Do you have an old junk car that you want to get rid of? Great! That means its time to find a company to come and tow away that old rig. Your probably thinking “Awesome, I’ll just call the first guy I come across!”, but I’m here to tell you “watch out!” You don’t want to just go ahead and call any old schmoe that you find on Craigslist. There are 5 things that you must know before calling someone to give you cash for your junk car.
Here are tips for finding the best junk car buyer.
1. Any random guy can start buying junk cars. You could even do it if you wanted to. So in order to get the best deal for your car, you want to eliminate as many middle men as possible. The best way to do this is to investigate their business. If they only have an ad on Craigslist…then they are probably at the bottom of the junk car food chain.
2. Make sure they have a website! If they don’t even have a website, then they are 99% of the time a small timer. That means they will give you the smallest amount possible.
3. Watch out for scams and tricks that low-end tow guys will try to pull on you. One of the tricks is that they will agree on a price with you on the phone, and then the story will change once they show up to get it. Before they rig it up, they will come and tell you that it the car is missing its catalytic converter. Then they will proceed to offer you $100 dollars less than what you agreed on. The catalytic converter is located underneath the car, and the tow guy knows that most people don’t even know what that is. Even if you did know what it is, chances are that you wont get underneath the nasty car to look for yourself. Most people just would rather save the hassle, so they just agree to take the lower price. Watch out for this trick because it works!
4. A lot of junk car companies will give you a price for the car, and then when they show up, they deduct the price of towing from the final cost. This is another trick. If they were going to deduct the towing from the price, then they should have told you that over the phone. So tell them no, and that you will only sell for the price agreed upon.
There are many other tips and tricks to dealing with these companies, but these are 4 big ones that can earn you more cash right off the bat.