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 888-323-7128 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.

Vehicle Minimum Paid Maximum Paid
2001 chevy tracker400400
1993 Infiniti J301450
1998 Mercury Mystique100400
1970 cheverolet el camino100100
1991 Nissan Sentra100500
1997 Ford Taurus15375
1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata200300
1992 Acura Vigor100350
1993 GMC Safari Cargo200450
1979 ford ecoline180180
1996 Infiniti G2070375
1992 GMC Jimmy150325
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe200650
1999 Ford Ranger100425
1998 Oldsmobile Aurora200350
1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport200450
1992 Mazda B-Series Pickup200300
1991 Chevrolet Caprice125375
1996 Dodge Ram Van25400
1995 BMW 5 Series110400
1994 Land Rover Discovery275300
1986 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class100400
1993 Subaru Legacy100375
2000 Cadillac Catera100300
1994 GMC Jimmy100385
1976 Dodge pickup truck250250
1987 BMW 5 Series225300
1990 rover sterling200200
2004 Dodge Neon SRT-42501000
1991 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight100400
2001 Audi TT4502000
2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata600600
1998 Chevrolet Camaro200350
1988 Plymouth Reliant K America100350
1988 Ford Mustang100325
1986 Ford F-350150250
1999 Lincoln Town Car100420
1992 Mercury Lynx275275
1968 volkswagen bug200220
1985 Ford F-250142350
2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue100350
1995 Chevy Blazer185220
1996 Pontiac Grand Prix100365
1995 Mercury Villager100450
1989 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class175400
1989 Geo Tracker250250
2002 Kia Sportage100450
2003 Cadillac DeVille225465
1993 Ford Escort50350
1993 Lexus ES 300100450

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