The Value of Scrap Car Parts
We are often asked the question to explain the value of scrap car parts so based on our many years of experience in the scrap car removal industry we are ready to answer that question in full detail.
There are some obvious answers here but we are going to cover every last detail. So sit back, keep reading and enjoy!
Catalytic converters are often the most valuable part of any scrap vehicle. They are in such high demand that they are often stolen from everyday vehicles parked on the street.
A catalytic converter has some value if it suits a popular model and is still in good condition but generally this scrap part is valued for it’s precious metals such as platinum, rhodium, and palladium.
Sheet Metal and Frame
The next most valuable resource in 95% of scrap cars is the sheet metal and frame of the vehicle. Some are steel and some are aluminum. Bulk aluminum and steel scrap can sell for around $0.50 per pound.
Bumpers are money in the bank! They are one of the most often replaced parts on a car so they are always in demand. When an accident involves the destruction of a bumper it pretty much needs to be replaced. Even fixing a damaged bumper can be a more difficult and time consuming process than just using a new one.
Rather than shell out the high price of a new bumper at the dealership, many people will happily pay a few hundred dollars for a used one.
Rims and Wheels
Are your rims and wheels still in good condition? What material they made out of? Rims and wheels often fit multiple vehicles of the same manufacturer. They can also contain a lot of aluminum or metal that can command a good price at the scrap yard.
Good condition used tires are always worth money. The larger the tire, the more it’s worth. The better the tread the more it’s worth.
If you have a scrap car with unused airbags we always want them! They can be worth up to about $200 each.
Built-in GPS System
Built-in GPS Systems and other specialized electronics that still work can bring in good money, maybe even a few hundred bucks. Note that it is always a good idea to remove any personal data from the device before letting it go.
You might think that used batteries have some value, unfortunately not much. Scrapping a battery is simple enough. But it does present an ecological issue. They are full of harmful chemicals that can seep into the earth.
Batteries are often recycled or refurbished if in good enough condition. You can refurbish the battery using distilled water and Epsom salt and maybe get a couple more years of life out of it. This may add a little extra value to your scrap.
Hatch or Tailgate
Good things come in small packages. While the hatch or tailgate may seem inconsequential they can actually be worth a few hundred dollars.
Windshield Wiper Arms
These aren’t going to garner big money but they could be worth up to $65 per arm – depending on the model of your car.
The need for these is very similar to the need for bumpers. When a car body is banged up in an accident but it’s still able to run, the big expense in fixing it comes with trying to find comparable parts. That’s what makes selling used car parts like doors, windows, mirrors, and electrical components so necessary. They are worth more when sold seperately.
Windshields, Windows and Mirrors
Some custom glass and windshields are very valuable depending on the make and model of your car or truck. Classic scrap cars may even have custom glass pieces worth many hundreds of dollars. So be careful how you handle that glass.
The radio in your car is really only worth something if the technology is up-to-date. If your scrapped vehicle is still sporting the original audio system that came standard in it 5 – 10 years ago forget about it.
If you’ve ever been in a car without air conditioning in the middle of summer, then you can say you’ve experienced a mild form of torture. If the scrap car isn’t a total beater and had a fully functioning cooling system and compressor, then that system is in high demand. Worth even more in hot climates!
Motor Oil & Oil Filters
Believe it or not but even old motor oil and filters can be worth a small amount of money. They can all be cleaned, refurbished, and reused.
What’s The Value of Your Scrap Car?
If you are looking to sell your scrap car for cash or are interested in what its value might be please call us before accepting any other offer. We always offer more cash for scrap cars, trucks, SUV’s and vans than any other scrap vehicle removal service in BC.