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How to Scrap Your Car for Cash in Philadelphia

A scrap car belongs in the junkyard. Find out how to make money from selling your junk car in Philadelphia – Includes 3 steps to convert your scrap car to cash.
Stephanie Lawrence
Stephanie Lawrence
09/04/2021 · 9 min read
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What’s the one thing your old car and the proud city of Philadelphia have in common? They’ve both got a lot of history, and much of their records coincide with each other. Sure, you may have spent much of your time driving to and from work, but with famous attractions like the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall, you must have at least toured these historical landmarks at least a dozen times in your old car by now.

But while the city of Philadelphia only gets richer the older it grows, the same unfortunately cannot be said for your old car. It’s certainly been getting on in years and may or may not even work anymore. It might even be a relic worthy of a spot in the Franklin Institute Museum, were they interested in doing an exhibition on junk cars.

Face it, your car is pretty old and probably of no real use to you anymore. So, instead of fantasizing about a museum curator knocking on your door, why not give us a call instead? We at CashforCars buy junk cars in Philadelphia from your doorstep for cold, hard cash, and we don’t even charge you for towing your car away! Calling us is the best way to sell your junk car in Philadelphia; with the best prices and the best service in town, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone better than us.

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Declaring your independence from your junk car in Philadelphia

As a proud resident of the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed, you don’t need to be reminded how important freedom is. After all, The Independence Hall in Philadelphia was where the idea of a free country was solidified.

Now, signing over your junk car to us won’t be as magnificent or significant of an event but, it will leave you free of an immovable piece of junk in your garage. As any proud Philadelphian would agree, every bit of freedom deserves to be respected and celebrated.

So, after we pick up your junk car from your doorstep, why not head on over to Rittenhouse Square for some delicious cheese-steak sandwiches at Cleavers. Your pockets should be pretty heavy from the cash we paid for your junk car, so we suggest you make the most of the night ahead.

Why we’re your best bet to sell junk cars for cash in Philadelphia, PA

By now, you’re probably wondering, why these guys? There’s bound to be a lot of people willing to buy junk cars in Philly, and some may have even approached you already. So, why us?

Two words: Service and Integrity.

At CashforCars, we pride ourselves on our excellent service and honest, upfront dealings with all our clients, something that other junk car buyers in Philadelphia can’t promise. They can neither match us in the quality of service that we provide nor can they offer as much money for your junk car as we do.

Perhaps, you originally intended to sell your old car to a junkyard. However, most junkyards in Philadelphia are run by rather unsavory characters; people who quote a good offer on the phone but drop it down pretty low when they eventually come round to pick your junk car up.

You can’t be too careful when dealing with cash car buyers in Philly, as there are some who play it a bit fast and loose on the rules, but this can put you at risk with a decision as important as your vehicle and the liability that comes with it.

At CashforCars we’re completely transparent and upfront with our offers and pay the initially agreed-upon price upon pickup. Once we’ve both agreed to a price, you can be sure we’ll keep our end of the bargain and pay the EXACT amount in cash when we show up to tow your car. Don’t believe us? We encourage you to look through all the satisfied customer reviews on our website.

But, you argue, I could always just find a buyer online for my car on Craigslist. After all, we can’t guarantee our price would be to your liking, and you might just find someone willing to pay you much more. And if you feel like taking your car online is the best chance of selling your junk car in Philadelphia for a good price, then have at it.

However, we should warn you that selling your car online can be a very time-consuming process. People aren’t lining up to buy junk cars on Craigslist, and finding a buyer may take a long time. And, there’s even less of a guarantee you’ll find anyone willing to pay as much as you want for your junk car on Craigslist too, both in or outside Philly.

In contrast, we offer you a streamlined way to earn cash off your junk car—no hassle, no long waits, just a smooth transaction through and through. You won’t even have to lift a finger to get the car off your property; we take care of that for you.

Our process: How to sell us your junk car in Philadelphia for cash

Now that you’re at least intrigued by our service, we’re sure you’re wondering how you can sell your junk car to us for money. And as promised, the whole process is straightforward and convenient, boiling down to three basic steps:

1 - Determine what kind of junk car you have

The first thing you need to do is narrow down the kind of junk car you have. Ask yourself these important questions:

  1. What is the make and model of the car, and how old is it?
  2. What is the current condition of the car? Does it run, or is it completely trashed?
  3. Do you have the title for the car in question?

All these things affect the car’s value, and thus the price that we can pay you for it.

2 - Get an instant cash offer

Once you’ve got all the details of your car down, it only takes a couple of minutes to input them into our system. And after quickly crunching the numbers, our system will give you an instant offer on your junk car. Yup, no waiting for someone to “get back to you” or “call you for additional details”. Our process is entirely automated to give you the best possible price immediately.

3 - Get paid on pick up

If the price is to your liking, you’ll have the option of scheduling a pickup with one of our Philadelphia junk car buyers. You’ll have to tell us all the details required for the pickup like, who to call for the pickup and the exact location of the vehicle. But, once those are given, you can just kick back and relax under the Philly sun while you wait for our driver.

They’ll be round in 1-3 business days with a check or cash to pay for the car and will tow it away free of charge. It might also be possible to schedule a pickup on the same day as when you accept the offer, but that mostly depends on our driver’s schedule and if he can manage the pickup. Regardless, there’s nothing for you to do except hold down the fort till our driver arrives with your payment.

How much can I sell my junk car for in Philadelphia?

As we said before, the value of your junk car depends on 3 major things:

  1. Make and model of your car, plus how old it is
  2. The condition of your car
  3. Whether or not you have a title for it

Depending on the make and model of the car, it might be more valuable than others. For example, you’d get a pretty good price for a Dodge Ram pickup truck than you would for other cars, given how popular it is in Philly. Also, the newer the car is, the more that can be salvaged from it, so the higher the amount we’ll be able to pay you for it.

If your car is still running, that automatically makes it much more valuable. Because a running vehicle can still be restored, we can offer you much more than if you were just to sell it for scrap. So, even though we deal primarily in junk cars, we’d be more than willing to take an old working vehicle off your hands for a reasonable price too.

The title is also essential, without which it’s hard to sell your old car for a good price in Philadelphia. Not having a title for newer cars is especially troublesome since that drastically decreases their value, so make sure to look everywhere before giving up on finding a lost title. Though if your car is just junk at this point, it doesn’t matter all that much; scrapping your car for metal doesn’t really require having the title on hand after all.

Depending on all these factors, your car might either be scrapped for metal and harvested for usable parts or fixed up to be sold off at a used car dealership in Philadelphia. In the latter case, the value depends on the functional parts and metal we can get out of the car, so you might make somewhere around $50 to $200 off of it.

However, if you had a newer car that wasn’t too shabby in condition, we might just be able to offer you a great price. We’re talking close to and upwards of $12,000, provided your car makes the cut.

But, whatever the condition your car is in, just know that we’ll always offer a fair price for it.

A towing vehicle hauling a junk car away Rain or shine we’re always on time. CashforCars is the #1 junk car pickup service in the Philly area. Give us a call today to schedule your pickup.


We seem to keep harping on about our free towing service. What’s so special about that, you might be wondering. Well, here’s the deal: towing a car isn’t a cheap service in Philadelphia since towing a car just 20 miles can cost you around $150. And considering how you’re bound to only earn $150 off a car that’s absolute junk, having it towed off your property (because how else are you going to get a broken-down car off your property?) would end up costing you the entire car. You’d basically be giving it away for free!

At CashforCars, we don’t do that to our clients. We know you’d rather spend the extra cash from selling your junk car at the Reading Terminal Market or perhaps even make questionable investments at the Rivers Casino (wink, wink).

That’s why we do you the favor of always towing your car for free. We always want our clients to be glad they chose our service, and with all the fantastic places in Philly, we’re sure you’ll put that extra cash from selling your junk car to good use.

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