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Salvaging the Most out of Your Dead Vehicle

Aug 20, 2008
If you have a car that is completely dead and would cost more to repair than what it is worth, then you can still make some money off of it. Even if the car is beyond repair, there are engine and body parts that are still functional and could be salvaged. There are auto mechanic shops, salvage yards, and many more who would be interested in buying those parts off of you. Don't just give up and send it to the junk yard. They are simply going to take the car and do exactly what you can do. They are going to sell the parts to any individuals who come there looking for what is on your old car.

The engine

Even though part of the engine is dead doesn't mean the entire thing is. The car battery may still be good, the alternator, air conditioning unit, belts, cam shaft, and so much more can be sold because these are items that are frequently sought out by individuals. So it is a good idea to take advantage of that by placing a sign in front of your yard or an ad in the paper. That is if you know how to safely remove the car parts on your own. If you do, then you can maximize your profit on the car because many individuals seek out salvage engine parts before they will go to the auto parts store and buy new ones.

The body

The body of the car is also a money maker for you. Just like engine parts break down and need replaced, body components are damaged for a number of reasons. A person can damage their car in a wreck, someone can purposely inflict damage on their car, or their car can become physically damaged during a natural disaster. In these cases, doors, hoods, trunks, side panels, fenders, and even the wheels and tires are needed to fix those damaged areas. They can easily have the spare body parts installed on their car and refinished to look like nothing ever happened.

Need some help?

If you do not know how to remove the parts yourself, then you can employ the help of someone who does. You may have to pay that individual, but you can still make money with the salvage parts of your car. Don't just simply sell it for a few hundred dollars. You can certainly get a lot more out of it if you sell it piece by piece. Then again, if you don't have the time to sell the parts, then it might be in your best interest to take it to a salvage yard and allow them to buy it off of you. They will rebuild the car and sell it as a whole under a salvage title in order to make a profit after buying it off of you and replacing the parts of it that were defective or damaged.

No matter which route you decide to take, you can make your dead vehicle a profitable one for you. Don't simply throw a "for sale" sign on it and hope that someone who needs spare parts will buy the whole thing. Selling it in pieces will prove to be more profitable. However, even selling it to a salvage yard is going to be more profitable than some of the other alternatives, such as dropping it at a junk yard for them to make a profit off of your junk. Go ahead and get yourself a piece of the pie. You bought the vehicle and you cared for it, so it is only fair that you are able to get something out of it in the end.
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