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Scrapping your old car

All cars will eventually succumb to the normal wear and tear of daily use. The depreciation of value is inevitable even if you bring it to your favorite car wash center regularly and even if periodic maintenance checkup is done by an expert mechanic. Your dearly loved vehicle has now been relegated into a scrap car.

What is a scrap car? A scrap car is used to describe a broken or old car which has failed its Ministry Of Transport test for car safety. You can get rid of it or buy a new one.

There are many options available should you decide to part ways with your beloved car. You can sell it, donate it or maybe even scrap it. Many find the idea of scrapping your own car tedious and time-consuming but for some, the monetary gains are well worth all the effort.

The first step in scrapping your junk car is to drain all available liquids. This initial step is important because you get to eliminate all hazardous wastes from your vehicle and in turn you keep yourself and the people around you safe from harm. Just make sure that you dispose those dangerous materials properly by abiding by the rules set by your town or state.

Remove all the items that can be resold or reused. Many car accessories and parts can still be sold online or to a nearby auto repair shop. Others may find some parts of your car valuable because of their rarity so make sure you have ample space to store these parts prior to selling then. Do not hesitate to ask the help of a friend since some items such as the engine or the car seats may be too much to handle by your lonesome.

For those who do not want to roll up their sleeves and scrap their own car, you may seek the help of companies specializing in ‘junk car removal’ and ‘scrap cars.’ They can take care of everything for you while some may even buy the entire junk car in exchange for cash.

Look for a nearby scrap yard, especially those involved in preserving our environment. Ask for techniques and other questions about scrapping your car. You may even get tips on what to do with all the metal sections of your junk car.

Please also remember to inspect your car before passing it on for scrap since you may have valuable items left there.

Your Junk Car: An asset or a liability?

For many car owners and enthusiasts, there may come a time in your life when your vehicle transforms ;from being a valuable asset to a frustrating liability.

For instance, a simple carelessness on the road such as texting while driving leads to a major accident resulting to your car getting totaled. You try to check in with your insurance company but you are automatically written off. You approach your trusted mechanic but he reveals to you that repair costs are higher than your car’s current value. You check the classified ads and discover that your junk car has little or no trade-in value at all.

You think it is the end of the road for your junk car but think again. There are a number of ways of cashing in on your misfortune.

You can play surgeon by picking it apart and selling the precious parts left. Many junk shops are more than happy to buy those usable car parts and other scrap materials in exchange for cash.

Of course, you can always recycle your junk car or reuse some of its functional parts to create art or decoration for your home or office. You can use the seats as furniture while other parts can be used as containers for your gardening and household needs. The key here is creativity so the more imaginative you are the happier you will be in dismantling the car for reusable parts.

If you want instant cash for your junk cars, you can always take it to a nearby junk shop. You can deliver the car yourself by using a tow bar or other legal towing devices to deliver your vehicle to a trusted junkyard company.

It is better to search online ahead of time for junk car businesses that will give you the best deal possible. This is more advisable since they can pick up your junk car right at your place and pay you in cash instantly. Some companies even assist in handling the necessary paperwork for the sale of your vehicle. All you need to do is provide the necessary information about your car and a customer service representative will lend you a hand by providing you with a quotation and further directions.

Hope springs eternal even for junk cars. Always remember that you can turn your vehicle into as asset once again. Just make sure that you scan through all your options first by calling as many junk yards as you can to get more money for your junk car.

Purchasing a Junk Car: The Manual Inspection

Buying a junk car holds more responsibility than simply driving the vehicle home upon purchase. Undisclosed damages and defects can reel in a haul of expenses, making the car more expensive than what the buyer bargained for. Proper assessment, which involves manual inspection, is necessary before agreeing to any deal, otherwise the car could conk out weeks after its purchase.

A junk car has many sections, and inspecting all of them is necessary, to ensure that it is worth its selling price. Defects and damages found lead to deductions, perhaps a change in used or junk car dealers. A watchful eye on little details as well as a good knowledge about cars and car parts are needed, so as to not miss any chance to reduce the selling price. A wise consumer, after all, would like to make the most out of his or her money for junk cars.

The Car Exterior

The car exterior is pretty large, giving unscrupulous sellers a lot of room to conceal damages. To counter this, a buyer must sweep the exterior’s every section. The normal starting point is the paint job. Sellers can hide rusty sections for a little fee by covering them up with poor quality paint. Fortunately, the grooves created by rust aren’t completely hidden.

Bumpers, tire guards and the other sections of the car’s lower half are often neglected by both owners and dealers of junk cars. Unless undisclosed by the seller, dents and other defects found can be tantamount to discounts. Moreover, these sections are notorious for accumulating rust.

Small dents and misaligned fenders are hardly noticeable, especially if they are covered with glossy paint. Careful observation is necessary to detect them. What some buyers do is run their fingers over the hood, fender and other parts of the car frame to check for irregularities.

The Car Engine

This is the part where the knowledge of car parts comes into play. Beneath the hood is an array of mechanisms that work in conjunction with one another. Unmaintained cars often bear leaks and rusty areas. To make sure that the engine is running up to speed, start the car. If it takes several attempts before the engine runs, there must be something wrong.

The Car Interior

Driving is a pleasurable experience, largely due to the car interior. Neglected junk cars are likely to have problems with the upholstery as well as some of the mechanisms beneath the dashboard.

The Test Drive

Last but certainly not the least, a sold junk car should score well in the test drive. Prospective buyers can check if the brakes and the transmission are responsive. This simulates the general driving experience after purchase, so be watchful on how the car responds to the controls.

Not everyone has the time or the patience to conduct a manual inspection. Prospective buyers can still make the most out of their money for junk cars by bringing along a mechanic. For a small fee, the mechanic will do all the dirty work and can even prepare a list of damages and defects right after.