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.
  • Our San Francisco tower will pay you the quoted amount on the spot.
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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
2004 Kia Rio150425
1995 Mitsubishi Galant100400
1994 pontiac sunfire300300
1996 Dodge Ram Van25400
2001 Acura CL100600
1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse100380
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo125400
1992 Ford Taurus100350
1992 Lexus ES 3005375
1998 GMC Sierra 1500250525
1987 Chevrolet Suburban100300
1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera175350
2001 Ford Explorer Sport50500
1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse50350
1990 Chevrolet Cavalier15350
1981 GMC C/K 3500 Series200200
2001 Saturn S-Series100425
1995 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series100400
2003 Pontiac Aztek250500
1989 Dodge RAM 250250350
1994 Mitsubishi Montero100350
2003 Ford Windstar100500
2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara2501100
1998 Cadelac Deville250250
1997 Honda CR-V200505
1985 Ford F-250142350
2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette100475
1967 Pontiac Tempes200200
2001 Audi A8500625
2000 Chrysler Concorde100380
1992 Pontiac Firebird125250
1987 Cadillac DeVille100375
2004 GMC Sierra 15005002000
1966 ford pick300300
1998 Chevy Cavilier181200
2001 Chrysler Sebring50425
1992 Mercury Lynx275275
2003 Chevrolet Malibu100450
2001 Toyota Sienna2201100
1992 Mazda MX-3150325
1997 Chevrolet Venture100430
1996 Toyota Avalon100400
1983 Porsche 911225225
1991 Chrysler Le Baron100300
2003 Honda Pilot6002000
1991 Buick Regal100400
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva50350
1977 oldsmobile cutless supreme225225
1990 Cadillac Seville100330
2002 Infiniti G20200605

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    Phone: (415) 557-1170