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 855-928-2611 to find out how much your junk car is worth!


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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
2005 Scion xB4001200
2000 Volkswagen Passat100525
1981 DOTSON dotson100100
2000 Lincoln LS130400
1988 Chevrolet Celebrity50325
1995 Ford Bronco150400
2001 Nissan Pathfinder3001000
1996 Mercury Sable100420
1990 Toyota Celica100325
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer50750
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo125400
1994 Ford Explorer75425
1976 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10250250
2000 Chrysler Concorde100380
1998 Volvo S7075400
1993 GMC Jimmy100300
1990 Ford Van250250
1999 Ford Ranger100425
1997 GMC Sierra 1500150350
1987 Gmc Sierrah225225
1993 Ford Ranger60350
2004 Buick Century150750
2004 Volvo S80250700
2001 Acura CL100600
1991 Chevrolet Caprice125375
2001 Hyundai Sonata100400
1986 Audi 5000150400
2001 Dodge Dakota100660
1996 Mercury Grand Marquis50400
1992 Mazda B-Series Pickup200300
1990 Dodge Dynasty100350
1993 Nissan Altima50400
1992 Acura Vigor100350
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer250500
1996 GMC Sonoma175360
1991 Chrysler New Yorker100290
1996 Isuzu Hombre100375
1995 Ford F-250150400
1992 Ford Crown Victoria25400
1995 Audi 90200300
1995 Infiniti Q45200475
1994 Mitsubishi Montero100350
2001 Isuzu Rodeo150500
1999 Pontiac Transport200200
2004 GMC Sierra 15005002000
2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class4001400
1994 Chevrolet Suburban100500
2003 Dodge Durango50775
2003 Mercury Mountaineer2501000
2000 Toyota Corolla75700

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