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Why Sell My Junk My Car to

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Car Scrappers honest, straightforward process makes it easy to junk cars in as little as hours.


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How You Can Sell a Junk Car For $500

1. Have a Somewhat Newer Vehicle to Junk

If your vehicle is less than 7 years old there is a decent chance you will be able to scrap it for $500 if it's parts are intact and working.

If your car was recently totaled or your car has broken down for other reasons there may be a demand for it's parts if they are in good condition.  If so, that'll net you more than just scrap value.

2. Have a Heaver Vehicle to Sell

Heavier vehicles will net more even if there isn't a demand for it's parts because there will be more metal.  Which means even if the car is crushed and sold to the local scrap yard it may be able to get you $500.  It greatly depends on current scrap metal prices.

3. Have a Popular Make and Model in Your Area

If you have a popular make and model that is on the road in your local area then there may still be a demand for it's parts, even if it is an older vehicle.  But if your car has over 200,000 miles the parts may not be resellable and won't carry much value.

If you car meets these standards then there is a decent chance that we can pay $500 for it.  We buy junk cars for top dollar so we'll do our best to maximize your profit.

I was trying to get rid of my 2008 GMC 1500 that needed a new transmission. Out of 8 different company's not only was there online quote fast and simple but they offered the best and highest price. When accepting the offer they made it easy with no complications. I scheduled my appointment and the driver came by the next day to remove it and pay me. If you are trying to get rid of your junk car they are the ones I recommend!

- William V

Here Is Why It Is Hard to Get $500 For Any Old Junk Car

Can you sell any old car for $500 cash in 2020? 

In past years there was a pretty good possibility, but that is not the case currently. That's not even incorporating the coronavirus; that's just in general.

The majority of junk cars are bought as scrap cars. Cars that'll be parted out and stripped and drained and then crushed for its worth in metal.  The scrap metal market is way down from years past.  That makes it tough to pay five hundred dollars because the value of the metal isn't there.

But now with the coronavirus impacting our nation the price of scrap metal is tanking even further and junk car prices are way down.  

The normal junk car on average currently nets about $280 currently with a service like  But you'll find it's not just us. Others who buy junk cars will have offers near or below the same amounts.  It's just not possible to offer more because the demand for parts in older junk cars is not there. They are mostly bought for the price in scrap minus a few things to turn a profit.

You are more likely to sell your junk car for $100 or $200, maybe even up to $300 to a cash for cars service or auto junkyard nearby.

But I Really Want $500 to Junk My Car, Please!

Ok, we'll let you in on a little secret.  It still is possible to junk your car for $500 or more if we can't pay it. 

But I must warn you. It's not going to be easy.  And it won't be possible for many either. 

So how do I sell my car for $500?

Sell Your Junk Car for Parts

Although Car Scrappers buys whole cars only you have the option of selling your car for parts to try to get north of $500.

If you have the knowledge, time, ability, and inclination to be your own automotive recycler, this is your best chance.

Scrap car buyers may base their prices on scrap metal prices because they don't think there will be a demand for the car parts.

But if you can find someone interested in them, you may be able to receive upwards of $500 for selling off a junk car in 2020.

Various car parts you could remove and sell include:

  • Tires with plenty of tread left (replace with bald used tires)
  • Alloy wheels (replace with cheap used rims)
  • Battery (sell if it’s fairly new, recycle if it’s old)
  • Catalytic convertor
  • Engine
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • A/C compressor
  • Airbags
  • Electronics of value (stereo systems, GPS)
  • Seats
  • Windshield and other glass
  • Doors, hood, and trunk lid/rear hatch/tailgate
  • Fenders
  • Bumpers
  • Headlight and taillight assemblies

If you are able to safely remove these parts yourself and find a buyer, you can sell your car for more than a service like ours can offer.  But you're also doing the work yourself so please find a buyer before doing all that.  Unless you are a mechanic.  But it would be a shame to do all that for nothing.

If this is the route for you you can then attempt to sell the remains to a local scrap yard / auto salvage yard or metal recycling center.  And you don't need to continue reading as your job here will be done and you will have received $500 or so for your junk cars parts.

Otherwise, and more realistically, your best bet is getting over the price shock and realizing it's just not feasible to sell a junk car for $500 right now.  You're more likely to get about $100-$200 or maybe up to $300 for it, with that amount differing based on various factors.

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Can I sell my junk car for $500 cash?

While some of our buyers still pay cash for junk cars you are more likely to receive a business or certified check that you can cash the same day for the simple reason that it is safer for our drivers. gives our sellers peace of mind when looking for cash for junk cars by guaranteeing payments and we're proud to say we've never had an issue.

Car Scrappers is the straightforward way to sell cars for junk in as little as hours and often the same day.

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