When you go to sell a car for scrap there are a few steps to take before the vehicle is ready. Some parts and fluids require removal before an auto yard will accept the car as scrap. Don’t follow these steps for an auto salvage yard, these yards make their money selling parts from old cars. A scrap yard is after the raw material from the car.
Some yards will take a car as is and perform the work described below to turn your car in usable scrap.
- Drain all fluids. Safely siphon or drain the gas tank into a gas safe container. Drain your oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, wiper fluid, radiator and power steering fluid. Some of these fluids are highly toxic so follow proper procedure in draining and removing. The vehicle’s manual should help you get through this step.
- Remove the radiator (save this), radiator cover, brake fluid container, starter and battery.
- Remove carburetor, filter, and spark plugs. These steps allow you to start cutting wires to remove the engine.
- Take the hood off.
- Remove the engine from car by using a cherry picker or hoist. Make sure the transmission is disconnected from the engine along with the catalytic converter. Once the engine is removed from the motor compartment, any leftover parts and wires should be removed.
- At this point the transmission should be pretty easy to remove. Take this out along with the exhaust system.
- Remove dashboard, seats, carpeting and upholstery. Remove door panels and steering wheel.
- The car is ready to go on a trailer to your scrap yard. The tires can be removed when the crane lifts the car, you may have to keep the tires of the yard doesn’t accept them.
Call your local auto scrap yard and check scrap prices to get a handle on what to expect. In some cases it may be worth finding a salvage yard to avoid all the work involved in prepping a car for scrap.