Do you have a scrap car lying around on your property? Are you looking to get rid of an old car that barely functions or no longer works? Scrapping a junk car can actually net you quite a bit of money if you’re willing to do a bit of research to find the best option!
The two biggest factors when it comes to scrapping your car is money and convenience. You want to get top dollar for your scrap car to make it worth your time, but you also don’t want the process to take forever.
In this post, we’re going to look at the options to scrap your car and how Apex Recycling can make the process much easier for you!
Should I scrap my car?
First, it’s a good idea to figure out if your car is suitable for scrapping. It’s a good idea to weigh up your options before you decide to get in touch with us at Apex Recycling to scrap your vehicle. So here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Is the car in working condition?
If your car is in working condition and can be sold to someone else as a usable vehicle then there’s no reason to sell it for scrap. A working car is going to sell for a lot more than the scrap.
Selling a working vehicle is out of the scope of this post, but we suggest looking at marketplaces designed for vehicles and putting up advertisements in your local area.
Can the car be repaired?
Even if the car currently isn’t in working condition, you might be able to get more money from it by simply repairing it first and then selling it as a working vehicle. However, if the vehicle can’t be repaired, then scrapping may be a better option.
Is the car too old or damaged to be worth repairing?
If you’ve had your vehicle inspected by a friend or mechanic then you may have an idea if the vehicle is worth scrapping or not. If it’s too old or damaged then it might not be worth repairing at all. In this case, you’d be better off scrapping the vehicle to make more money from it.
How do I get the most for my scrap car?
The metal market is in a constant state of flux and your car might be worth different amounts depending on the time of year. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for most people to work out how much their car could be worth in scrap. If you get in touch with our experts at Apex Recycling, we’d be happy to offer you a relatively stable quote and offer suggestions on when to scrap your car for the highest price.
If you’re still unsure whether you should scrap your car or not, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for more information!
How can I get rid of my scrap car?
There are three common options when it comes to scrapping your car. Each one comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s a good idea to compare these options to see which one fits your needs the best.
Pay a company to remove it
This is perhaps the worst option as you’re essentially paying a service to remove the car who will then go on to scrap the vehicle and get even more money from it! You’re giving away a lot of money to scrap your vehicle if you pay for removal, so you should avoid this option at all costs!
Scrap it yourself
If you’re willing to learn about scrapping vehicles and have the patience to work out what each material is worth, then you may want to consider scrapping the vehicle yourself. This makes you the most money as you won’t be paying anyone to scrap the vehicle, but it takes a considerable amount of time and effort which makes it fairly difficult for anyone that isn’t well-versed in cars and their construction.
Sell it for scrap on marketplaces
You can try to sell your vehicle for scrap parts on marketplaces and auction websites. This is actually a great option if your car is a vintage model that still contains many old parts. It could end up being refurbished into a working vehicle and people may be willing to pay a lot for it.
However, if you’re just selling a common vehicle for scraps, then you won’t be getting that much. This is rather convenient since most people that sell scrap vehicles require the buyer to arrange collection. However, you won’t be getting much money from this.
Contact scrap yards like Apex Recycling
The most convenient option is to work with scrap yards like Apex Recycling in Michigan. We’ll give you an immediate quote based on your description of the vehicle and we’ll even arrange a pickup so you don’t need to worry about delivering the vehicle to us. It’s by far the easiest option and will net you a fair amount of cash for the value of the scrap.
A professional scrap yard understands how to quickly and efficiently strip a vehicle of its most useful components and metals. This results in a much higher value for the scrap, and the collection will be arranged for you which means less effort. The money will be instantly paid into your account as well, making it an extremely convenient option to sell a scrap vehicle.
How much can I get for a junk car?
Prices will depend heavily on the condition of the vehicle. Generally speaking, a scrap car can net anywhere from $50 to over $10,000.
$50 would be offered for a car that has most of its parts missing and has been left to rust or deteriorate over time. In this state, the car isn’t worth much to anybody but some usable material could be salvaged from it.
However, if the scrap vehicle contains many rare or useful components, then you could be offered a lot more money depending on the circumstances and condition.
In general, you can easily get between $100 and $1,000 for a scrap vehicle. If you’re looking for a more accurate quote, then you’ll need to contact us at Apex Recycling and describe the vehicle and its condition to us.
How to recycle your scrap car for money
Scrapping a car is a simple process that we’re going to explain in a few simple steps.
1. Find a licensed local scrap yard that accepts cars for cash
Local scrap yards are your best bet since it means you can quickly and conveniently scrap your vehicle. If you’re in Michigan or the surrounding area, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Apex Recycling for all of your car and metal scrapping needs. We’re a reputable company that offers a wide range of metal cycling services, and we can help you get the most money for your scrap vehicle.
2. Get your documentation and paperwork
You need to get some paperwork and documentation ready before you scrap your car. You can’t just scrap any car off the street, so you need to prove that you own the vehicle. As a reputable and professional scrap yard, Apex Recycling won’t scrap vehicles unless you can prove that it’s yours! This helps to prevent car theft and even scrap theft.
If you don’t have a title for your car, you’ll need to fill out the paperwork again to get a duplicate title. In some cases, having no title isn’t an issue as long as you have a valid driver’s license and the registration of the vehicle, but it does speed things up if you have the title.
3. Taking the registration plate off
Some states require you to take the license plate off if you’re scrapping the car. In some cases, you can even get money back for them if they’re re-used by the state for another vehicle!
In Michigan, you’re encouraged to dispose of the license plate by cutting it in half to prevent it from being reused by thieves. You can also recycle it with us at Apex Recycling. However, if you plan to reuse it in the future, then we suggest you hold on to it.
4. Let the DMV know you’ve scrapped your vehicle
The DMV requires drivers to provide some kind of formal notification that the car has been scrapped. This will protect you from legal liability if it’s sold on or involved in criminal activities. You can also contact the scrap yard and arrange this in advance.
5. Get your Certificate of Destruction
Some states may have a different name for this document, but it’s essentially proof that you’ve scrapped your vehicle at a licensed scrap yard. Once a car is issued a Certificate of Destruction, it can no longer legally drive on roads.
We hope that these steps have been easy to follow. The most important task on your part is to prepare the documentation and ensure you contact the DMV to let them know you’ve scrapped the vehicle. The rest will be handled by our specialists at Apex Recycling.
If you’d like to learn more about scrapping your vehicle then feel free to get in touch with us for more details.
How can I get the most money when scrapping my car?
There are a couple of different ways to get top dollar when scrapping your vehicle. Follow these tips to ensure you get the most money for your scrap vehicle.
Be honest about your vehicle when requesting a quote
When you get in touch with Apex Recycling or any licensed and reputable scrap yard in Michigan, you’ll be asked a series of questions about the vehicle. This will help us identify the vehicle and its condition which we’ll use to offer you an accurate quote. However, if you’re not honest about certain aspects of the vehicle, then the final price may be a lot lower than you’d expect.
Don’t remove extras that you’ve added to the vehicle over time
If you’ve added things such as new seats or a GPS system in the vehicle, make sure you mention this when getting a quote as we may pay extra if we find something that can be recycled for more parts or scrap metal. Unless you plan to move these to a new vehicle, we suggest keeping it in.
Don’t try to scrap or dismantle the vehicle yourself before contacting us
Some people suggest salvaging specific parts from the vehicle to sell separately. However, this may drastically lower the price that we’ll offer you due to missing parts. Attempting to remove parts may also damage the vehicle and result in a lower quote from the scrap yard. Ensure that the vehicle has all of its parts if it was previously working to ensure you get the most money!
However, if you do plan to sell your scrap vehicle on a marketplace or have the knowledge and tools to salvage individual components, then you may get more money for the vehicle. Keep in mind that this involves a lot of knowledge and you’ll have to spend a lot of time extracting parts from the car. Selling individual parts may also take a long time as some might be too niche to make a quick sale!
Scrap your car today with Apex Recycling
Apex Recycling is one of the oldest and most established scrap yards in Michigan. We offer a range of commercial and residential metal scrapping services in addition to our car scrapping service.
We’ll offer the best quotes for your car and we’ll even help you arrange a pickup service to make the entire process seamless and stress-free. Simply get in touch with us today and let us know about your vehicle so we can offer you an unbeatable quote.