How to Junk a Car in Illinois

So you need to sell your junk car for cash in a hurry? We've all been there, and we have good news. It can be done quickly and may be easier than you think.

We've purchased thousands of old clunkers in Illinois, so we know all the ins and outs of the industry.

CarScrappers is here to make the junk car selling process easy for you. Let's walk you through 10 steps to junk a car for cash in Illinois in the smoothest way possible, no matter your experience level with auto recycling.

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    Here is how to sell junk cars in Illinois

    1. Gather all your vehicle’s documents

    Don't have your title? It happens! Don't fret. The good news is, you can still sell your junk car without the vehicle title in Illinois. Just keep in mind that it might be a little harder and you might have to accept a lower offer. A replacement title will cost you about $50 but increases your payout by $80 on average.

    2. Look for a junk car buyer in Illinois

    When looking for someone who buys junk cars in Illinois, it is not the same as if you were selling a used car. We'll cover this in more detail, below. But, no matter what, you still have many options in Illinois, like local junkyards, websites that offer cash for cars, and sites like CarScrappers.

    3. Get offers from several buyers

    The next step is to solicit offers from places that buy junk cars. CarScrappers makes this easy. You can either place a short call or use our online tool which gives you the cash value of your junk car in less than 2 minutes. Others require you to call and negotiate with someone.

    4. Pick the best offer

    The next step is to take your pick of offers and accept the best one that brings you  the most cash value for your junk car. Just remember to only accept an offer if you're 100% sure you want to sell that junk car. Don't lead a buyer on; that's just a waste of time for you both.

    5. Schedule junk car removal at your convenience

    We'll arrange a junk car removal plan that works for you and then hand off your junk car to our carrier, so you can get paid! With CarScrappers, it's your car and we want you to be in control. That's why we keep you in the loop and let you know when and where to expect your carrier.

    6. Clean your stuff out of your car

    Make sure to remove all your valuables from the vehicle first like music players, pet carriers, loose coins, etc. Junk car buyers don't care, however, how clean it is or if you've washed the interior.

    7. Keep the license plates

    Illinois doesn't require you to surrender your plates from a junk car, so feel free to hang on to the memories or throw them out in the recycling bin!

    8. Sign over the vehicle title

    You'll need to get an Illinois junking certificate or junk title. We can help you with this. Junk certificates and junk titles aren't the same thing as vehicle title or salvage auto. With salvage car titles, you can rebuild the car and put it back on the road whereas once a car is junked, you can never put it back on the road.

    9. Cancel your car insurance

    If you're selling your junk car for cash in Illinois, there's no need to worry about insurance anymore. Just call your agent and cancel that policy soon.

    10. Sell your junk car for cash

    When our driver arrives, he will hook up your junk car safely and securely to his tow truck or flatbed. Then he’ll ask you to sign over your title so that we can transfer ownership of your vehicle from you to us. That's it!

    Who buys junk cars in Illinois?

    Don't know where to sell your junk car? Here are the places to sell junk cars in Illinois:

    • CarScrappers
    • Local auto junkyards, salvage yards and wrecking yards
    • Online cash for cars services

    CarScrappers pays cash for junk cars across Illinois

    Some of our top areas in Illinois include Peoria, Rockford, Elgin, Chicagoland, and Aurora, plus many more! Our team purchases junk cars all across the state - totaled cars, decrepit junk cars, vehicles with mechanical issues, older junk cars, salvage cars, and everything else.

    And we're fast! Get your best offer in 1-2 minutes to sell your car in 1-2 days with free junk car removal from your residence or a business.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much are junk cars worth in Illinois?

    When you're looking to sell your junk car, there are a few things to consider:

    1. Age
    2. Condition
    3. Vehicle type
    4. Value of scrap metal
    5. Value of recyclable parts

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

    No. Only salvage cars that are still able to be driven on the road require titles. If your vehicle doesn’t run or can’t be driven safely, it's considered a junk car and you don’t need a title to sell it to us.

    Should I sell my car parts separately?

    You might be able to. However, you probably shouldn't since disassembling a junk car is so time-consuming. If you decide to go this route, though, we advise finding a buyer like a local scrap yard or somebody that works on older cars that might be interested in your catalytic converter, alternator, or engine.

    Generally, junk car buyers like CarScrappers buy vehicles FOR their parts. So if you remove junk car parts and sell them yourself, your offer from us will decrease, sometimes by a large amount.

    Best place to junk cars for cash in Illinois?

    Our process is better and safer than putting an ad on Craigslist or taking it to the junkyard yourself.

    If you want to sell your junk car for cash in Illinois, you should check out CarScrappers easy online selling tool! In 1-2 minutes, you'll have a quote. In as little as 1-2 days, we can be picking up your car and you'll be paid!