“Are there Killeen, Texas, salvage yards near me?” It’s usually not the first question Killeen residents ask when they have a used car to sell — at least not one that’s still useful for transportation. But some salvage yards purchase used cars in addition to junkers — and they often make better offers for pre-owned vehicles than auto dealers.
If you have a used car to sell, below are three helpful tips for choosing a salvage lot in the Killeen area that purchases used cars that still drive.
1. Used Car Buying Program
Start by looking for salvage yards that have a used car buying program. These yards are easy to pick out; they’re the ones that have a used car section set apart from the salvage car section.
Salvage yards that don’t normally buy drivable vehicles may still make an offer, but it will likely be considerably less than the fair market value (FMV) of your car.
2. Fair Market Value Prices
Don’t be surprised if a salvage yard offers you less than an industry price guide says your vehicle is worth. Like auto dealers, salvage yards need to sell cars for less than they paid in order to turn a profit.
However, the offer you receive shouldn’t be less than about 75% of what the car is worth. In comparison, it’s not uncommon for a conventional auto dealer to pay roughly 55% of the FMV for a used car.
3. Option for Free Towing
Some pre-owned car sellers drive to a salvage lot and sell their vehicle onsite. This is usually the fastest way to close the sale, but it also increases the chance of a car getting damaged in a wreck and being worth considerably less.
Most professionally operated salvage yards provide free towing for undrivable junk cars. At some yards, the policy also extends to used vehicles that don’t have salvage status.
“Are there Killeen salvage yards near me”. There probably are, but if you need to sell a used car that has a while to go before it reaches a junkyard, not every salvage yard will be a good choice.
If you have a pre-owned car to sell, and you need to sell it fast, contact Wrench-A-Part. We have a used car buying program, offer highly competitive prices, and provide free towing for every vehicle we buy.
Call our Belton, Texas, location today at (254) 831-4905, ext. 1, to receive a free price quote, or use the contact form on our website. We look forward to the opportunity!