How to Sell Your Car as Scrap

If you have a car you are trying to sell, there are many reasons you may want to consider selling it for scrap. It may be old and not worth much, maybe it was in an accident and not worth repairing, it may require repairs that aren’t worth the investment to get it running, or you may need to get rid of the vehicle quickly without any stress. No matter what your reason, selling your car for scrap can be a great way to unload the burden of a car you no longer need and make some cash at the same time. Follow these tips to sell your car for scrap.

  • Remove your belongings. You want to make sure that you don’t leave anything of value in the car before you scrap it, so be sure to go through the entire vehicle, from the glove box to the trunk, and take all of your personal items out. Don’t forget to remove your license plate, as well, since you will need to take it to the DMV to cancel the title. Be sure to have your title ready when you sell the car to the scrapyard. If you don’t have the title, it can still be sold for scrap, but there may be complications, and you may get a lower value for the car.
  • Choose a scrapyard. When you are looking for a junkyard to sell your car to, you want to make sure it is a reputable business and that it is licensed, bonded, and insured. Reliable businesses like Wrench A-Part will be glad to provide you with any information you request regarding their company’s legitimacy. Be sure to find out if there are any hidden fees you are not expecting before you agree to a deal, and ask about the cost of towing if the scrapyard needs to come to your location to take the vehicle in. One other detail you should check on is whether you receive payment for the vehicle right away or if you will have to wait for your cash.
  • Determine the vehicle’s value. You will work with the scrapyard to determine a fair price for your car, as many factors affect the sale. If a vehicle still runs or only needs minor repairs, that may tell the scrapper that the parts they will be selling are likely in good shape, and they may be able to get more out of it. If the car doesn’t run and needs to be towed, you will get a bit less, since they can’t be guaranteed about the parts’ value and will have to handle the towing. If you live a great distance from the junkyard you choose, the towing cost may take a significant toll on the price you will get for the vehicle. Even the size and weight of your car play a role, as the scrapyard will be able to get more money for the scrap metal if it is a heavier car.

If you have a car sitting around that you are not using, it is likely costing you money for insurance and taking up space in your garage or driveway. Selling it for scrap is an easy process, and if the car doesn’t run, the scrapyard will even come and tow it away for you. You get rid of the car, and the scrappers sell the parts and scrap the metal. To find out just how easy it is to sell your car to a junkyard, call the pros at Wrench A-Part and get the process started. You can visit our website or call us at (512) 501-6946.


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