Recycling Your Vehicle: What Are Your Options?

If you are interested in recycling your vehicle, you have plenty of options, four of the most popular of which are: selling or donating the automobile to a salvage lot, donating it to a wrecking yard, offering it to a special donation program, and selling or donating it to a vehicle recycler. Which option is the best one for your needs? To find out, let’s take a closer look at each one.

Salvage Lot

Selling your vehicle to a salvage lot puts it on the path to being recycled and puts some extra cash in your pocket at the same time. Salvage vehicles usually fetch hundreds of dollars a piece from a salvage lot. Selling a vehicle that still drives may earn you even more. In addition to paying a fair price for vehicles, most salvage lots will tow them away free of charge.

Wrecking Yard

The terms wrecking yard and salvage lot are used interchangeably, but there are differences between the two types of businesses. Wrecking yards often contain vehicles that have no useful parts and are piled on top of each other, waiting to be recycled. Salvage lots that sell used parts have a clean lot where cars sit side by side and typically pay more for cars than wrecking yards.

Donation Program

Sometimes the most lucrative option for recycling your vehicle is getting rid of it through a special donation program, such as the Cash for Clunkers program that the George W. Bush Administration created. Such donation programs can provide cash, tax incentives, and other benefits. Before you recycle your automobile, do an internet search for donation programs.

Vehicle Recycler

You also have the option of selling your vehicle directly to an auto recycler. However, before you do so, the recycler may require you to remove non-recyclable auto parts, such as upholstery from the cabin and trunk, cabin lining, seats, etc. Selling to a vehicle recycler is similar to selling to a salvage lot, except the salvage lot won’t want you to remove any non-recyclable materials.

Contact Wrench-A-Part

If you are interested in recycling your vehicle, Wrench-A-Part may offer you hundreds of dollars — and perhaps even more — for the automobile. We consistently pay some of the best prices in the salvage lot industry for salvage cars and used vehicles that still drive. What’s more, after we sell the good parts from a vehicle, we liquidate the scrap metal to an auto recycler. For more information about our services, call one of our locations in Austin, Belton, or Lubbock today.

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