Avoiding junkyard scams is an important skill when you’re looking for a way to get cash for your worn-out car. The good news is that most auto salvage yards are honest, straightforward businesses. The bad news is that, like every industry, there are a few dishonest companies you have to watch out for.
Look out for these three common junkyard scams:
1. Unclear Weight Measurements
You may think there are simply 2,000 pounds in a ton. You’re not wrong — you just may not be fully aware that there are different measurements of tonnage that will affect how much money you get for your car.
Net tons equal 2,000 pounds, but metric tons are 2,240 pounds. Make sure you know which units your salvage yard is using. If they’re trying to be unclear or vague, they could be attempting to cheat you.
2. Extra Towing Charges
Is towing included, or will the salvage yard deduct fees from the quote? Ask before you sign any papers or commit to anything.
Less-than-reputable salvage yards won’t share this information willingly — you have to inquire.
3. Bait-and-Switch Offers
The practice of changing the game after customers come through the door is one that’s still used by some dishonest auto-wrecking yards. They quote you the best price for your junk car over the phone, but once you’re on site, they find lots wrong with your car and significantly reduce their offer.
The best practice for you to avoid wasting time is to get an offer in writing before you take the time to drive or have your car towed to a salvage yard. Or be willing to walk away from a lowball offer, even if you’ve done a lot of work to get your old car there.
What Should You Look for?
Now that you know what you want to avoid, rest assured there are plenty of stand-up salvage yard owners just trying to make an honest living. You’ll be able to spot them, because you’ll see they have :
If they are licensed to operate in the state, they have to abide by laws governing their business practices. Their license can be revoked if they try to cheat customers, so always ask if they have a license.
An Online Presence
If they are a reputable company, they will have a solid online presence with at least their basic information explained.
If past customers have had success in working with them, and haven’t run into any junkyard scams, it will be reflected in their online reviews.
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