The Most Cash For Cars in Illinois

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Looking for the best cash for cars in Illinois? Look no further than The Clunker Junker!

Welcome to The Clunker Junker, the fastest and easiest way to sell your car in Illinois. We buy just about any type of vehicle, in any condition, across the entire state. Our free price guide lets you determine how much your car is worth right now – and it’s probably more than you’re expecting. We’ll arrive at your location to haul your car away and pay you cash for cars in Illinois; sometimes within just a day or two!

Illinois is or was home to many US Presidents. Dubbed “The Land of Lincoln”, presidents such as Lincoln, Reagan, Grant, and Obama have called the state home. Unfortunately, your old car is no longer looking very Presidential. Maybe it no longer runs, was wrecked in an accident on route 57, or is just costing you too much money to keep running. Whatever the reason, when you sell your junk car in Illinois, be sure to contact The Clunker Junker!

Honest and Reliable Cash for Cash in Illinois

Don’t just push your junk car off Navy Pier. Sell it to Clunker Junker for quick cash. We’ll meet you at practically any location, and we offer top dollar for even the junkiest of cars. Quick and easy car removal, which also puts some money in your pocket. We guarantee hassle-free, reliable service. Contact us to start the process today!

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Illinois Cash For Cars By The Numbers

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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 Illinois. He is also a data nerd with a finger on the pulse of the cash for cars industry and salvage vehicle values.

Greetings from The Clunker Junker! I’m Eric, your reliable source for trading in old cars for cash. I’ve spent over 12 years navigating the industry and I’ve seen a lot of trends. Let’s take a look at what’s happening here in Illinois based on the most recent data from the past 30 days.

I’ve noticed that the average payout for vehicles in the area hovers around $548. Now, the type of car has a significant influence on this number. For instance, if we delve into the specifics, smaller cars like the Honda Civic generally have a slightly lower payout average, coming in at about $510.

Alternatively, larger vehicles like the Ford Explorer which fall under the SUV and crossover category bring in more bucks. These widely-loved, versatile vehicles tend to yield approximately $642 on average. Let’s not leave out pickup trucks: their average payout pulls up at the halfway mark with about $569. An example of the kind of trucks we are talking about here is the robust Ford F-150.

Over the recent period, The Clunker Junker has seen a bustling purchase of around 13,979 vehicles, paying out an impressive sum exceeding $8 million. Interestingly, the Chevrolet Impala, which is a mid-size sedan well known for its spacious interior and smooth ride, has emerged as the most popular vehicle in Illinois.

Though it’s a favorite for many, the Chevrolet Impala, like any other car, has its fair share of common problems such as transmission issues, engine problems and electrical system failures. These issues can expend significant effort and resources to fix, making it a practical and sound option to sell the car rather than embarking on expensive repair work.

Looking at recent trends, the market in Illinois has remained steady with a minimal monthly change rate of just about -0.1%. Compared to a year ago, the market dynamics have remained relatively parallel. It’s as good a time as any to sell your car while market stability ensues. Don’t worry about the market – that’s my job. I’ll keep a pulse on it and continue to provide you with the most recent updates and trends!

How to sign your Illinois car title

We have put together a simple guide and example for how to sign your Illinois 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. In Illinois you'll need to sign the front of your title in the section that says "Assignment of title". Do not write anything in the release of lien section or anywhere on the back of the title.
  2. First sign the front of the title where indicated by "Signature(s) of Seller(s)".
    Always sign in pen on the seller line, and never sign in the dealer section.
  3. Print (don't sign) your name on the front of the title, where it reads "Printed Name(s) of Seller(s)".
    Always include any and all middle names or initials that are used in the owner section.
Front of Illinois title
Front of Illinois Title
Back of Illinois title
Back of Illinois Title

How to get a duplicate Illinois title

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

  1. Fill out the Illinois Application for Vehicle Transactions (VSD190) online form. Check the box that says "Duplicate title"
  2. Either bring your duplicate title application to your local Illinois DMV, or Mail your application to the IL division of motor vehicles at:
    Secretary of State
    Vehicle Services Department
    ERT Section, Rm. 424 (use Rm. 434 if expedited processing is needed)
    501 S. Second St.
    Springfield, IL. 62756
  3. The fee for a replacement Illinois title is $95.00.

How to get rid of an abandoned vehicle in Illinois

Getting rid of an abandoned vehicle in Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois

  1. Attempt to locate the legal owner of the vehicle using the VIN 17-digit number.
  2. If a vehicle has been abandoned on your property, you may contact your local law enforcement office and they will dispatch a towing company to remove the vehicle.
  3. If an abandoned vehicle has remained in police impound for more than (30) thirty days since the first notice of removal, the vehicle may be sold at public auction.
    A notice of auction will be displayed a minimum of (10) ten days before the public sale in a conspicuous place on the premises where the vehicle was removed.
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

Will you buy cars in Illinois without a title?

In many cases, yes! You will, however, need to prove that you are the current legal owner of the vehicle. The buyer will ask you to present a photo ID that matches your name on a valid and current registration and/or insurance. Not every buyer in IL is willing to make a purchase without title, and the ones who are generally have much lower offers due to the limited resale options.

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

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

Complete the seller’s report of sale form and bring it or mail it to the Secretary of State’s office

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