vehicle buying and towing services 7 days per week in some areas. Call us at 855-922-3095 to get a free offer and to find out if our junkyard near you is open on Sunday.

What should I do after I sell my car to you?

Take the license plate from your vehicle and return them to the nearest dept. of motor vehicles. Keep the receipt provided to you by the driver for your records. If you are transferring you plate to another vehicle then keep it. If the car is still insured, call your insurance company to cancel the policy on that vehicle.

Do I need to pay for towing?

No, every vehicle that we buy we pick up for free!

How secure is this?

We have built up a trusted network of tow truck companies that are as committed to giving a great customer experience as we are. We guarantee that you receive proper payment for your vehicle and that you will have a positive experience when selling your vehicle to Cash Auto Salvage.

Is there a fee for getting a cash offer?

No, whether you submit an online form or call us via telephone, there is no fee for requesting a price quote on your vehicle.

Can the online valuation change?

If the vehicle is as described then our online valuation will not change. We do our best to give our customers fair pricing on their vehicles. If there is a case where the vehicle we are picking up does not match the submitted description then we do have the right to change our valuation (see how catalytic converters can impact the offer of your vehicle). If this is the case you will be informed and have the right to accept or reject the price change.

What happens to my car after you buy it?

We salvage most vehicles we purchase. The process consists of draining all of the fluids, removing all electrical components, and refurbishing any still serviceable parts. Once everything is removed from the vehicle, the remainder is crushed for scrap metal.

What if I still owe money on my car?

Unfortunately we cannot purchase your vehicle if you still owe money on it. When you do pay the vehicle off you will receive a lien release from the financing company that will need to be attached to the title for us to purchase it. If there are old liens on your title you that have been paid off in the past, but you have lost the lien release you will need to go to your finance company and have them reprint this documentation.

My vehicle has new parts - does that increase the value?

Typically, newer parts will not increase the amount we can offer you, simply because we look at it for its scrap value, rather than the parts value. If the parts are valuable and the vehicle still runs, we recommend you try to sell it as a used vehicle to maximize your return.

How do you value my car?

The value of each car is based on the year, make, and model. The more information you give us such as mileage and if there is any damage to the vehicle help us come up the highest most accurate price possible.

Do I need to be with the vehicle?

We prefer that the owner be with the vehicle, but we know that this is not always possible, so we are still able to pickup vehicles if all the necessary documentation is left with another individual. Please make sure that you let us know if this is going to be the case.

How will you pay me?

We pay our customers with cash or check, depending on the nearest scrap yard that will be picking up your vehicle.

How fast can you really pick up my car?

More often than not, we can have your vehicle picked up with payment in hand within 24 hours. We also are able to make specific appointment times if necessary. If the wait will be longer than a day, we will do our best to inform you.

Do you sell car parts?

At this time, we do not sell or supply parts for vehicles. If you’re looking for quality used auto parts, go here.

Do you buy cars near me?

Most likely as we buy cars in almost every zip code in the United States. The easiest way to find out if we are picking cars up in your area is to give us a call and provide our representative with the zip code where the vehicle is located. Or fill out our online form.

Do you pick up abandoned vehicles?

We do, however we recommend you call your local police station for special instructions on the proper paperwork needed for abandoned vehicles left on your property. All this information and paperwork will need to be done before we can dispatch a tow truck. Once again, if there are any questions regarding this issue we can be reached by email or phone.

What if I don't have my registration?

If we need a copy of your registration to legally pick the vehicle up then one can easily be obtained from your states motor vehicle department website. Rules vary from state to state, it is best to call or email us to make sure that we can proceed with the vehicle pickup if no registration is available.

What if I don't have my keys?

Having your keys makes removing the vehicle easier. That being said, if your vehicle is going to be recycled then there is no problem if keys are unavailable.

What paperwork do I need?

Your driver’s license, most recent registration, the vehicle title.

How does it work?

When you give us a call, we’ll gather a little bit of information on your vehicle, its condition, and why you’re looking to junk it. Combined with your location and proximity to our salvage facilities, we are able to calculate your quote.

Wait! We REALLY Want Your Vehicle!

We pay up to $20,000 for cars, trucks, & SUV’s – no matter the condition. Get paid on the spot + free towing!

Or Call... 1-855-922-3095

There is no obligation to accept an offer.

Unable to verify mileage

Selecting “unable to verify” may decrease your offer and should only be selected if you cannot visually confirm the mileage of the vehicle upon inspection of the odometer.