Many people feel reluctant about selling their end-of-life vehicles because they aren’t sure how the process of selling it works or what happens to the vehicle once it reaches the junkyard. Many junk vehicle removal services offer cash for junk cars (as long as you can show other documents to prove your ownership) making it a simple and straightforward process. Once the vehicle reaches the junkyard, the company recycles as much of it as possible. Most junkyards recycle 95 percent of the vehicles that arrive.
What Happens When You Sell A Junk Car
The selling process differs from firm to firm but usually goes like this:
While most dealers offer similar prices within the locality, the exact prices they offer may differ depending on the parts they need. They pay you based on how intact and functional your vehicle is. You should check your parts before negotiating. You should also contact multiple dealers to find the best deals.
Most junk car removal services will not do business with you unless you can show your car title to prove that you own the car. Some companies offer cash for junk cars with no title in Denver, on the condition that you show other documents like the car registration or license. They may also ask for details like the car’s make, year, model, etc. The company may check the VIN to verify the details you offer.
The transaction process differs from company to company. Some pay you the complete amount the day they come for towing. Some pay the partial amount initially and pay the rest later. You should opt for companies that offer the former transaction mode. The transaction also includes paperwork to transfer the car title to the company.
Most auto salvage yards offer free towing services but some either charge for them or require you to hire a towing company. When selling a junk car in Colorado, make sure that the company offers free towing.
You may need to notify your local DMV of the sale depending on your state laws. The auto salvage firm notifies the DMV to let future customers and repairmen know that they salvaged the vehicle if they check the VIN.
What Happens To The Junk Car
Here’s what happens to the vehicle once it arrives:
Once the tow truck brings the scrap car to the auto salvage yard, the company assesses it to determine whether they should pull it apart or sell it as a whole. The decision depends on the vehicle’s overall condition.
Repair And Sell
If your vehicle still works and/or just needs minor finetuning for smooth functioning, then the junkyard will make the necessary repairs and sell it as a whole. They may sell it to car dealers or people looking for second-hand vehicles.
If the company determines that the car’s cost after repairs are not worth the repairs then they will pull it apart for scrap components. But before they pull the vehicle apart, they need to remove the 50-60 gallons of fluids it has. These fluids include fuel, engine oil, antifreeze, etc. Most car fluids are recyclable after filtering. They sell the recycled fluids to service centers and dispose of unrecyclable fluids safely.
Pull Apart Vehicle
Once they drain all fluids, they begin pulling the vehicle apart and salvaging its parts.
Reusable Parts On Sale
Some parts may be intact and reusable. They sell these parts to auto repair companies so that they can make affordable repairs for their customers. They may also sell them to people looking for second-hand components.
Recycle Broken Parts
They recycle whatever is left behind. They separate metal, plastic, rubber and glass parts. Then they shred the parts and send them for recycling.
Dump Non-Recyclable Parts
While most junkyards can recycle most of the vehicle’s parts, some parts continue to elude them. E.g. the windshield may have a laminate layer over the glass that complicates the recycling process. These parts end up in certified landfills.
Now that you understand the basic process of selling a junk car in Denver and the recycling process at the junkyard, you can decide whether you want to contact a junk removal service or not.
Many people feel reluctant about selling their end-of-life vehicles because they aren’t sure how the process of selling it works or what happens to the vehicle once it reaches the junkyard.