How to Prepare Your Junk Car for Selling
Find all your documents
Before you are able to sell your junk car you must prove that you actually own it. Most junk car companies (at least the ones that are reputable) will not buy your car without the title. If you don’t actually own the car, for example, if you are borrowing it from a friend or family member, you have to obtain the title from the owner. Other documents you may not need, but should have on hand just in case, is your ID.
Do your own research
To be an educated seller it is important that you do your own research about your car before you contact a buyer. A good resource is Kelly Blue Book. You can enter information about your junk car into the site and learn more about its current value. Unfortunately, some shady junk car buyers may try and take advantage of uneducated buyers. Arm yourself with as much information as possible to give yourself the best shot at getting a good deal for your junk car.
Call around for prices
Once you have done some research and feel like you have enough information about your junk car it is time to call your local junk car buyers. Calling multiple buyers for prices is a great way to ensure you get the most money for your vehicle. If you’ve done enough research you will have a good idea of what a fair price is. Don’t get swindled by low-paying junk car buyers.
Clean the car out
Although it may seem trivial, cleaning out your car is an important step in preparing to sell to a junk car buyer. Start by going through all of the different compartments of the car including the cup holders and dashboard. You may find things in there you have forgotten about! It is also a good idea to go through the trunk and between the cracks of the seats. By thoroughly cleaning out your car you will be positive you haven’t left anything behind that you want to keep! If possible, clean out trash and other debris from the car. Making an effort to make the car look clean, even if it is a junk car, may help you get some more cash simply because it looks nice.