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What’s the Scrap Value of my Car?

With 17 million new cars being produced each year, and about as many older cars being retired, today’s market for junk cars is absolutely flooded. Current scrap car values are further depressed due to the state of the global commodity market as a whole.

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All of these factors combine to drive car scrap values to near all-time lows. In terms of strict scrap metal prices, cars are worth about $200 (assuming an average-sized sedan that weighs about 1.3 tons). It’s most definitely a “buyer’s market,” with local junkyards receiving new cars on an almost daily basis.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to settle for low junk car prices, though. Because many of today’s junk cars still have valuable intact parts and optional upgrades that can help you get a better offer on your vehicle.

How Are Scrap Cars Priced?

When it comes to the value of the vehicle based on scrap metal — cars are judged by weight. So, if you search up the weight of your car, then multiply it by $165 per ton, you’ll get an idea of its current value at the very minimum. It’s important to note that some junkyards like to price cars by the metric ton (the “long” ton). This method of measurement reduces the price even further.

If you want to know what your car is really worth, the best way to find out is by using the free online pricing tool here at It was designed by our experts and lets you scan prices from our national network of junk car buyers instantly. It accounts for the optional upgrades and key features that help you get more for your vehicle.

All you have to do is answer a few quick questions and we’ll give you a guaranteed, no-obligation quote in just 90 seconds. There’s never any pressure to sell. So, you’re free to shop around with peace of mind knowing that you have a guaranteed offer for the fair market value of your vehicle.

How to Get the Best Price for Your Scrap Car

Your mileage may vary, but as we mentioned above, local junk car buyers tend to have the power when it comes to negotiating prices. They are bombarded with eager sellers, and their profit margins depend on squeezing every possible cent from each car. So even if you stand your ground and insist on getting a good price, they will generally stand firm on their original quote.

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You might be able to make a quick sale, but don’t expect much more than the scrap value (weight times the price of scrap metal). Moreover, you must be aware of the junkyard’s towing policies. Make sure you’re getting free towing as part of the deal since the cost of towing could eat up a substantial portion of the proceeds of your sale. Many reputable scrap yards offer free towing.

Still, even if you’re in a hurry it makes sense to shop around first. We can get you a quote instantly on your computer, tablet, or phone. Then, we can pick up your vehicle from your home or office with FREE towing within 24-48 hours.

That means you might be waiting just a few extra hours for the chance to get twice as much for your vehicle (maybe more). Additionally, you don’t even have to leave home to sell your car— heck, you can sell it while still in your jammies.

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With our guaranteed online offers, you have no obligation and we’ll never pressure you to sell. We just want to make sure you get the best possible deal for your vehicle so that you can be happy with your transaction. If you think your car is worth a bit more, you can always talk to one of our representatives and (especially if you have pictures) we can work on getting you a better price.

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