How to Junk a Car in California

Did you total your car? Did our old, decrepit car sputter out and you're wondering what to do with it? 

If you are wondering how to junk a car for cash in California we've got you covered.  Junk car prices are near an all-time high because of the increasing demand for scrap metal and parts. CarScrappers can turn your clunker into cash fast!

We make junking your car EASY. With our online tool, you'll know how much your junk car is worth in a few minutes. 

Here are 10 steps to junk a car for cash in California, whether you're new to automotive recycling or an experienced industry veteran.

How to sell junk cars for cash in California summary
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    Here is how to sell junk cars for cash in California

    1. Gather the vehicle’s documents, if you have them.

    You’ll need the title to junk your car in California. If you don’t have one, you can get a duplicate from the DMV. You’ll also need the Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability. We’re here for you if you have questions.

    2. Find a junk car buyer in California

    If you live in California and you have a junk car, there are a couple ways to sell it but remember this process of selling a junk car is going to be different than selling a used car. That said, you can call a local junkyard, post it on Craigslist (which can be risky), or use an online service like CarScrappers that can help you get the best offer possible for your junk car.

    3. Get offers

    Once you have your list of junk car buyers in California, you can start soliciting offers. Many of these operators will ask you to call in and wait on hold to get your offer. However, CarScrappers will give you a quick online quote for your junk car, and if you like the price we offer you, can arrange to have the vehicle removed ASAP.

    4. Accept an offer

    After receiving various offers on your junk car, it's time to choose one. Find an offer that you are comfortable with and agree to it! Don't accept multiple offers, though. It's bad business and just not cool to accept multiple offers if you have no intention of selling to them. 

    5. Schedule junk car removal

    It's time to set up your junk car removal. While other companies will keep you waiting, at CarScrappers you'll receive all the information you need to contact your carrier plus be told exactly wh.en to expect their call. You can schedule to remove your junk car at a time that's most convenient for you, and you'll be in control of the entire process from start to finish.

    6. Clean out your car

    Just pick up all your loose change, sunglasses, books, and anything else you don't want sold.  Don't bother vacuuming your junk car out. That doesn't matter when you're junking your car for cash.

    7. Remove the license plates

    In California, you can junk a car without having to surrender the license plates. All you have to do is take off the license plates and let your DMV know that the vehicle has been junked by filling out a Notice of Disposition.

    8. Sign over the vehicle title

    You have the option of simply signing over your junk car title to CarScrappers. Our team will walk you through the process. This helps you avoid most of the hassles that come with selling a junk car privately. .

    9. Cancel your car insurance

    Now that your junk car doesn't have any plates on it, it's time to cancel the insurance. This is a simple process, just call your insurance agent and let them know about the situation.

    10. Sell your junk car for cash

    Now you're ready to get rid of your junk car for cash. When the tow truck or flatbed arrives, the driver will confirm you own the vehicle. Then, you'll give them the title and watch them hook it up for safe removal. 

    Who buys junk cars in California?

    If you don't know how to look for them, finding a buyer for your junk car in California can be frustrating. Here are the places that will buy your junk car in California:

    • CarScrappers
    • Local salvage yards, wrecking yards, and auto junkyards
    • Cash for cars services online

    CarScrappers pays cash for junk cars across California

    CarScrappers pays cash for junk cars across the entire state of California. We frequently pick up junk cars in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and Fresno. And this is just a partial list!

    As junk car buyers in California, we travel all over the state to pick up totaled cars, junk cars, decrepit cars, salvage cars, vehicles that have mechanical issues, older junk cars, various clunkers, and you name it. We offer free removal from your specified location, and we'll give you your very best cash offer in just 1-2 minutes and sell your car within 1-2 days.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much are junk cars worth in California?

    The value for any junk car can vary, depending on:

    1. Vehicle type
    2. Condition of your junk car
    3. Age
    4. How much the junk car's recyclable parts are worth
    5. The vehicle's scrap metal worth

    There has never been a better time to junk your car in California! Parts and scrap metal are in very high demand, which means you get top dollar!

    Do you need a title to junk a car in NC?

    Yes. If you’ve lost your title, you can easily get a duplicate title before selling it to us. 

    Should I sell my car parts separately?

    Yes, but should you? Most people think removing a junk car's engine, alternator, and catalytic converter themselves is too much work! But if you decide to, we recommend that you first find a buyer for the parts, for example, mechanics that work on old cars or scrap yards. Just remember junk car buyers in California buy junk cars FOR the parts, so disassembling yours could severely lower any offer.

    Best place to junk cars for cash in North Carolina?

    Selling a junk car can be a hassle but it doesn't have to be! We pay top dollar, have a streamlined process for sellers like you, and the best customer service. 

    With parts and scrap metal prices at an all-time high, it's the perfect time to junk your car for cash in California. CarScrappers will pay you every penny you deserve and take it off your hands!