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

  1. We pay cash for junk cars, trucks, SUVs, and more!
  2. We can sometimes buy junk cars with no title in Illinois. (not always)
  3. Sell us your used, wrecked, broken, or rusted junk car and get cash!

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!

Here’s how the process works, how much money you can make, and everything else you need to know about how to get cash for cars in Illinois.

The Easy Way to Get Cash for Junk Cars in Illinois

Is this your first time selling a car in Illinois? Well, the traffic here might be hard to navigate, but selling your car doesn’t have to be. Turning your car into cash in The Prairie is a simple three-step process:

  1. 1. Provide Details

    Using the form on our website, tell us your car’s year, make, model and trim. You’ll also need to describe its current condition. Be as detailed as possible so we can give you an accurate price quote.

  2. 2. Arrange Pick-Up

    From Chi-Town to Historic Galema and everywhere in-between, our Illinois car buyers will pick up your car wherever its located. Schedule an appointment for pickup at your home, office or even on the side of the road. In most cases, we’ll be able to meet you within two or three days, and same-day pick-up might also be an option.

  3. 3. Collect Your Cash

    We’ll collect the vehicle, keys and title (if available). Then we’ll hand you either a check or cash. As long as your damage description is accurate, we’ll give you the exact price we quoted online. No hidden service fees, towing fees or other unexpected expenses.

Is My Junk Car Actually Worth a Lot of Cash?

Does your car look like it’s been dropped from Willis Tower? Or been battered with baseballs from Wrigley Field? We buy junk cars in practically any condition, and we can probably offer much more than you’re expecting. While determining an exact estimate is impossible, here are some general ranges:

Cars with Extensive Damage

These are the eye-sores most people picture when hearing the phrase “ cars.” These vehicles are probably banged up, rusted over and might not work at all. We’ll tow away just about any type of vehicle, even if it doesn’t run. Prices paid are typically determined by the size and weight of the vehicle. Typical rates range between $50 to the low hundreds.

Cars with Moderate Damage

These cars might not be a shiny as The Bean, but they’re not complete wrecks, either. While these cars may or may not run, they’ll have a variety of working components. Depending on the type and quality of the parts, your car could be worth several hundred dollars or more.

Cars with Minimal Damage

We buy cars without major problems, too. You can sell your car quicker to us than any auto salvage yards throughout Illinois. Plus, junkyards often like to haggle on price, while we provide a clear rate with no hassle.

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

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

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!

  • Ashley's 2000 Volvo V70
    2000 Volvo V70

    "I do not have the key because I lost it. I bought the car a month ago for less than $1,000. The car overheated but still turned on. I need to junk the car because I need the cash now. I don't want to put any cash into this car. "

  • Cass's 1994 Nissan Altima
    1994 Nissan Altima

    "The car won't start, as the battery is dead. It was having fuel injection issues before the battery died. It was running before it was parked six months ago, but it was stalling due to the presumed fuel issues. Neither of the front windows roll up or down reliably. The speakers and radio are pretty shot. "

  • Alka's 1999 Volkswagen Passat
    1999 Volkswagen Passat

    "I removed the battery to use on another vehicle. The car starts, but when you put it in drive, it shuts off. Other than that, everything looks good. It has two additional spare tires that have never been used before."

  • Colin's 1993 Oldsmobile 88
    1993 Oldsmobile 88

    "The car has a small panel missing from the back passenger side where it's dented. The exhaust is dragging, and the starter is out. The transmission was recently rebuilt."

  • Curtis's 1998 Honda Passport
    1998 Honda Passport

    "My car broke down six months ago, and I'm moving out of state soon. I just finished paying it off, but at this point, I don't know what's wrong with it. I need to junk it."

  • Patricia's 1979 Chevrolet Chevette
    1979 Chevrolet Chevette

    "This is to close an estate so that the property can be sold. I have had this car sitting in my now deceased parents' backyard for roughly 25 years. It might be good for restoration."

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