Got a car you don't need anymore? We'll pay cash to take it away.

If you live in San Diego, California or anywhere around the county and you want to sell a pre-loved car - you've landed in the right spot. Cash for Cars can help you eliminate the tiresome private car selling process. We pay cash for cars to save you the time and effort of doing the sale yourself.

Our Business Credentials

We've built our business by offering superior customer service and a failsafe way to sell a car:

  • Our business has been operating for more than a decade.
  • We are licensed, bonded and insured so you don't have to worry about a thing!
  • You can get a quote online, by phone or at an inspection.
  • Sell your car to us in San Diego and we organise regulatory certifications and paperwork.
  • When we buy your car you get immediate cash!

You'll be dealing with a company that recycles as many old cars as possible to limit damage to the environment. If the car is junk we use the parts to keep other vehicles on the road. Otherwise, we recondition the vehicle, give it a tune-up and do mechanical inspections on it so we can resell it.

Why you should use our service?

Don't wrangle with selling a used car privately when there is a better, quicker and less stressful solution; Do you want a parade of strangers at your home? Even before that, you'll have to organize all the mandatory requirements for a private sale: compliance with roadworthiness; smogging the car for emissions testing and certification; getting registration transfer forms. Advertising can be expensive. Then you'll have to ask an interested buyer to pay cash up-front or delay the sale because they have to organize a bank check. So much of your time is taken up with negotiations - and the deal could even fall through. Private buyers often come back to complain about something being wrong with the car - we will never have to do that.

Isn't all this enough to send you crazy and cause you to give up and just park the vehicle in your yard and forget it?

Wouldn't you rather be out and about enjoying all that San Diego and its environs have to offer in leisure and lifestyle activities with money from your car sale? Where else can you a sell a car in 1 hour and get cash up-front?

If you live outside San Diego, we can handle your car selling requirements

Our central location in San Diego services all these areas:

  • La Jolla
  • Escondido
  • Encinitas
  • San Marcos
  • San Diego
  • Chula Vista
  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • El Cajon
  • Esconddio
  • Vista
  • National City
  • La Mesa
  • Coronado
  • Del Mar
  • Imperial beach

Wherever you live in San Diego County, we'll make selling your car a breeze!

The types of cars we pay cash for

We pay cash for all types of cars - operating or not. We want to buy damaged cars, not running cars, nice cars, old cars, classic cars, superseded fleet cars and deceased estate cars. The only type of car we can't buy is one that has been fire-damaged. So, what happens when you upgrade one of your cars or have no further use for the old one? It can become a disadvantage to your lifestyle. Converting a disused car to cash makes sense. Pass it on because that car you have no further use for could be somebody else's dream vehicle. Even if your car is a wreck, we'll move it from your yard to ours ' and pay you cash up-front.

Before you attempt to sell your car privately, consider letting us sell it for you. You'll save yourself a lot of stress.

Questions we are often asked & explanations you will want to know

We hope the answers to these frequently asked questions will help you to understand our car acquisition process.

  • How long have you been buying cars for cash?

    We've been buying cars for more than a decade. As industry professionals, we know the used car business inside-out

  • How long will it take to sell my car to your company?

    You can get cash for your car within 1 hour when we negotiate a deal with you.

  • What about all the paperwork? I don't understand much about that.

    We organize certifications and paperwork. That's part of the process when you sell your car to us for cash.

  • What if I can't get to San Diego from where I live to bring my car in for assessment?

    Don't worry - we can arrange to come to your place or meet at another convenient location in your area.

  • How will I know how much my car is worth?

    We use a proprietary system to evaluate cars according to make, model, year and condition. You'll receive a fair price for your car based on current market values.

  • Should I get any repairs done before I talk to your company about a deal?

    You can do that, but it will be easier for you if we buy your car for cash in its present condition. We can then do the necessary repairs before we list it for resale.

  • My car was severely damaged in an accident. Would you still buy it?

    Yes! We buy damaged cars every day. It won't be a problem at all.

  • My car is an old bomb that still goes quite well. It's in reasonable condition for its age. Would you buy a car like this?

    We certainly would. Keep in mind that no matter how old and worn out your car is there is somebody out there who can only afford your pre-loved car.

  • My old car isn't worth fixing? Would you buy a car like this?

    We'll buy it from you even if it has an engine knock or has blown head gasket. We fix as many cars as possible to ensure our recycling pro gram is always active.

  • What happens to cars that just can't be fixed? Do you just send them to one of those compacting yards?

    When it comes to disposing of car wrecks, our company is environmentally conscious. We salvage all useable parts to repair the vehicles we buy prior to on-selling them.

If you have any other questions, complete the form in the Contact Us page of our website. Well get back to you with the answer by email. Alternatively, call us on (619) 478-0404 and one of our staff will chat with you about any issues that need clarification.

Statistics and facts you might be interested to know about

The used car industry in the United States is huge, so we're always interested in statistics. The information in this section has been sourced from an article written by Keith Griffin, Used Car Expert, in the CNW Market Research monthly newsletter.

It is interesting to note that during the period 2000 to 2007, used car sales in the USA were reasonably stable at between 41,620,429 and 44,138,263. From 2008 to 2015, there was a downturn with some years as low as 36 million and the highest in that period - 2014 - registering 41,250,000. 2015 produced a result of 38,276,140, which does not reflect an upsurge in sales in the used car market

These fluctuating results can be attributed, in part, to the recession. Other factors to consider are:


Car manufacturers are making better new cars with improved mechanics, stylish design and interiors. Attractive warranties, such as the Hyundai 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain introduced in 2004 means owners are maintaining and keeping their vehicle for a long period of time.

Manufacturers are also installing more features that would normally be a dealer aftermarket product sold to buyers as an expensive extra - netting the dealer a huge profit. For instance, improved rust protection installed by the manufacturer saves money initially and ensures the body lasts a lot longer - and you haven't had to pay extra for it.

To quote Keith Griffin

"That's one factor possibly hurting the used car sales that isn't discussed that much. Manufacturers are making better new cars from a mechanical standpoint. Better new cars (in terms of quality builds) mean better used cars down the road"

In the meantime, there is still a big demand for reliable used cars because not everyone can afford to buy a new one. We take pride in being able to service this market by acquisition, restoration and reselling.

Doing a deal with Cash for Cars

When you sell your car to us, the transaction is quick and hassle free. We take care of all the pre-sale work, so selling your car is a relaxed experience.Our superior customer service ensures a positive outcome for you. We engender confidence because of our experience and personalized service. So, what are you waiting for? Do a deal with Cash for Cars and you'll never regret it!