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How to Sell a Junk Car with No Registration

Marc Skirvin
Marc Skirvin

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When you think about it, selling a junk car is probably a lot less work than owning one. It will only take up room in your home or driveway, collecting dust and getting rusty. But what if the car in question doesn’t have a registration? What will happen to the car, and will you be able to sell it? 

In this article, we will share how a car with no registration affects its selling process:

What Can I Do With An Unregistered Car?

There isn’t much you can do because you can’t drive it and you can’t bring it anywhere. Keeping an unregistered car on your property simply means it will be parked in front of your house until you decide what to do with it, or it is towed, and you are given a hefty fine.

Can I Sell My Unregistered Junk Car?

Short answer: yes! Vehicle registration is only required for vehicles that are driven on streets and roads. However, you will not be required to register your car if it has several problems or was wrecked, and you have since chosen to sell it. 

Yet, there are a few things to keep in mind. To begin with, you are not allowed to leave the vehicle in a public area. Also, because your unregistered vehicle is not authorized to be driven on the roads, it will need to be towed or transported when you sell it.

It’s also important to distinguish the difference between unregistered and untitled cars. The title to a car is a legal document that establishes your ownership. This is essential in any situation, which is why you must have it in the car at all times!

Overall, you may sell your car as long as you have a title to show ownership.

Who Will Buy Junk Cars With An Expired Registration?

Keep in mind that the machine can be sold to anyone willing to buy cars for cash, even with an expired registration. It can even be a friend of yours who is interested in your car. You just need to offer the buyer a title, not an active registration, to complete the transaction. However, not every buyer for your vehicle will give you a good deal for it, especially if it has seen better days.

In fact, you can avoid dealerships if you want the best bargain since they tend to undervalue junk cars and those with problems. The second-best option is to visit a local car junkyard. Junkyards, scrap yards, and salvage yards may readily make you an offer for your car regardless of its condition, and they’re often willing to pay scrap metal rates!

What Documents Would I Need to Sell My Car?

The title to your car is the most crucial document. If you don’t have a title, you might be able to establish ownership using your license and registration, or at least an old registration, if you don’t have one. If the car is not registered, having your vehicle identification number and license, and title is the best method to assure a seamless transaction.


At this point, you now realize that it’s not as difficult as it seems to sell an unregistered junk car. The only thing you’ll really need is the title, which you’ll hand over to the buyer. They will then pay you cash after they gain possession of your vehicle.

Do you want to get rid of your unregistered car? Cash Auto Salvage can buy junk cars for cash in different states in the US. We operate a vast and trusted network of auto salvage yards, and we do not have any pick-up charges, and also offer the most competitive prices. Get in touch with us today to get an online offer!

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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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