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

  1. We are Iowa's top junk car and truck buyer.
  2. We are The Hawkeye State's top junk car removal specialists
  3. We pay cash for junk cars, trucks, SUVs, and more!

Is your car a clunker you’re looking to get rid of? Would you like to earn some money while you do so? We’re The Clunker Junker, and we’re Iowa’s number one choice for anyone looking to sell their car for cash. Our prices are competitive, our service is fast, and we’re 100% committed to your complete satisfaction. Looking to turn your unwanted or car into cash? We make the process easy, quick and profitable.

Did you know that sliced bread was invented in Iowa? Well, The Clunker Junker’s cash for cars service is the best thing since! Rather than deal with Iowa car buyers who are more crooked than Snake Alley in Burlington, let us make an instant offer on your vehicle. We buy cars of all makes, models, and conditions. So don’t waste your time putting up ads online when you can answer a few simple questions about your car and have a guaranteed instant offer right now.

You might be tempted to just roll your car into West Okoboji Lake, so you don’t have to deal with it anymore, but we’ve made it so easy to sell your car in Iowa, there is no need! (That’s also very illegal). We’ll give you a deal on your car that is sweeter than Iowa corn.

Selling Your Junk Car for Cash in Iowa

As tempting as it may be to simply hide your unwanted car in a corn field, there’s an easier way. We buy cars from all across the Hawkeye State. We provide fast service to all the major cities such as Des Moines, Cedar Rapid and Davenport. But we haven’t forgotten about the rest of the state. We buy plenty of cars from the residents of Clive, Newton and other small towns throughout the state. Basically, we’re able to reach more Iowans than the Iowa State Fair!

Getting cash for junk cars here is an easy three-step process:

  1. 1. Input Your Car’s Details

    Use the quick tool on our website to input your car’s year, make, model and trim. We’ll ask you to detail the damage as accurately as you can. More damage doesn’t equal less cash in hand, so don’t spare any of the specifics.

  2. 2. Accept Our Cash Offer

    We’re able to instantly give you an offer. As you’d expect from an Iowa business, we won’t give you the runaround. You’ll see a fair offer which contains no hidden fees or other surprises. Junk car removal is always included in our offer, you never pay for towing.

  3. 3. Schedule a Cash for Cars Transaction

    Our Iowa car buyers will arrive at your location – and we’re usually able to do so between one and three days. We’ll give you cash or a check directly on-site, and leave with your car, keys and title (if applicable). You don’t have to drive your car anywhere, haggle with any salesman or do much of anything, really. We’ll pay you, pick up your car and be out of your hair.

How Much is My Junk Car Worth in Iowa?

We give more cash for junk cars than anyone else in Des Moines County, Davenport County and all the other counties in Iowa. You might be a bit surprised about exactly what types of junk cars we buy. Here’s a look at the three general categories of cars we pay cash for:

Junk Cars

These cars often look like they’ve been dragged out of the bottom of Red Rock Lake. We’re talking about cars which don’t run and are covered in rust, dents and other damage. We value these cars by their size and weight. You’ll typically earn anywhere from $50 to $185.

Junk-ish Cars

These cars still have some life left inside. They might run and have a few working components. Because these cars are pieced out, we’re able to offer more. Typically, these cars sell for a few hundred dollars.

Cars in Good Condition

Many people are surprised to learn we buy cars which look great and run without issue. We’re often much faster than a typical junkyard or auto salvage yard. Plus, we base the payment on the vehicle’s current value at auction. You can get a very competitive price. We

How to sign your Iowa car title

We have put together a simple guide and example for how to sign your Iowa 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 Iowa you should be signing and printing your name on the back of the title towards the top in the "Assignment of title" section. Do not write anything in the re-assignment by dealer sections of the title.
  2. First sign the back of the title where indicated by "Seller(s) Signature(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 back of the title, where it reads "Printed Name of Seller".
    Always include any and all middle names or initials that are used in the owner section.
Front of Iowa title
Front of Iowa Title
Back of Iowa title
Back of Iowa Title

How to get a duplicate Iowa title

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

  1. Fill out the Iowa form 411033 Application for Duplicate Title.
  2. If you have liens on the vehicle, you must get a cancellation of security interest
  3. Bring the form to your local county treasurer's office.
  4. The fee for a replacement Iowa title is $25.00.

How to get rid of an abandoned vehicle in Iowa

Getting rid of an abandoned vehicle in Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa

  1. Attempt to locate the legal owner of the vehicle using the VIN 17-digit number.
  2. To have a vehicle removed from your property, you must submit an Application for Authority to Transfer a Vehicle to a Demolisher to your local law enforcement.
  3. After review and processing, if the applicant is approved, the responsible law enforcement office will grant a Certificate of Disposal of an Abandoned Vehicle.
  4. After you have received a Certificate of Disposal of an Abandoned Vehicle, you may apply for a Junking Certificate.
  5. You may use a Junking Certificate in lieu of title to dispose of the vehicle. In some cases, law enforcement may remove the vehicle on your behalf.

Common questions we’ve answered in Iowa

Will you still buy my car in Iowa if I don’t have the title?

No, we cannot purchase your car, truck, or SUV unless you have a valid title in your name. However, as the legal owner you will be able to easily obtain a duplicate title from the Iowa MVD, at which point we would be able to help you sell your vehicle.

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

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

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 MVD 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?

You may need to notify your local MVD that you have sold the vehicle. You can contact them with any additional questions or concerns about the transfer of your title.

Iowa’s Top Choice in Junk Cars for Cash

Iowa’s too beautiful to let a car clutter up your life. We’ll meet you at your location quickly to give you the cash you need and remove the car you don’t. Contact us today to start the process.

  • Emma's 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis
    1996 Mercury Grand Marquis

    "The vehicle was crashed into a lamp post. It was driven home, but it hasn't been driven since. The hood won't open along with the front passenger door. The passenger-side airbag deployed, and the windshield is cracked. "

  • Letty's 2000 Ford Focus
    2000 Ford Focus

    "The car just had the alternator and the starter changed. The battery was tested and is still good. The car won't start. I can't afford to keep putting cash into it. It was bought in February from a private owner and worked great for a couple of weeks, then the alternator went out. I was not able to get the car smogged in order to register the vehicle, and I cannot get in contact with the previous owner."

  • Jennelle's 1992 Ford Taurus
    1992 Ford Taurus

    "I purchased this vehicle in January of 2015. It has been lightly driven since that time, and it gets good gas mileage. The brakes started being testy this past week."

  • Erika's 2002 Ford Explorer Sport
    2002 Ford Explorer Sport

    "The vehicle was driveable the last time I saw it. It does have one low tire, and it needs new tires, a new CD-player, cruise control, a back wiper arm, and one window is off the track but still rolls up and down. It also needs a new battery. It's approximately $3,000 in repairs, by my estimation, to fix it. I didn't want to put that much into it, so I didn't fix it. Most of the components and parts are newer or gently used due to me keeping up with the maintenance. I have the paperwork for every bit of maintenance that has been done on it."

  • Jessica's 2006 Chrysler Town & Country
    2006 Chrysler Town & Country

    "I know nothing about vehicles. I have had trouble for almost a year with it overheating. A friend also said that something is wrong with the transmission. It needs to be jumped to start randomly, and then it's fine for a couple of weeks. I don't have cash to put into it to figure out what is wrong."

  • Dale's 1996 Ford Explorer
    1996 Ford Explorer

    "The vehicle has a rust hole in the fuel tank, so it will start and drive, but the fuel leaks out within a day. I was a hazmat responder, and the vehicle is equipped with emergency lights and radios which will take me about a week, weather permitting, to carefully remove. Then, I will call when it's ready for removal."

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