If you have a junk car that you want to get rid of and sell for cash, there are a few things that you are going to need to take care of before you are able to sell the car.
Make Sure You Can Prove Ownership
Just because a car has been sitting unused and un-driven in your driveway for months or years doesn't mean that you can just get rid of it however you like. You still have to be able to show that you are the owner to the vehicle.
The easier way to do this is by making sure that you have a copy of the title for the vehicle. If you can't find the title for the vehicle, you need to go to your state's Department of Motor Vehicles or Secretary of State in order to establish ownership of your vehicle.
Junk yards and junk car buyers cannot accept your vehicle, no matter what condition it is in, if they cannot establish who legally owns the vehicle.
Determine the Value of Your Vehicle
Just because your vehicle is what you define as a piece of junk does not mean that your vehicle does not have any value. Your vehicle may still have a degree of value. First, you need to figure out if your car still runs. If your vehicle doesn't run, or doesn't run properly, make sure that you have a mechanics report that explains what parts on your vehicle don't work. When you are selling an old and damaged vehicle, the parts that are working on your vehicle, as well as the metal on your vehicle, are where most of the value of the vehicle is held.
Figure out what your vehicle is worth. You may be able to use an online tool to achieve this goal, or you can call a variety of junkyards and junk car buyers, tell them the condition of your vehicle, and see what they value it at.
Find a Buyer
Take your time to find a buyer. Call the junk yards and junk car buyers in your town and in nearby towns to figure out where you can get the best deal for your vehicle. If your vehicle does not run anymore, try to also find a dealership that is willing to pick-up and tow away the vehicle without charging you anything for the service or reducing the money that you get for the vehicle. Many dealerships are used to owners putting up their used cars for sale and can make the process smooth and easy.
Before you try to sell a junk car, make sure that you can clearly establish ownership of the car, preferable through the title. Research the value of the car, and then take your time to find a buyer who is willing to offer you the right amount of cash and is willing to pick up the vehicle if it doesn't run properly.