Sell My Car for Cash: Are Rusty Junk Cars Worth Less?

Under the right conditions, practically any type of metal can undergo the oxidative process known as “rusting”. Although some vehicle brands are reputed to develop rust faster than others, the reality is that no brand is totally safe from rust.

In fact, if you have an old junk vehicle to sell, there’s a good chance the automobile features some degree of rusting. Does this make the vehicle less valuable to a Belton, Texas, car buyer that functions as a junkyard? Not necessarily. Below are three reasons why.

1. Rust is Typically Limited to Exterior Parts

Rust it usually confined to vehicle parts that are exposed to the elements, especially the body, wheel assembly, and undercarriage. When rust is limited to these areas, there are usually plenty of engine parts and parts in the cabin that are reliable and fit for resale. Just because a vehicle looks bad on the outside doesn’t mean its engine and cabin parts are in bad condition, too.

2. It’s Unusual for all Exterior Parts to Have Rust

Some vehicles are literally rolling piles of rust — a result of consistent weather exposure or repeated damage to the vehicle’s paint coat that exposes the metal underneath, which rusts quite readily. Over time, a single spot of rust can spread and engulf the entire vehicle body. However, when rust is limited to specific parts, the other parts are still fit to sell.

3. For Utilitarian Vehicles, Rust May not be an Issue

Some of a Belton, Texas, car buyer’s customers search for replacement parts for vehicles  used for utilitarian purposes, such as pickup trucks used for hauling. Because the body of such vehicles often takes a beating to begin with, replacing an old body part with a rusted part may not pose a problem. The vehicles are driven for functionality, not appearance.

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“Can I sell my car for cash to a junkyard, even if has rusty parts?” Yes, but the amount of rust that is present, where the rust is located, and how the advanced the rust is, may impact how much a Belton, Texas, car buyer of end-of-life vehicles offers you for the automobile.

To find out whether the rust on your vehicle is an obstacle to selling the car, contact Wrench-A-Part’s Belton location today at 254-831-4905, ext. 1, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to seeing your car, and paying you in cash if we need it.

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