If you have an old car sitting on your property with no use for it, chances are it is simply taking up space on your premises that you could put to good use. The good news is you do not have to get rid of your car at a dump and not make any money from your investment. More and more people are looking to auto salvage yards to enable them to make some profit from their decrepit vehicles, even though they cannot resell them in the automotive market. However, selling your vehicle to an auto salvage yard is not simply about dropping off the car and waiting to be paid. There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you make the most of your sale. Here are some of the considerations you should have when selling your vehicle to an auto salvage yard.
Have proof of ownership
One thing most people take for granted is that if they are selling their vehicle as junk, then establishing ownership will not matter. The reality of the situation though is that most auto salvage yards will not purchase a vehicle unless you can prove you are the rightful owner. Whether the vehicle has been passed down in the family and remained a fixture in your yard or perhaps it was a gift, you still need to have the appropriate documentation that shows you are the sole owner. Getting this documentation prior to taking the vehicle to the auto salvage yard will save a lot of time for both you and the potential buyer.
Strip the vehicle
If you are panning on selling the vehicle as scrap metal, you need to ensure that it only consists of metal. This will involve eliminating all other components of the car that will not be considered scrap. Start of by draining all components you can think of ranging from the fuel, the transmission fluid, brake oil and more. Once all the fluids have been eliminated, carefully remove all internal components such as the chairs, car radio, the engine, the steering column, the oil pan and anything else you can think of. In general, most auto salvage yards will not accept vehicles that have not been completely stripped. In the event that they do, they will probably pay less for the scrap metal as they would have to invest their own labour and resources to removing all these internal components.
Take care of the spare parts
When selling your vehicle to an auto salvage yard (such as Buffalo Motor Wreckers), you can also make some profit from the spare parts that you have stripped from the vehicle. Components such as the transmission, the engine, the brakes, the wheels and more can all be resold. As such, it is important to take measures to ensure that they are cared for to minimise the potential of damage to them.
I've always driven used cars, and when I first started driving, I made some costly decisions and bought a couple of cars that just weren't worth the money I spent on them. I knew I needed to learn how to inspect a car's engine and how to spot warning signs when I was buying a used car, so I started reading everything I could find on the topic, including basic car mechanics and maintenance. I started this blog to share what I've learned over the years, and I hope my tips will prevent other new drivers buying used cars that will drain their wallet and sap the enjoyment out of driving. I hope you find my posts informative and useful.