Every year, someone somewhere decides to give away their car to some car scraping service. For some, it happens to be a heartbreaking parting, and to some a new beginning. Whatever the future lies- whether getting a car junked because of an unfortunate incident or cashing it in for a new car, you should always strip your car down until there is nothing valuable left.
Usually, people tend to think that there is not much left to drag out of your car once all the regular belongings are taken out. But here are 15 items which you shouldn’t forget to grab before you bid your car a final goodbye.
1. Personal Belongings
It is not unusual to lose something in your car, even if it was a long time ago. Before giving your car away to a car scrapping service, you should try and look for things you or anyone else might have left behind.
Airbags have been implemented by all car companies and are now one of the most important requirements for car safety. This is why now even the country’s cheapest cars have airbags implemented, or else a car’s safety performance will deter.
As airbags have sensors, they can easily detect an accident. This forces a combination of chemicals and a propellant to be released, which consists of nitrogen. Everything happens in a couple of milliseconds. Airbags have vents behind them, which lets the gas escape as soon as the bag has been deployed so that the impact feels less harsh when the car occupant hits themselves against it.
Airbags are said to last for at least 15 years. So, if you have a car that is about five years old and you want to junk it, you might want to take a look at your car’s airbags and separate them before handing your car over to the junk car company. You can either keep them for yourself or pitch them in the marketplace for a higher price.
Just because you are junking your car does not mean that you should throw away your rims. Usually, rims have three categories: steel, aluminium, and carbon fibre. Steel rims are the most affordable and come with some disadvantages. Aluminium alloy rims seem to be the most popular choice among car owners regarding adequate durability and affordability. Consisting of more refined materials while offering a lightweight design and excellent durability, the carbon fibre rims allows you to equip your car with proper safety and the innovation it needs.
If you have either one of the three types mentioned above and are not damaged, you can trade that into the online market for a great price or keep it in your storage for future use.
Did you know those scrap car companies usually charge you for the disposal of tires? It’s for a good cause, of course- recycling! However, just like the rims, you have one in good condition, you might want to take a look and store them in your garage for your other vehicles. You can replace these tires with cheaper ones so that the scrap car service can tow it away. If you feel like these tires will not fit into your car, consider selling them for a better price.
5. Exhaust Systems
Replacing or repairing an exhaust system can cost you as high as￡600, and even more if you require a catalytic convert along with it. Exhaust systems are responsible for reducing emissions and toxic fumes released to the environment while controlling engine noise. If you happen to have one in your hands, you might be able to sell it for some decent cash.
6. Catalytic Engines
Catalytic engines and exhaust systems work hand-in-hand. Catalytic engines are responsible for converting harmful exhaust to mostly nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water. That is why if you’re looking to sell either of them, you might be able to find people who are more than willing to pay the price.
7. Doors, Windows, And Other Components
As a result of frequent car traffic accidents, spare parts for doors, windows and other electrical units are always high in demand among mechanics. If you see that you have such parts available, you should consult with your local junk car salvage company and ask for what price someone might sell them.
8. Fenders Or Wings
Replacement for new cars’ wings can get expensive, so car owners are always looking around for cheaper ones. These car parts are responsible for protecting a vehicle’s undercarriage, so you might be able to sell them for a valuable price if you have wings intact.
Bumpers carry an important role in cars. They help protect the front and the rear side of the vehicle if, unfortunately, an accident does take place. Although the latest designs are said to dull the impact’s severity, most cars today have bumpers comprising plastic, aluminium, fibreglass, and steel. You should be able to sell them at a reasonable price.
10. Car batteries
Did you know that if you refurbished your car battery, it could last for another five years? So, there you go! You can revive it with some Epsom salt and distilled water, or you can sell it to the junkyard for some ￡15. You must remember to test the batteries first before selling your car to a scrap car collection service. This way, you would know what to do.
11. Truck Hatches
Customised and intact hatch in your possession? Truck hatches are priceless and have a demandable position in the marketplace. Even if the tailgate or hatch is small in size, you can set the price somewhere between a few hundred pounds, and even more if you have a customised piece.
12. Cooling Systems
Repairing or replacing a car air cooler can cost you somewhere between ￡40 and £200. If you feel like your air conditioner system is in good condition, you can ask a trusted mechanic to remove it for you to sell it later on to someone else.
13. Windscreen Wiper Arms
If we’re on our way to sell pretty much each part of the car, we might as well talk about windshield wiper arms. Although they do not cost as much as the other essential components, they are important for your vehicle. You might want to remove them and get some money for a packet of crisps after all the hard work.
14. GPS Systems
Having a built-in GPS cries “money”. You might be able to get a good deal, and a decent amount of cash if the system is still intact. However, in most cases, it has been seen that portable GPS has almost little to no monetary value compared to the other prices for which you will be selling the other components. But, you can still take the chance and try selling it for some money.
15. Petrol Oil And Engine Filters
If you have unused petrol and engine oil in your car, you should go to the nearest car garage and ask the mechanics to recycle some of the oils. They may use it in other vehicles or keep it for themselves. In the way of doing so, you might end up with some cash in your hands. You also have the option to keep it for yourself! Ask the mechanic to fill it in one of the tanks and keep it tightly sealed away from potential inflammatory things.
There are so many parts in a car that you can store and keep for later use. Taking a car apart sounds somewhat easy, right? But it isn’t. You might end up causing more harm to these components than good. This is because you shouldn’t handle these things yourself unless you are familiar with cars.Keep in mind that scrap car services pay the top price for the entire car. Instead of trying your best to remove and sell these parts yourselves, you can contact us here at 07494 866 318, and we will take care of this for you! As all the above materials are recyclable, auto recycling companies may offer you even more if you keep these parts to yourselves so that they can recycle them later on.