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What Parts On My Junk Car Are Valuable and How Much Are They Worth?
Even if your vehicle is a complete junker, you might be surprised to find out how much value exists in the parts. This is particularly true for parts that have been recently replaced. Everything from the engine to tires to bumpers can be sold if they are in good condition, making that junk vehicle worth more than you imagined.
There are two options when it comes to selling your vehicle for parts. You can remove the parts yourself and sell them individually through websites like eBay and Craigslist or you can find a junk removal service like RemoveMyClunker to pay a lump sum for the value of the car. We pay cash for vehicles and then handle selling off the parts (if they have value) and scrapping the car to recycle the metal. There are pros and cons to each approach, and we’ll walk you through those here.
Selling Parts Privately vs. Selling the Car to RemoveMyClunker
If many of the parts on your car have value, selling individual parts privately is likely to net you more cash than selling to RemoveMyClunker. The tricky part is, this can be difficult to assess unless you’re mechanically inclined. It also involved significant research, legwork and time. It’s important to know that the value of parts also depends heavily on demand and the model’s popularity. Parts for a 2002 Honda Accord are going to be a lot easier to sell than parts for a 1990 Mercury Cougar.
Generally, to consider selling parts on the open market you need to be: 1) knowledgeable about the value of certain parts; 2) capable of removing the parts yourself; and 3) willing to invest the time and energy into listing the parts online, negotiating with buyers and arranging pickup times.
Our service, RemoveMyClunker, requires very little time and effort. Fill out our online quote tool to find out how much we’ll pay for the vehicle. If you like the price, we’ll schedule a pickup - in many cases the same day. Prices vary based on the model, condition, mileage and your location, but we typically pay anywhere from about $150 to $400 for junk vehicles. In some cases, if valuable parts like the engine are in good working order, we can offer more. However, we also accept cars in poor shape that are worth little more than the value of the scrap metal.
How Much Are My Junk Car’s Parts Worth?
This is a tough question to answer because the value of parts depends on many factors. The age and condition of the parts play a huge role. As we’ve mentioned, demand also factors in. We’ve offered very general price ranges for various parts below, but keep in mind that there are many variables that determine value. These price ranges are not applicable to luxury vehicles or sports cars.
- Engine: $300-$5,000
- Alternator: $20-$150
- Starter: $30-$50
- Transmission: $100-$500
- Bumpers: $50-$300
- Hood: $50-$200
- Doors: $50-250
- Radiator $40-$150
Keep in mind that almost every part on a car has some value if it’s in good condition; however, the key is assessing that value and finding the right niche buyer. The prices above are only for parts that are in good condition.