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Are you in a bind financially and thinking about finally selling that old junk car of yours sitting in the driveway? Maybe you just want a little extra cash because you’re ready to get yourself a new car. Most dealerships aren’t even going to take a clunker as a trade-in, much less give you any money for it. At Auto Wranglers, we’ll pay cash for that car of yours, and we’ll always give you free towing and pickup too. If you need to put $500 or more in your pocket, then you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading and we’ll explain the best way to get $500 or even more for your car.

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How Do I Get $500 For My Junk Car?

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The quickest and easiest way to get $500 or more for your junk car is by coming to Auto Wranglers. There are several reasons why this is the best method, and we’ll explain those here. First, we never charge any hidden fees during our process. When you say you want to get $500 for your junk car, we assume that you mean you want to have at least $500 in your pocket after the deal is completely done. Some of the junkyards and other places out there make you pay for your own towing or pickup. It might look on paper like they’re giving you $500 for your car, but then they charge you for extra services. By the time it’s over with, you barely have any real money left to put in your pocket.

At Auto Wranglers, we always provide free towing and pickup. So, whatever price we say we’re going to give you – that’s how much cash you get in your pocket. We also really mean it when we say that we buy cars in all conditions. Most of those junk car buyers out there only want your car for scrap metal, so with today’s scrap prices, you’re probably only going to get a couple hundred bucks even if your car is in decent shape. However, we look at your car’s true value. Even if you have a total junk car, it might have usable parts or other things that make it more valuable than simply scrap. In those cases, we’ll look at your car’s real value and make you a cash offer based on that number instead of just the weight of the steel in your vehicle.

Finally, our process is quick and easy. Maybe you’re thinking, “I want to junk my car,” but you’re afraid it will take too long. That’s not the case! It only takes a few minutes to get a no-obligation instant cash offer for your vehicle. From start to finish, the whole process only takes a day or two, and we can sometimes even have cash in your hand the same day you contact us. If you’re looking for the best way to get $500 cash for that junk car of yours, then Auto Wranglers is the way to go.


Who Buys Junk Cars Near Me?

Auto Wranglers, of course! Since we buy cars throughout the United States, our service area is almost certain to include you no matter where you are located in the country. If you want the easiest process and the best price, then we are the way to go. However, we know that you want to explore all your options before making a decision. So, here are some of the other options for selling your junk car.

  • Junkyards

Most of the junkyards around the country will buy junk cars from you, but make sure you know what you’re getting into before you go this route. Many of them like to use the old bait-and-switch tactic to get you in the door. They’ll give you one story over the phone, and then you are told something completely different when you arrive in person. Plus, many of those places are run by some less than savory characters, and they know you’re not going to argue with them.

They usually only want your car for recycling, so you’re going to get a price that’s lower than scrap metal. The junkyard is in the business of making money, and they do this by selling scrap metal. So, in order to make a profit, they have to give you less than market value for the scrap metal. That means that you could get less than $100 for your car given the current scrap car prices. Plus, many of them make you pay for your own towing, so you end up walking away without a car and with very little money. That’s usually not the best way to go.

  • Auto Salvage Yards

Auto salvage yards can bring you a little more money for your vehicle than local junkyards if your car still has some usable parts. These places will take your car and sell the individual parts from it to people who need them. But remember that these facilities need to make a profit as well, so they’re typically going to offer you about 30-40% of the value of the parts in your car. So, even if your car has $1,500 worth of usable parts left in it, you might only get $400 or so for it. And, just like junkyards, many of these places require you to pay for your own towing to get your car to their facility. There goes most of your profit!

  • Craigslist or Online Classifieds

Some people will tell you that you can sell your junk car on Craigslist to an individual buyer. That is sometimes true, but that method usually ends up being a big waste of time and an even bigger headache. While people might look to buy used cars on Craigslist, there are very few people looking to buy cars that won’t even start. You might spend your time taking photos and writing an ad, only to have zero response to that ad. If someone does respond, they’ll usually make you an extremely lowball offer. Plus, working out logistics with those potential buyers is a nightmare. Trying to schedule time to look at the car, agreeing on a price, working out pickup details – those things all get very frustrating when dealing with most of the people on those sites. Then the worst is when you come to an agreement, and then they just disappear and quit responding. It leaves you frustrated, and you still have a junk car sitting in your driveway.

  • Other Junk Car Buyers

We know that Auto Wranglers is not the only game in town when it comes to junk car removal services. But we can say with certainty that we are the best! We always pay top dollar for your old car, and our process requires just a few simple steps. Our customers always leave satisfied and with the most money in their pocket. It takes just a few minutes to get your free quote, so go ahead and get started today.

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How Much Is My Junk Car Worth?

We know what you’re thinking – “How can I get the most money for my junk car?” There’s nothing wrong with that…of course you want to get the most money possible. The value of your junk car depends on several factors including the year, make, model, and condition of the vehicle. Generally, the newer the vehicle, the more it will be worth. The better the condition of your vehicle, the more it will be worth. We can break junk vehicles down into three basic categories, and we’ll go into more detail about each.

  • Total Junk With No Usable Parts

This category of junk vehicle is going to be the least valuable. This is likely an old car that has been sitting somewhere for years and has wasted away in the elements. The car doesn’t run, and it doesn’t even have any usable parts left because it’s in such bad shape. These cars are pretty much only good for scrap metal, and they’re not worth a whole lot.

If you’re looking to get $500 for a car in this condition, you better hope it’s really big and heavy. The value of completely scrap cars like this comes from the weight of the recyclable metal in them. On average, a car in this condition is only worth around $200. Smaller cars might be even less, although larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs could be worth $300 or more. If you’re thinking, “I don’t want to scrap my car, it’s worth more than that,” then keep reading.

  • Doesn’t Run, But Still Has Good Parts

While most people still consider these junk cars, they are more valuable than the category described above and they don’t need to end up completely in the scrapyard. Especially if the make and model of the vehicle is a highly desirable one. Some single car parts from these vehicles can fetch a couple hundred dollars. When you start looking at multiple parts, that can add up quickly.

If your car has usable parts, it could be worth anywhere from $300 to $1,200 depending on the make and model of the vehicle. The easiest way to find out is to get an instant offer for your car. Then you will know right away how much cash you can get for your vehicle.

  • Runs and Drives, But Is a Little Rough

Maybe your car still runs and drives, but you consider it junk because it’s old and you want something new. Selling a car that runs and drives is usually much easier. These cars are going to be the most valuable of the junk cars. An old junker that still runs and drives could be worth anywhere from $500 to a few thousand dollars depending on the make and model. Get a quote today to find out exactly how much yours is worth!


Can I Sell A Junk Car With No Title?

In most cases, yes, you can sell an old car without a title. There are a few things you should know about that process though. First, try to find the title to the vehicle. If you can locate the title, the selling process will go much faster and smoother. If you cannot locate the original title, then go ahead and contact your local DMV to get a replacement title. If you have the proper documentation, the DMV should be able to issue a replacement pretty quickly.

Some states do not even issue titles at all on cars that are older. For example, in Alabama, the state does not issue car titles on vehicles more than 35 years old. The registration serves as proof ownership in that case. So, if you don’t have a title, then your registration may be just as good.

In many cases, junk car buyers are able to buy cars even without a title. The laws vary from state to state, so you should always check your local rules to see what is allowed in your area. Most nationwide car buyers can advise you on your local rules, and they can tell you whether they’re able to buy the car without a title given your specific circumstances. The age of the car and whether or not you have a registration will likely play a role as well.


Do You Offer Free Towing?

Absolutely! We always offer free towing and free pickup to all our customers. We want to make our process as hassle-free as possible, so sending a free tow truck to haul away your car is just one way that we can help take away some of the worry on your part. You can rest assured that you will have no hidden fees when you do business with Auto Wranglers. Our pricing is completely fair and transparent, so you know exactly how much cash you’ll get in your pocket.

Our tow truck drivers are extremely professional, and they’ll always show up on time. If you find someone else offering cash for cars, but they make you pay for your own towing, then it’s probably not the best deal for you. We’ll give you a fair price for your car, and we always cover all the expenses associated with picking up and removing your car.


Will I Get A Check Or Cash?

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Generally, the choice is yours! We can do either check or cash in most cases when buying junk cars. In some cases, if you’re selling a car in good condition, we might be limited to paying by check due to the amount of the transaction. If your car is worth several thousand dollars, then we’ll bring a check instead of carrying that much cash for safety reasons and due to financial regulations.

However, if you’re selling a junk car, we can almost always pay in cash. We know that cash talks, and so we like to pay in cash whenever possible. Plus, most people feel better about walking out of a transaction with cash in their pocket instead of a check that they need to deposit or get cashed. Again, when we buy junk cars for cash, that is one less thing for you to worry about. You have your money immediately and are able to spend it and use it however you would like.



Maybe you’ve got an old car that has been sitting around forever or you just got into your car this morning and it clicked but wouldn’t crank. It’s time to get rid of that car and trade it for some extra cash in your pocket. Who couldn’t use an extra $500 or even more, right? If you’re thinking “I need to sell my junk car for top dollar,” then you’ve come to the right place. For old cars that are total junk, $500 might be a bit of a stretch. However, if your car still has some usable parts or is in decent shape, then $500 or more is very possible.

There are several different ways out there to junk a car, but none are as quick and easy as Auto Wranglers. Of all the places that buy junk cars for top dollar, Auto Wranglers pays the best prices and has the easiest process of them all. We can have that car gone within a day or two, and leave a pile of cash in its place. We pay cash for junk cars all over the U.S., so we’ll come to you and buy yours too. Give us a call today to get started!

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Who buys junk cars for the most money?

Auto Wranglers, of course! We are the absolute best way to sell a car in the country. We provide instant cash offers and always provide free towing and pickup. Our process is fast and easy as it takes just a day or two from start to finish. Whether you’re selling an old clunker or a car that’s almost new, we’ll buy it from you today.

How much will a junkyard pay for my car?

Most junkyards only want cars for scrap metal, so their offers are going to be lowball scrap car prices. In recent years, the prices of scrap have declined. On average, a scrap car is worth about $220. Smaller cars can bring even less than that, while larger and heavier vehicles might bring $300 or more. Be aware that some junkyards will require you to pay for your own towing, so that cuts into any money that you might make from the sale.

Did I just hear free towing?

Yes, you did! Auto Wranglers will always provide free towing and pickup. We’ll come to your location and get your vehicle, so you never have to worry about any hidden fees or hassle. Some of the other junk car buyers or local auto salvage yards might charge you for towing, but we never will! You’ll get to keep every bit of the sales price in your pocket since we provide these services for free.

Why should I sell my junk car to Auto Wranglers?

“I’m ready to sell my car for cash today” – then you’re in the right spot! You should come to Auto Wranglers because it is absolutely the best way to sell a car. We buy junk cars, damaged cars, and cars in great condition, and we are better than those other free junk car removal services out there for the reasons we’ve already discussed in this article. We’re not just car recyclers looking to make a buck or two on some scrap metal – we’re going to pay you what your car is truly worth. Our no haggle process lets you know immediately how much cash is headed your way, and we’ll always provide free towing and pickup.

What do I need to do to sell my junk car?

It’s simple! All you need to do is get an instant offer from Auto Wranglers. We’ll make you a cash offer within 90 seconds, and then we’ll come to you and pick up your vehicle. We pay you when we arrive, and we’ll haul away your old car. The process couldn’t be easier!

What if my car has a rebuilt title?

We don’t care if your car has a rebuilt title. We’ll still buy it anyway. The sales process is essentially the same anyway, even if you’re selling to a private party. The title itself has a different designation. The car no longer has a clean title – instead the title shows that the car has been damaged and repaired. Signing over ownership still works the same way though.

What if I lost my car's title?

If you lost your title, then you should contact your state DMV to get a replacement. In some states, selling a car without a title is easier than in others. Some states are extremely strict about their title requirements, and it’s almost impossible for us to buy cars there without a title. Simply contact us and let us know the details about your situation. We’ll walk you through exactly what is needed to either get a duplicate title or go ahead and sell your car without one.

Can I sell my car for parts?

Yes, you can sell a junk car for parts, and you might end up getting more money that way. If your car has some usable parts, you can part it out and sell the parts individually through Craigslist or eBay. If you don’t have the knowledge or expertise to remove and sell the parts yourself, you can sell to an auto salvage yard. These places will take care of all the hard work, although the offer you get from them will probably only be 30-40% of the value of the parts.

Can I sell my car on Craigslist?

Many people turn to Craigslist when they need to sell an old car. While you might be able to sell a good used car, it’s extremely difficult to sell a junk car on Craigslist. There are not many people looking to buy junk cars, especially private parties. Junk cars are a niche market, so it’s best to sell to someone who works in that market like Auto Wranglers. We’ll make you an instant offer and pay you top dollar for your junk car.