How to Get Rid of Your Junk Car—and Get Paid for It

So, you have a junk car sitting on your property. Maybe it’s taking up precious garage space. Maybe it’s rusting away in the middle of your driveway. Either way, it’s a nuisance. It’s an eyesore. And it’s high time you get rid of it.

You may be thinking it’s more trouble than it’s worth to get rid of that old junker. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only a painless and effortless process. It can even be profitable.

As professional junk car buyers, we at Imperial Towing Inc know a thing or two about selling a junk car. Here’s how you can get rid of yours fast—and get paid in cash for it.

1. Find a Reputable Junk Car Buyer

First things first: You need to find a reputable junk car buyer in your local area.

Many towing companies, scrapyards, and similar businesses will have some sort of cash-for-cars program. Look for one with a solid reputation who will show up on time and give you a fair deal.

You can ask your neighbors for some word-of-mouth recommendations. But the internet can be just as good of a resource, if not better. Go to Google and search “cash for junk cars near me” to see who serves your local area.

Look through the results and find a company with a high rating and numerous Google reviews, so you know you’ve picked a good one.

Finding a reputable junk car buyer will save you time, stress, and effort. It’ll also provide peace of mind, since you can feel confident you’re dealing with a professional. At Imperial Towing Inc., we’ve built a longstanding reputation by showing up on time, providing friendly, honest service, and always giving a fair quote on every transaction. We think that’s just what any junk car buyer worth their salt should do.

2. Contact the Buyer

Once you’ve settled on a buyer, it’s time to get in touch with them.

You may need to call or fill out a contact form. Visit their website, find their phone number, and call them. Alternatively, you may be able to contact them via direct message or email. See what options are available on their website and go from there.

At Imperial Towing Inc, we like to let our customers decide how they want to contact us. Whether it’s by calling us, emailing us, or messaging us online, we respond to all inquiries in a timely manner.

3. Request an Estimate

When you contact the buyer, be sure to include some information about your vehicle so they can follow up with an estimate of how much they’ll pay you. Key details include:

  • Your vehicle’s year, make, and model
  • Your vehicle’s condition (whether it’s driveable or not)
  • Any missing or damaged parts (wheels, suspension, tires, etc.)

With that, the buyer should be able to give you a preliminary estimate on how much they’ll pay for the vehicle. You can expect a final quote once they see the vehicle in person.

At this point, don’t be afraid to solicit multiple estimates from different buyers. Shop around so you can get the best bang for your buck.

Want to learn more about how much your junk car’s worth? Read our post: 5 Factors That Determine Your Junk Car’s Value.

4. Schedule the Transaction

Once you receive an estimate you’re willing to accept, it’s time to schedule an appointment and close the deal.

Your buyer will need to meet with you to inspect your vehicle, pay you for it, and tow it away. Most junk car companies will have fairly flexible scheduling, so think about what works best for you. At Imperial Towing Inc, we offer weekend service and by-appointment availability to ensure even the busiest folks can take advantage of our cash-for-cars program.

Important: Have Your Title Ready

On the day of your appointment, there’s not much you have to prepare. But there is one thing you need to make sure you have: the title of your vehicle. With it, you can settle the trade then and there without worrying about mounting paperwork. If you don’t have it, the transaction process gets a little more complicated.

Don’t worry, though: If you can’t find your title on the day of your appointment, the buyer will still most likely have no problem removing your junk car. You’ll just need to provide your title at a later date to finish the transaction.

5. Accept The Offer, Get Cash in Hand

Once the buyer arrives and inspects the vehicle in question, they’ll give you a final offer, which you can either accept or decline. Unless they discover something extremely wrong with the vehicle, this final offer shouldn’t be much different from the original estimate they provided when you first got in touch.

Once you accept the offer, you and the buyer will need to finalize the transaction. Expect to sign a few forms and sign off the title of your vehicle before receiving your cash payment.

6. Leave the Rest to the Buyer

What’s next to expect? Nothing on your end! Once you receive your payment, the buyer will then tow your vehicle away back to their premises. Depending on whether the vehicle is salvageable, the buyer may either repair and recommission the vehicle, or sell it for scrap parts. Either way, it’s out of your hands. All you’ll have to worry about is what to do with your new lump sum of cash.

Looking for a Reputable Junk Car Buyer in the Tampa Bay Area?

Look No Further Than Imperial Towing Inc.

Are you looking for a junk car buyer in the Tampa Bay area? Imperial Towing Inc has you covered. We’re proud to be Tampa’s top junk car vendor, offering competitive bids on all makes and models, no matter their age or condition. Whatever type of rust bucket you have kicking around, you can rest assured: We’ll buy it in cash and at a fair price.

Want to learn how much your junk car is worth? Call us at (813) 900-6024 today to get a free quote.