Need to sell your accident-damaged car? Here’s how it works

Sell your accident-damaged car online

Anyone who has been in a car accident can relate to Judith Viorst’s character, Alexander and his ‘horrible, terrible, no-good and very bad day.’  We, too, are well aware of the series of unfortunate events associated with a car wreck – especially when it comes to panel beater quotes. A relatively minor crash into the side of your vehicle can suddenly set you back R100 000 (true story!). This puts you in a bit of a financial pickle if you don’t have car insurance. And sometimes the prudent decision may be to cut your losses and sell your accident-damaged car for the best cash price. 


At ‘Sell your damaged car,’ our day job is to come alongside you through every step of the process; turning your unfortunate car circumstances into a fortunate turn of events. Our service offering includes freely towing your accident-damaged vehicle, handling all paperwork and guaranteed payment price so you can move on and get on with your life. 

Our industry experience, streamlined online process and customer testimonials are just the starting point to us getting the thumbs up and why we can help in making your day a little bit better.  


sell your accident-damaged car for the best cash price


Here’s what you can expect when you choose to sell your accident-damaged car on our online platform: 


Step #1 – Fill in your details

Our website is really uncomplicated as we are committed to a user-friendly and hassle-free experience. (The last thing we want to do is add to your stress). As soon as you land on our homepage, you will see the block where you can fill in your name, location, email address and mobile number as well as your car’s details. 


Step #2 – Upload some photos

One of the most important things to do at the scene of the accident is to take a few photos to document the extent of the damage to your vehicle. (Ideally, you want photographs of the front, back, sides, license disk and engine). Simply upload these to our platform. If your car does still start, it will be helpful to upload a video. At this stage, you have not yet committed to selling your accident-damaged or non-running car. 


Step #3 – Stay close to your phone

Within minutes of you uploading your info, one of our friendly customer service consultants will phone you or contact you via WhatsApp to guide you through the next step and arrange pricing of your accident-damaged car. 


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Step #4 – Wait for the offer

Once you have provided us with all the relevant details, your info gets passed up the chain of command to our specialist industry assessors who will determine a fair and competitive offer for your wrecked vehicle. (This should not take more than an hour and a half and is an obligation-free offer). 

If you choose to accept the offer, we will come to you and tow your car if necessary, handle all the paperwork to de-register it and pay you cash, no matter what damage. This is the quickest and most convenient way to sell a damaged car. 

Still not sure if you should sell your accident-damaged car or repair it? Read this blog. 


Step #5 – Leave a review

If you want to experience a super fantastic, really good day after being in an accident and hearing how much it will cost to have your vehicle repaired, then ‘Sell your damaged car’ could very well be the best choice you make.

Give us a try. What have you got to lose?

And if you do follow through and have the cash in your pocket, leave us a review and join our online family of satisfied happy customers

Damaged car alert! Top 4 reasons for car accidents in SA

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It all happens in a split second! A small lapse of judgement from you (or the other driver) and your precious car spins out of control as it collides on the highway. (It can happen to any of us). And now your trusty wheels are no longer running. As you navigate injuries, comfort those who are hurt, call the ambulance, organise the towing of your vehicle and fill out police accident reports, the stress of the paperwork is overwhelming. You need to sell your damaged car for the best cash price and get back to your endless to-do list without the hassle of admin and hours on the phone. 

While there are a myriad of reasons why your car is smashed, at Sell Your Damaged Car, we are in the business of helping hundreds of clients who need to sell accident-damaged cars every day. We can relieve you of some of the stress factors you are facing in the aftermath of a car crash. 

We’ve researched the top 4 reasons for car accidents in SA and included a few tips to help you keep safe on the road going forward:

#1 Driving too fast

According to Arrive Alive, the severity of a car crash increases with speed. With a reaction time of one second, it will take the average driver travelling at 110km/h about 90m to come to a stop on a dry surface. (As the speed increases, so does the time it takes to come to a halt).

The ‘need for speed’ also compromises the effectiveness of safety devices such as airbags and seat belts and reduces the visual field of the driver, restricting their peripheral vision.

So when you have somewhere to go in a rush, don’t opt to put the ‘pedal to the metal’ but instead send a message (before you start driving) to say you are likely to be a little late. A few minutes delay is better than arriving with a damaged car or not arriving at all



#2 Driving distracted

Ever sent a quick text while behind the wheel? Or perhaps you didn’t get time to apply your lipstick or put on your tie before you left home? Maybe you need to answer a quick call or programme your GPS while you travel the first kilometre to your destination?

According to Netcare, texting while driving makes you 23% more likely to have an accident – and damage your trusty vehicle. An estimated 25% of all road deaths are caused by distracted driving with young drivers being the biggest culprits.

The trouble with distracted driving is that so many South African drivers are guilty of this.  According to a survey by the Automobile Association (AA), during a typical period of peak morning traffic, 7.2% of 2 500 drivers were using their phones while driving.

If texting while driving is a temptation for you, rather lock your phone in the boot of your car to ensure that all your concentration is on the road. You can always opt to respond to those WhatsApps once you and your car arrive at the destination in one piece.

Texting while driving


#3 Driving drunk

We all know that driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious ‘no-no.’ But did you know that the legal blood alcohol level in South Africa is a mere 0.05%? This could mean that just one beer could bring a driver over the legal limit. (The fact that so many get away should never be an excuse to take a chance and drive while under the influence). Alcohol can also remain in your system for 8 hours after consumption. 

In South Africa, if you are found driving under the influence, you could be held in custody until you post bail and, depending on your prior convictions and circumstances surrounding the arrest, you could face a minimum fine of R2 000, a two-year jail sentence or both. You will also be hit with a criminal record and may even lose your driver’s licence.

Drinking and driving

According to statistics published in 2020, drunk driving accounts for 27.1% of fatal crashes in South Africa – a shocking statistic. Bottom line – drunk driving could seriously damage your car and possibly your life or the life or someone else.

The best advice we can offer is to never drink and drive – ever! Appoint a designated driver, stay the night or book an Uber.  


#4 Driving tired

Arrive Alive says that, according to anecdotal evidence, as many as 60% of truck accidents may be due to driver tiredness.“Tiredness-related accidents are three times more likely to result in serious injury or death compared to other types of road accidents,” says Arrive Alive.

Worse yet, a driver asleep at the wheel is incapable of avoiding an accident and is consequently more likely to cause death or a serious injury.

Drivers going on a long road trip are advised to take regular breaks every 2 hours on the road. And those coming off night shift are advised to rather get a lift or take public transport. 

Drowsiness can be as dangerous as alcohol, since it impairs one’s motor skills and cognitive ability. A study found that driving for more than 24 hours without sleep is comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10%. Driving while tired will also result in slow reaction times and decreased concentration. 

Tired driver


Sell your damaged car to the rescue

Once you’ve taken a deep breath and worked through the turmoil of a car crash, give us a call to sort out the sale of your non-running car.

At Sell Your Damaged Car, we offer free towing, instant cash and top quality service to get you back to what matters most. We buy cars in any condition – running or not – and handle all the paperwork. Whatever the reason for an accident, we are here to help you. 

Get the best price for your damaged car today!