How To Sell Your Car For Parts
Sometimes, after a collision, there is no way to really save your car. You just have to buy a new one. One way to offset the costs of purchasing a new car is to tear apart your wrecked car and sell whatever parts are still good:
1. How to Get the Parts
When your car is wrecked, you (or the person who hit you) will have to pay it to be moved off of the road. If you look at your car and decide that it can't be repaired, tell the tow truck driver to have it towed to your home.
If you aren't in the condition to decide where it is towed, allow it to go to a collision center. When you have recovered from whatever injuries you might have sustained, go to the collision center. The people working there will be able to tell you if the car is worth salvaging.
If it's not, ask the mechanics how much money they think you could get for the parts of your car. Once you have a rough figure, call the tow truck company and get an estimate for the amount of money it would cost to tow the truck to your residence.
If the price estimate is less than the amount that the mechanics estimate you could get for the parts of your car, then have the vehicle towed to your residence. If it is equal or more than the amount you could get for parts, just tell the collision center that you would like your car to be sold for scrap metal. You won't receive as much money, but you'll get some.
Once the car is at your residence, start tearing it apart. Remove anything that looks like it still works.
2. How to Find a Buyer
There are two main ways that you can find a buyer for your parts. One is to go online and either go to a website like Craigslist or an automobile forum. Make a post of the parts that you have, including their condition, what you're charging for them, and a picture. Adding pictures will increase the chances that people will click on your profile.
Another way that you can find a buyer is to go to the junkyard and see if they have anyone looking for specific parts. If they know of someone looking for the parts that you have, ask for that person's contact information.
After you have sold as much of your car as you can, sell the rest for scrap metal. To learn more, contact a company like River's Truck Center with any questions or concerns you have.