Can You Scrap Old Car Parts For Cash? Know What Is Valuable

Posted on: 5 June 2020

Do you have an old car that is no longer in working condition and you do not know what to do with it? Know that it is possible to scrap parts from the car for cash at your local scrapyard. Here is what you need to know about the various metals found on a car that are still worth something.


Car bumpers are a part that can vary in price in terms of what material it is made from. While a bumper made out of plastic or fiberglass is not worth much, one made out of steel or aluminum can be very valuable. If it is still in good condition and not rusting, you can remove a bumper and take it to a scrapyard. 


The rims are another part of the car that are easy to remove and are likely still in good condition. They are going to be made out of solid metal, with it typically being chrome or aluminum material. With the right tools, you can quickly remove the old rims from the vehicle and have them ready to scrap.

Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter is a solid piece of metal that is worth a lot of money, but it requires a bit of preparation to remove all of the other metals from it. You can cut out the catalytic converter in a very precise way to eliminate the pieces that have welds and other pieces of metal on it. However, you should leave the honeycomb in the catalytic converter. This is a part that is actually used to identify the type of catalytic converter, helping the scrapyard resell it as a part rather than metal. 

Engine Shell

The shell of the engine is going to be made out of casting aluminum, which can be worth white a bit in terms of cash. However, you need to remove that shell from the engine. The parts inside are not going to be worth much, especially if the engine is damaged beyond repair and cannot be sold as a whole.


A radiator can be made out of several types of materials, but it is commonly made out of steel because of how durable it is. However, many radiators are also made out of aluminum or cast iron. Older vehicles can have brass radiators that are worth a lot of money if you have one in your car. 

Reach out to a scrap metal yard like TNT Auto Salvage to learn more.