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Old 08-07-09, 10:47 AM
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Hello!! What is a ballpark figure per ton when you drive your vehicle to a used auto parts yard and drive onto the scale when you are selling it to them? I will probably be doing this to my 95 Jetta because fixing it would cost a lot more than it is worth and I am already upside down on it considering the work I have put into it in the past three years.
 
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Old 08-07-09, 11:50 AM
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They don't buy them like that - they'll give you $25-$50 for it.
 
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Old 08-07-09, 12:25 PM
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Scrap yards around here buy by the pound, the price right now is about 4 cents a pound. They will not buy a running car, you have to drain the oil, coolant, and all fuel, remove fuel tank and cut a hole in it then throw in the car. Prior to the election scrap steel was up to 12 cents a pound! There were alot of people hauling junk to the scrapyard then.
 
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Old 08-07-09, 01:00 PM
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If its running..and not all beat up..you may get about $100 at a yard....depends on the popularity in your area.

If you knew somewhere you could break it up yourself or let people come and pick it apart then you'd probably be able to get $500 for what they take..then $25-50 at a yard.
 
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Old 08-07-09, 04:16 PM
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My local one has ads in the paper saying to drive it in on to their certified new Fairbanks scales. I would be tempted to part it out, but roommmate and neighbors would freak. I will probably buying another Jetta and switching some parts like tires since the tires on the present car have only about 8 k on them. It does have front end damage from when I lost a wheel cylinder 60k ago. To make it look undamaged, it would need a front bumper, right front fender and a grille. I have the bunper and fender, but am unable to install them. Thank you much for the input folks.
 

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Old 08-08-09, 06:43 AM
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About 4-6 cents a pound here and they don't care if you drive it up to the door or drag it in. Waiting to see what the cash for clunkers program will do to both scrap price and price of used parts since all of the turned in clunkers are, by law, being completely destroyed including serviceable engines and trannies. Wonder what genius thought that one up.
 
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Old 08-08-09, 08:09 AM
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It's almost too bad the EPA ratings for my car are 4mpg too high for cash for clunkers, but there is very little chance of buying a new car for $600 without taking it to the casino and trying my luck first. There are two casinos within half an hour of my house so it is an option, but doing that is kind of like trusting a pyromaniac to fix your furnace. Hoping that the money I get for the car I am driving in to the yard will be enough to cover the registration of another vehicle. If I read the weight on the side of my driver's door, at $50 per ton I would get $92 for it.
 
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Old 08-08-09, 10:14 AM
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I've seen places that deducted for the tires because of disposal.
 
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Old 08-09-09, 03:39 AM
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Shop around. Maybe by phone. Local yards around here give $50 to $100. Period The yard I worked at years ago would walk around the car and calculate what could be sold and what was weight and give a fair price. I later shopped for old cars and sold them to the yard I worked for in my off time. Some yards base scrap autos as weight only and pocket the profit of parts sold
 
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Post it for sale free on Craigs List or similar. I've sold 3 vehicles and bought my current truck on there recently. One sold truck was a '93 Silverado with 275,000 miles on it and I got $1500 for it, and a '00 Hyundai Elantra with a bad tranny fetched $1300. My '99 Dodge Dakota Sport (stripped down model with no options) brought in $4,700 (about $500 more than Kelly Blue Book retail value!) It's free so it's worth a shot. Someone may buy it for parts or some poor college kid may drive it for awhile.
I forgot to mention that I sold all 3 vehicles in an average of about 15 minutes after posting them for sale! I was stunned to say the least.
 
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Old 08-09-09, 08:25 AM
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Never been there, I'll check it out after I buy something else since this car is my daily driver. Thank you much!! The car still runs and drives fine except for that friggin' differential.
 
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Old 08-10-09, 07:42 AM
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Another option you may want to explore is donating it to charity. Many national charities will pick up your unwanted car and then auction it off. Whatever money they get for it they report to you, and you can claim that as a charitable contribution on your tax return.
 
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Old 08-10-09, 11:17 AM
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Thank you for the idea Beachboy, but I am a 1040 EZ filer, I don't have enough items to worry about doing the long form. Applied for a personal loan today to pay off plastic and extra to buy another car. The cash I have right now would buy me a car one or two steps from the car graveyard.
 
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