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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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
1993 Ford Ranger60350
1995 Ford Probe100350
1995 ford ranger50375
1997 Ford Taurus15375
2001 Honda Accord150900
2004 Nissan Sentra1251100
1984 Mazda B-Series Pickup100400
1982 Ford F-100150200
1992 Ford Tempo100365
1994 Chevrolet Suburban100500
1992 Ford F-15025350
1991 Chevrolet Caprice125375
1978 chevorlet truck145145
1983 Dodge Ram Van125300
1995 Audi 90200300
1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera175350
1993 Ford F-150100350
1992 Ford Explorer50400
1994 Mitsubishi Diamante175400
1998 Acura Integra200450
1999 ford Mustang GT400400
1999 Land Rover Range Rover120920
1995 Pontiac Bonneville50400
1992 Toyota Pickup175500
1985 Suburu Forester200200
1999 Pontiac Transport200200
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD250700
1999 Dodge Durango20510
1993 Dodge Caravan70350
1995 Ford F-250150400
2003 Ford Windstar100500
1994 Pontiac Grand Prix50325
1987 Chevrolet Suburban100300
2001 Kia Sephia75400
1998 Dodge Neon50400
1970 cheverolet el camino100100
2005 Dodge Caravan150600
2003 Pontiac Aztek250500
2000 Plymouth Grand Voyager125300
1989 Nissan 240SX200350
1983 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class150300
2003 Mercury Sable100400
1981 Chevrolet Camaro150350
1971 dodge van225225
1995 Infiniti G2040375
2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara120460
1976 chevrolet scottsdale170170
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe50500
2002 Saturn Vue200650
1982 Ford Escort150240

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    Phone: (415) 557-1170