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Car Disposal: How to Get Rid of Your Old Car

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Have you recently inherited a vehicle that will take the place of your old car? Maybe you’re moving to an area that doesn’t require a personal car or simplifying your life. Whatever it is, you need to get rid of your old mode of transportation. 

Selling the vehicle might be an option if it is newer, has low miles, and has been well-maintained. However, many people find the offers made are unfair and a bit too low. 

This leaves you with the option of car disposal. We’re going to explain what it is, what to expect, and how to do it–keep reading for more information! 

The Myth of No Money 

Many people view junking a car as a last resort, making little to no money. This is not at all the case and depending on the age, mileage, and maintenance of your vehicle, the scrap yard may offer a price that can’t be beaten. 

The price offered is based on a number of categories, including if your car is fixable, the overall condition, whether the car able to be sold for parts, or if it is simply a hunk of metal. Even if your vehicle ends up as scrap metal, it may still be a better deal than attempting to sell it.  

Choosing to donate your old vehicle is also an option many people overlook. Although this option may not net you a lump sum of cash immediately, it can be great for deductions during tax season. 

Prior to Pick Up Cars

If you do choose to have your car scrapped, the car disposal company may offer to tow the vehicle away for free. This does not mean you get a free pass to leave trash in the car. You will need to remove all personal items and trash in your car before it can be hauled away. 

Additionally, some companies will require proof that you own the car by providing the title, registration, and license with a matching name. Certain junking companies are more flexible than others and may not require these documents.

Depending on the nature of the company, the vehicle may need to start and the tires may need to be functional.

Before agreeing to a price and a pick-up, confirm whether or not each requirement is or can be met. 

Car Disposal Made Easy

In order to get the best price for your old car, it is important to call several companies and be honest about the condition of your car. Some car disposal services do not care about the condition while others want to know for possible resale value. 

Some junk/scrap yards are less than honest and do not follow environmentally responsible policies. Because of this, confirm with the scrapping company that they follow local environmental requirements and are licensed to run the business. 

If you are curious about what happens to your vehicle after disposal, check out this post to learn about the recycling and scrapping process!