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How to Junk a Car Without a Title

How to Junk a Car Without a Title

There are times when you might want to junk your old car, but you lost the title.

While having the title makes the process easier, how do you junk a car without a title in most states? Below is a table to help visualize the process of junking a car without a title:

1Verify ownershipGather alternative documents to prove ownership, such as a bill of sale, registration papers, or insurance records that match your name and address with the vehicle’s.
2Obtain necessary documentationApply for a duplicate title at your local DMV by providing proof of ownership and paying a fee. Requirements vary by state.
3Research state regulationsUnderstand your state’s specific laws for junking a car without a title, as non-compliance can lead to legal issues.
4Contact local junkyardsInquire about their procedures for buying junk cars without titles and be prepared to provide proper identification and proof of ownership.
5Prepare the vehicleEnsure the car has no missing major components, all wheels, and intact body parts.
6Negotiate priceCompare offers from multiple junkyards and negotiate a fair price for your junk car.
7Finalize the saleProvide the junkyard with a clear, dated bill of sale that includes all relevant information, contact details, and signatures of both parties.
8Notify the DMVInform the DMV that you have junked your car to avoid future fees and penalties.

Below is some additional information that I believe will be very helpful…

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Check Your State’s Requirements To Junk a Car

Every state has different laws and regulations regarding junking cars without titles. In some states, like California, you can junk a car by simply filling out a form (REG 227) and having it signed by both the buyer and seller.

Other states may require additional documentation to prove ownership.

Some of the easiest states to junk a car with no title are:

  • California
  • Connecticut (for vehicles over 20 years old)
  • Florida (for vehicles over 10 years old valued under $1000)
  • Illinois
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Get Alternative Proof of Ownership

Get Alternative Proof of Ownership

If you don’t have the title, you’ll need to provide alternative documentation to prove you own the vehicle. Some items that could prove ownership are:

  • Vehicle registration (current or expired)
  • Bill of Sale
  • Driver’s license or state ID matching registration
  • Insurance documents
  • Notarized affidavit of ownership

Requirements vary by state and junkyard, so be prepared with as much relevant paperwork as possible. The junkyard needs to verify you are the legal owner before purchasing the vehicle.

Obtain a Replacement Title If Possible – Duplicate Title

It might sometimes be worth the time and effort to get a replacement title before junking the car, as this can make the process go more smoothly and potentially increase the value you receive.

Contact your state’s DMV to find out the procedure and cost for obtaining a duplicate title.

Find a Junkyard That Accepts Cars With No Title

Find a Junkyard

Not all junkyards will buy vehicles without titles, so you may need to call around. Many reputable junkyards do have processes in place to handle lost titles because it happens so much, but as long as you can provide sufficient proof of ownership.

Expect to receive a lower offer than if you had the title.

Notify the DMV of the Sale

Notify the DMV of the Sale

After junking the vehicle, inform your state’s DMV that you have sold the car and that it will be scrapped. This protects you from future liability if the junkyard decides to do something other than scrap the car.

The junkyard should and usually does also notify the state and file the necessary paperwork.

Final Thoughts and Summary

If you don’t have your cars title you can still junk your car fairly easily, it just might require an extra step or two depending on your states laws.


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Steve, a seasoned expert in the automotive industry, formerly held a car dealer license in Florida. With extensive experience spanning across car trading and mechanical work, he founded Autohitch. His mission? To guide both buyers and sellers through the intricate maze of car purchasing, ensuring a seamless and informed experience. Outside of the automotive world, Steve has a passion for fishing and capturing the beauty of nature through photography.


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