Here’s How to Scrap Your Old Car for Cash

Every car has a point that is irreversible. It’s the point at which your car becomes a roadworthy, drivable vehicle and then becomes a nuisance that you need to get rid of. You must make a decision on how to move forward.

Most people would call the junkyard as the next step. But that’s not your only option. While it might seem like the best option, it is important to remember that you have other options. The Drive‘s scrappy editors will explain these terms and help you decide if scrapping is the best move.

Let’s discuss how to maximize your return on investment and send your car to its final forever home.

How to proceed with your Junker car

When considering your next steps, there are many options. Everyone has a different car, and everyone is at a different point in their lives. So choose according to your goals and circumstances. Let’s look at your options.

Option 1: You can sell it for parts or as a parts car

It doesn’t matter what condition a car is in, there are likely to be a few parts that can be sold separately. Someone is searching for a particular part of your car and can’t afford to purchase it new. You have to do your research to determine if the car could be scrapped before you make a profit. This could be hard work but could also bring you a lot of satisfaction.

Selling the car yourself is another option. This allows you to sell the entire car . There are two options. You may be able to make some extra cash, or not. Always compare cash offers from wreckers before you sell.

Option 2: Keep it as your own parts car

Although it is unlikely, there are a few people who will purchase the exact same car as their next car. You can check your car for any parts that are missing or damaged before you dispose of it. You can also buy parts and make a project car.

Option 3: Donate It

You can also dispose of your car as easily as scrapping it. The Drive has more information. How to Donate Your Car also contains additional information.

Option 4: Sell it for cash

Even if your car isn’t worth anything on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, it can still be worth a few hundred dollars to a scrapyard. The scrapyard will pay cash for your car and then either part it out or throw it in a pick n’pul.

It’s better than a sharp object in the eye.

There are many benefits to scrapping your car

Here’s why.

Avoid the Sales Headache

Your car is junk, so you know it has low value. Although you might be able negotiate for a few dollars here and there, the likelihood is that you will get less than $500. This will save you the hassle of selling your car and dealing directly with the public.

They pick it up

Most Scrap your car for cash will pick up your car at your home free of charge if you have decided to take your car to the yard. Some companies will even pay you to transport your car to them, if this is possible thanks to a friend who has a truck or trailer.

Instant Cash

If the wreckers arrive to pick up your car, they will likely pay you cash right away.

Your title is not necessary

Some companies will accept vehicles without a title but will charge an additional fee of $50-150.

What amount should I expect for my scrap car?

Each car will be unique depending on its condition, completeness and other factors. However, you can expect to receive $200-500 from your scrapyard.

Know your deductions

The scrap yard will deduct money from the vehicle’s value if it is missing parts or the title. Victory Auto Wreckers, Illinois, takes $10 off a radio that is missing, $20 off a battery, and $100 on a catalytic converter that is missing. You will need to research the value of each part before agreeing to terms.

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