If your father recently passed away and one of the things that you inherited was the secondhand rattletrap that has been parked in his garage for the last couple decades, you may be contemplating what to do with this monstrosity. If you have no intentions of repairing the vehicle and driving it, selling it to a business that buys cars for cash is a feasible choice to contemplate.
Determine the Value of the Vehicle
If you are concerned about parting with the vehicle if it could be worth more money than you will acquire from a scrapyard, eliminate your uneasiness by researching information about the particular vehicle model and year so that you can determine the current value of the car.
When investigating the value of the vehicle, take into account any mechanical problems or cosmetic imperfections, and deduct the amount that it would cost to have the necessary upgrades made to the vehicle. Although it may be disconcerting to think about parting with the vehicle because it belonged to your dad, think realistically about the situation so that you can make peace with getting rid of the clunker.
Obviously, there are probably other items that your dad left to you that are much more sentimental and that won't take up space on your property or be unusable. This, and the fact that your dad probably wouldn't want you to be burdened with a vehicle that is damaged, will provide you with the determination to part with the vehicle.
Request Information About a Transaction and the Title
Call a business that buys cars for cash and learn how each transaction is handled. You will need to know if the car can be towed by a driver who is employed by the scrapyard or if you will have to make arrangements to have the car picked up and towed by a driver who works for a standard towing company. Both options work okay when you junk your car.
Ask about the title to the car. Since the title is in your dad's name, you may be required to have the title transferred into your name prior to selling the vehicle. Some businesses, however, do not require a title, but you may not receive as much money for a vehicle if you do not surrender a title when the car is picked up from its current location or transported to a scrapyard.
While on the phone, you will be provided with an average amount of cash that you can expect to receive after selling your dad's vehicle. The going rate will depend upon how heavy the vehicle is and how much scrap metal it contains.