Junk cars for cash in Chicago with free pickup.

  1. We are Chicago's top junk car and truck buyer.
  2. We pay cash for junk cars, trucks, SUVs, and more!
  3. We pay cash for junk cars in Chicago and give instant offers up to $10,000!

If you’re looking for cash for cars in Chicago, The Clunker Junker is here to help! The Windy City is one of the greatest cities in the USA with amazing art, culture, food, and sports teams. We think our Chicago junk car buying service will also blow you away! Wouldn’t it be nice to simultaneously free up some space in your yard or driveway, and get some cash for your car that you can use to check out a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley field, or take the kids to the Shedd Aquarium or Lincoln Park Zoo for a day of fun? Don’t let yourself get underwater on your car. We buy junk cars in Chicago, IL and we pay more than the other guys!

It doesn’t matter if your junk car was run into while shopping at Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” and is beyond repair, or if the transmission has failed and even L&L Auto service says it’s not worth fixing. We will pay you cash for your junk car in Chicago no matter what kind of car, truck, van, or SUV you might have or what condition it is in. Not only will we pay cash for your car, but we’ll also tow it away absolutely free of charge! You might feel like driving your old clunker right into the Chicago River, but we are sure it still has some value so get an instant offer from The Clunker Junker in Chicago today!

If you have ever driven by the Cloud Gate bean sculpture in at Millennium Park, caught a glimpse of your unsightly junk car and thought: “What a sight for sore eyes!”?, then it might be time for an upgrade. Rather than trade in your used car at a dealer, The Clunker Junker will pay you cash for your junk car and pick it up in or around Chicago, IL for free. Don’t let our name fool you, we may buy junk cars, but we have paid up to $15,000 for used cars that are definitely not junk! You won’t find an auto salvage yard in Chicago that can pay cash for cars like this!

Ready to get cash for your junk car in Chicago? Here’s how it works:

At The Clunker Junker our goal is to make the junk car removal process as easy as possible. We know that selling your junk or used car on sites like Craigslist or Ebay can be a down right miserable experience, so we’ve created a service that makes selling your junk car in Chicago completely painless! Rather than deal with local tire kickers or potential scammers, check out our three step process used when we buy cars in Chicago:

  1. Share the details of your junk car
    Is it a Toyota Camry or Ford F150? Maybe an old Chevy Pickup truck? Let us know the exact year, make, and model, then let us know if you have the title and whether it starts and drives. After a few short questions we'll give you an instant offer for your junk car right on our website! You don't have to wait for anyone to call you back.
  2. Click "Accept Offer"
    Once you accept our offer on your car through our website, we'll collect some information about how to contact you and where your junk car is located so we can assign a local Chicago junk car removal specialist to pick it up.
  3. We'll tow your car away free of charge
    That's right, not only will we pay cash for junk cars in Chicago but all of our offers also include FREE pickup. There are absolutely no hidden fees or charges. The amount you accept for your car is the amount we pay, period! Our Chicagoland junk car buyers will do a quick inspection and then load the vehicle on their truck to be hauled away.

Selling a junk car in Chicago doesn’t really get any easier than this! You can score some extra money in your pocket and have your junk car towed away in a little as a few days.

When I sell my junk car in Chicago, how much is it worth?

This is one of the most common questions we get here at The Clunker Junker. You have a junk car, and one of the most important things you need to know is how much money you’re going to get for it. When you sell your car in Chicago, there are a lot of variables taken into consideration to generate a value, and those values can range between $50 and $3000. We break our valuations down to three basic things, which happens to be two more than the number of Super Bowls “Da Bears” have won (yeah, we’re a little bitter!).

  • What kind of car is it?
    As you can imagine, a 2005 Mercedes Benz will be worth more than a 1999 Dodge Stratus. The year, make, and model of your car is the single largest factor when quoting you a price. It's important that you accurately tell us the exact model of your car. Prices can actually be much different for a Honda Civic LX compared to Civic EX for example. If you're not sure, send us the VIN and we can get all the information we need from that.
  • Is the car really junk or not?
    Not every car we buy in Chicago Illinois can be considered junk. If your car is newer and can be repaired or still has life left in it, we can sell that car at a local Chicago auto auction. This means we can pay MUCH more than your local Chicago junk yard can. In that case pricing is based mostly on how much similar cars have sold recently in the Chicago area. However, if the car really is junk and is not worth saving, we'll refer you to one of our fully vetted, licensed, and insured junk car buyers in Chicago to take the car off your hands. Pricing will be based on the desirability of parts, and the size and weight of the vehicle.
  • Is the title for the car clear and in hand?
    While we can often buy junk cars with no title in Chicago, IL it's not always the case. And when we can, the offers for cars with either no title or a salvage title are much less. This is because not having a title limits our options after the sale. In general the price of junk cars with no title will be somewhat similar as those with, but newer nicer cars with no title will have significantly reduced offers due to the inability to re-sell it. It can be worth paying the small fee or waiting for a few days to get a new title from the state.

Our Chicago Junk Car Removal never has hidden fees or additional charges

One of the great things about selling your junk car to The Clunker Junker in Chicago is that our service always includes free pickup and junk car removal. Other companies will often quote you a price, and then try and charge you a tow fee to pick it up! So while their offer may seem higher on the face of it, watch out for those hidden fees in the fine print. We never charge to tow away your junk car. We have a sophisticated system that allows us to accurately estimate how much towing will cost and include that right in your instant offer.

We buy junk and used cars in Chicago IL fast and pay top dollar

I already know what you’re thinking though: “How long will it take to pick up my junk car?”. You’re not alone. Many of our customers need to have their car removed as quickly as possible. Maybe it’s at an impound lot and accruing fees. Maybe the city has threatened to tow the car away if it isn’t moved immediately. Whatever the case, we always try and pick up your car as quickly as possible. Unfortunately we can’t always guarantee immediate same day pickup, but on average most of our vehicles are picked up within 1 to 3 business days. Got a tricky schedule? Don’t worry about it. Our cash for cars Chicago buyers can often pick up vehicles in the evenings or even on weekends.

If you prefer to get a quote over the phone, you can reach us at (888) 383-4181 during our normal business hours.

How much is my car worth in Chicago?

The current average value for vehicles in Chicago, Illinois is around $302 with pickup included. If you have a big truck like a Dodge Ram or SUV such as a Lincoln Navigator, the average value is a bit more at $377, but is only $256 for smaller and mid-size cars like a Honda Civic. Of course, your vehicle's exact value depends on a lot of factors:

  • The year, make, and model. If we can sell the vehicle at auction, it's worth more than salvage values.
  • How big is the vehicle and how heavy is it? Salvage offers are often based on vehicle size and weight.
  • Does the vehicle work correctly? Vehicles with good parts are often worth more money.

Can we pay cash for junk cars in Chicago, IL with no title?

Yes! In many cases (though not all) we can buy junk cars in Chicago, IL with no title. In all cases you will need to be able to prove you own the vehicle. That is usually done by showing a photo ID matching a valid registration for the vehicle. In some cases additional paperwork is also needed. Contact us if you have any questions about what is needed to sell your car with no title in Illinois. Note that we can never buy abandoned vehicles under any circumstance.

If needed, the legal owner of the car should be able to easily obtain a replacement title through your local Chicago, IL DMV as seen below. Most states require a small fee for replacement and turnaround time can be anywhere from instantly to a couple of weeks:

Your Chicago DMV

100 West Randolph, Concourse Level
Chicago, Illinois, 60601
Tel: 312-793-1010

Chicago DMV map

How long does the process take?

We can usually pick up most vehicles in Chicago within 1 to 3 business days. However, your local carrier or buyer handles all their own pick up schedules, so we can't ever guarantee a specific pickup time on the carrier's behalf. Same day pickups are sometimes possible, but never guaranteed.

What form of payment will be made, cash or check?

Whether you are paid by check or cash depends on the requirements of the local buyer who makes a bid on your vehicle. While some of our buyers do pay cash for cars, a lot have started using checks for the safety of truck drivers and better book keeping. When you are paid via business check, don't forget that The Clunker Junker fully guarantees all payments and will pay you in full if there is any issue with the local buyer!

Recent Junk And Used Cars Sold In Chicago, IL

Recent vehicles sold in Chicago, IL
The most recent junk car we have made an instant cash offer on near Chicago, Illinois was Carolyn's 2007 Buick LaCrosse CXL in 60623. This LaCrosse starts but does not drive with approximately 209,000 miles on the odometer and has a clear title, four inflated tires, and has no damage to any lights or glass. We offered Carolyn $445.00 for their LaCrosse with free pickup and tow away! Find out how much cash we'll pay for your vehicle!
  • 2008 Ford Edge Limited Awd Jul 20
    Chicago, IL
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  • 2004 Bmw X5 3.0i Jul 19
    Chicago, IL
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  • 2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer... Jul 19
    Chicago, IL
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  • 1995 Mercedes Benz E Class Sed... Jul 19
    Chicago, IL
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  • 2012 Chevrolet Equinox Ltz Fwd... Jul 19
    Chicago, IL
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  • 2002 Toyota Rav4 Base Awd Jul 19
    Chicago, IL
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  • 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Ls Jul 19
    Chicago, IL
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Here is what other cash for cars customers have said:

  • Shemaiah's 2003 Ford Taurus
    2003 Ford Taurus

    "I got the car in September of 2014 with 240,783 miles and drove it for two weeks. While picking up my insurance paperwork, the car stopped starting. I had it towed to an auto shop who diagnosed it as having a bad starter and ignition coil. I haven't had time to get it into the shop or fix it myself. I am getting ready to go on deployment soon and need to get rid of it quickly, as the registration expires after I'll be gone."

  • Winona's 1996 Mercury Sable
    1996 Mercury Sable

    "It didn't start, although it did until yesterday! Honestly, it's old and we're just not interested in keeping it and maintaining it anymore. When it didn't start yesterday (I have no idea why), I just decided to go ahead and let it go."

  • Brandy's 1997 Ford Escort
    1997 Ford Escort

    "I'm going to junk this car and get something more reliable. The left side mirror is gone and the bumper is off. Inside, there are just wires showing by the feet on the driver side. "

  • Trina's 1992 Toyota Celica
    1992 Toyota Celica

    "It is a nice convertible Celica, but it quit running and I don't have the money to work on it. It has good tires, a new battery (1000 cranking amps), and a brand new radiator. Just been sitting there for a month since it quit running."

  • Robert's 1996 Chevrolet Lumina
    1996 Chevrolet Lumina

    "It has a blown head gasket. I don't have the title. It is free and clear but would need time to get it from the state."

  • Ashley's 1993 Ford Mustang
    1993 Ford Mustang

    "The reason I want to junk it is because it has a problem with the transmission. I already invested a lot of cash in this vehicle. I paid for the A/C to get fixed and for a better fuel pump. "

Ready to sell your junk car for cash in Chicago, IL?