your Junk or Broken vehicle for Salvage / Junk Car Removal
*** WE ARE NOT BUYING VEHICLES AT THIS
TIME FROM PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS ***
buys wrecked, broken, and otherwise unwanted vehicles from individuals, towing
companies, repair shops, body shops, auctions, and estate
sales. Selling your car
for "salvage" or "junk" can be a difficult and
confusing thing to do, but at LAS we make the process quick and
easy. Read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section below to find out
***PLEASE NOTE: We only
pickup cars in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, and
864-363-8277 and tell the sales person
you would like a quote on selling your vehicle. Be prepared to answer the
make, and model of vehicle (Example: 2003 Ford Taurus)
on the vehicle (if known)
it is damaged (if wrecked)
What's wrong with it (Example: Bad engine or bad transmission).
the vehicle is located
Whether or not you have a title
answering these questions, you will be made an offer for the vehicle if it
meets our criteria.
that simple. We agree on a price, then we come and pick it up (if
within pickup area -- see below). When the driver arrives, you present
the title & keys and we give you a check for your vehicle. We
also provide all of the necessary legal forms and paperwork to salvage
you must turn in your tag to your state DMV and notify them that you no
longer own the vehicle (to avoid future taxes).
In December 2012, South Carolina passed a comprehensive scrap law (SC
56-5-5670) that clearly defines the process for selling junk cars
without titles. If you do not have a title for your vehicle, then read
the following sections to find out exactly what you need to do. If your
vehicle is 12 model years old or older, read
below. If your vehicle is less than, or newer than 12 model years old,
Section Two below.
If your vehicle is 12 model years old or older you can sell it for
salvage without a title if it meets certain conditions, has not been
reported stolen, and by having the proper paperwork in order. When you
salvage your vehicle with LAS, we provide all of the paperwork and
certifications needed and walk you through the entire process. It works
DMV VIN Check -- The first step is to obtain a report
from the SC DMV that certifies your vehicle has not been reported
stolen. You can call, email, text, or fax your vehicle's VIN number
to us and we will run it though the SC DMV database and print out
the report at no charge. If your vehicle has not been reported
stolen, then we move to the next step. If it has been reported
stolen, then see
"What if my
vehicle has been reported stolen?"
Filling out Form SC TI-014A Affidavit of Disposal of Vehicle to a
Demolisher / Secondary Metals Recycler (SMR) -- The
second step is to fill out SC Form TI-014A and certify (under
penalty of perjury) that your vehicle meets certain conditions and
is in your possession legally. You must sign and agree that the
vehicle was abandoned on your property and is in your possession, or
that you are the legal owner but your title is faulty, damaged, or
destroyed. Second, you must sign and agree that the vehicle meets
the following criteria:
It is lawfully in your possession,
Is twelve model years old or
Does not have a valid registration
plate (license plate) affixed on the car, and
Has no engine or is otherwise
You must also provide your name,
address, telephone number, and driver's license number and state of
issue on the form. The rest of the form, along with the SC DMV VIN
certification number is provided by us, the "demolisher".
Proof of Ownership & Valid State ID -- After filling
out the Affidavit form, you must then present proof of ownership to
the driver and a valid state ID (such as a Driver's License or state
ID card). Proof of ownership can include a bill of sale or the state
Once these three steps are completed,
then we simply fill out a bill of sale and give you payment for your
vehicle. Please note that we provide all of the forms for you to make
the whole process as simple as possible.
The only way to salvage a late model
vehicle newer than 12 model years old without a title is to get
permission from your local County Sherriff Department. If they approve
your vehicle for salvage, then they will provide you with a form that
you can take to a certified salvage yard or demolisher that allows them
to purchase your vehicle for salvage or scrap. You must still have a
valid state identification card to recycle the car with us.
Remember that if your title is simply lost
or damaged, you can always go to any SC DMV office and have a duplicate
printed for a nominal fee. It's a lot easier than going to the local
Sheriff for approval.
you've lost your title -- We prefer to purchase vehicles with a valid
title and we pay more for them if they have parts value. You can go to your nearest state
DMV office to have a duplicate title printed (for a nominal fee). In South
Carolina, the fee is $35.00 to have it reprinted as you wait, or $15.00
to have it mailed to you (takes about a week). Alternativly, you can
salvage it via the "Affidavit of Disposal" process describe
If a salvage yard or "demolisher" runs
your VIN number through the SC DVM database and it comes back as being
reported stolen, then the salvage yard or demolisher is required by law
to report it to the state of SC.
If this happens, we suggest you
immediately contact your local Sherriff Department and explain to them
what happened. Tell them you tried to sell it for salvage but the DMV
check came back as being reported stolen. They will know what to do and
will take the appropriate action. More than likely the legal owner of
the vehicle will be notified. If they cannot be reached or they are not
interested in taking possession of the vehicle then the Sherriff's
office might approve the sale of the vehicle for salvage, if they deem
it appropriate and if there is no pending legal investigations involving
the vehicle. Keep in mind that they may also take possession of the
vehicle and investigate how it came into your possession.
If you have taken out a loan from a title
loan company, then technically the title loan company owns your vehicle
and you cannot sell it for salvage (in fact you can't sell it to
anyone for any reason). You must settle your loan with the title loan
company and get them to release the lean on your title before you can
sell or "junk" your vehicle. However, if your vehicle is
inoperable and is over 12 years old, you may under the new SC law sell
it for salvage via the "Affidavit of Disposal" process.
The only "gray area" or possible problem
we see with salvaging your car with a title loan lean using this new
method is whether or not it truly qualifies as being "abandoned". We
agree that the vehicle is broken (inoperable) and that it is legally in
your possession, but does it qualify as being abandoned?
To be safe and to protect yourself from
perjury, we recommend to our customers in this situation to send a
certified letter to the title loan company asking them if they are
willing to pickup the car. If they say no or simply do not reply, then
you might be able to get away with it as long as you save your certified
letter as evidence along with the SCDMV report showing the title loan
company failed to report the vehicle as stolen.
Remember, the salvage yard or demolisher
cannot be held liable if they ran the DMV report and obtained the proper
affidavit from you. Only YOU will be held liable for settling your title
loan and held liable under penalty of perjury for falsely filling out
the Affidavit of Disposal form.
The best possible course of action to take
if you must dispose of the vehicle immediately would be to have it towed
to the title loan company and let them decide how to deal with it from
First, realize that you're not alone...
this happens all the time. Many cities, local municipalities, and even
counties have new "unsightly" vehicle laws that allow law enforcement to
fine anyone in their jurisdiction for having a vehicle on their property
that is not currently registered and/or does not have an up-to-date tag.
If this happens to you, you will be fined every single day that vehicle
is on your property and is not registered. You will continued to be
fined until the local authority confiscates your vehicle, which will now
belong to them! You will not be compensated for your vehicle and may
still have to pay the fines, even after loosing your vehicle!
If this happens to you and you do not wish
to pay the taxes, fines, and fees to register your car, then give us a
call and we'll do what we can to pick it up that day. We'll actually pay
you for your vehicle and your fines will stop as soon as we pick it up,
although you may still be liable for fines accrued before salvaging the
If you do not have a title because the
title is at a title loan company, then you'll have to have vehicle towed
to the title loan company and surrender it to them, or dispose of it via
the "Affidavit of Disposal" process described
Rather than pay by the pound for junk
vehicles with little to no parts value, we prefer to pay by category,
for example..... small, medium, large, x-large, pickup / van, and so
forth. We price our categories to exceed the current "crush price"
offered over scales at local metal recycling companies.
We always pay more than crush price!*
With our new category pricing, we've taken all of the guesswork out of
valuing the vehicle. Obviously, we pay more for late model cars with a
high parts value, but we now have set minimum prices for any complete
vehicle based on it's size.
For example, at current price, a complete
full-size car, such as a Buick LeSabre or Ford Taurus, is worth
vehicle could be worth as little as $200.00 to many THOUSANDS
We pickup vehicles in the
following Upstate counties: Greenville, Piedmont, Easley, Spartanburg, Laurens,
Anderson, Abbeville, Augusta, Cherokee, Greenwood,
Newberry, Lexington, and the greater Columbia area.
your vehicle falls into the minimum size category range, then we do charge
$1.00 per mile (round trip) to pick it up. Pick up is
FREE if your have a late model car
with a higher parts value......... Call
LAS will offer to purchase or remove any non-automobile or light truck, if space on
the yard allows.
-- We will remove boats at no charge in certain counties in Upstate
South Carolina. We do not pay for boats because of the high content of
wood, fiberglass, and hazardous materials that are very costly to
dispose of. Call for details or to arrange to have your boat picked up.
Trailers & Campers -- We will remove travel trailers (including
tag-alongs, pop-ups, and campers) in certain counties in Upstate South
Carolina at no charge. We cannot offer any payment for trailers or
non-motorized campers because they contain high amounts of fiberglass,
wood, insulation, and textiles that are costly to dispose of. Note that
we do not accept "Goose Neck" or "5th Wheel" campers.
"A" Motor Homes -- Class A motor homes are built from the ground up
on a custom RV chassis. Due to their large size, the amount of hazardous
materials, and the cost to tow them, we do not accept class A motor
"B" Motor Homes and Vans -- Class B motor homes are built on truck
and van chassis and are usually confined within the original vehicle's
cargo space. Conversion vans also fall in this category. We will offer
to purchase class B motor homes on a case by case basis. Call for
"C" Motor Homes -- Class C motor homes are usually built on
heavy-duty cab & cassis trucks or vans and still have the original cab.
Although these motor homes have more hazardous and hard to dispose of
material, we still purchase them on a case by case basis. Call for
Tractors -- We will offer to purchase scrap or salvage farm tractors
based solely on their scrap weight, minus the towing charge. Call for
Motor Cycles & Mopes -- Like
Tractors, we will offer to purchase mopeds and motor cycles solely based
on their scrap weight, minus the towing charge. Call for details.
note that LAS reserves the right to refuse to make an offer and/or
to cancel an offer on any vehicle at our discretion. Partial or incomplete
vehicles will be priced on per instance basis. All coupon offers are
contingent on agreement to sell vehicle to LAS. Vehicle must be
complete and have valid title. Bill of sale required. One coupon per
customer. All offers are void if any fire damage is present.