Got an unwanted car? Here’s how to legally junk it for free

Got an unwanted car? Here’s how to legally junk it for free

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - They city wants to remind you how to trash your junk car — and how not to do it.

For starters, don’t dump your unwanted vehicle on the side of the road.

The city will take your unwanted car at no charge — you just have to fill out a little paperwork.

“We want people to know that it’s illegal to abandon your unwanted vehicle on public roadways, and if you’re caught, it could lead to a $160 fine,” said Customer Services Deputy Director Randy Leong.

“This is unnecessary if the vehicle is voluntarily surrendered under the city’s free junking program. Using this program also relieves the owner of any registration fees owed on the car.”

In 2018, the city removed more than 3,000 derelict and abandoned cars from city streets.

That’s up 57 percent from the year before.

To junk your car for free:

  • Print and fill out the vehicle junking form. You can do it by clicking here.
  • Remove the vehicle license plate.
  • Bring the form, plates, registration and title to a satellite city hall.
  • Follow the directions and the vehicle will be picked up and processed for disposal at no cost to the owner.

The city said it’s been accepting unwanted cars since 1998. The problem? Many didn’t know about the program.

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