Tips For Disposing Of Scrap Or Broken Down Vehicles

If all of your good intentions to fix that broken down car in the yard have found you without the budget to do what the car needs, you might be looking for options to dispose of it. Instead of having the car deteriorate to rust in your yard, you should think about the potential for recycling it or selling it to a salvage buyer. Here are a few tips to help you deal with it.

Recycling The Car

You have two options for recycling a broken-down car. If you have the mechanical understanding and the time, you can take the whole thing apart yourself. Try to get all of the parts off intact so that you can sell or repurpose anything that works. The parts that have failed can be sent to a metal recycler or someplace similar. In addition, remove the body panels and have a recycling service pick those up. If you don't have the time to do this work on your own, reach out to a local recycling yard to pick it up. They'll break it down into usable components for resale and then recycle the rest.

Selling It For Salvage

Most auto salvage yards are always looking for broken down, abandoned or unwanted cars. In many cases, they'll even pay you for that car because they can disassemble it and recycle many components for profit. For example, the wiring, mechanical parts and even metal pieces are all recyclable, so it is a good source of profit for the salvage buyer. Most salvage yards have a flat rate that they pay based on the type of vehicle, but some are negotiable. Here are a few tips to help you negotiate your salvage payment.

You'll have a better chance of getting more for your car if you can show proof that you own it. If you have all of the ownership records, this may increase the value because the yard can resell parts with a full mechanical and ownership history.

You should also be familiar with what you have before you call. Understanding the base value of the car will ensure that you don't accept an offer that's well below the appropriate scrap value of the car.

Your local junk yard is a great place to start when you are looking to be rid of a car in your yard. With these tips, you'll be better prepared to either break the car down and recycle it yourself or have a local junk yard operator come out to tow the car to their lot and dispose of it themselves. Contact a business, such as Cottman Used Auto Parts, for more information.