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Guide: How to Scrap Cars and Earn Money

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Guide: How to Scrap Cars and Earn Money

Do you have an old scrap car just sitting in the driveway at your home?

Have you often thought about what a pain it’s going to be to get it towed away? Well good news, you can make some cash at the same time you recover some valuable room on your property!

Scrap cars are an eyesore, and for many people with property, they have a tendency to sit and pile up because you just aren’t sure how to go about selling them to scrap yards.

In 2016, over 25 million tons of materials were recycled from old vehicles. This makes automobiles the most recycled consumer product in the world. We all want to do our part in recycling!

Why not make some cash at the same time? You might just be surprised at how much!

Step 1. Know Your Scrap Car

Do your homework and find out how much your scrap car weighs. The price of your scrap car is calculated by weight so it’s good to have a general idea of what you should be getting.

When you contact purchasing companies, they will want to know the year, make and model so they can pull up the weight and get a general idea themselves. Make sure you have that information on hand to make the conversation smooth.


Step 2. Find a Local Scrap Dealer

Ask your local mechanics. They should be able to direct you to an ethical scrap car recycling company within your vicinity. There may or may not be a removal cost and it makes sense that the closer they may be to you, the less that cost is going to be. You want to keep the removal cost down to maximize your profit on your scrap car.

Look online for more information about breaker yards you may not know about. These are often in commercial or rural parts of cities that you wouldn’t frequently visit.

Step 3. Contact Them to Ask About Pricing

Check out their website and see if they have an instant quote feature you can use on their site. This should give you an idea of whether you want to move forward with them.

A reputable company will have friendly customer service and be able to answer questions in layman’s terms. Nothing is worse than trying to understand someone who uses jargon leaving you unsure what they are talking about!

If you are not sure about anything specific they may be questioning, you can offer to send them pictures for clarification. Don’t guess, just be straightforward and they will understand and help you determine what they need.

Step 4. Have Your Paperwork in Order

Remove your personal belongings, personalised number plates and any other personal items from the scrap car. You’ll be amazed at what is left in customers cars after they get them scrapped! Under no circumstances should you attempt to remove the fuel as this can be incredibly dangerous and must be done using specialised equipment, under specific safety provisions.

Pick ups are done by tow trucks or flatbed lorries and their drivers will be on a busy schedule. Cancel your insurance before they arrive. Tell your insurance representative what you are doing with the vehicle so you have all the documents in order.

Having the paperwork to transfer ownership ready will make the experience a lot less stressful for everyone. Your knowledgeable scrap cars buyer will be able to tell you exactly what they need to transfer ownership to them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions until you feel confident and prepared.

Step 5. Arrange for Pickup

You are finally on the home stretch, and getting everything set up for the scrap car pickup is really the simple part. Tow trucks are large and sometimes that scrap car is wedged against your house or in a field. Clear the area around your scrap vehicle so they have easy access to it.

Tow trucks try to maintain a schedule but traffic or poor roads can make them run behind. Make sure you aren’t crunched for time on the day of pickup. Have your paperwork on hand to sign over along with any other documents the salvage company needs.

Once your scrap car is gone, you can go check out your newly acquired area and decide whether it is the perfect spot for that garden you have been meaning to start!

Get Ready to Scrap Cars!

If you’re looking for an easy way to scrap cars for money, contact us today at Silverlake Auto Recycling. Our friendly and helpful customer service can answer all your questions and make this process painless.

Author: Silverlake

At Silverlake, you can scrap your car, buy vehicle salvage, and purchase recycled car parts at affordable prices.