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How Much is My Junk Car Worth?

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Junking a car is a way to make quick cash, get rid of the car quickly, and get money for a vehicle that you might not be able to sell in a more traditional way. Junking a car is a simple process, but for many people, they have no idea what to expect when it comes to price. This is largely because the price varies, a LOT! Junk cars can go for anywhere from $50 to $20,000, but do you know what factors affect that price?


Your location isn’t something you can control, but it does impact how much cash you’ll get for a junk car. Areas that are closer to scrap yards and have a higher demand for the type of vehicle you’re getting rid of will pay out more. If the car is in working condition, it might be worth checking some neighboring counties and cities to see if you can get more for the car than you can locally.

Car Specifics 

The year, make, model, mileage, and current condition of your car all play a part in how much you’ll get for it at a junkyard. Newer cars, cars with low miles, and cars that are in high demand in your area are always worth more. If your car has damaged parts inside or out, dents, scratches, and other wear and tear, it will be worthless. Obviously no junk car is in perfect condition, but the better it is the more you’ll get paid.

Price of Scrap

The price of scrap varies constantly. The current price of scrap will play a part in determining how much you can get paid for your junk car. If you don’t need the money right away, you might opt to wait until the price of scrap goes up so you’re able to get paid more. If the price of scrap is down but your car has other valuable parts that can be resold, you might still get offered a decent price for the vehicle, but not as much as you would if scrap prices were up. 

If you have a junk car, start asking around about how much it might be worth! There’s no harm in comparing prices and seeing what your options are. After all, you’ll get more by junking it than you will just let it sit in your driveway untouched!

ARS Towing & Boston Junk Car can help you find the best value for your vehicle. If you’d like an estimate from us, fill out the form here or call us at (617) 719-6436

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