If you’re in the market to salvage a car, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. When you’re trying to buy a junk car, you do run the risk of being sold a total, un-salvageable dud.
Because we buy junk cars, we can provide you with some tips and tricks for making the best decision when it comes to finding the clunker for you:
1. Always check out the damage –
You already know that you’re going to buy a junk car. You’re not expecting perfection and your expectations are low enough where you can have some wiggle room. However, if you’re searching for a particular engine or another car part, do yourself a favor and make sure the part is in good shape before you buy the clunker. If you sink $1500 into a junk car only to find out that the engine compartment has holes chewed through it, you may be out of luck.
2. Consider all the costs before buying –
Yep, the government wants to know about your clunker too. Even if the car looks bad right now, it’s still got to be registered and insured. While car registration typically doesn’t cost too much, it may be harder to find an insurance company that will provide coverage for a junk vehicle, especially if it’s a newer vehicle with severe damage.
3. When in doubt, have an expert check it out –
Unless you have specific knowledge or expertise regarding the junk car you’re trying to buy, or know exactly what you want, it doesn’t hurt to have a car aficionado check it out. Remember, this is what they like to do, and they’ll be able to spot glaring issues faster than the average person.
4. Know the history –
While commercials advertising for car history reports can be annoying, they serve a purpose. Before buying any vehicle, a clunker, or otherwise, it’s important that you know the history. Was it in a wreck recently? How long has it been sitting in this junkyard? Questions like these can be answered by a reputable car history reporting company and can help you determine how much money you may have to sink into insuring the vehicle.
Though the used and destroyed car market can be difficult, remember that we at I Buy Junk Cars know all the ins and outs of investing in a clunker that’s right for you.