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4 Crooked Auto Junkyard Scams

Posted on Feb 7th, 2017

If you have an old car that is in an inoperable condition, the best way to make money out it is usually to sell it to the “junkyards or the Car Removal” companies in Atlas. Not many people have extensive experience in this industry, and are thus prone to all manner of scams. You can expect a smooth sailing when dealing with a reputable Car Removal company in MELBOURNE such as Atlas Car Removals, but when selling your car directly to a junkyard, you must be very vigilant throughout the process, or you may end up with a very nasty deal.

Here are some of the crooked auto junkyard scams:

Fly-by-Night Haulers

Not every junkyard will have their Towing services and some may rely on tow Truck drivers available to come and pick up your car. By the time you agree for the Tow Truck to come, you shall have agreed on the amount to be paid for your car. If the driver comes and upon inspection, they tell you that the car is worth less than what you agreed upon with the junk company, just tell them the deal is off the table and search for another junkyard. They are trying to trick you into accepting a low value so that they keep the difference.

Not Transferring The Title

When you Sell your Car for Cash to Atlas Car Removals or any junkyard, it is imperative for you to sign over the title of the car to legitimise the transaction. Some dishonest junkyards will promise to take care of all the paperwork on your behalf, but later on you will be slapped with a bill for storing your car in their lots. You will then be threatened with a collection notice as well as being reported to the credit bureaus if you don’t honor the supposed payment. The only way to avoid this is to ensure that you sign over the title of the car so that they assume legal ownership immediately.

Charging You For The Towing

Unless you agreed to deliver the car to the junkyard, the price you quote should be inclusive of the Towing. Most of the cars sold to the junkyards are never in running condition and unless you are vigilant, the tow driver may ask you for the towing fees, in which case, you should treat them as the fly-by-night haulers.

Valuing Your Car At Zero Cost

However old or rusty your car may be, it can never be valued at zero cost. If you receive a quote from a junkyard valuing your car at zero cost, this is a clear sign that they are scammers ready to take advantage of you. Simply stop dealing with them and search for more reputable companies.

For the best Car Removal services in Atlas, contact Atlas Car Removal at 1800 074 676.