Common Junk Yard Scams

Common Junk Yard Scams

Selling your older car to a junkyard is a great way to make some fast cash and help the environment by recycling your car. However, there is some research that needs to be done before you pass your car along to the junkyard. This is because some junkyards have a reputation for scamming customers. There are a few major scams you need to keep an eye out for. Some junkyards will lie to you and say that your car is worth nothing, then they will offer to tow your car away for free. Your car is always worth something due to the scrap metal so make sure you get paid the correct price for your automobile. Another common scheme is called the Bait-and-switch. This is when the junkyard will promise you one price on the phone and then offer you a significantly lower price once they see the car. If you refuse the lower price they will then try and make you pay a fee for the tow truck or for canceling. Lastly, sometimes junkyards will add on hidden fees in a bid to lower the amount of money they are paying for your car. They may add on administration fees, handling fees, or most common towing fees. The way to avoid this is by asking the person who is giving you the offer to break down the costs and fees for you. Overall, the best way to avoid being scammed is to do research on the yards. Read reviews and ask around to learn about other people’s experiences. 

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