Why Sell Your Car to a Junkyard Instead of a Recycler?

When you think of auto recycling, you might envision stripped car frames being compressed by massive car crushers, or imagine crushed vehicle frames heading into an industrial furnace to be melted down and reconstituted into metal that’s easy to process. One thing you may not think of is end-of-life vehicles sitting in the car lot of a junkyard. However, a junkyard and not an auto recycler is often the first place that recyclable vehicles go. There are at least four reasons why.

1. Junkyards Often Make the Best Price Offers

Because junkyards can earn thousands of dollars from selling parts from a single vehicle, they have excellent financial leverage to make competitive price offers for end-of-life vehicles. Auto recyclers will also pay for vehicles, but their price offer is often less than a junkyard’s offer.

2. Junkyards Sell Parts That may not be Recycled

Many auto recyclers primarily focus on recycling metal car frames. Naturally, these businesses would rather receive a car that has the guts removed, so they don’t have to remove them onsite. By selling vehicle components from junk cars, junkyards benefit these types of auto recyclers.

3. Junkyards Often Participate in Auto Recycling

Selling pre-owned car components is a form of auto recycling in which almost all junkyards participate. However, some junkyards go a step further and form a business relationship with a vehicle recycler to further support the recycling effort. Wrench-A-Part is this type of junkyard.

4. Junkyards Often Provide Free Towing Services

Auto recyclers are also known to offer free towing services, but the practice tends to be more common among professionally operated junkyards. Towing services can cost hundreds of dollars. Consequently, paying for towing can negate the profit you receive from selling your car. 

Contact Wrench-A-Part

At Wrench-A-Part, we offer vehicle sellers the best of both worlds when it comes to auto recycling. In addition to offering some of the best prices in the business for junk cars, we are committed to sending parts of vehicles that we don’t sell to a provider of auto recycling services. To receive a free quote for your end-of-life vehicle, call one of our Texas locations in Austin, Belton, Holland, or Lubbock, our fill out the contact form located on our website.


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