What Types of Junkers Are Most Valuable?

Junk vehicles are the same as new vehicles in one respect: Some of them are worth more money than others. If you have a junk vehicle, and you plan to sell to a junkyard that offers cash for junk cars, you may be wondering how much cash the automobile will fetch. The only way to arrive at a precise offer is to have the junkyard inspect the car. However, from the start, there are certain types of junkers you can expect to receive a bigger payment for than others.

Popular, Late Model Vehicles

Many popular, late model vehicles start experiencing mechanical problems after they pass 50,000 miles on the odometer — a number of miles that’s generally about half as many as the car is expected to drive before it dies. This means that plenty of drivers look for replacement parts to help extend the lifespan of the automobiles. In turn, this makes popular, late model vehicles highly valuable to junkyards.

Popular, Early Model Vehicles

Junkyards are also interested in purchasing popular, early model vehicles, as long as there’s considerable demand for their parts. For example, Volvo models from the 1970s and 1980s are seldom seen on U.S. roadways, but Ford models from these decades — particularly the speedy Mustang — are still quite popular among performance car enthusiasts. If you own one of these models, its age may actually work in your favor instead of making the car hard to sell.

Vehicles Known for Reliability

Highly reliable brands such as Honda and Toyota are are another class of vehicles that draw nice offers from salvage lots that pay cash for junk cars. Because some of the vehicles can easily be driven for over 200,000 miles, owners are motivated to repair them to get the most miles for the money. As the vehicles typically don’t have problems early on, some junkyards are just as interested in acquiring older models as they are in acquiring new ones.

Vehicles With Lemon Status

Vehicles that have legal lemon status due to a persistent mechanical problem or safety defect often receive the status early in their expected lifespan. Consequently, even when they’re judged unfit to drive — if they drive at all — they typically contain plenty of components that practically look and perform like new. Your lemon car may be unfit to sell to another consumer, but chances are that a junkyard would be interested in making you an offer.

We Pay Cash for Junk Cars

Wrench-A-Part has four Texas locations that are frequented by drivers who want to save money on auto parts by buying them used. That’s why we’re constantly interested in acquiring more vehicles — and the vehicles we buy are paid for in cash before we tow them away for free. Even if your end-of-life vehicle doesn’t fall into one of the categories above, there’s still a chance that you could get hundreds of dollars from selling the automobile to Wrench-A-Part.

To receive a free price quote, please call our location in Austin, Belton, Holland, or Lubbock — whichever one is closest to your car’s location. We pay some of the best prices in the industry for junk cars and look forward to making you a cash offer for your otherwise “worthless” junker.    


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