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How to Decide If You Should Junk A Car After A Car Accident

Junking a car after an accident can be a quick and easy way to get rid of your old vehicle, but it is important to assess the damage and make certain it is beyond repair, to see if it’s worth junking or not.
You have to take a few important steps to know if your car is beyond repair.
Here are seven steps to follow when deciding if you should junk your car after the accident

1. Get an estimate of the damage

After the accident, you need to get an estimate of the damage done.
Getting involved in a car accident and not knowing how bad it is can be confusing and stress causing.
It’s best to know exactly what repairs will cost you, so that you can decide if junking your car is worth it or not. The best way to do this is to call your insurance agent. The estimate they give you of the damage will help you determine if it’s worth getting the car fixed or not. If you have a high deductible, this may be a determining factor in whether or not to junk your car. If it will cost more to fix the car than what your car is worth, it may be a better idea to just buy a new vehicle and junk your car to 114 Auto Salvage.

2. Assess the Damage

After the estimate of the damage has been given to you by your insurance agent, it’s best to get a second opinion.
It’s always a good idea to get another person’s input on what the extent of the damage is and whether or not it would be worth fixing or junking. You might want to go to a trusted mechanic and get an estimate from them as well. If the damage is minor and less than 1000 dollars, it’s probably worth fixing unless the vehicle is over 20 years old and well over 200,000 miles. At the end of the day, it is up to you whether you think it’s better to junk your car and to sell it to 114 Auto Salvage.
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3. Can The Parts That You Need Get Replaced?

There are a few parts that you may need to have replaced in order to complete the repairs. For instance, if your car’s suspension is damaged beyond repair, it would be foolish to get your car fixed when you know you will have to replace everything again when the suspension breaks in the next week or month. If the part that needs replacing is really expensive or really hard to get, it may be worth junking your car to 114 Auto Salvage.

4.Can Your Insurance Company Cover The Repairs?

Many insurance companies have a limit to the amount of money they will give towards repairs on a vehicle. It’s very possible that if your car is over 15 years old, the insurance company may only give you a certain amount of money towards repairs and if it goes over that limit you will have to pay for the remainder out of pocket. This may be a reason for you not to fix your car. So make sure you ask yourself these questions when selling your vehicle.
– How much money will insurance give you for your car?
– Does my insurance company have a limit on how much they will pay to repair a vehicle?
– Are the repairs going to cost more than what my insurance company is willing to pay?
These are all questions that you need to ask yourself in order to determine if your car is worth fixing or if you’re better off junking your car for cash to 114 Auto Salvage.

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5. Will The Parts That You Repair Be Durable And Last A Long Time?

After you assess all of the damage and determine that there is no way around an expensive repair, you will need to do whatever it takes to ensure that your car can last a long time. Even certain used parts like the engine and transmission can cost a lot even if you go to the junkyard. At the end of the day, certain parts are not worth replacing and it’s best to junk your car to 114 Auto Salvage in those cases.

6. Do You Think Your Car Can Last Another Few Months With Minor Repairs?

If you are unsure if the parts that need to be repaired are durable enough, ask yourself these questions before getting your car fixed.
– Can my engine not handle anymore repairs?
– Will the transmission fail again next week or next month?
– Will the radiator keep leaking even if you tried to seal it?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it would be wise to junk your car to 114 Auto Salvage because you will end up spending more money on repairs in the future.
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7.Call For a Quote

After you have asked yourself the important questions and decided it’s best to junk your car to 114 Auto Salvage, its time to call for a quote. Get ready to answer these questions when you call.
-Where is your vehicle located?
-What is the year, make and model?
-Does it run and drive? If not, why?
-How many miles are on the car approximately?
-Is the car complete; meaning there is no major body damage like an accident? If yes, were the airbags deployed?
-Is the Catalytic Converter intact?
-For towing purposes only, are there any flat tires on the car?
It is best to know the answers to these questions before you give 114 Auto Salvage a call. We ask these questions so we can give you the best possible offer for your vehicle.

8.Prepare The Car Before It Gets Towed Away

Before 114 Auto Salvage pulls up to your location to junk your car, make sure that you get all of your belongings out of the car and double check to make sure you did not leave anything important. 114 Auto Salvage will not be responsible for anything left in the car, so make sure there you did not leave any important belongings before we take it away.
In short, you really have to analyze the situation before you decide that your car is worth scrapping for cash or not. Most of the time if your car is an older vehicle and is well over 200,000 miles, it is best to junk your car to 114 Auto Salvage. Call today for a free quote at 978-396-2448.
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