Three Junk Car Scams to Avoid
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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SELLING JUNK CARS FOR CASH IN San Francisco,California IS SIMPLE:
- Get an instant vehicle valuation by dialing 1-800-303-9971
- 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.
- We will remove your junk car 100% FREE of charge.
FIND YOUR CAR'S VALUE!
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 Rio||150||425|
|1995 Mitsubishi Galant||100||400|
|1994 pontiac sunfire||300||300|
|1996 Dodge Ram Van||25||400|
|2001 Acura CL||100||600|
|1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse||100||380|
|2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo||125||400|
|1992 Ford Taurus||100||350|
|1992 Lexus ES 300||5||375|
|1998 GMC Sierra 1500||250||525|
|1987 Chevrolet Suburban||100||300|
|1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera||175||350|
|2001 Ford Explorer Sport||50||500|
|1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse||50||350|
|1990 Chevrolet Cavalier||15||350|
|1981 GMC C/K 3500 Series||200||200|
|2001 Saturn S-Series||100||425|
|1995 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series||100||400|
|2003 Pontiac Aztek||250||500|
|1989 Dodge RAM 250||250||350|
|1994 Mitsubishi Montero||100||350|
|2003 Ford Windstar||100||500|
|2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara||250||1100|
|1998 Cadelac Deville||250||250|
|1997 Honda CR-V||200||505|
|1985 Ford F-250||142||350|
|2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette||100||475|
|1967 Pontiac Tempes||200||200|
|2001 Audi A8||500||625|
|2000 Chrysler Concorde||100||380|
|1992 Pontiac Firebird||125||250|
|1987 Cadillac DeVille||100||375|
|2004 GMC Sierra 1500||500||2000|
|1966 ford pick||300||300|
|1998 Chevy Cavilier||181||200|
|2001 Chrysler Sebring||50||425|
|1992 Mercury Lynx||275||275|
|2003 Chevrolet Malibu||100||450|
|2001 Toyota Sienna||220||1100|
|1992 Mazda MX-3||150||325|
|1997 Chevrolet Venture||100||430|
|1996 Toyota Avalon||100||400|
|1983 Porsche 911||225||225|
|1991 Chrysler Le Baron||100||300|
|2003 Honda Pilot||600||2000|
|1991 Buick Regal||100||400|
|1997 Oldsmobile Achieva||50||350|
|1977 oldsmobile cutless supreme||225||225|
|1990 Cadillac Seville||100||330|
|2002 Infiniti G20||200||605|
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