Selling a junk car can be a bit daunting. More often than not, you’ve already been through quite a bit of stress with the vehicle. It’s needed repairs on an increasingly frequent basis for months (or even years), and you’ve finally reached a point where you’ve had it. It’s time to get rid of it, and get something newer and better.
The question remains, though: how do you sell it? Who’s going to want it? You have a few options available to you, each with its own pro’s and con’s. Let’s take a look at each, and determine which makes the most sense for trying to sell your clunker.
Online classifieds websites
If your car’s in good enough shape, it’s possible to sell it via an online classified site like Craigslist. On the one hand, this might sound like a great option: you can get a nice chunk of cash for your old clunker, and the whole thing can be done and over with in a matter of days. Right?
Unfortunately, that’s not how selling a junk car online generally goes. Sure, if your car is fairly new and in excellent running condition, it’s possible to sell it via a classifieds site. The process isn’t so easy, though. First, you’ll need to take great photos of your vehicle. That means detailing it first, inside and out, so that it look spectacular in the pictures. Then, you’ve got to write a stellar description that entices potential buyers.
Finally, you’ll likely get a flood of calls, texts, and emails. The only problem is that 90% of them will come from scammers. Sadly, the reality of online classifieds these days is that scam artists are everywhere. And, the older your vehicle is, the more likely you are to hear from scammers rather than legitimate buyers. In fact, if you have a junk car, it’s rare to hear from a real potential buyer. So, in the end, you’ll have spent countless hours trying to sell your car, but won’t have anything to show for it.
We mention dealerships here only in passing. If you have an old junk car, a dealer isn’t going to be interested in it. They already pay next to nothing for relatively new vehicles: with a junk car, they’ll just give you a flat out “no,” or else offer you pennies. Dealerships are best avoided when it comes to selling a junk car.
Scrap yards and junkyards
On the one hand, calling up a scrap yard or junkyard might seem like a good idea. They buy rusted out old vehicles all the time, right? The issue here, unfortunately, is that the junk car world is full of scammers. Junkyards will frequently offer you one price over the phone for your vehicle, and then try to change it at the last minute. In lieu of this, they’ll tack on hidden fees to the transaction, or even try to charge you to tow your junk car. In the end, you may actually lose money trying to deal with a junkyard or scrap yard.
Professional junk car buyer
Far and away, your best option when selling your junk car is to call a professional junk car buyer like Junk Car Traders. We work nationwide with a network of auto parts buyers and scrap metal professionals, which allows us to pay top dollar for older, “junky” vehicles like yours. Our customer service is top notch (take a look at our five star reviews), and we can pay you cash for your old clunker in less than 24 hours. Don’t waste your time dealing with online ads, dealers, scrap yards, or junkyards: just call Junk Car Traders, and you’ll have cash in your hand before you know it!