When it’s time to sell an old car in Fort Myers, FL, it’s worth taking a moment to strategize about getting the best deal. Selling a clunker to a salvage yard is a good idea and it’s an easy way to get rid of an old car that’s just sitting around, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the most cash you can.
Do Your Homework
Your homework calls into three categories: info, valuables, and paperwork.
You’re going to need some basic info about your car to start. Jot down the make, model, and year of the car, as well as its mileage. You’ll also want some info about its condition. Does it have all its original parts? Does it run? Has it been wrecked or totaled?
Now that you’ve got the basics, you need to ask yourself if there’s anything particularly valuable about the car. Salvage companies make money by salvaging what they can from your vehicle. There are two basic kinds of salvage yards: one type almost exclusively makes money by selling their vehicles for scrap metal, while the other type also sells components of the vehicle as well. For example, U Pull N Save is a self-serve lot. Our 6-acre site contains hundreds of cars that customers can search to find the used car parts they need. We will sell every piece of the car we can and then salvage the rest for scrap metal.
- If your car has value beyond the metal (GPS navigation system, leather seats, intact windows, newish tires, etc.), make a note of these items. You can remove these items yourself and try to sell them on your own, or you can see what the salvage yard will give for the car with these items intact. Selling them on your own might seem lucrative, but it’s a hassle and it may not be worth it. If you do decide to remove valuable items, be sure to let the scrap yard know so they can provide an accurate estimate based on what’s left.
- If your car is pretty much a useless pile of metal, which some are, the yard will determine the value of a car by its weight or tonnage since that’s a good indicator of the quantity of metal involved.
The last bit of homework you need to do is collect the paperwork. You’re going to need the title and registration and you’re also going to want to have insurance info handy so you can cancel the policy as soon as the car is gone. The team at U Pull N Save can help if you have questions about title transfers, missing titles, or any other related issues.
Do Your Research
Spending an hour or so on the phone getting estimates from various yards will help you get an idea of what your car is worth. Be sure to have your homework in hand so you can provide accurate information. And be sure to ask specifically about the yard’s towing policy, so you’ll know whether towing is included or requires a separate fee. If the car is drivable, you can save money by driving it to the yard yourself.
Call U Pull N Save
We’re confident we offer the best deals on cars scrapped for cash in Florida. We buy all cars in all conditions. Call us today to find out how much cash you can get for your old car.