Your old car may have reached the point where it is no longer running and only has scrap value, but it pays to understand what its real value is, and you might be surprised how much individual components are worth. These are a few items that could boost the bank account as well as help the environment when it’s finally time to part with your old vehicle…
Fenders (“Wings” in England) are the metal panels that protect the wheels and undercarriage, and when damaged can be expensive to replace. Thus, old fenders in good condition have decent resale value.
Bumpers, front and back, consist of a number of layers of aluminum, steel, fiberglass and plastic, specifically designed to limit damage in low speed accidents. This makes them an expensive assembly, and old, but undamaged, bumpers have good second-hand prices.
Doors, that provide protection from the elements, have good resale value, accentuated by the various door components - handles, window controls, lock/unlock features, mirror controls etc. - all of which add value or can be sold separately.
Second-hand batteries may not generate much cash, although they can be reconditioned which may add a few years’ life. However, by recycling them harmful chemicals are removed from the environment.
Windscreen Wipers are more expensive than you might think, and your second hand wiper could be worth a reasonable amount if still in good condition.
Wheels, tires, and rims are all potential money generators, especially if your car is fitted with aluminum wheels.
Radios and GPS systems both offer good opportunities to generate additional revenue at scrap time.
Whilst not worth very much money, old motor oil and oil filters can be cleaned and refurbished, and should be taken to an authorized recycling station. The environmental benefits are considerable.
Last, but far from least, is the car’s catalytic converter. The precious metals, platinum, palladium and rhodium that act as the catalyst in the process of removing noxious gases and pollutants from the exhaust, whilst small in quantity, have considerable value, and their recovery have major environmental benefits, by reducing the dependence on mining.
At Ecotrade, we have been at the forefront of recycling scrap catalytic converters for over 12 years, and have developed recovery locations across the globe. If you want further information about our operation, and how we are helping the environment, feel free to visit our website at http://www.catalyticconverterrecycling.com or send us an email at email@example.com