The Secrets of the junk yard

Posted On: August 19, 2016

It is no secret that people develop emotional bonds with their cars. That bond gets stronger the longer it serves the owner. And when it finally curls its toes up and dies, it can be an upsetting time. It can be terribly tempting to get it repaired, but it will cost more to have it road worthy again, then it will to just get a new vehicle. It would be wise to just send it off to one of the auto scrap yards in your area and upgrade to an automobile that actually works.

If you have decided to scrap the old car via selling it to an auto wrecking company, you will have chosen the stress free and less time consuming way to dispose of the machine. That lack of complication comes at a price, though. The other option, of course, is to scrap the thing yourself. This requires some knowledge of the inner workings of a car, the ability to identify all the individual parts, experience working on cars in that capacity, and where to sell parts. It also helps to have the right tools.


Find out what parts work and what parts don’t

Why does the car run no more? What parts are no longer functioning? Or more importantly, if there are components that are perfectly fine, which ones are they? The fact that the vehicle no longer runs and will be much too costly to repair doesn’t mean that the entire thing is worthless. There are most likely plenty of working components. Just not the ones that are causing all the problems.

Remove the battery

Batteries are easy to locate, remove and sell. Most dealers will buy batteries that have died. If it hasn’t died it will be even easier to sell.

Drain the fluids

This step is especially important in relation to the fuel. Leaving it in the vehicle will be a potential hazard, and will certainly be messy. Have the tank completely drained. You might want to keep the petrol for use in your next car. You can also sell it. Everyone wants petrol so it shouldn’t be hard to sell it.

Part the car out

Junk auto wreckers make their livings from selling the auto parts that work on scrap vehicles, which is why it is more profitable to do it yourself, rather than sell it to them so that they can do it instead.

The tyres won’t be hard to sell, depending on their condition. Even if they are worn down too much, they can still be sold to a car dealership who can recycle them. The seats, windscreen wipers, seat covers, steering wheel, gear stick and so forth are all very likely to be in saleable condition. If you are unsure of how much they would be valued at simply look up online how much others sell them for.

Scrap the rest

Strip out any copper wiring. Remove the doors and sell them. All the metal can be sold as scrap, and the engine can be sold online with relative ease. After you have done this you have successfully learned to get cash for junk cars without having to resort to third parties who will do all the hard work but make all the money as well.

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Stephen Butory Myself Stephen. I am executive director at CASH FOR CAR. Find me at Google plus.

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