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Why Is My Car Junk? (What is a Junk Car?)

When a vehicle reaches a certain age and mileage, it may not be worth it to fork over the money to repair it. A used car dealer won’t be interested in it as it has no resale value.

Often, people will just let the car sit on their property, hoping someday to have the extra cash to get it in shape. The only value it has is to them, for whatever reason, it’s their first car, or the model is classic (read old and out of style).

So, there it sits, further deteriorating from lack of use and maintenance and the ravages of time and weather. The rats crawl in, and the rats crawl out, and the rats play Pinochle on the hood. Come on man. It’s time to admit this car is JUNK!

Here’s the thing, you know the thing. A car or other type of vehicle like this does have value if you call Sell Us Your Car AZ! We will give you top-dollar cash right away for your junk car, even if it doesn’t run. We pick up junk cars, so you don’t have to pay to have them towed away.

How dare you call my car junk!

You love your old car and think it’s the cat’s meow and feel insulted when it is called “junk.” Your significant other or your neighbors may see it as junk, but you still hold on to the old girl. Just a thought. Why do we see cars as female? Did you ever hear anyone say, “my car is low on oil; we better get HIM some oil.”

Sorry to digress, let’s get to the point of this article, what is a junk car in reality? Whether a vehicle is junk or not isn’t just a subjective view. There are legal elements to the definition of a “junk car.” In this nation of laws, this has been well thought out and put down on paper.

Classified as junk

Municipalities commonly have a definition of junk cars to keep them off the roads and out of yards. A local government establishes a list of criteria, and a vehicle must typically fulfill the majority of them to be classified as “junk.” Taxes or fines frequently accompany this designation.

According to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System 49 U.S. Code § 30501 – a junk automobile means one that (A) is incapable of operating on public streets, roads, and highways; and (B) has no value except as a source of parts or scrap.

Youngsters and Rats

There are good reasons to define what a junk auto is. Excessive junk cars might jeopardize community character and safety. They may create neighborhood degradation, affecting property values. Junked cars attract youngsters and attract rats, insects, and other problems.

The typical junk car is 20 years old, has 120,000 miles on it, has a serious collision, and has neglected maintenance. Do any of these qualities sound like your automobile? If they do, then selling a car for scrap is the solution.

Junk car nuisance regulations

Most communities have addressed this issue by enacting junk car nuisance regulations that restrict the storing of junk automobiles in public locations. Typical characteristics of these ordinances include the following:

  • The vehicle is not new.
  • It has been extensively damaged or degraded.
  • A junk car may miss parts such as tires, transmission, motor, and broken windows.
  • It has little value; no one wants it except a scrap car buyer.
  • There is no licensed driver or registration.
  • The car is parked on the street or private property without moving or authorization to be there.
  • The vehicle has one persistent mechanical problem that can’t be fixed in a certain number of tries within a certain range of mileage.
  • The vehicle has an approximate fair market value equal only to the approximate value of the scrap in it.

Phoenix Codes – Common Blight Violations

Phoenix, Arizona, has city codes and local laws adopted by the Phoenix City Council regarding “blights” upon the neighborhood to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. These blights include vegetation, junk, litter, debris, fences in disrepair, non-dust-proof parking, graffiti, illegal signs, and JUNK CARS.

You don’t want to have a car that is a blight on your neighborhood, do you? Not only could you be subject to a violation, taxes, or fines, you will be known as a blighter! Something that in ancient times may have resulted in flogging and dismemberment!

Sell Us Your Car AZ can remove this blight on your property and stain your neighborhood reputation by taking your junk car away. You can also bring it to us. Either way, you will get cash on the spot for your old vehicle. Not just a car, but a truck, SUV, ATV, or heavy equipment will get you cash in your hands.

Inoperable vehicles

Phoenix designates junk cars as “Inoperable vehicles,” and Phoenix City Code Chapter 39, Sec. 39-7H says this:

“Inoperable vehicles must not be visible from beyond the bounds of the property. An inoperable vehicle is one that is not equipped with all parts required to legally and safely operate on public streets and/or cannot be driven under its own power. Car covers, tarps, bamboo, shades, and other similar types of materials are not acceptable screening.”

Contact Sell Us Your Car AZ Now!

If you have finally come to the conclusion that your car or another vehicle on your property is junk and want to sell your car fast, contact us now. You will get paid top dollar on the spot. When we come to pick up junk cars, we either give you cash or a check.

We specialize in scrap car removal and have done it for over 15 years, so we know how much your automobile is worth. If you need cash, you will immediately get it by junking your car and have it towed away for free! Just give us a call at (602) 698-9155 now for an instant quote!