If you have a dead car on your property and are trying to get rid of it, you have a few options:
A) Put an ad on Craigslist or a similar classified site
B) Find a junk car removal service online or in your yellow pages
C) Leave the car where it is and continue to enjoy your eyesore
Assuming you don’t have the time or patience to deal with Craigslist and your significant other is hounding you to be rid of “that eyesore” once and for all it is time to find a junk car removal service.
This however, is where things get tricky.
Auto removal services (often times referred to as auto wreckers) operate on the premise that they will take your car from you in exchange for all rights to the vehicle. Once they have your vehicle, they will either part your car out and make a tidy profit or if it is in really bad shape they will take your car and sell off the steel and scrap metal (also making them a tidy profit). So what’s wrong with this picture you ask.
The basic issue is that as an uneducated consumer, you are being duped out of your share of those tidy little profits. Instead you walk away so happy to be rid of the car it never even dawns on you that someone just profited at your expense. Now that you know how car removal services operate, it is time you know how to choose the right vendor.
To choose the right car removal service, it is important to ask a few key questions:
A) Will I get paid for my junk car?
B) Do you charge anything for car removal?
C) How long will it take you to remove my car?
D) Can you remove my car without the title?
If the answers to these questions are A) Yes, B) No, C) 48-72 Hours, D) Yes/In most cases then you have found a good vendor and should think about using their services. In addition to these questions it is often worthwhile to check out your local BBB to see if there are any consumer complaints about the company and to do a quick Google search of the company name plus “complaints” or “service” and see what the overall feedback is about the organization.