No one likes owning a junk car. For one thing, junk cars are unreliable. Half the time they refuse to start, and the other half they break down on you before you even reach your destination. Plus, owning a junk car is ridiculously expensive. Why? Because of the cost of ongoing repairs. Sometimes, owning an old junk car can cost you even more than payments on a newer vehicle.
At a certain point, your old vehicle will no longer be worth repairing when things go wrong. When that happens, it’s time to sell your junk car. You could go through any number of channels, including online classified ads, used car dealerships, and more. But one of the best ways to sell your junk car is to work with a reputable junkyard.
Many junk car owners are unsure of how much cash they can expect to get when selling their junk car. Do you fall into this category? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll look at the top 3 factors that can influence how much a junkyard will pay for your vehicle, including its year, make, and model, the condition of your vehicle, and the amount of scrap metal it contains. Let’s get started.
Your Junk Car’s Year, Make, and Model
One of the most important things to consider when determining how much a junk car is worth is the year, make, and model of that vehicle. Why? There are a few different reasons.
If the vehicle contains serviceable or usable parts, those parts will be of value. As a result, they can be taken into account when evaluating the vehicle. The issue, though, is that some parts fetch a higher price than others. If you have a vehicle that can be parted out and the accompanying parts are highly valuable, that will increase the value of your junk car.
Additionally, the year, make, and model of your vehicle will determine how much it weighs and what its scrap metal content is. We’ll get into that in more detail below.
Your Junk Car’s Condition
Next up, a junkyard will assess the condition of your vehicle.
If your junk car is in relatively good condition (all things considered), the junkyard may opt to sell it at an auction after they purchase it from you. In these circumstances, a junkyard might be able to pay you more for your vehicle because of the higher price it will fetch at auction.
If your car is in poor condition but still has usable parts, the value of those parts can be taken into account when pricing out your vehicle. This will drive up the value of your junk car.
Finally, if your junk car is in terrible condition and has no usable parts, the value of your vehicle is going to be strictly determined by its scrap metal content.
The Scrap Metal Content of Your Junk Car
Even if your car is falling apart, a junkyard will still give you cash for it based on its scrap metal content. The more scrap metal your vehicle contains, the more cash it’ll be worth. The price of scrap metal can have an impact on this, too, and higher scrap metal prices will mean more cash for your junk car.
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