Whether your vehicle has been totaled in a collision or is old and on its last legs, taking it to a salvage yard is an excellent way to get it off of your hands in exchange for some extra cash. Salvage yards can recycle junk cars and either get them back into working order or scrap them for parts, which can be reused for use in other vehicles. Before you take your vehicle to a salvage yard, here’s what you need to do to prepare.
3 Steps to Prepare a Car for the Salvage Yard
1.. Be Prepared to Discuss Damage History
The salvage yard will need to evaluate the car’s condition to determine the price. To do this, they’ll need to know about the vehicle’s history, particularly if it’s been affected by a flood or fire, as damage from these incidents is not always immediately visible. They’ll then give you a quote based on how much work they’ll need to do to get the car or its components back in working order.
2. Have the Title Ready
You’ll need to prove you’re the legal owner of the car to sell it, which means providing the salvage yard with your title. Reputable salvage yards don’t buy junk cars without a valid title. Also, to finalize the sale, you’ll need to sign over the title. Otherwise, you’ll be liable for anything that happens involving the vehicle even if it’s no longer in your possession.
3. Remove Personal Items
Whether you’ve stored a few items, like insurance cards and a cellphone charger, or used your car as a mini storage facility, you’ll need to remove everything before selling it to a salvage yard. Also, remove the license plates. These are connected to you and are considered a personal item; you can reuse them on a new car if you wish. Also, remove any costly upgrades, like GPS navigation systems or stereos, that you want to transfer to another vehicle.
If you’re the owner of a junker in the Barkhamsted, CT, area, take it to Stewart’s Used Auto Parts, Litchfield County’s most reputable salvage yard. In addition to offering cash for cars, they’re also your go-to for quality used auto parts, from tail lights to transmissions. If you can’t get your junk car safely to the facility, they’ll even pick it up for you. Call (860) 379-7541 to speak with a friendly team member or visit the website to learn more about their services.