How to find a reputable junkyard

So, you’re ready to sell your junk car. Congratulations on making the decision! Now that you know you’re ready to be rid of it, you’ve got a few options for selling it.

You could try selling your vehicle to a private buyer locally. Most people who opt for this route use an online classified website. Unfortunately, the success rate here is rather low. Why? Most private parties are in the market for a functional vehicle. They want something that’s in running condition, or at least nearly so. If you have an old junk that’s been totaled in an accident, or that needs major repairs (the cost of which actually exceed the vehicle’s value), you probably won’t have much luck selling it privately. Dealerships are another option, although you’re likely to have even worse luck than with an individual buyer.

Your remaining avenue, then, is to go through a junkyard or scrap yard buyer. If you’re one of the small number of people who are handy enough to go to an auto salvage yard, pick through the vehicles there, find a spare part that you need, and go home and use it to repair your own vehicle, you’re probably not intimidated by a junkyard. For the rest of us, though, the whole process of working with a scrap yard can be a bit mystifying. How do you know you can trust the price they quote you? Where is that number even coming from, anyway? Is this company trying to scam you?

We’ve put together a couple of straightforward tips to help you find a junkyard that you can trust. Read on to learn more.

Understand what you’ve got

Before you even call a junkyard, it’s important to realize something about your vehicle. While it may not be functional in its current condition, that doesn’t mean it’s worthless. No matter what kind of condition your vehicle is in, it’s definitely worth something. Even if every single part in it completely nonfunctional–which is very unlikely–it still holds value in the form of scrap metal.

This is important to recognize. If you call a scrap yard and they try to tell you your car is worthless, and you’ll need to pay them for the service of coming to tow it for you, they’re almost certainly trying to scam you. Move on to another business.

Ask how prices are calculated

When you call a scrap yard to get a quote for your vehicle, they’ll probably ask you for some basic information: your car’s year, make, model, and so on. Once they quote you a price, ask them how they arrived at it. If they’re failing to take your car’s condition into account, and your vehicle is in excellent shape, they’re probably not quoting you enough. It’s also worth asking if their pricing is based on the current scrap metal market. Any business that’s not paying the daily rate for scrap metal is operating in a less than professional way, and may be best avoided.

Check their reviews

One of the best ways to determine whether a junkyard is trustworthy or not is to check their reviews. There are a number of review sites out there, including Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, Google Reviews, and more. If the company has a website, see if any of their customers have left a review there. A reputable company will display its positive reviews proudly. If they fail to do so, or if you can’t find any customer reviews anywhere online, you’re better off trying another junkyard.

Junk Car Traders has one of the best reputations in the junk car industry, and our five star reviews prove it! We work with clients all over the country, from California to Georgia. Call us at 855-959-1325 to find out what your junk car is worth.


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