There are numbers of the reason for scrapping a car. You might’ve had it for a few years and you just want to upgrade. Maybe you’re starting to have some issues and you would be looking to buy a brand new car.
Scrapping Car to Car Dealer
You need to find a special kind of dealer to take a scrap car that doesn’t run on trade. First, a vehicle with a title designated as junk or written-off by insurance doesn’t have much use – if any – for a dealer. They’re near impossible to retail, even in good condition. Their book value is significantly lower than the same type of vehicle with a clear title. And if it’s been labelled scrap, there’s a high probability that it’s going to have obvious and underlying problems.
Most dealers shy away from taking junk cars on trade, especially ones that don’t run. If you find a dealer that will take it, expect an offer with between one and three digits – from $0 to $100 probably.
Is It Worth It to Fix a Scrap Car’s Engine? – Get Cash for your Non-Working Car, Instead.
If the goal is to sell a scrap car for more money or to get more on trade from the dealership, it would absolutely help to have the engine running. Proportionally, it probably doesn’t make sense.
Here’s what I mean. Your trashed, scrap car doesn’t run and is appraised by a dealership at $100. You’re not happy with that price (no kidding), so you decide to have a mechanic get it going. If you’re lucky, a simple fix will cost $300 to $500. But when you go back to the dealership, it may only bump up the value to $300. In addition, you’ll have spent a bunch of time on it, plus probably paid for a tow truck to tow.
It would make much more different if it was a good used car that needed a simple engine repair. But for a scrap car? Odds are very high that it’s just not worth it.
Where Can I Scrap an Old Car?
When a dealer won’t take your car on a trade or you aren’t getting the value you think you should, it’s frustrating. But there are places that buy cars for cash near you and without the hassle of an appraisal. At Atlas Auto, you can sell your wreck car, scrap car, or any vehicle in any condition without any hassle and free towing.
Fill out the quote request form at Atlas Auto to get a free no-obligation offer for your vehicle as it sits right now, running or not. Think it’s a fair price? Accept it. You’ll get the cash paid on the spot. Then, your scrap car or truck will be taken away from where it sits, and at no charge to you.