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Selling your car to a junkyard? Here’s what to consider

4th July 2022 Print

If your car isn’t working the way that it’s supposed to anymore, then your only real option is to scrap it. More often than not, repairing broken-down cars isn’t worth it (unless it’s brand new, that is). You will be pleased to learn that junkyards will actually buy your car off of you, meaning that you don’t have to part with your old car without making a little bit of money back.

This post will tell you about some important things that you need to consider when you are planning on selling your car to a junkyard:

Junk Services

The first thing that you should know if you are considering junking your car is that junking is by far the most effective way of getting rid of an old car. But what is a junk service? A junk service is a company that gives you the chance to get cash for a junk car, which they will come and collect and pay you for, sometimes the next day after you make your initial application. Most junk services recycle cars, but some break them down and sell them for parts. Either way, your car gets a second life when you sell it to one of these services.

Amount Paid

The amount of money that you get paid varies wildly, from hundreds to thousands. It usually depends on the type of car that you have. Most junk services work out how much a car is worth according to its weight, although if it’s an especially valuable car that they can either repurpose or sell for parts, then they might pay more. The good thing about junk services is that you don’t have to haggle or negotiate with them, they give you a price and that’s that. You can then either spend, save, or invest the money


Selling your car to a junk service is the most environmentally-friendly way of getting rid of a car because it gives your car a second life. You don’t have to worry about your car sitting around and collecting rust because it will immediately be either recycled for scrap metal or sold for parts, meaning somebody else will get to make use of the car’s inner components. Cars are very harmful to the environment when they are made, so recycling yours is a great way of helping the environment, rather than hurting it.

Fast Process

You should also know that the process of junking your car is very fast. Your car can be collected in as little as 24 hours. There aren’t many other methods of getting rid of your car that is as fast as junking it is. If the junk removal service is located near to you, then might even dispatch a tow truck to collect your old car on the same day that you make your application, although their ability to do this depends on their availability and the time that you make your application.

Alternative Options

If you have an old car that’s sitting around getting dusty, there are other options. Not everybody wants to junk their car. If you are in two minds about junking yours, then it’s a very good idea to conduct a little online research and work out what other options are available to you. The decision not to junk your car is only a good one if your car is especially valuable and can be restored or fixed. If it’s a lost cause, then it’s a much better option to just junk it. If a car won’t be restored, then nobody is going to pay you any meaningful amount of money for it.


Selling Online

The first option that you have outside of junking your car is to sell it online. When you sell your car online, you do have to bear in mind that people are going to attempt to barter and haggle, which can be very stressful. You also need to make clear in your car’s advertisement that it is no longer working. Timewasters that don’t read descriptions will make inquiries without knowing the car isn’t working, then contact you and give you false hope. Specify in the listing’s title that the car doesn’t work. Selling your car for a lot online could help you to mitigate the ongoing cost of living crisis

Giving Away

You could also consider giving it away to a loved one or friend who is passionate about cars. This could give them a project to work on. This is a good option if you have a teenage child that’s interested in cars because you can give them your old car under the proviso that if they fix it, they can keep it. You could also tell them that if they fix the car, then you can both sell it, and they can keep 50% of the profit. Giving away your car isn’t always a good option, though, especially if you are short on cash.

Car Restoration

If your car’s classic or expensive and can be restored, then restoration is worth considering. Restoration can give you something to do with your spare time. With summer just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to start a new outdoor project. If you are going to restore an old car, then you need to make sure that you have all of the tools, as well as the knowledge that’s necessary to do so. You can watch online videos to learn how to restore cars if you don’t have any clue where to start.

Professional Mechanic

One last thing to consider is taking your car to a mechanic. If your car can be salvaged, but you don’t have the technical experience necessary to repair it, then a mechanic is worth a call. A mechanic will be able to fix and repair your car for you, although this can be very expensive. If your car’s in a very sorry state, then you could have to pay thousands to a mechanic to get it repaired. Make sure that if you do pay to have your car repaired, you aren’t paying more than the car’s actually worth.

If you want to sell your car to a junkyard, then you need to consider all of this post’s points. The easiest and most stress-free way of selling an old car is to sell it to a junkyard because the other methods listed here can be a nightmare to arrange.

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