Cashing in on Scrap and Junk Cars

Scrap Cars and profits

The world of Scrap and Junk cars varies drastically based on what you have invested or intend on getting paid.  Most people find themselves driving their vehicles until “the wheels fall off”.  For the serious scrappers out there,  we have  more of a financial interest in Scrap cars.  Just like anything, more effort will result in more money.  Today’s Scrap Metal Tips will help maximize your profits or returns at the scrap yard.

We Buy Junk Cars

For the casual car owner just looking to have their old Scrap Car removed there is a quick hands free option.  There is no shortage of companies and people that will pay for your Junk Cars and in most cases even pick them upMy suggestions if you fit this criteria are:
Call around– Not necessarily looking for a huge profit doesn’t mean that you    should be short-changed in any way.
Get Details–  Some companies have different requirements (Keys, fluids drained, title).  Find the best fit for your situation.
Deliver what was promised–  If you receive a quote for your Junk or Scrap Car in a certain condition, make sure that you leave it that way.  Do not agree on a price for a complete car, schedule a pick up then remove parts (Cat converter, rims, ect).

DIY for Maximum Profit

The following tips are for the scrappers that are able to deliver a  Scrap Car yourself.  As always call around to your local scrap yards and compare quotes.  Normally a complete car will bring 1-3 cents per pound more than normal shred steel.  After you decide on a yard to sell to make sure that you understand and fulfill their buying requirements (title, car prep).  In North Carolina a car more than 10 years old does not require a title.  If you are experimenting with buying and selling a Scrap Car always verify ownership.  When you sell to a scrap yard the VIN numbers will be ran through the Highway Department to verify it hasn’t been reported stolen.

 Simple upgrades

Remove the battery–  Required by most scrap yards.  Lead batteries bring 2-3 times the price of steel.  Generally you should be paid $10-$15 for a normal Scrap Car battery.

Scrap Car catalytic-converterCatalytic converter (NOT Cadillac convertible)  Converters come in a large variety of sizes and price ranges ($10-$300).  In most cases the converter can be removed with just a sawzall.  Keep in mind that there are often Pre Cats attached to the manifold.  Removing the pre’s can be more of a challenge but still worth the effort.


Scrap Car aluminum-wheels
Must be free of rubber and valve stem to receive full price.

Aluminum Rims– A Clean Aluminum Rim generally weighs in the 20 lb. range and sell in the ball park of .70/ lb.  Most yards that will take a Scrap Car will allow you to remove the tires on site.  Keep in mind that Aluminum rims and Chrome rims are paid differently.  Chrome rims can pay as much as .20/ lb less than Aluminum rims.  In some cases you might be better off selling Chrome After market rims on Craigslist.

Scrap Car Copper Auto RadsCopper Radiator– Also refereed to as Auto Rads.  Copper Radiators are a dying breed.  Found mostly in older Scrap Cars and trucks, a clean Auto Rad will sell in the $1.25-$1.75/ lb. area.  In order to sell Auto Rads as clean ALL steel MUST be removed.  Generally the steel fixtures are soldered on and can be removed with a propane torch and pair of vice grips.

Long term profits

There are still a few simple upgrades left.  These upgrades are better left for Scrappers that plan on selling multiple Scrap Cars over time.

Scrap Car Alternators Cores– Starters, Alternators and AC Compressors.   All priced differently but still 3 times the price of steel.  Cores are a nice item to pile up until your ready for one big payday.  Also contacting local your core buyers is an excellent way to maximize your profits.  Core buyers are normally a good way to sell your converters and even your batteries.

Scrap car wire harnessHarness Wire–  With only about 5-10 lbs. on each Scrap Car, it may not be worth your time to sell with  every trip to the scrap yard.  With Harness Wire selling close to $1.00/ lb. saving up 200-300 pounds could leave you a happy scrapper.

Even more profits

There are still different ways to make more profit from your Scrap Car.  Stay connected for future tips and methods by signing up to receive notices about future Blogs.  If you have more detailed questions or recommendations please leave a comment and I will address it ASAP.


36 thoughts on “Cashing in on Scrap and Junk Cars”

  1. I am glad to see that people still buy junk cars with cash these days. I remember when I did it with my father when I was a kid, but now that I am in need of that service again, I am glad that it still exists. My father-in-law passed away a couple of months ago, and we inherited a few junk cars that was in his possession. We don’t want them, so we will just trade them in for cash.

  2. It’s helpful to know that different companies have different requirements when it comes to scrapping your old car. Things like keys and what fluids should be drained is really important information to have. Since I’m looking to sell and old car that I have, I’ll definitely make sure I do my homework before hand so that I get the best deal possible. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It’s good to know how I can get more of a profit out of selling my junk car. Removing the battery and the catalytic converter seem like great tips that will help me get a better value out of my car. I’ll remember to remove these items to make more money selling my car to a junk yard.

  4. Scraping metal is pretty popular where I live at. I have thought about dabbling in it because it looks like a lot of fun and I could use the extra money. I did not know that chrome rims would get you 20 cents less than aluminum rims would, I will have to jeep the tin mind if I ever scrap my car.

  5. I honestly didn’t know that you could call someone to come and pick up your scrapped car. It’s always a good idea to call around, do your research, and choose the most reputable company. However, this type of service makes it so much easier to get rid of those old cars quickly. Plus, I’m sure there are a lot of them them that recycle the metal rather than dumping it in waste, which can help ensure that your car is being put to use rather than thrown out. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I didn’t realize that catalytic converters could be worth so much! I’ve got a junk car that I’m planning on getting rid of soon. I will definitely have to check on the condition of my converter. Thank you also for the warning about Pre Cats–I will have to find someone to help me remove them when I go to cash in my junk car.

  7. I’m happy that I read your article here as I do have a lot of metal that I think I can scrap. I don’t know a lot about what I should do with it, but I don’t want to just throw it away. If I could get some money from that metal, that would be great. Do you have any other tips about scrap metal?

  8. Thanks for the insight about recycling aluminum rims. As you say, different rims are paid for differently, so you should make sure you know what material you have and how much each costs. This will help you to collect the right rims and get a better cash in in the end. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Thanks for pointing out that scrap and junk cars varies drastically based on what you have invested in them. You also said that more effort into getting scrap metal will result in more money. I think it’s important to get multiple offers from various scrap metal buyers around the area so that you can get a better idea of what a fair price would be.

  10. This is some really good information about scrapping metal. I like that you pointed out that if you plan on doing this yourself you should call around to local shops and see who will give you the best deals. Personally, I would want to know if they offer scrap metal pickups. A lot of the time I hate loading all of my scraps into my truck. So, it someone else could pick it up for me that would be great

  11. Well this article is really is good to see that someone buying old junk cars or scrap metal.Because it is very difficult to get rid of junk car .this article give me very good information.i had a junk car of my late father which is not in use .so i want to get rid of it .But no one buy my car in reasonable price .Then somebody tell me about junkar ninja .Junkar ninja buy my car in reasonable price and give me some useful tips about sell your car for cash. i think thats their websit :

  12. This is some really good information about auto salvage. It is good to know that it would be smart to know that rims generally weight about 20 pounds. That does seem like a good thing to be aware of if you want to scrap your car.

  13. I didn’t know how much money I could potentially make off of a junker car. I like how you said more effort will end in more money. I think I will have to go evaluate my old car and see how much money I can make off of it.

  14. My uncle has a junk car that has been sitting in the driveway for the past couple years due to a broken transmission. I really appreciate your advice to call around to different junk car buyers to see what our options are. In this way, we will be able to find a good deal on the car and it will open up room in the driveway.

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  17. I like the tip that you gave to get the details of an auto-wrecker before you decide on who to hire. My wife and I have an old van that we want to sell to a junkyard, and it is important for us to be confident in our decision to choose that junkyard. I will be sure to check all of the details, so I can be confident in my choice to hire them.

  18. I was surprised to read that aluminum rims can be recycled. Thanks for your tip about taking those off when you remove the tires. I understand how they can easily be overlooked. My father has a few junky cars that can be taken to a drop off recycling center, so I will remember this when we find a center near us!

  19. It’s great to know more about scrapping cars for money. I had no idea that we could scrap the copper radiator in my car or the aluminum rims. We’re looking to scrap the old Ford in our yard, so this is great to know!

  20. My uncle wants to cash in his scrap car because it’s been in his garage for a long time. It was explained here that there are junkyards that can help him maximize his profits or returns. Moreover, it’s recommended to go to experts when looking for a scrap yard.

  21. It’s great to know more about scrap metals on scrap cars. I love how you said that an aluminum rim can sell for .70 cents a pound. That’s not bad! We’ll have to convince my dad to get rid of his useless, old car.

  22. I like how you said that we should call around and get details, because there are lots of companies out there who will buy junk cars for cash and even come to pick them up. My husband and I have an old car that has been sitting in our driveway for way too long, so we want to look into selling it for cash soon. I’m glad I read your article because now I know it’s a good idea to shop around a bit and try to find a good deal.

  23. I want to make sure that I get my junk car sold properly. It makes sense that I would want to get a good company that I can sell it to! I’ll make sure that they are actually going to recycle it.

  24. You mentioned that scrap cars can result in more money. This is great to know, especially because I have some scrap metal in my yard I need to get rid of. I’ll look for a recycling place to help me with this.

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  26. That’s a good idea to remove the more valuable items. I would think that if you could sell them for more cash later then it would be a good way to earn some more money. I’ll have to make sure to take a look at the parts.

  27. I never knew that you could call an auto wrecking company for a free car removal so you can get paid to scrap it. Personally, I believe that this is a great way to get rid of older cars that are no longer drivable. Thank you for the information on making sure that you should call around to different companies to get quotes and requirements for car removal.

  28. I have an old car that has been sitting around my property, and I’m not sure what to do about it. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to help me out with this getting my car moved to a scrapyard. That way, I don’t have to worry about towing it myself.

  29. I appreciate your advice on selling scrap cars. I need to get some junk cars removed from the property I just bought. We’ll start looking for a quality removal service.

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