How to Scrap a Car That's Rusting Away in Your Driveway

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Does the old car that's sitting out in your driveway right now look so bad that it's taking a toll on the curb appeal of your home?

If so, it's time for you to do something about it. You can make your home look better—and free up some much-needed space in your driveway—by scrapping your old car and getting rid of it.

Not sure how to scrap a car? It's not nearly as hard as you might think. You can have someone come out to your home and haul your old car away for you in a matter of just a few days.

Here are the steps you'll need to take to scrap your car so that you don't have to look at it in your driveway anymore.

See Which Junk Car Buyers Operate in Your Area

To you, your old car might look like a hunk of junk that no one is going to want to buy. But that couldn't be any further from the truth!

In reality, there are plenty of companies out there that would be more than willing to take your car off your hands. There are actually more than 8,000 salvage businesses scattered all across the country right now.

Google the words "cash for junk cars" and your location to see which companies pop up. There's a good chance that you'll come across at least a dozen or so options that you can call on for help.

Visit the websites for some of these companies and see what they're all about. Try to gauge how long they've been in business and read up on their histories if you can.

Look to see which junk car buyers have received rave reviews from those in your community, too. You want to locate a company that will give you top dollar for your old car while making the selling process as simple as possible for you.

Obtain Offers for Your Junk Car From as Many Buyers as You Can

Once you've found a bunch of junk car buyers in your city or town, you can begin collecting offers for your junk car from them. It's pretty easy to do this within just a few minutes.

Years ago, you had to sit down and call all of the different junk car buyers to get offers from them. But these days, you can get offers by filling out forms on the websites for junk car buyers.

These forms will ask you to provide basic information about yourself and your car. They'll call for you to let a company know what kind of car you have, what year it was made, and how many miles it has on it.

From there, a junk car buyer will make you an offer for your old car. Often times, they'll give you an offer on the spot based on the info that you sent to them.

Accept the Offer That Looks the Best to You

In a perfect world, you should try to get anywhere from 10 to 15 offers from junk car buyers. The more offers you can get, the more likely you are to get a really great offer from a buyer.

You might be surprised to see how much the offers that you receive vary. It's not uncommon to see one junk car buyer offer $250 for a car and another one offering $700 for the same car.

It's why it's so important for you to bring in as many offers as you can. It'll allow you to get the most money for your car when you scrap it.

After you feel comfortable with the number of offers you've brought in, look through them and accept the best one.

Prepare to Sell Your Car to a Junk Car Buyer

Once you've accepted an offer from a junk car buyer, you might think you're done. But there is still a little more work to do.

You'll need to prepare to sell your car to the junk car buyer you've chosen. There are several steps you'll need to take to do this.

You can start by cleaning all your personal possessions out of your car. You don't necessarily need to vacuum the car out or anything, but you shouldn't leave any clothing, documents, or other possessions behind in it.

You can then remove the license plates from your old car and cancel the auto insurance policy that you have on it. You can also return the license plates to your local DMV so that they don't fall into the wrong hands.

Finally, you can move your old car to a place where it'll be easy for your junk car buyer to pick it up. Push it down to the end of your driveway so that they're able to get to it without a problem.

Sign the Title for Your Old Car Over to Your Junk Car Buyer

When your junk car buyer shows up to buy your old car from you, the only thing you should have to do is bring the title for your car out and sign it over to them.

This is the last step you'll need to take when you're trying to figure out how to scrap a car, but it's the most important. Without a title, you're not going to be able to sell your car to a junk car buyer. So look for it ahead of time and have it handy when they arrive.

Make Sure You Know How to Scrap a Car Before You Do It

As you've now seen, it's not difficult at all to sell an old car that's rusting away in your driveway. You can get good money for it in many cases as long as you know how to scrap a car.

The key is finding the right junk car buyer. As long as you're able to do that, you should be able to unload your car and collect a nice chunk of change for it.

Find out more about selling an old car by taking a look at the other articles right here on our blog.


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