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How to Get Cash for Clunkers

Cash for Clunkers Cash For Junk CarIt’s been a few years since it’s been advertised all over TV and the internet. Back when the Cash for Clunkers program was in full swing, your car was probably early new. Or, maybe you cashed in your clunker back then, but your replacement vehicle is now on its last legs.

Is there still a car buy back program you can take advantage of today?

Unfortunately, the old government car trade in program is no longer in effect. In fact, it’s been nearly a decade since the original CARS Allowance Rebate System has been in operation, wrapping up in 2009. That boat has long set sail, and there’s no DMV buy back program organized by the federal government.

If you’ve resigned yourself to just scrapping your car for pennies on the dollar, hold up. There’s still a glimmer of hope because there’s a new program in 2018 known as the CAP Vehicle Retirement Program.

What is the Vehicle Retirement Program?

Cash for Cars Near You Cash For Junk CarWhat is Cash for Clunkers, or rather the Vehicle Retirement Program? Much like the Cash for Clunkers program that’s long past its expiration date, the Vehicle Retirement Program is designed to get less-efficient, polluting vehicles off the roads.

It turns out California has a clunker program available for their residents. Vehicle owners whose cars failed their required state emissions test can qualify to retire their ride for $1,000 or even $1,500. That’s a decent chunk of change in your jeans pocket that you weren’t expecting, isn’t it?

For the average California resident that’s making a decent income, you’ll be paid $1,000 to retire your vehicle that fails its emissions test when you drop it off at an approved auto recycling facility. If your income is below 225% of the poverty level, you’ll get $1,500 for the same car. Sounds pretty sweet.

Here’s the Kicker, Though

If you’re living anywhere but California and thinking about using their program to sell your junk car, think again. The problem with the CAP Vehicle Retirement Program is that it’s strictly a California car buyback program.

If you don’t live in California, or if the car hasn’t been registered in the state for the past two years, you can’t qualify for their awesome little Cash for Clunkers California program.

No other state currently has a similar state junk car program in effect, so if you don’t live in California, you either have to wait for the federal government to institute another government junk car program or find an alternative way to get cash for your clunker.

You Have Another Option

Free Junk Car Removal Cash For Junk CarDiscovering that the Cash for Clunkers program is only for Californians can leave you feeling disappointed. But pick your chin up — there’s another choice, and it might be better for you anyway than trying to sell your car to the government.

JunkCarMasters buys junk cars just like your clunker. And instead of being exclusive to a certain group, JunkCarMasters is available to everybody.

You don’t have to know where California is, or even find it on a map. If you’re in the contiguous United States and you want to sell a junk car, we’ll buy it from you.

With the Vehicle Retirement Program in the Golden State, you have to be able to drive your car to the recycler. It has to start and run on its own power. It must’ve recently failed a smog check. Plus, it must’ve been registered for the past two years.

But with JunkCarMasters, it doesn’t matter if it’s running or not. It’s not important if all the parts are there. It doesn’t have to be insured. In any condition, JunkCarMasters will offer you cold hard cash for your clunker.

This isn’t a government car trade in program where there’s tons of paperwork and only so much funding to buy junk cars. Nope, we make it easy to clear that rusted pile of bolts, that unwanted car, the unreliable wreck, or that smashed accident car from your driveway.

Skip waiting for the DMV junk car program and get an offer from JunkCarMasters now.

How to Sell Your Clunker to JunkCarMasters

JunkCarMasters makes it extremely easy to get cash for clunkers. On our website, just request an offer.

Fill in your vehicle information as accurately as possible, with as much detail as you can. You might also be requested to submit pictures. Then, within 90 seconds or so, you’ll receive a guaranteed offer for your car.

Now it’s up to you. If you’re happy with the offer, accept it. We’ll pay you exactly what you’ve been offered, and we’ll pick up your car from where it sits. We’ll even take care of the title transfer fees.

With JunkCarMasters, you don’t need a finicky Cash for Clunkers program, and you don’t have to live in California (although it’s okay if you do). We pay cash for junk cars all year, every year.

Forget the California cash for cars program. If you’ve got a clunker car or junker car lying around, get an offer from JunkCarMasters and get paid fast.



Will There Be Another Cash For Clunkers?

Many people thought there would be a Cash for Clunkers in 2020, but it never emerged. And as of now, Cash for Clunkers in 2021 doesn’t seem likely either. Rather than waiting for a car clunker program to emerge, you can try to sell your unwanted vehicles independently — but who pays fair market prices for clunkers?

JunkCarMasters is happy to make an offer for your junk car. You don’t need the government to trade in old cars when you can get a quote from us in 90 seconds with FREE towing and title transfer involved. Unlike California’s state car buy back program, we don’t even need your car to be running.

Get a quote from JunkCarMasters and sell your clunker now — no government program needed!

How Much Will The Government Give Me For My Clunker?

Unless you live in California, the answer is currently nothing. If you do live in California, their cash for clunkers program could get you either $1000 for junk cars or $1500 for junk cars depending on the condition of your vehicle and your household income, based on the details of the California clunker buy back program.

Live in another state like Utah, Texas, Arizona or New York? Then you’re going to need to rely on private buyers to sell your car rather than some sort of DMV car buy back program. Luckily, DamagedCars has a cash for clunkers program operating year-round, and we always include free towing and title transfer.

How Can I Sell My Car To The State Of California?

You can utilize the Cash for Clunkers CA program, also known as the Consumer Assistance Program, to retire your vehicle that failed to meet the smog test requirements. To use the program, you need to bring your vehicle to a BAR-approved dismantler.

It’s important to keep in mind that the car buy back program in California is limited to cars that you can drive or transport to the dismantler yourself — the state will not provide or pay for any towing services if your vehicle doesn’t run.

Additionally, if you use the California junk car program, it can take four to six weeks to get approval to even bring your vehicle to the dismantler in the first place. If you want fast cash, California’s vehicle buy back program is probably not for you.

Will There Be A Cash For Clunkers In 2021?

As of now, it doesn’t appear that there will be any sort of “trade in your clunker” program hosted by the federal government in 2021. Instead, you can turn to the multitude of private junk car buyers near you who are willing to make an offer on your car.

JunkCarMasters, for example, is happy to make an offer on your junk, damaged or broken vehicle no matter what condition it’s in. We’ll come to you with a check in hand in 24 to 48 hours after you accept our offer, pick up your vehicle for you and pay you on the spot!

It’s a Quick and Easy Process

Step 1: Vehicle Details

Vehicle Details

Provide us with your vehicle’s details and a picture if asked.

Step 2: Offer


Request your guaranteed offer from us online.

Step 3: Accept


Accept the offer if you’re happy with it.

Step 4: Get Paid

Get Paid

In 24-48 hrs, you will get paid and have your car towed for free!

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