This may sound strange to some, but there are people who hang on to their vehicles for as long as possible. Whether it's from being frugal or daring or a combination of both, people who do this with every vehicle they own often proudly recite how many miles they had gotten out of the different vehicles they've owned. Unfortunately, there comes a point in time when there's no choice but to turn the clunker into a junker and sell the car for cash.

If this is your first time owning a clunker, here are a few do's to be aware of when selling your junk car. 

Do get the title to the vehicle

Most often, you'll need the title of the vehicle in order to sell it. There are some exceptions that can be made, but you'll likely get more cash for your clunker if you have the title. Of course, if the reason you don't have the title is that you still owe on it, you'll need to pay the balance in full first before you sell your junk car. 

Do remove all personal belongings

It's crucial that you remove your personal belongings from the vehicle, particularly anything and everything that has any identifying data such as an envelope with your name and address or an old ATM receipt with your name and banking information. The reason for this is, of course, to protect your identity. Additionally, any items left inside the vehicle will become the property of the lot you're selling your vehicle to. Therefore, don't forget to remove valuable items such as a subwoofer or GPS device. 

Do remove your license plates

Before you sell your junk car, remove the license plates so you can use them on the next vehicle you purchase. That way, you won't need to worry about taping temporary registration plates to the windows of your next vehicle. And, reusing the same license plate is particularly helpful if you've had the same license plate for years and have it committed to memory. 

Do take the vehicle off of your insurance policy

Be sure to take your vehicle off of your insurance policy but only after you have completed the paperwork with the company and the vehicle is no longer in your name. Depending on your insurance company, you may need to submit proof to them that you no longer own the vehicle, which is why it's a good idea to wait until after you sell your junk car. 

For more tips, contact a company like Texas Motor.