1) Before you jump in a actually get to work, it is important to consider whether it is worth it to junk the car. Any running and driving car is almost always going to be worth more as a car than it would be as scrap metal.
2) Next, give us a call up here at Southern Metals at (910) 762-2646 and see what our current price is on junk cars.
3) We ask that you drain the fluids from the vehicle, so make sure you take care of that before you bring the vehicle in.
4) Before doing anything, it is a good idea to pull the car into the open if it is in the woods and if at all possible, place it on a piece of concrete or asphalt while you work.
5) We also suggest you remove the tires from the vehicle. It will probably also be necessary to jack the car up and place it on jack stands. Remember to be very careful when working under the car, paying special attention to the tires, as dry rotted tires could pop.
6) While the car is jacked up, go ahead and remove the gas tank and other fluids, like oil and transmission fluid.
7) Next remove the starter, alternator, and any other electric motors. Set these to the side, because we will pay extra for electric motors.
8) Remove the battery and set it aside, as we pay extra for batteries.
9) Locate and remove the catalytic converter, which is attached to the exhaust pipe between the engine and the muffler. Usually the catalytic converter is located under the passenger seat, especially on older cars. Scrap yards usually pay between $10 and $50 for a catalytic converter, so it is definitely worth removing.
The easiest way to remove a catalytic converter is to use a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade. This will easily cut through most exhaust pipes. Make sure you cut at a point were there is just one layer of exhaust pipe and don’t worry about getting too close to the catalytic converter.
It may also be possible to pry the catalytic converter out with a large crow bar, breaking the welds, but this will not always work. Removing the bolts is also an option, but this can be very difficult, if not impossible, due to the high heats and age of most exhaust systems.
10) At this point, the car is basically ready to recycle. It is a good idea to see if there are any salvageable parts or expensive parts that you could sell separately. For example, auto glass can be very expensive, so if you see a curved window, it may be a good idea to remove it and try to sell it separately to another dealer who will purchase glass.
If you have the time and knowledge, you will also get more money by removing the engine and transmission. This is not necessary, but since most engines and transmissions are made out of cast aluminum, you will get a lot more if you take it apart and separate the aluminum.
11) When you are ready to load the car onto the tow dolly, attach the wench to the truck or tow dolly and make sure the car is in neutral and the parking brake is not set. Using the come along wench, pull the car up onto the tow dolly, making sure its wheels line up.
12) Make sure to bring your tire iron with you when you go to the scrap yard. While waiting in line to be weighed in, you can begin loosening the lug nuts on the scrap car and remove the wheels. When it is your time to get weighed in, ask where you need to take the car, catalytic converter, batteries, and electric motors.
The scale master will direct you to a crane, which will pick the car up off of the tow dolly. However, you will probably have to take the electric motors, batteries, and catalytic converter to a different part of the yard, so make sure to ask about them.
13) If you can remove the straps without the car rolling off of the tow dolly, do so. Otherwise, have the crane grab and hold the car while you remove the straps. Finally, once the car is in the air, remove all of the tires and place them in your truck.
14) Once you have dropped off the car, electric motors, and catalytic converter, you will need to get weighed out. They will give you a final receipt, which you will need to take to the cashiers office to redeem.
And that’s it!
Southern Metals Recycling – Wilmington, NC