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Will a Junkyard Buy Car Without Title? What You Need to Know

Marc Skirvin
Marc Skirvin

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Do you have an old car that you want to sell to a junkyard, but don’t have the title?

Normally, when you go to sell a vehicle to a dealership or a private buyer, you’d absolutely need to have a title to transfer to the other party as part of the proof of sale. If you don’t give it to them, then they wouldn’t be able to prove that they’re actually the owner of the car, nor would they be liable should anything happen to the car.

Some junkyards will buy a car without the title, however. In this post, we’re going to examine the process of selling your junk car to a junk car buyer and the ways in which you might be able to go through with a sale without the title.

We understand that, when it comes to older vehicles, you might not have all of the necessary documentation to make a traditional sale. That shouldn’t stop you from being able to sell your car, though, so keep reading and you’ll find out how to do it.

How to Replace a Title

The title of your car is the piece of paper that demonstrates ownership, so if you don’t have it, then there’s no real proof that you own the car. For some buyers, this might be a red flag because it throws the actual transaction into question. In certain situations, there are ways to replace a lost or stolen title.

The Bank Could Have the Title

If you’re still making payments on your car, the bank is actually the entity that possesses the title. Getting the title from the bank in order to sell the vehicle will require you to first pay off the remaining debt on the car.

Replacing a Missing Title

When you’ve got a lost, stolen or misplaced title, it’s actually quite easy to get a replacement one. You just have to have another form of proof that the car is yours and in your possession.

Just visit the local DMV and apply for a replacement title, which will involve a bit of paperwork and, more than likely, a small fee. Different states have different rules and regulations regarding the replacement of a missing title, so no two processes are identical and some states will make it quite hard to get a duplicate title.

Most likely, you’ll have to provide a vehicle identification number (VIN) to the DMV. When they punch in the number, so long as the vehicle shows up with you as the owner, then you should be able to obtain a replacement title.

If you can’t prove that the vehicle is actually yours, which is a fairly common occurrence due to some specific situations, then you’ll have to proceed with the sale of the car without a title. That’s where a junkyard or cash buyer will come into the picture.

Selling a Car Without a Title

Sometimes you end up with a car and you don’t know what to do with it. You may have one on your property that no one drives and you don’t have the title for because you inherited it from a family member or friend. These things happen, so you shouldn’t be punished when you try to go and sell it without the title. 

If a car is recognized as a salvage – meaning that the car isn’t fit to drive and repairs would cost more than the actual value of the car – options are limited for those without ownership titles. Obtaining a replacement title in these circumstances can be difficult because the car is dangerous to have on the road. In many states, it’s illegal to sell a car without a title.

Fortunately, there are junkyards and cash buyers that will go through with a transaction without a title. In this situation, as long as the owner has a copy of the vehicle registration, a driver’s license, and/or any other proof of ownership for assurance, these buyers will take the risk.

A junkyard will assess the worth of the car, given that it’s probably undrivable and you don’t have the title – and give you a cash offer that you can take or leave. If you don’t have the title and you just want to get rid of the car, this is the perfect option. It doesn’t matter what condition the car is in because they’re getting junked and sold for parts anyways.

How the Junk Car Process Works

The way that the junk car purchasing process works is actually quite simple. You visit our website at cashautosalvage.com, where you’ll find a junk car value calculator. Provide the year, make, model, and mileage of your vehicle and you’ll get an estimate of how much your car is worth to us. 

If you decide that you want to sell your car to us for cash, then contact us and we’ll walk you through the process. Basically, we’ll give you an official offer and schedule a time that works for you to come to pick up the car. When our driver arrives to pick up the junk car from your property, they’ll do an in-person assessment of the vehicle to ensure that it matches the description that you provided to us.

Once the car has gotten the okay, our driver will give you the cash that was agreed upon, load up the vehicle, and take it away. Since you don’t have the ownership title, you don’t have to worry about going through any of the paperwork to sell the vehicle. The process is simple and can be over within just a day or two, depending on your schedule. 

We’ll Buy a Car Without the Title

If you’re looking to sell a junk car without the title, look no further than Cash Auto Salvage. We’re a nationwide network of junk car buyers and we’ll buy any type of vehicle in any condition, no questions asked.

Visit our website today and, when you’re ready, contact us to tell us about your vehicle. We’ll come back with a cash offer and have that junk car off your property as soon as possible. The process is fast, easy, and friendly. 

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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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