Everything to Know and Do When It Comes to Scrapping a Car

There are certain things you should do when scrapping a car. If you would like to learn more, then read on…

If you currently have a car sitting on your property that seems to be falling apart by the minute you might actually have money sitting there wasting away. You can make some money and add to your savings by scrapping a car. Why not do this and make as much money as possible, instead of letting it just sit there?

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know when it comes to scrapping a car. 

Weight Is King When Scrapping a Car

When you are junking your car and looking for the best rate for junk cars online remember that the weight is what matters. Do not get caught up in all of the accessories and the features your vehicle has. Typically the quote that you receive will come down to how much the car weighs. 

The main material that scrap yards are interested in is the metal itself. Not the interior or the fancy stereo system that you have in there.

Sell Parts

You can make extra money off your junker by selling the parts inside of it before scrapping it. You can sell everything inside from the DVD players to the stereo system to the tires and to the seats. You can even sell the exhaust system if it’s in good condition because these are always high in demand. 

Double-check the batteries before scrapping your car. Batteries are a valuable car part that you can keep or sell. You can take your batteries to a salvage yard where they will give you around $20 for each battery or you can refurbish your battery with distilled water and Epsom salt and use it for a few more years. 

You will end up making money from selling the car to a junk car buyer and from all the parts that you can pull off your junker.


You want to make sure all of your paperwork is in order before you sell your car. It doesn’t matter if the car is being picked up to be taken to a junkyard to get crushed you will more than likely need to have proof that this is your car.

Junkyards do not want to get into any legal troubles by taking a car that you had no right to scrap or sell. If you have a title you will have to give this to the buyer and if you do not have a title then you will have to either prove that you own the vehicle or go through your local and state laws to get a new one.

Every state has different laws about transferring a junk car. You will want to check with your local DMV to see what is required to junk your car where you live. Some states you can just present an old vehicle registration with your name along with a license and that is enough. 

If you still owe money on the vehicle then you will have to pay the vehicle off before scrapping it. The reason is that if you own money to a finance company, a bank, or a credit union they are technically the owners of the vehicle. Once you pay off the vehicle the title is transferred to only your name, giving you the right to do whatever you want to do with the vehicle. 

License Plates

Do not forget to remove the plates on your car. The scrapyard will not need your plates and your state might require you to remove the plates before selling the vehicle. Those plates are yours to keep and transfer to another vehicle if you want in the future.

By law, you have to keep track of the plates you buy. Make sure you abide by the local state laws where you live.


There is no need to keep insurance on a vehicle you scrap. If you still have your vehicle in your insurance make sure to cancel coverage before selling the vehicle. There is no reason to pay for insurance on a vehicle that you are not using and you are about to sell.

If you forget to cancel it and continue to pay insurance you are simply throwing money away. Most insurance companies will not refund you even if you no longer had the vehicle. 

Gather All of Your Personal Belongings

At one point you probably used your car to get to and from work or to and from school and you might have some personal belongings in your vehicle. Take time to go through your glove compartment and take everything out. 

Also, go through the trunk and get rid of anything you might have in there, and do not forget to check under the seats and on the sides of the seats. If it’s been a while since you have cleaned your vehicle, who knows what treasures you might find. 

Once your car is picked up you will not have a chance to make sure that you didn’t leave something valuable or that you needed in your car. 

Happy Scrapping!

Now that you know more about scrapping a car it’s time to get to work. There is no reason you should have an eyesore in front of your house or in your backyard. It’s time to get your paperwork in order, sell as many parts of your car as possible, and have a junkyard buy your car.

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~ by velofinds on January 21, 2020.

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