Surprising Valuable Items in a Broken Car

Having a broken car can be frustrating, especially if your trusty vehicle is an integral part of your day to day life. What’s even more frustrating is when they become damaged beyond repair, and they have nowhere else to go but head straight to a junk yard. It happens. When a car reaches the end of the tunnel, it’s time to say goodbye. Or maybe not. Don’t throw in the towel just yet. Did you know that your broken car carries a lot of valuable items that you can either sell or re-use?

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Valuable Broken Car Parts

1. Engine and Transmission – if your engine and transmission are in good running condition, you can salvage them and give life to another car. Many car owners are always on the lookout for cheap and used engine or transmission. Be sure to do a thorough inspection and replace the worn out parts before selling them. However, if they are no longer in good condition, do not fret as you can still bank on the aluminium parts such as the blocks, heads, and cases.

2. GPS System – If your broken car has a built-in GPS System, check if it is still working and is in good condition. Even though most people rely on their mobile phones for navigation, GPS Systems still retain their value on the used car parts market. If you’re lucky enough, you can actually make a couple hundred dollars from it.

3. Air Conditioning System – Your AC’s compressor is a valuable component of your car. You can find a lot of car owners looking for a compressor to save their own car’s cooling system. The condenser can also be reused or manufactured, so keep your eye on these components.

4. Car Doors – car doors are worth a lot as you can pull out several components that you can be re-used and recycled. These include mirror controls, lock/unlock buttons, and sheet metal. These can be sold separately or as a set, depending on the buyer.

5. Radiator – radiators contain a decent amount of aluminium, which you can sold at a scrapyard or car parts recycling facility for a hefty sum.

6. Catalyctic Converters – catalytic converters have been a coveted piece for cars since 1975 for good reason. These contain precious metals such as palladium, rhodium, or platinum, which gives the car a lot of resale value. It is also valuable because it lessens the amount of harmful fumes that a car emits.

7. Wheels and Tires – Cashing on your wheels and tires is always a good idea. People are always looking for cheap tires, because, well, a car won’t run without it. If your tire is still in good condition, you can easily make a couple of dollars from selling it. The same goes for the wheel or even the rims of your car.

8. Airbags – airbags are the least used items in a car (thank heavens for that!), but they are essential and necessary. They sell like pancakes on the secondary market, so keep that in mind.

There are so much more spare parts and components that you can salvage from your broken car. If you are unsure about where and how to remove all these valuable items, find a professional scrap car company that can do the job for you.