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There's an old saying that goes something like "the whole is better than the sum of its parts." Does this apply to cars? It might, but in some ways it does not. You see, a car can still be quite valuable when taken apart into individual pieces. Auto wrecking yards know this well. It's what they do, after all. They take old cars, disassemble them, and sell the parts. Those old cars are almost certainly worth more as parts than as a whole since they rarely run anymore. On this blog, we plan to offer more insights into the world of auto wrecking.


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3 Things You Should Know About Selling Your Car To A Scrap Metal Yard

Dana Young

Scrap metal yards make it extremely easy to sell just about any vehicle for cash. This includes junk cars that may have serious cosmetic or mechanical issues. In many cases, you can receive a cash offer and complete the sale of your vehicle in a single day when selling to a scrap metal yard. However, before you begin the process of selling your vehicle, there are a few things you should know.

#1: The Value Of Your Vehicle May Change If You Delay The Sale

When you receive a cash offer for your vehicle from a scrap metal yard, this offer will only be valid for a limited amount of time. This is because scrap yards base their offers primarily on the current value of scrap metal. If the value of scrap metal changes, the value of your vehicle can change as well. This can be a good thing if you are not happy with the initial offer you receive. In some cases, choosing to wait to complete the sale will result in a bigger payday. However, the value of your vehicle can also decrease. Consequently, you will want to act quickly if you are happy with the current cash offer you received. 

#2: You Will Be Asked To Provide Proof Of Ownership

It is illegal to sell a vehicle that does not belong to you. That is why you will be asked to provide proof of ownership before the sale can be finalized. The easiest way to meet this requirement is to have the title to your vehicle readily available. In some states, this is the only document that can be used to prove ownership of your vehicle to sell it. However, some jurisdictions do allow other documentation to be used for this purpose. For example, you may be able to sign an affidavit of ownership or provide insurance or registration documents listing you as the owner of the vehicle. If you do not have this documentation, you will need to take steps to obtain it before contacting a scrap metal yard. 

#3: You Must Be Able To Answer Some Basic Questions About The Vehicle

Scrap metal yards will ask you a series of questions regarding your vehicle before making a cash offer to buy the vehicle. To answer these questions, you will need to know:

  • the model year of the vehicle
  • the make and model of the vehicle
  • the current mileage on the vehicle
  • the current condition of the vehicle
  • the type of wheels the vehicle has

Taking the time to gather this information before starting the sale process will make this process much faster and easier. Providing accurate information will also help to ensure you are provided with an accurate quote for your vehicle.

To learn more, visit a scrap metal yard in your area such as TNT Auto Salvage.