I have an old parts car with the engine and trans removed and have to get rid of it. Was thinking about cutting it into pieces and taking it to the dump but not sure of the legality. The "free" car disposal places do not want to deal with it or want to charge money because no engine or trans. Just looking for the cheapest easiest option at this point and am open for suggestions. I have the title but it is not in my name.
You need to get the title put in your name. Don't know the circumstances, but it's really not that difficult. If you can contact the titled owner, they can sign it over to you. If there is a lien, contact the lien holder. If they've written off their interest in the vehicle as a loss, they should be okay sending you a letter stating that so the lien can be omitted on the new title. I did that with a friend's car he left when he went back to Japan. GMAC originally loaned him money on the car, but 10 years later, after being in Japan and making no payments, they no longer had it on their books and sent the letter. I was able to have the new title -- lien-free -- issued so we could donate it to Hawaii's Kidney Cars.
You might have to pay back-taxes if the vehicle tags expired awhile ago. Once all the title and tax issues are cleared up, you can more easily get rid of it. One thing to do, also, is title it as "garaged" so they don't register it as being driven. Only a few bucks the first year, and no renewals. You do have to surrender the tags if you still have them.
Seems like a lot to do just to junk it, but as long as the car is in the previous owner's name, it's like giving someone a stolen car in the eyes of the state.
Once you have clear title, you can request the C&C of Honolulu junk it for you. I don't see any fees on the form, but there may be. Just need at least 2 inflatable tires for the tow truck to haul it off.https://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/csd/onlineforms/cslmvr202.pdf