Cash for Junk Cars in California

Looking to sell your junk car for cash in California? You’re in the right place! We buy junk cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans of any year, make, model, and condition, from the luxurious and like-new to the old and broken down. And the best part? We cover your area!

We simplify everything, so you can quickly get cash for your junk car fast. So whether you’re in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Ana, or anywhere in between, we pay fast cash for junk cars!

Stop waiting for the “right” buyer to come along – sell your clunker for the Right Price, Right Now!

We pay cash for junk cars on the spot. We also dispose of your wreck for FREE! Contact us today!

We Pay Cash for Junk Cars Everywhere in California - See How It Works!

You might be surprised at just how much cash you can get for your junk car. If you’re struggling to find a junk car buyer in California for an old vehicle requiring costly repairs, we’re here to help. As professional California junk car buyers, we offer a fast 3-step solution that earns you fast cash for your junk car!

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Call right away & Tell us about your Car

What car would you like to sell? Do you have the paperwork? Where are you located?

If you know the answer to these questions, then we can help! Call us to get your offer today!

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It’s this simple

  • We buy junk cars of all kinds – even if it doesn’t run!
  • Towing & Paperwork Support is on us
  • No fees or additional costs on your end
  • Pick-up within 24h
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Get paid on the spot & Enjoy your newly earned Cash

Wether it’s Check, Transfer, Wenmo, we’re quick to pay for any of your junk cars.

We get to help you dispose of the clunker while you enjoy the cash to the fullest.

Sell your junk car to us and skip the hassle of dealing with traditional selling methods that can last for months. We pay cash for junk cars in California based on their real value, helping you skip lowball offers from junkyards and dealers! All you have to do is give us a call for an estimate and get cash for your junk car in no time!

Why Choose Family Car Buyers to Sell Your Old Car in California?

We Buy Junk Cars for Cash Anywhere in California

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We pay FAST cash for junk cars, regardless of condition, anywhere in the state. Our service area covers 482 incorporated cities and 58 counties in California. On average, we offer same-day pick-up whenever possible.

Getting good cash for your junk car is crucial, so we offer a price range of $500 to $15,000. We’ll quote you based on your wreck’s condition and current market value, and, of course, we offer FREE TOWING for all the cars we purchase. Sell your junk car to one of the best junk car buyers in California and let us handle the rest. We will take care of the paperwork, and towing, and pay you on the spot via cash, check, or Venmo!

We Pay Cash for Junk Cars in Any Condition in California

Whether you have a beaten-down luxury vehicle with a reconstructed title or just an old rig with a dreadful resale value, we’ll make you an offer you cannot refuse! So if you’re ready to sell your junk car and earn fast cash, contact us today. We’re here to buy junk cars for good cash, no matter where you’re located in California!

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The cost of repairing a totaled or broken old car is much higher than its actual value. Instead of spending anywhere between $400 and $5000 to fix your beat-down clunker, call us. We pay cash for junk cars no matter their condition – and you can even get $15,000 for yours! And remember, by 2035, all new vehicles sold in California must either be electric or plug-in hybrid electric, so end it with your gasoline-fueled junk while it’s still worth something!

Contact us today instead of waiting for a private buyer or taking your wreck to a salvage yard near you! We pay cash for junk cars and remove them swiftly and FREE.

What Is the Most You Can Get for A Junk Car in California?

Sell your junk car to us and avoid the uncertainty of finding a buyer on your own. We’ll give you a fair quote for your junk car regardless of age, make, or condition. Don’t worry about paperwork and free towing, either! We cover all Californian areas, from Los Angeles to Napa Valley. So sell your junk car for cash and make good money now!

The more of the bullet points above your clunker meets, the higher the potential offer from us.

Are you ready to GET CASH FOR YOUR JUNK CAR ON THE SPOT? Provide basic vehicle information; we’ll send a quote fast. We pay cash for junk cars quickly and easily, without any headaches associated with traditional junk car sales or removal.

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You can sell your Junk Car

Acording to the law state of California

You can sell your Junk Car

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We Come and Collect Your Junk Car Anywhere in California for Free

We pay cash for junk cars whether you’re in a busy city like San Diego or a remote location like Susanville, Barstow, or Needles. Then, we pick up your junk car for free, usually on the same day.

We have servicing and pick-up points throughout the state, including Stockton, Riverside, Fremont, San Bernardino, Sacramento, Oceanside, Lancaster, Modesto, and more. So whether in a crowded city or a more rural area, our team provides a seamless experience when selling your old car.

Whether in Hollywood or nearby Death Valley, we have the experience and resources to get to you quickly. We use major interstates like I-5 and I-10, as well as SR 1 in Santa Monica, I-15 in Temecula, Mulholland Drive and Mulholland Highway, Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, and the entire Pacific Coast Highway to reach our customers in every part of the state. So even if you live in Loyalton, Sierra Valley, “The Loneliest Town in America,” you can count on us to pay fast cash for your junk car in California!

What Is Required to Junk a Car in California?

Family Car Buyers pay cash for junk cars anywhere in California, handling paperwork and procedures for a secure transaction. We are fully certified, licensed to operate in Cali and all other states, and conduct transactions professionally and ethically.

Titles Accepted for Purchase:

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Clean Title

Vehicle in any condition with a clean title

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Salvage Title

Damaged vehicle or other incidents

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Without Title

Vehicle in any condition with a lost title (Pink Slip)

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Vehicle in any condition with a loan

Junking a car in California can be a complex process. To junk any vehicle in the Golden State, you must have its title, whether it is a clean title, salvage title, title with liens, etc. You also must apply to the DMV before dismantling the vehicle to record it as “Junk.” Owners who disassemble a car before doing this are charged for the investigation service. Moreover, you must turn in the pink slip and the vehicle’s license plates to junk your car with a Junk Slip. Once you have the necessary paperwork, you can sell your car to a licensed California auto dismantler. 

Remember that in California, you cannot sell a junk car without a title unless you sell it for scrap. So no matter where you live, you must obtain a new title to sell your inoperable car, whether in Glendale, San Jose, or Venice Beach. If you sell a car four years or older, you must provide a current smog certification to the buyer. You don’t need a smog inspection if the vehicle is less than four years old, but since we’re talking about cars that didn’t age well, have high mileage, create public nuisance issues, or cost too much to repair, you can’t skip this paperwork. 

We understand that waiting for the right buyer can be maddening, especially if you have a totaled car or one with title issues. That’s why we offer a 3-step easy junk car buying process. Why waste time and money to sell your junk sedan, van, truck, or SUV to Californian junk yards, scrapyards, or undecided private buyers? We pay cash for junk cars and accept all types of titles!

Frequently Asked Questions about Getting Cash for Junk Cars in California

You can sign the title to transfer ownership of the car if you have the California Certificate of Title. The purchaser should then take the signed title to a DMV office to submit an ownership transfer application. In short, all vehicle transactions in California go through the DMV. 

Do you know why Arnold Schwarzenegger bought a junk car as governor of California? Because he wanted to terminate its emissions! Joke aside, there are just a few exceptions to selling a car in Cali without the smog certificate.

If you are selling an old car, you must provide a current smog certification to the buyer. However, you don’t need to go through and pay for a smog inspection if the vehicle has less than four years. Instead, a smog transfer fee will be charged to the vehicle’s new owner.

Vehicles transferred to be wrecked or disassembled (junk) are exempt from the smog inspection.

According to the California DMV, the requirements to “junk” a vehicle don’t differ from the criteria to register or transfer a car. The Certificate of Title is a legal document that proves ownership of the vehicle, and it’s required to transfer said ownership to a new owner, including a junkyard or salvage yard.

When we buy a junk car from you, we’ll handle all the necessary paperwork, including transferring the Certificate of Title. This ensures the transaction is legal, and you are no longer responsible for the vehicle.


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Jacob Powers
Jacob Powers
Fairly quick and easy. Offered me more than i thought I'd get for a dead car taking up driveway space.
Kimberly Pedersen
Kimberly Pedersen
Easy and fast, offer for my car was mote than any others. Highly recommend
Mario Aviles
Mario Aviles
Process was super easy, Family Car Buyers was available at every part of the process to make sure that everything went smooth. They gave me a more than fair price for my car that had a blown transmission and a flat tire. Glad to have found them and been able to get a great deal! Thank you for your service!
Rick Bagwell
Rick Bagwell
This was our first time selling a used car on any platform. Using Family Car Buyers was a fantastic experience. Professional and efficient from the beginning to the end of the process. They paid top dollar, they organized towing, and I got paid in full immediately. I will definitely sell any other used/junk car to Family Car Buyers in the future.
Tom Hickey
Tom Hickey
Family Car Buyers were great to work with in disposing of our car that had been damaged in an accident and written off by the insurance company. They were quick, efficient and very professional, I would recommend their services and deal with them again
James Yost
James Yost
Easy to work with, fair price, quick pick up
Andi Chandler
Andi Chandler
Our old car had a couple of problems we didn’t want to bother with fixing, but it was challenging to find the right buyer for a fixer upper. Family Car Buyers was great! Super easy to work with and they were quick to respond. I would definitely work with them again.