If you have a Toyota that's been stalled in your backyard for years, you may be sitting on a few hundred dollars you know nothing about. Everyone needs a little extra cash these days, and selling your car to Toyota wreckers is one way get something out of your car, even if you can't drive it anymore.
Auto-salvage lots, popularly known as car wreckers, buy junk cars, dismantle them and resell parts as well as recycling the metal of the body to make other products for sale. The following are a few tips to ensure you get the best price for your junk Toyota:
1. Proving Ownership
If you don't have the ownership documentation for the car, you need to get it. It's not uncommon for carjackers to steal vehicles and attempt to sell them for parts, which is why salvage lots prefer buying vehicles whose ownership history can be proven. Get your ownership titles in order before beginning anything else.
You're the best person to evaluate your Toyota, which is the next step. Talk to your regular auto-repair technician and get as much information as possible about the history and current condition of the car. The car wreckers will be interested to know about any damage it's undergone, whether it still runs, why it doesn't run, how long it's been used and other details.
If possible, try to repair a few damaged parts so that the vehicle is in roadworthy condition – Toyota wreckers will pay more for vehicles that can be driven compared with those that have to be towed.
3. Getting quotations
Start by looking online to get a list of wreckers near you. You will be better suited with wreckers suited for your brand, since they better understand the value of your car and its different working parts. Therefore, as a Toyota owner, start with Toyota wreckers.
You should have all the important selling points on your car down, so that when you start calling in you don't look unprepared. Don't just look in your locality, call cities near you, as you may find that they offer better prices. Wrecking lots will pay different prices depending on the specific condition of your Toyota.
Once you have settled on the best price, tow or drive the car in yourself. Many wreckers will pay more if they don't have to come pick up the vehicle. Ensure you carry your Toyota's logbook/title as proof of ownership, and be prepared to come back home a little richer than you left.
For more information, contact local Toyota wreckers or general car wreckers.
I've always driven used cars, and when I first started driving, I made some costly decisions and bought a couple of cars that just weren't worth the money I spent on them. I knew I needed to learn how to inspect a car's engine and how to spot warning signs when I was buying a used car, so I started reading everything I could find on the topic, including basic car mechanics and maintenance. I started this blog to share what I've learned over the years, and I hope my tips will prevent other new drivers buying used cars that will drain their wallet and sap the enjoyment out of driving. I hope you find my posts informative and useful.