What’s A Clunker?So, you have a junk car. Now what? There are a few different ways to get cash for your junk car, but first, what is a clunker? A salvage car or junk car is a vehicle that is badly damaged. A junk car can also be a vehicle that has been labeled as a total loss by an insurance company. Here’s the typical profile of a salvage vehicle or junk car: it’s an eyesore, and it spends more time sitting around than it does actually driving-probably because you’re too afraid to drive it. It may not even be drivable or safe to drive. It probably has quite a bit of mileage on it. In other words, it’s worth more for its parts than it is as a drivable vehicle.
Cash for ClunkersFirst, you’ll want to get your paperwork in order and assess its value. You can check Kelley Blue Book to get an accurate reading of your vehicle’s value. Each state varies on the paperwork required to get cash for clunkers, and you may also be required to fill out a damage disclosure statement.
Junk Car BuyersNext, you can contact your local salvage yards or junkyards to get a quote on your vehicle. Each junkyard has different regulations on how to sell a junk car, so you’ll want to ask about their process beforehand. Junk car buyers may require some or all of the following:
- Car Title
- Proof of Registration
- Damage Disclosure Statement
- A list of the damages, and the state of the vehicle (operable or not)
- Kelley Blue Book value or National Automobile Dealers Association value.