Each car has a “point of no return” a moment when the car goes from being a roadworthy hooptie that you can drive to an annoying nuisance that must be removed from your life. You’ll have to decide what you want to do next, as not all cars will go to heaven.
Most people would call the junkyard next, but it’s not their only option. You may still choose to scrap your car, but you have other options. Drive editors explain these options and can help you decide if it’s the best option for your car.
We’ll figure out the best way to maximize your return on investment and get your car to its final, forever home.
What To Do With Your Junk Car.
You have a few choices when deciding what to do next. Everyone has a unique car, and everyone is at a unique place in their life. Choose according to your goals and circumstances. Let’s look at your options.
1: You can sell it for parts or as a spare car.
There are always a few spare parts in a car, no matter how old it is. You may find that someone is searching for a part they can’t afford. You’ll have to do some research to see if you can make money by parting out your car before you scrap it. You may have to put in a lot more work, but the rewards could be worth it.
A second option would be to sell the car as a parts car. Compare cash offers before selling. You may be able to make some extra money or not.
2: Keep it as your own parts car.
It’s a long shot, but a small number of people will purchase the same car as their next vehicle. Check the new car for any parts that are in need of replacement and use them from the old vehicle. You can also buy a car project and use those parts!
3: Donate it.
You can donate your car just as easily as scrapping it.
4: Sell it for cash.
Scrapyards will pay you cash for your car, even if it is worthless on facebook marketplace or craigslist. Scrapyards will pay cash for scrap cars and then either part them out, put them in a pick-and-pull, or scrap the metal.
It’s better than a sharp object in the eye.
The Benefits Of Scrapping Your Car.
It’s actually quite simple to scrap your car. Here’s why.
Avoid sales headaches.
You’ve already accepted that your car’s value is low. It’s possible to negotiate a few dollars here and there, but it is likely that you will get $500 or less. You can avoid the hassle of dealing with the public and selling your car by knowing this.
You pick it up.
Most scrap yards will pick up your car for free at your home when you decide to send it to them. Some companies will even pay you to transport the car to them if a friend has a truck or trailer.
The wreckers will pay you Cash when they arrive to collect your car.
You don’t need your title.
Some companies accept vehicles without a title but charge an additional fee of between $50 and $150.
What Is The Value Of My Scrap Car?
You can expect to receive $200-500 for your scrap car, depending on its condition, completeness, and type.
Tax deductions: Know what you can claim.
The scrap yard will deduct money from the value of your car if it is missing parts or a title. Victory Auto Wreckers in Illinois will deduct $10 if your vehicle is missing a radio or $20 if it’s missing a battery. They also take $100 off if you don’t have a catalytic convertor. You should always check the value of each part before agreeing to any terms.
How To Scrap Your Car.
This is not a difficult process. This is what it should look like:
- Determine eligibility by contacting various companies.
- Compare prices and accept an offer.
- Schedule a pickup.
- Transfer documents.
- You can get cash for your vehicle.
- As your car drives off into the distance, wave goodbye.