How to Get More Money for Your Clunker

September 17, 2011

Have a car that has been totaled or is running on it’s last legs?

Don’t junk it. Part it out and sell it for parts. Remember that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

Depending on the make and model of your car, you could potentially get thousands more if you sell the parts individually rather than selling or junking the car.

There may be lots of salvageable parts ready for sale. Are the leather seats in good condition? The front seats may be worn out but the rear seats may still be new.

Turn signal lens and headlights are relatively easy to take out and won’t cost much to ship. Factory radios can go for a couple hundred dollars depending on the make and model of the car.

I’ve seen a set of used leather seats for a Nissan Maxima sell for 600 dollars on eBay. The auction was for local pickup so there was no shipping fee.

Heavy items such as windshields, seats and hoods can be worth a lot but expensive to ship. It’s better to sell these locally on Craigslist or PennySaverUSA.

If you’re not mechanically inclined or simply do not want to do the hard labor of dismantling a car, you can post an ad and list the parts that are available. The buyer can come to your location and take out the part that is needed.

For most people it’s not worth the hassle of gutting a car and selling the parts. Most will either donate their car or sell it to a junkyard. It may be hard in the beginning but once you get used to the process of gutting and selling, you can turn this into a profitable business by buying other people’s “junk”. Rinse and repeat. The benefits can be very financially rewarding.


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