So, your car has come to the end of its useful life. Repair bills are mounting, and it is no longer economically viable to keep it on the road.
So where do you look? A scrap merchant, of course
In NSW and Australia, a scrap car buyer can be found by searching for a ‘old car removal’ or ‘cash for scrap cars’ company. Both of which is precisely what we do.
If it is your first time selling your car to a car disposal sydney or other scrap car dealer, it is normal not to know what to expect.
This article will explain the basics of car removal to guarantee you are fully prepared. In particular, we will focus on the requirements in New South Wales.
Are You Eligible To Scrap Your Car?
When selling a vehicle to anyone, be it a private sale or a scrapper, you must first ensure you are eligible to sell it.
Firstly, you must be able to prove you are the owner of the vehicle.
While many have thought about calling a car scrapper and getting cash from that dumped car on the Pacific Highway, only the car’s owner can authorize this.
Next, you need to make sure there is no money owing on the car. This includes any loan repayments or infringement notices. Essentially it must be unencumbered, meaning it is free of debt or other financial liability.
Booking The Vehicle Collection
Before we can come and collect your car, please contact us and arrange the car removal.
Just give us a call or email us to confirm a suitable time for both of us. We will also ask for some details about your car and confirm the price you are willing to sell it to us for.
The Sale Price
In some cases, the vehicle owner does not want any money for their car as it genuinely may be worthless. But we still need to complete a purchase receipt to gain ownership of the vehicle.
This is where a sale price is negotiated to complete the appropriate paperwork and make the purchase official.
Preparing The Vehicle For Removal
Ensure not to leave any valuables in the car as it is impossible to retrieve them after the vehicle has been taken away. Ensure you check all areas of the car multiple times to be sure.
Common areas that people forget to check to include:
- Boot & storage compartments
- Back seat pockets
- Underneath the seats
- Side door compartments
- Middle console
- A stereo system including any loaded CDs
- Sun visor pockets
- E-toll tags attached to the windscreen
- Any other hidden compartments specific to your vehicle
You should also try and remove the number plates before we come, but do not worry if you cannot remove them as we can help with this if needed.
The Car Pick-Up
We will come to the given address to pick up your scrap car on the appointed date and time you have chosen to be most convenient.
Before you can earn your cold hard cash, some documentation must be drafted to protect both parties involved. This is where we inspect the car and complete the paperwork together.
We will need to see the car registration document to ensure you are the current owner and your proof of ID to complete the collection. A driving license or passport is most suitable as photo identification.
Please also have your bank account details handy to record the details of where to send the payment. Due to the laws in NSW, we cannot give you physical cash but will transfer the balance directly to your bank account.
Say Your Final Goodbye
It is now time to wave goodbye to your no longer trusty automobile.
As a final reminder, anything and everything left in the car will be taken away, and you will not be able to get it back once it has been towed away. So, make sure you double or triple-check.
But Wait, You May Be Entitled To More Money!
At this point, you already earned some cash by scrapping your car. But you may be entitled to make more.
When you registered your car, did you pay for 6 or 12 months of registration? How many months are left before the registration runs out?
In NSW, you also need to have green slip insurance, which expires typically at the same time as your registration. But did you also take out comprehensive or some other insurance on your vehicle?
When you cancel these services, you usually get a refund amount on the unused portion that you have already paid for.
For example, if you paid for 12 months and you still have six months left on your registration and insurances, when you cancel them, you may get a refund for the unused months, less any cancellation fees.
Canceling Your Registration
To cancel your registration in New South Wales, you are required to visit a Service NSW registry center with the following:
- Proof of identity
- The vehicle’s ‘Certificate of Registration.’
- Completed and signed forms:
– ‘Number and/and / or cancellation of registration
– ‘Request for refund of NSW registration.’
- Number plates (If you wish to keep them, you must store them in reserve, which is at the service or registry center)
- Your payment details
See the Service NSW website for full details on canceling your registration in NSW and downloading the required forms.
Canceling your registration in NSW does incur a small fee. However, if you are claiming a refund on the unused portion of your motor vehicle tax, you may be owed money instead of having to pay any.
If you are owed money, Service NSW will transfer it to your bank account, so have your bank card or bank details with you when you attend the registry center.
Canceling Your Insurances
You can typically cancel your green slip and comprehensive insurances over the phone.
However, they may require you to prove that the vehicle is no longer registered to you, depending on the circumstances. Hence it usually is advisable to do this after canceling your registration as you will then have written proof this has occurred.
As with canceling your registration, you may be entitled to a refund of any unused portion of your insurances, less any cancellation fees.
Car removal becomes simple when paired with friendly yet professional service providers.
Canceling your registration and insurance may sound like a bit of a hassle to people new to the car scrapping business.
However, the process only takes a short while if you have all the necessary paperwork. Also, this allows you to walk away with more money in your pocket at the end of the entire process.
Are you located in Newcastle or another one of our service areas? Please give us a call today on 0444 516 125 to arrange the removal of your car.