Do you have a car that costs more to repair than it is worth? Or a car that you simply cannot sell, no matter how many times you have lowered the price? If so, it may be time to think about selling your car to a junk or salvage yard. A junk or salvage yard purchases cars that other people do not want. The working parts can be pulled off of the car and sold to those in need of the parts, and the metal can be recycled. If you are thinking of selling your car to a junkyard, here are a few important steps that you should take first.

Get Your Title Ready

Whether you’re selling your car to an individual or junkyard, you will need the title. The title should not have any lien holders on it, and if there are multiple parties, you will need to obtain the other party's signature in order to transfer the title. If you do not know where the title to the car is, or have not received one after paying off a loan, now is the perfect time to request a title and get everything in order.

Remove Your Personal Belongings

Prior to selling your car, it is important to take the time to remove personal belongings from the vehicle. Once the car is sold, you may be unable to get back anything that was left inside. Clean out your glove box and trunk. Also take the time to look under the seats and between crevices to ensure nothing important fell into these areas.

Take Off Aftermarket Parts

When you are selling your car to a junkyard, you may be able to take off aftermarket parts, such as fancy rims or stereo equipment. This should be done prior to obtaining quotes for the sale of your car. In most cases, you can sell those parts for more money yourself.

Remove Your License Plates

Once arrangements have been made for your car to be picked up, you should remove your license plates from the vehicle. If you wish to request a partial refund on your registration from the state of Minnesota, you must surrender the plates to the DMV.

Cancel Your Insurance

Once the junk or salvage yard has taken possession of your automobile, be sure to call your insurance company and cancel your insurance. You do not want to continue paying insurance on a car you no longer own.


When you are ready to sell your car to a junkyard, call us at Ace Auto Parts in St. Paul, Minnesota. We buy both operable and non-operable automobiles for their parts and metal. Contact us today to obtain a quote for your vehicle.