When your beloved vehicle gets worn-out or stop working properly, it becomes hard to deal with it. As all of us get attached to our automobiles. You may even think of repairing and restoring it into a good shape, but the process would be quite expensive and lengthy, as your vehicle might be too scratched or old.
So it will be best to think about putting your old machine to rest and find a new and more reliable automobile. But the people who may be willing to buy it won’t be a large in number. Hence the best possible option is selling your vehicle to a wrecker. It is perhaps the most profitable avenue to get some good money back from your dead auto. However, the profit may not be as high as what you will get by stripping and scrapping it on your own.
But if you choose this option, despite the fact that it is time-consuming and involves a lot of fuss. You will need a good knowledge of automobiles and the required tools. The following are some of the best money making secrets of the car junk yards:
1) Identify and understand the cause of death
Regardless of what turns your vehicle into an old clunker, you will need to understand its cause of death. For this you will have to take it to a knowledgeable mechanic and have it closely inspected. So as to know whether or not your car is not repairable or inoperable. Before mining dead cars for cash, always good to find the reason behind.
If it is not working because of a specific damaged component, then obviously you won’t be able to sell that particular component. Of course, you can’t sell damaged goods. But there may be plenty of other useful parts as well that can be sold for great value.
2) Sell the source of power
The main source of power in a vehicle is battery which is fairly is easy to locate and extract and even easier to sell. But the best thing of all is that auto scrap yards are happy to purchase even a dead battery. And, in case if your vehicle is perfectly running despite being broken, then you can sell its battery at eBay. As there is no shortage of auto owners searching the internet looking for a replacement battery.
The fuels used in automobiles are also a good source of power and can be highly hazardous, if left in it. If you have a dead automobile with a full tank of diesel or petrol. You can make a good profit by selling it, instead of simply draining it. Alternatively, you can also store it carefully in a sealed container and use it later on in your other vehicle.
3) Locate and Remove the basic components
This is where you can turn your old, scrap vehicle into a remunerative deal. You can strip it down and sell off the useful parts. For instance, if your tyres are not overly worn-out, you can probably make a good amount of money by selling them. However, if you have worn-out tyres, don’t worry. You can still sell them for a fair cash to a tyre dealership to be recycled. Crafts shop also look for used or worn down tyres and buy them to recycle and reuse to manufacture various products. If you are discovering the unseen value in broken cars then find in its parts.
In addition to this, components such as a radio or stereo system, seats, gearstick, seat covers, steering wheels and windscreen wipers can be also sold pretty quickly online and for a fair amount of money. However, if you are unsure about the worth of the useful items in your automobile, make sure to do a little research.
4) Dismantle and Strip it down
After selling all the useful components extracted from the automobile, strip down the whole vehicle. Make sure to remove and save the undamaged parts like panels, doors, boot, etc. This will be a good option, especially, if your auto is in a good shape or not covered with rust. As people often look to replace their banged, bumped or scratched parts rather than repairing them.
The wiring used to link all the components in automobiles have great demand in various industries and can be also sold quickly. Thus, make sure not to damage the wiring while stripping and scrapping your junk machine. The valuable metal in your vehicle can be salvaged and sold to metal recycling industries. Who will usually offer you the best possible price for it. A good working engine also tends to sell quickly, so have a look at local auto classifieds or websites, to search the best deal for it. Choose a buyer who would come and collect it, this will save your shipping expenses. However, if you are shipping any item, ensure to know its weight and size, as it will help you to deal with the transportation expenses effectively.
When selling the components online, take your time and make sure to take attractive photos. The prospective buyer will want to buy the items only if they are satisfied with their condition. Therefore, consult a mechanic as well as do a little research when listing the components online for sale. Be sure that the component you are selling is in a good working order otherwise the buyer may trouble you with false advertising claims.