Three Junk Car Scams to Avoid


Avoid Junk Car Scams

If you’re looking to sell your junk car, you may be a little leery of working with a junk yard for just this very reason. They don’t exactly have a great reputation when it comes to being honest, open, and forthright with customers.


Thankfully, not all junkyards are sketchy or shady. Some of them are legitimate businesses, and working with them can be a pleasure. In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at 3 common junk yard scams that you should keep an eye out for when approaching a local salvage yard about selling your junk car.


  1. Last Minute Price Change


When you first call up a junk yard that’s trying to run this scam on you, they’ll quote you a serious amount of cash for your car. You might even be surprised by just how generous the offer is, but you won’t be in any hurry to admit to yourself that it’s probably too good to be true. The junk yard will then proceed to set up a time to come and tow your vehicle away, have you sign over the title, and pay you your cash.


When the day comes for the junk yard to come tow your vehicle, they give you a long window of time where you’ll need to be home to meet the driver. You wait for hours, and the driver finally arrives. As they look at your car, you see their expression change, and next thing you know they’re shaking their head. Then, they inform you that your vehicle isn’t in the condition you’d described over the phone, and that they’ll need to pay you less for it. A lot less.


At this point, many sellers will simply take the lowball offer out of sheer frustration. After so many hours waiting around the house, they just want their junk car gone. If this happens to you, don’t let yourself be scammed. Walk away from the deal and get a fair price elsewhere.


  1. Paying By Check…Later


If you’ve ever tried to cash or deposit a bad check, you know just how frustrating the experience can be. You think you’ve got money in your account — but when you go to check your balance, the deposit isn’t there. Plus, you’ve been charged a fee by the bank on top of that. What a nightmare!


If a junk yard tries to pay you for your junk car with a check, that’s already a bad sign. You should ask for cash, as plenty of junkyards are happy to pay cash for junk cars. That said, if anyone offers to pay you later — after you’ve signed over your title — you should absolutely end the deal right then and there. Never sign your title over before receiving payment.


  1. Charging for Towing


This is a classic junkyard scam. Here’s the truth: every junk yard knows that towing is a necessary cost. It’s part of their business model. You can’t buy junk cars without offering towing services. So, when a junkyard tries to offer you next to nothing for your vehicle and then proceeds to charge you for towing on top of it, just tell them “thanks, but no thanks.” There are other junk yards that will happily tow your vehicle away free of charge.


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Don’t waste your time with local scammers: go with a national company that’s got a solid reputation. Junk A Car pays top dollar for junk cars, and we’ve got cash in hand. Call us at 844-901-4392 to find out how much your junk car is worth!


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  • After accepting our offer you can set up a convenient time for one of our San Francisco area towers to come to your vehicle's location.
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This following list is an average of the cars that we have purchased in your area. The actual value of your vehicle may be higher or lower than the average. Your car could be worth substantially more! Call now to get a quote.

VehicleMinimum PaidMaximum Paid
1999 Infiniti G20125350
1996 Plymouth Neon50350
1991 Chevy Camero225225
2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata400500
1998 Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series100600
1987 Honda Accord100365
1997 Pontiac Firebird175350
1990 Lexus ES 250200325
1992 Chevrolet Beretta100300
2000 Cadillac Catera100300
1983 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class150300
1996 Mercury Villager100480
1991 Nissan Sentra100500
1999 Toyota Corolla50750
1987 Chevrolet Astro100355
2002 Mitsubishi Mirage200350
2005 Chevrolet Classic150350
2001 Hyundai Sonata100400
2001 Audi A8500625
1994 Chevrolet S-1050350
1989 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class100350
1995 Chevrolet Blazer50410
1988 Plymouth Reliant K America100350
2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara120460
1995 Chrysler Sebring175310
1985 Chevrolet Celebrity150275
1993 Ford Aerostar100425
1998 Kia Sephia100400
2002 Chevrolet Suburban2001000
2001 Volkswagen New Beetle200850
1987 Ford F-150100325
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser200600
2004 Chrysler Concorde125450
2000 Honda Odyssey50875
1999 Land Rover Range Rover120920
2002 Chrysler Sebring100450
2005 Mazda MPV600850
1997 Mercury Tracer100350
1988 Ford Mustang100325
2003 Kia Optima200525
1996 Buick Century50400
2007 Volkswagen New Beetle40004000
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer250500
1999 Pontiac Sunfire50400
2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue75340
1997 Dodge Intrepid50400
1996 Dodge Dakota100350
1998 Chevrolet Camaro200350
1975 dodget cornet250250
1983 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight50200

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  • Address: 1377 Fell St
    Phone: (415) 557-1170