You've probably already seen signs all over New York claiming to give you $500 for any car, in any condition. You may be able to get $500 for your junk car if the vehicle is heavy enough. But the truth of the matter is that if you have an older sedan that doesn't weigh that much, it may not be worth $500. And if it's 10 to 15 years old or older, you're going to spend a lot more time and energy than you could recoup by trying to sell the car on Craigslist.
If you're shopping around to get the highest quote for your car from a company that sells your car beware of the buyers who say that they'll pay you $500 for any car. Some of these predatory car butchers will offer you $500 over the phone or the internet and give you multiple reasons why they can't pay you that amount when the driver arrives. What happens is you've already put the time into waiting for the driver, so you'll get fed up and just take it; or you'll tell him to get lost and have wasted your time, which could possibly equate to several days.
Call a company that pays the exact amount of cash for your car that you were quoted over the phone or any where. At Carmula, we've been faithfully serving the Queens community for almost 20 years now. We purchase so many cars that we don't have time to give you less money than you were offered over the phone; we would risk losing time when you say, no, and risk losing the cost of a tow truck that we have to pay to arrive at your location. It doesn't make business sense.
So if you're car is worth $500 we'll quote you $500 and pay you $500. If your car is worth $200, we'll pay you $200. If your car is worth $2000, we'll pay you $2,000, if we could resell it. But don't expect to get Kelly Blue Book value for a car that was manufactured in the 20th century with over 100K miles. What you can expect is that we can either buy it's car for it's resellable value if it has any; or buy it for it's weight in scrap metal for cars that we junk because we wont be able to sell again.