Get cash for your junk car in California today!

  1. We can sometimes buy junk cars with no title in California. (not always)
  2. Get an instant cash offer for your junk car from The Clunker Junker
  3. We buy all cars! We'll pick up your junk car free of charge and tow it away.

Our car removal team buy and picks up junk cars across the state of California, paying cash for cars and typically picking up within one to three business days. Whether you’re in Napa Valley, the Anza-Borrego Desert, or any part of this beautiful and bright state, our car buyers in California will drive to wherever your vehicle is located to pick it up free of charge. That’s the Clunker Junker promise.

The Golden State might be the only state where you’ll never find a dance floor empty, but you’ll be lucky if you can find a single junkyard within ten miles that gives you a decent offer for your car. Founded by enterprising gold diggers during the gold rush, Californians have a Midas touch. We want to put your own gold rush in your pocket by paying cash for cars in California

Don’t settle for less when you can work with the best junk car buyers in California. Our pickups are always free and easy, plus there’s no hidden costs or fees for using our service. Payment is typically done in the form of cash or a check right there on the spot, and we often have vehicles picked up on the same day they are submitted.

Get Paid Stone-Cold Cash for Cars in California

At the Clunker Junker, we care about our customers, which is why we pride ourselves on giving you a fair price and buying cars for cash even if it’s in terrible condition, or you don’t have the title. If you’re looking for cash for cars in California, you’ve found the right buyer. Sell your car in California today by filling in our simple form, agreeing to our reasonable cash offer and arranging a time for our experienced car removal team to pick up your vehicle free of charge. What’s not to love?

  1. What vehicle are you selling?

    First fill in our form at the top of this page by telling us the year that it’s made, the make and model of the car, and the overall condition of the vehicle. We'll also need to know if you have the title, but we can often buy cars with no title in California anyway.

  2. Agree to our sizable cash offer

    We don’t like having our time wasted, and neither do you. Instead of driving between dealers, get a reasonable and instant offer from us today and then enjoy the Hollywood Hills, San Francisco water or the Malibu beaches. We believe that we’re the best paying California car buyers because we pride ourselves on giving you a competitive offer with no hidden charges!

  3. Let our professional car buyers pick up the car free of charge

    Our junk car buyers in California will pick up your vehicle free of charge, often the very next day after you accept our offer. We try our best to be the most efficient California cash for cars service, coming ASAP and paying you in cash on the spot.

How to sign your California car title

We have put together a simple guide and example for how to sign your California title when you are selling your vehicle. If there are multiple owners listed on the title, they must all sign the title unless the names are separated with "OR".

  1. First, sign your name on the front of the title on line "1a" (Signature of registered owner). If there is a second owner, they should sign on line 1b
    Always sign in pen on the seller line and never sign in the dealer section.
  2. If your vehicle is less than 10 years old, sign your name in the odometer section at the bottom, where it reads "Transferor/Seller Signature".
    Be sure you don't sign on the lien holder line
  3. Leave the back of the title blank
Front of California title
Front of California Title
Back of California title
Back of California Title

How to get a duplicate California title

The process for getting a duplicate or replacement California title is fairly simple. If the vehicle was last titled in a state other than California you must apply for a duplicate title in the previous state. The registered owner should do the following:

  1. Fill out form REG227 Application for Duplicate Title.
  2. Either bring your duplicate title application to your local California DMV, or mail your application to the CA division of motor vehicles at:
    Department of Motor Vehicles 
    Registration Operations 
    PO Box 942869 MS E169 
    Sacramento, California 94269-0001
  3. The fee for a replacement California title is $21.00. Processing time is between 15 and 30 business days. You can request an expedited title if needed.

How to get rid of an abandoned vehicle in California

Getting rid of an abandoned vehicle in California can be a difficult process. Unfortunately, you cannot just sell any junk car that ends up on your property if you do not own it. You'll need to follow the California abandoned vehicle removal procedures. We have given a general overview of what that entails below.

You can read more about selling an abandoned vehicle in California

  1. First, you must attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle using the VIN 17-digit number.
    The person or entity in possession of the motor vehicle must send a 10-day Notice of Intention to Abate to the owner and/or lienholder or record via certified mail.
  2. At least 72 hours before the vehicle is removed, a peace officer or an authorized public agency employee must affix a distinctive notice on the vehicle. The vehicle will be removed by the public office.
  3. An abandoned low value vehicle disposed by abandonment may not be reconstructed or made operable unless it qualifies for Horseless Carriage or Historical Vehicle license plates.

Frequently Asked Questions in California

Can you buy my car without the title in California?

In some cases, yes! In lieu of title or pink slip, you will need to be able to present a registration that is not more than one year expired that matches your photo ID. You may also be asked to sign additional power of attorney or affidavit documents to complete the sale. Also note that offers for vehicles with no title are often significantly lower than those with a valid title.

What if my title doesn’t look like the one pictured?

California often changes their title documents from year to year. If you have questions about your specific title, please contact your California DMV.

Do I need to turn in my license plates?

Yes, unless you are transferring the plates to a new vehicle. You can return the plates to your local DMV office.

What should I do about my auto insurance?

You will need to notify your auto insurance company that you have sold the vehicle, so they can either cancel your policy if the vehicle was sold, or transfer/renew the policy on your new vehicle.

Is there anything else I need to do?

Fill out form REG139 Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability and submit it to the department of motor vehicles within five calendar days.

How much can I sell my car for in California

Depending on the quality of your vehicle, you could earn between $50 and $10,000. Yes, that’s a huge difference! But that’s because some of the cars we purchase are rusted out and missing all of their parts, while others are still in a working condition. The condition of your vehicle makes a huge difference, but we’ll even pay cash for cars with no title:

Rusted out junk cars

For cars that are truly rusted out with no working parts, the only value in the vehicle is its weight as scrap metal. In this case, we’ll pay you between $50 and $225, depending on the weight of the car. Junk cars like this are destined to be crushed and sold as scrap metal to an auto salvage yard and therefore the make and model of your car is unimportant with the weight being the prime consideration.

Middle ground vehicles

If your vehicle isn’t quite a piece of scrap metal, but it couldn’t be considered as ‘used’ then our price will be primarily based upon the value of the parts in your car. Vehicles with some working parts will likely be worth more, while cars which are almost junk don’t have the same value.

Used rather than

We buy cars in California, but we also pay top dollar for used cars as well. Whether the vehicle is practically new or incredibly heavily used and stained, we’ll pay you cash on the spot. For the best used cars, you can expect up to $10,000, with less for the most well-used vehicles.

We Buy Junk Cars in California and Pay You Handsomely

California Auto salvage yards can’t compete with our offers and the convenience of selling your car to the Clunker Junker. We pay top dollar for cars so that you can earn a big paycheck and get that car out of your garage. We don’t want you to drive up and down Highway 1 looking for a dealer, which is why our team picks up the vehicle free of charge.

See everything that The Golden State has to offer, not just asphalt. Fill out our quote form on our homepage today and find out how much cash you could be leaving in your garage to collect dust and take up space.

  • Berlin's 1994 Nissan Maxima
    1994 Nissan Maxima

    "The motor is great, which is why it's going to hurt me to sell it. It has a new radiator and all fluids have been changed and topped off. I just fixed the car to find out the only thing wrong is that the casing for the transmission is broken and leaking trans fluid. I don't have the funds to fix it so I have to sell it, unfortunately."

  • Nickole's 1997 Ford Escort
    1997 Ford Escort

    "The vehicle is in great shape for its age. We just don't have the time, patience or desire to try fixing it. We're in desperate need of a running vehicle now."

  • John's 1997 Cadillac DeVille
    1997 Cadillac DeVille

    "The vehicle has many new parts. It was my father's car. It has new tires, struts, radiator and water pump. I found that it has a blown head gasket. The fuel line has dry rot and leaks fuel. It has great interior, and it's like new."

  • Aaron's 1988 Honda Prelude
    1988 Honda Prelude

    "I have owned and "maintained" the vehicle for the last six years and paid insurance, etc., on it. It hasn't been driven in roughly two years, as it broke down, and I ended up needing to replace the thermostat. I repaired it, and it was driveable afterwards. Shortly after, I decided that I wanted to buy a newer car that would be more reliable, and I haven't driven it since. It does start up and run, though. It is technically not driveable due to the registration being out of date. "

  • Constance's 1998 Dodge Stratus
    1998 Dodge Stratus

    "The passenger-side mirror is missing, but the rear view and driver side are intact. The car needs a jump, but it was operable daily. I just got another car. I do not know the mileage. I will have to go into the car tomorrow to look. It's a 1998, so it's not "lady owned". Thanks!"

  • Shanese's 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix
    2001 Pontiac Grand Prix

    "The car caught on fire on 4/21/16 after getting home from work. Because I only had liability, I was basically told to figure it out. The fire is considered undetermined. I just want to junk it for some cash."

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