3 Things To Do Before You Send Your Vehicle To The Salvage Yard

If you have a vehicle that you don't want anymore and don't feel it has enough value or is safe enough to re-sell, your best bet if you want to get rid of the vehicle while making a little money off of it is to take it your local auto salvage yard. Here are a few things you need to make sure that you do before you take your vehicle to the auto salvage yard.

#1 Clean Your Vehicle Out

You don't want to wait until you drive or have your vehicle towed to the auto salvage yard to clean it out. Clean your vehicle out at home beforehand. Make sure that you check all of the storage compartments, under the seats and inside of the CD player before you take your vehicle to be salvaged. Remember to remove all seat covers and floor pads that you bought for the vehicle. Doing this in advance is the best way to ensure that you don't leave behind anything of value, as the salvage yard may quickly scrap your vehicle, making recovery unlikely.

#2 Remove Valuable Parts

Some scrap yards want you to remove certain parts from your vehicle before you print it to them, such as the tires, which means you would have to get your vehicle towed. Other scrap yards will remove the tires and other parts from your vehicle, but will reduce the amount of money that you earn since they have to do these tasks for you.

Likewise, it is also smart to remove parts that you spend a lot of money on. Specifically, if you have a stereo and speaker system installed in the vehicle, you should remove the system. You'll get more money reselling it yourself and it generally will not increase the salvage price of your vehicle.

Make sure that you take the time to remove the items the junk yard wants removed and that you want to keep or resell before you take your vehicle in.

#3 Get Your Title

You are going to need to bring your title for your vehicle to the salvage yard. Salvaging or scrapping your vehicle is seen as a form of selling your vehicle. You want to bring your vehicle title so you can transfer ownership of the vehicle to the salvage yard. You also need to bring your vehicle registration as well – most salvage yards require you to have up-to-date registration on any vehicle they except, although there may be some exceptions to this rule.

You will most likely also have to fill out a Damage Disclosure Statement when you turn your vehicle over to the salvage yard, either on the title itself or on a separate piece of paper. Make sure that the sale and title forms state that the sale is an "as is" sale. 

For more information, contact a company like Fox Valley Iron Metal & Auto Salvage Inc.