Should I Sell My Wrecked Car to a Junkyard or an Auto Recycler?

Should I sell my wrecked car to a junkyard or an auto recycler? Eco friendly consumers often ponder this question when they have an end-of life vehicle they wish to sell. However, once they learn about the differences between the two options, many drivers conclude that liquidating their wrecked car to a junkyard instead of an auto recycler is the best option for four reasons.

1. No Need to Remove Non-Recyclables

Some auto recyclers require you to remove from your car all of the materials they don’t specialize in recycling (glass, rubber, upholstery, etc.). Often, this means that you must strip the car down to the frame. Junkyards don’t require you to do this because they need to sell used parts from the vehicle. Selling to a junkyard doesn’t require the removal of auto parts.

2. Free Towing Services for Customers

Professionally operated junkyards almost always offer free towing for vehicles they purchase. Some auto recyclers offer free towing, too, but the practice isn’t as common in the auto recycling industry as it is in the junkyard industry. Having your junker towed for free can save hundreds of dollars in towing fees, money that would cut into the profit you get from the sale.

3. Opportunity to Receive a Better Offer

Auto recyclers valuate wrecked cars based on the percentage of material from vehicles that they can recycle. Professionally operated junkyards, on the other hand, valuate wrecks based on the number of operational parts the automobiles contain, as well as the fair market value of the cars’ scrap metal to auto recyclers. Consequently, it isn’t uncommon to receive the best price offer from a junkyard.

4. Junkyards Support Auto Recycling

Junkyards inherently support auto recycling by selling operational components from end-of-life vehicles to consumers. In addition to keeping used parts attached to vehicles and out of landfills, selling the parts instead of recycling them reduces the burden on recyclers and manufacturers to provide raw materials for new parts and spend energy on creating new parts, respectively.

Need to Sell Your Wrecked Vehicle?

If so, you may be pondering the question: Should I sell my wrecked car to a junkyard or an auto recycler? For many in your position, the best answer is selling the automobile to a junkyard, especially in terms of the benefits above. To receive a competitive price quote for your end-of-life vehicle, contact one of our Texas locations in Austin, Belton, Holland, or Lubbock today. We look forward to making you an offer!

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