How do you junk a car in Kentucky?

I’ve heard it’s easy to junk a car, but I have no idea where to start. What steps should I take to junk a car in Kentucky?

Joshua Levy · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Junking a car in
is much easier than you might think. All you need to do is go to the DMV with the required forms and have a towing company take your car to the junkyard.
Follow these steps to junk your car in Kentucky:
  • Sign the original title: You’ll need to turn in the original title to the DMV along with your signature, the date, and a note that it’s being junked.
  • Submit an Application to Junk Title: The application is short and only requires basic information like your name, address, and car’s make, model, and vehicle identification number.
  • Return your license plates: In Kentucky, you’ll need to remove your license plates from your car and submit them to the DMV before you junk it.
  • Pay existing property tax: If you owe any property tax on the car, you’ll need to pay it to the DMV before they allow you to junk the vehicle.
  • Pay the processing fee: Every car owner is required to pay a $1 processing fee to have their car junked.
  • Find a buyer: Each junkyard will make a unique offer for your junk car, so compare a few offers before you settle on a buyer.
  • Call a towing company: Call a tow truck and have them take your car to the junkyard.
Remember that some cities may have free towing services for junk cars, so you should contact your local DMV and ask about your options before you call anyone. Don’t forget to cancel your insurance policy once you’ve sold the car. Keeping it could result in months of unpaid premiums, which could adversely impact your credit score.
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