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How to Sell a Salvaged Car

Sometimes Salvaged Cars still have parts worth money...

Generally speaking, vehicles get damaged through accidents, floods, being vandalised or through any other means. When this happens, it might not make economic sense to restore the vehicle to a working condition, in some cases, the owner may just want to do away with the vehicle and get a new one. Such vehicles are referred to as a “salvaged car”. It should be noted that not all vehicles that are tagged the salvage title are actually worthless, in some cases, these vehicles are tagged salvage cars because the insurance companies wrote them off. Some of these cars can actually be repaired and reused.

Salvaged cars are an inexpensive option for shoppers who are shopping on a tight budget as you can get a salvaged vehicle for around $1000 or even less. However, this depends on lots of factors. Before selling a salvaged car, sellers must be familiar with the laws governing selling salvaged cars in each state of the US because some states have very strict laws. For example, in the state of Utah, auto sellers are required to provide a written document notifying prospective buyers the branded status of the vehicle before the commencement of price negotiation. When this is not done, it is considered an offence punishable by fines.

Types of Damages

Salvage vehicles have not always been involved in collusions. There are various types of damages that might have happened to a vehicle before it is tagged the salvage title. Here is a quick rundown;

  • Damage from Hail: These are vehicles that were damaged by hail, (hardened snow that falls like ice). In most cases of this type of damage, the wind shield is destroyed and the interior is affected.
  • Damage from Flood: Flood can also cause significant damage to vehicles that makes them tagged as salvage. This is very common when there is a natural disaster like a hurricane or a tsunami. Depending on the level of the flood, it may affect the electronic components of the vehicle and the fabrics.
  • Theft Recovery: when stolen vehicles are not recovered after a long period of time, (21 days as in some states) the insurance company may write off the vehicle and pay the owner of the vehicle. If the vehicle is eventually found, the insurance company may sell it to a salvager who may replace any missing part. Here are some states that issue the salvage title to recovered vehicles. They are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Oklahoma.
  • Non-Repairable: A vehicle that is so badly damaged that cannot be repaired gets this title. Some states refer to them as Junk title. Although this may not be a salvage title, it is worth knowing as you might come across a vehicle that falls in this category. Vehicles in this category either goes under the crusher or they are disassembled while valuable and functional components are removed.
  • Vandalism:  If a vehicle is damaged by vandals, it might get a salvage title. Damages could result from the wind shield being sprayed, the vehicle might be overturned or the chassis and wind shield being severely damaged.

How To Sell A Salvage Car

Depending on the extent of damage, salvaged vehicles can easily be sold off as in some cases, it is the preferred choice for individuals who are on a tight budget. Salvaged vehicles can be sold by the owner or agents. If the latter is the case, the owner receives a lower amount of money as the agent charges commissions for every single detail involved in the selling process. Here are some steps that is involved in selling a car with a salvage title.

  • The first step involved in this process is to make sure the vehicle is inspected by a certified mechanic from ASE, (Automotive Service Excellence). The mechanic is to make sure that all repairs that were made to the vehicle were properly done. This service costs about $80 and all documents relating to this inspection must be kept for future reference. Salvaged vehicles can be sold without repairs, but their value are significantly lesser as compared to when it is repaired. Without the vehicle being repaired, your best option might be to sell to a salvage firm or a junk yard.

  • The next step is to have the vehicle extensively washed. This would cost about $25 to $100 depending on the extent to which you want attention to be paid to details. A deluxe-type car wash would serve this purpose.

  • Next, post an advert in your local daily newspaper or on Craigslist. Attach a price tag and do not mention the salvage title in your advert. Your price should be comparatively lower than that of other vehicles that have a clean title. Sit back, relax and expect incoming phone calls.

  • When prospective buyers come for inspection, make sure you inform the buyer that the vehicle has a salvage title. Show the buyer evidence of recent repairs you made on the vehicle, allow them to go for a test drive and also visit their mechanic if they want to as that is a reasonable request. At the end, if the client is comfortable with the vehicle, payments can be made. As a seller, you can collect cash or cheque depending on your preference. Make sure that any bill of sale with respect to the salvage title is signed by the buyer.

Assuming you choose not to repair the vehicle, here are some steps you can take in selling it off.

  • When posting an advert, mention the salvage status of the vehicle so prospective clients are not disappointed when they come for inspection. Alternatively, your adverts can be posted in forums related to salvage vehicles. Make sure you post in forums that have targeted audience, do not resort to spamming out of desperation to sell of your vehicle as spammers are not welcome in most forums.

  • You can sell your salvaged vehicle at auctions, you can also sell them off online at eBay which is a very popular site for auctioning items. You can also give your vehicle to agents or search for companies online that will allow you list your vehicle on their site so you can have more publicity. You may ask what is the difference between selling at auctions and selling through an agent. Basically they are the same. The agent takes a commission from the sale of your vehicle but at the auction, you can set a minimum price for which you want the vehicle sold.

  • The last resort to selling your salvaged vehicle is to sell them to the junk yard. This option should only be considered if all other alternatives have failed. The value recovered from this sale is always less as compared to the value recovered from other methods mentioned above. Make some phone calls to some scrap yards in your locality to get the best price available for your vehicle, make a choice and have them come tow your vehicle.

In summary, salvage vehicles have salvage value, this value can be optimised when the seller makes the right decision and exercises a little bit of patience. Before sending that salvage car of yours to the scrap yard, please make sure that you have explored all options with respect to redeeming the salvage value.

Here is a list of some of the companies in U.S.A that buy salvaged cars:

Autocash - Gefauto
125 Rue du Faubourg de Bretagne, Péronne 80200
Tel: +33 3 22 85 85 85

1 Av. Benoît Frachon, Reims 51100
Tel: +33 3 20 34 42 00

Master Auto Services
139 Latymer Road, London N9 9PN
Tel: +44 771 812 8473

Cash for Junk Cars
10312 Baseline Road, Little Rock, AR 72209
Tel: +1 (833) 306-1050

Cash For Cars-Pike Enterprises
6021 Park Avenue, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901
Tel: +1 (501) 520-1099

Cash for Cars Auto Recycling
9321 116 Street, Delta, BC V4C 5X1
Tel: +1 604-725-3937

Cash for Cars
8955 Paseo De La Fuente Norte, San Diego, CA 92154
Tel: +1 (619) 816-0007

Cash For Cars - Van Nuys
7519 Woodman Ave Ste B, Van Nuys, CA 91405
Tel: +1 (818) 939-0472

Cash for Junk Cars
13864 Foothill Blvd Lot #B, Sylmar, CA 91342
Tel: +1 (818) 849-1463

So-Cal Cash For Junk Cars
1537 W Olympic Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640
Tel: +1 (323) 920-5865

Junk Car Cash
54813 Market Street Suite #4, San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: +1 (415) 243-7484

SoCal Cash 4 Cars
15275 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon, CA 92021
Tel: +1 (619) 250-0385

A47 Cash 4 Cars
The Causeway, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE6 0QL
Tel: +44 148 027 8970

Cash for Cars
10 Morriss Street, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 5DX
Tel: +44 173 334 7816

Tito’s Cash For Cars
6270 W Jefferson Pl., Lakewood, CO 80226
Tel: +1 (303) 578-4106

Colorado Cash For Cars Towing And Hauling LLC
4328 N Co Road 19, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Tel: +1 (970) 219-3667

Junk Car Boys - Cash For Cars
4955 Miller St Suite 201D, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Tel: +1 (303) 261-8248

Cash For Cars - Denver South
8300 Blakeland Dr suite B, Littleton, CO 80125
Tel: +1 (303) 351-1923

EZ Cash For Cars
2811 S Logan Street, Englewood, CO 80113
Tel: +1 (303) 900-0723

Cash for Cars
2595 W Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80219
Tel: +1 (720) 316-7241

Denver Auto Recyclers & Cash for Junk Cars
5503 Logan Ct, Denver, CO 80216
Tel: +1 (720) 404-5484

Auto Recycling Denver - Cash For Cars
Serving Colordo Springs and Nearby Areas, CO
Tel: +1 (720) 541-9407

Cash For Cars - Hartford
138 Christian Ln Ste B, New Britain, CT 06051
Tel: +1 (860) 222-0290

Fast Cash For Junk Cars
Serving the Washington Area, Washington, DC
Tel: +1 (800) 776-8694

Cash For Cars
Serving the Washington Area, Washington, DC
Tel: +1 (888) 695-5344

Cash for cars Delaware
22573 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973
Tel: +1 (302) 236-1616

Cash For Cars
2110 Marsh Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
Tel: +1 (302) 507-8780

Cash for Cars
116 S Dupont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720
Tel: +1 (302) 981-8739

Top Cash
12 Jeffcut Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6XN
Tel: +44 124 549 2907

We Buy Junk Cars Cash
7221 SW 14th Street, Miami, FL 33144
Tel: +1 (305) 316-4221

Junk Cars Cash Doral
1543 NW 79th Avenue, Miami, FL 33126
Tel: +1 (305) 720-2778
17421 E Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32820
Tel: +1 (407) 491-8004

Scrap Money - Cash for junk cars
413 Edmund Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Tel: +1 (941) 586-8214

Cash for Junk Cars St. Petersburg FL
5560 35th Way N, St. Petersburg, FL 33714
Tel: +1 (727) 900-1806

We Pay Cash for Used Cars
4105 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
Tel: +1 (813) 279-8453

Cash For Cars Ft. Lauderdale
1250 Riverland Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Tel: +1 (954) 934-3772

Cash For Junk Car Inc
1130 NE 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Tel: +1 (954) 466-9911

JP'S Towing Cash for Junk Cars
Savannah, GA 31420
Tel: +1 (912) 344-8405

Serving the Georgia Area., GA
Tel: +1 (678) 760-1726

Cash for Cars
91-080 Hanua Street, Kapolei, HI 96707
Tel: +1 (808) 499-9909

Cash For Cars
91-542 Awakumoku St Ste B, Kapolei, HI 96707
Tel: +1 (808) 818-2087

Cash 4 cars
94-233 Leonui Street, Waipahu, HI 96797
Tel: +1 (808) 853-4315

Cash For Cars - Des Moines
3300 Vandalia Rd suite B, Des Moines, IA 50317
Tel: +1 (515) 412-3298

Junk Cars For Cash Idaho
Serving the State of Idaho, ID
Tel: +1 (208) 779-8175

Cash For Cars - Boise
3716 N Middleton Road Ste. B, Nampa, ID 83651
Tel: +1 (208) 821-3446

Scrap A Car For Cash Canterbury
Ashford Road, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7HF
Tel: +44 122 764 8104

Cash for Cars
131 W Dennis Ave Street, Olathe, KS 66061
Tel: +1 (913) 594-0992

Cash For Cars
801 E Northview Street, Olathe, KS 66061
Tel: +1 (913) 271-9406

Cash For Cars
Serving the Kansas Area, KS
Tel: +1 (913) 271-9406

Junk Car Cash
6007 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66111
Tel: +1 (913) 717-4040

Cash for junk cars
6101 Kansas Avenue Suite 208, Kansas City, KS 66111
Tel: +1 (913) 307-9795

Cash For Cars - Lexington West
1051 Industry Road Suite B, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Tel: +1 (502) 519-3155

Cash For Cars - Lexington East
5921 Athens Boonesboro Rd Ste B, Lexington, KY 40509
Tel: +1 (859) 394-0888

Cash for Cars
4700 Strawberry Ln, Louisville, KY 40209
Tel: +1 (502) 912-8399

Johnny Junk ! cash for junk cars!
1000 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40219
Tel: +1 (502) 368-9057

Cash for Cars
2412 Petersburg Road, Hebron, KY 41048
Tel: +1 (859) 586-6877

Louisiana Cash for Cars
Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70811
Tel: +1 (225) 715-4852

Cash For Cars - Baton Rouge
21595 Greenwell Springs Road Ste B, Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
Tel: +1 (225) 692-4040

Junk Cars For Cash MA
1725 Page Blvd, Springfield, MA 01104
Tel: +1 (855) 275-0163

Cash for Cars
9 Envelope Terrace, Worcester, MA 01604
Tel: +1 (508) 802-8301

Cash For Cars - North Boston
55R High St Ste B, North Billerica, MA 01862
Tel: +1 (978) 338-3023

Cash For Junk Cars
700 Shore Dr Unit 901, Fall River, MA 02721
Tel: +1 (508) 802-5034

Cash For Cars
601 W Patapsco Ave B, Baltimore, MD 21225
Tel: +1 (410) 927-8131

Junk Car Baltimore - Cash for Cars
1513 Abbotston Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: +1 (410) 793-7218

A-1 Cash for Cars
13440 Klinger Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Tel: +1 (313) 989-5122

Brothers Cash for Junk Cars
7346 Neckel Street, Dearborn, MI 48126
Tel: +1 (586) 981-0105

Cash Today for Junk Cars
3324 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tel: +1 (612) 990-0944

Cash for Junkers MN
17159 MN-65 Suite B, Ham Lake, MN 55304
Tel: +1 (763) 218-3149

Cash for Junk Car Removal
3807 Crosstown Blvd NE, Ham Lake, MN 55304
Tel: +1 (763) 226-3586

Cash For Cars
1526 Bunker Lake Blvd NE Ste B, Ham Lake, MN 55304
Tel: +1 (763) 280-3919

Junk Cars For Cash St. Louis
3448 Morgan Ford Road, St Louis, MO 63116
Tel: +1 (314) 621-2104

Sell Car For Cash Montana
Serving the Montana Area, MT
Tel: +1 (406) 233-1256

Cash for Junk Cars
1515 S. Union Grove Road, Lexington, NC 27295
Tel: +1 (336) 788-9122

Cash For Junk Cars Elizabeth
185 Lincoln Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Tel: +1 (908) 485-4455

Junk Car Cash in Newark
364 Wainwright Street, Newark, NJ 07112
Tel: +1 (973) 270-9900

Junk Cars for Cash NJ LLC
199 Central Avenue, Orange, NJ 07050
Tel: +1 (862) 210-5757

Cash for Junk Cars
457 Raymond Blvd., Newark, NJ 07105
Tel: +1 (844) 444-5573

Cash for Junk Cars
150 Mill Street, Belleville, NJ 07109
Tel: +1 (862) 368-6800

Cash for Junk Cars
65 Headley Terrace 10, Irvington, NJ 07111
Tel: +1 (862) 899-4005

Cash 4 Junk Cars NJ
11-05 Vogel Terrace, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Tel: +1 (201) 873-7770

Get Cash for Your Car
114 South Ave W, Cranford, NJ 07016
Tel: +1 (877) 227-4204

NJ Cash for Cars
902 Jesse Way, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Tel: +1 (732) 344-0299

Fast Cash for Cars Inc
140 North State Rt. 17, Paramus, NJ 07652
Tel: +1 (201) 883-9478

Cash For Cars
7705 Broadway Blvd SE Ste B, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Tel: +1 (505) 404-3454
Holgate Villa 22 Holgate Road, York, North Yorkshire YO24 4AB
Tel: +44 788 061 3011

Scrap a Car for Cash Nottingham
Colwick Industrial Estate, Netherfield, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG4 2JX
Tel: +44 115 824 0050

A1 Cash 4 Scrap Cars
Bax Holme Works High Church Street, Basford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG7 7JP
Tel: +44 797 133 2640

Cash 4 Cars Notts Ltd
M W B Business Exchange 15 Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 2NA
Tel: +44 793 638 8031

Cash for Junk Cars Las Vegas
6712 Cabra Street, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Tel: +1 (702) 879-4572

Cash for Junk Cars
7777 US Highway 50 East, Carson City, NV 89701
Tel: +1 (775) 882-7772

Cash for Junk Cars
2205 Larking Cir, Sparks, NV 89431
Tel: +1 (775) 359-4040

Cash for Cars
5442 Jacobs Field Street, Las Vegas, NV 89148
Tel: +1 (702) 832-0846

Cash 4 Cars
1385 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY 14609
Tel: +1 (585) 482-2140

Fast Cash For Junk Cars
13434 Crossbay Blvd., Ozone Park, NY 11417
Tel: +1 (718) 285-9342

Cash for Cars Queens
9871 Rockaway Blvd, Queens, NY 11417
Tel: +1 (888) 420-4274

Oklahoma City Cash For Junk Cars
12112 Blueway Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73162
Tel: +1 (405) 253-6434

Cash for Cars Oklahoma
1101 N Broadway Avenue #942, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Tel: +1 (580) 701-6767

Cash For Scrap Cars
197 Yonge St Apartment 1305, Toronto, ON M5B 0C1
Tel: +1 647-631-8171

Cash For Scrap Cars Whitby
496 Queen Street W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B3
Tel: +1 647-492-2980

Cash For Scrap Cars Toronto
530 Keele St #304, Toronto, ON M6N 3C9
Tel: +1 647-483-0654

Cash 4 Scrap
2360 Page Road, Orleans, ON K1W 1H3
Tel: +1 613-837-4545

Cash For Trash
7628 Flewellyn Road, Stittsville, ON K2S 1B6
Tel: +1 613-831-2900

Cash Paid for Junk Autos
Lancaster, PA 17603
Tel: +1 (717) 989-6980

Easton Auto Wrecking & Cash for Junk Cars Inc.
2034 Westgate Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Tel: +1 (610) 577-2880

Car for Cash Montreal
West Island-Montreal, 9820 Boul Gouin O #421, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, QC H8Y 3G7
Tel: +1 514-685-5666

R.I. Junk Auto Removal Cash for Junk Cars R.I.
56 Naples Avenue, North Providence, RI 02908
Tel: +1 (401) 327-4394

Jeeps Wanted In RI Cash Paid In Rhode Island
59 Naples Avenue, North Providence, RI 02908
Tel: +1 (401) 261-3711

Cash 4 junk cars Memphis
2271 lamar, Memphis, TN 38114
Tel: +1 (901) 649-8916

Cash for Junk Cars Chattanooga
2714 Rossville Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37404
Tel: +1 (423) 308-3400

Cash for Junk Cars
2761 Park Dale Dr, Nashville, TN 37217
Tel: +1 (615) 730-3223

Cash For Cars - Dallas South
1701 E Belt Line Rd Ste B, Wilmer, TX 75172
Tel: +1 (214) 856-6749

Cash for Junk Cars Austin
Austin, TX 78705
Tel: +1 (512) 221-1747

Cash for Car Dallas
3341 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
Tel: +1 (214) 796-3312

Cash for your Old Vehicle
Galaxy Business Park, Bridge Road, Newburn, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne And Wear NE21 4SQ
Tel: +44 774 735 5563

Cash For Junk Cars
543 McNaught Rd S, Roy, WA 98580
Tel: +1 (253) 441-8023

Cash 4 Scrap Cars Leeds
67 Clyde Grange, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 1XR
Tel: +44 744 748 4473

Cash 4 Cars LLC
1361 Tomlin Street, Green Bay, WI 54303
Tel: +1 (920) 412-5865

Scrap Car For Cash (Swindon)
Athena Trade Centre, Elgin Industrial Estate, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 8DN
Tel: +44 179 325 0330

Scrap Car For Cash
Athena Trade Centre, Elgin Industrial Estate, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 8DN
Tel: +44 179 325 0330

Cash For Cars - Casper
1998 Oil Field Center Road Suite B, Casper, WY 82604
Tel: +1 (307) 414-9616

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