The Most Cash For Cars in California

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Want to sell your junk car for cash in California? The Clunker Junker can help.

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?

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.

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California Cash For Cars By The Numbers

We buy cars. A lot of cars.

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Eric Mitz

Eric's Expert Take

Eric is our founder and CEO and has nearly 15 years of experience buying and selling used and junk cars in the state of California. He is also a data nerd with a finger on the pulse of the cash for cars industry and salvage vehicle values.

Hiya, this is Eric from The Clunker Junker. I’ve taken a peek at our latest data from California and want to share some insights with you. Right now, on average, we’re handing out around $666 per vehicle in the region. If we’re talking smaller cars, like Mini Coopers or Honda Cubs, we’re generally paying slightly less, an average amount of $642. However, if you’ve got a pickup truck, let’s say a Chevy Silverado or a Dodge Ram, you could be looking at a higher offer, with an average payout of around $807. SUVs and crossovers, your Nissan Rogues or your Ford Explorers for example, have been fetching amounts somewhere in the middle, at an average of $735.

Here at The Clunker Junker, things have been busy. We’ve recently bought approximately 60,360 vehicles and handed over more than 40 million dollars to our valued customers! In California, the most sought-after vehicle was the Honda Accord. Now the Accord is a four-door sedan, recognized for its comfort, fuel efficiency, and reliability. That being said, no car is perfect. Accords can sometimes deal with issues like brake wear and transmission failure, which can cost a lot to repair. In these cases, it might make more financial sense to sell your Accord to us rather than shell out money for hefty repair costs.

As a 12-year veteran in the “cash for cars” industry, I’ve seen market fluctuations and can offer valuable insights about used car prices. At the moment, prices in California seem to be slightly decreasing by about -1.0% on a monthly basis. Despite this minor change, we seem to be hovering around the same value range we were at a year ago, which indicates a fairly stable market. This could very well be the ideal time to sell your car and get a good deal before any major shifts in pricing. As always, I’ll stay on top of the market data to provide you with the most updated trends and expert advice.

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

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.

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