Before you get rid of your car, there are a few things that need to be done before handing over the keys and receiving the cash. A lot of times, car owners aren’t familiar with the process and are left clamoring for help as the process goes on. You should first find a reputable establishment that offers cash for your old car. These businesses often buy these vehicles so they could resell the cheap auto parts. If you are in Chicago, make sure you know of a trustworthy dealer before making a deal.
Do a Thorough Sweep
Before you hand over your car, do an extensive sweep of your old car. You don’t want to leave behind any valuables or belongings you are going to need in the future. When owners have a car for a while, they tend to acquire things that have stayed in the car for years. Sometimes, we even forget items are there until we clean the car. Make sure you check your glove box, any bins, and side holders that may house forgotten items.
If your car is no longer running, you need to take the license plates before the car is towed away. Depending on where you live, you may need to turn the plate back into the Department of Motor Vehicles. Check with the state and your insurance policy to make sure you are following rules and regulations. If your car is drivable, the laws may change here as well.
Drive It Around
A running car may have a good amount of gas still left in the tank. If this is your situation, it doesn’t hurt to take your vehicle for one last drive around town to use up as much of the fuel as you can. If you are selling your car to a local auto parts dealer, they may need to drain the tank anyway, which isn’t so easy. Don’t let your gas go to waste. Use it before you are ready to say goodbye to the car.
Make sure you know what needs to be done before you junk your old car. Take your time and find a trustworthy dealer to work with.