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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
I'm offered £100 for part exchange by trade sellers I'm pretty sure the total sum of its parts is way higher than that so there must be a better option.
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  • statorstator Forumite
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    Well, £100 isn't bad for it's scrap metal value, which is probably about £50.

    Unless you're willing to strip the car to parts yourself, then the value of the parts isn't really relevant.

    Phone around the local second hand car parts yards and see if they want your car. If there is a local firm that specialises in your make of car, then they will probably give you the best price. Look for people on eBay selling parts for your car in the local area, they might be interested.
    If they don't, stick it on eBay with a starting bid of the scrap value. If the parts are worth anything then local car breakers will bid for it.
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  • sevenhillssevenhills Forumite
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    stator wrote: »
    Well, £100 isn't bad for it's scrap metal value, which is probably about £50.


    You may get as much as £150 for scrap.


    https://www.scrapcarcomparison.co.uk/


    Sell parts on ebay, but its not easy, you may be advertising for a long time. Depends whether its an 'in demand' car.

  • foxy-stoatfoxy-stoat Forumite
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    Ebay or owners forum....then you will have to dispose of the rest of the car, very difficult to get that done for free if there are no wheels/suspension etc fitted.
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    gilbutre wrote: »
    I'm offered £100 for part exchange by trade sellers I'm pretty sure the total sum of its parts is way higher than that so there must be a better option.

    Whilst the sum total of parts is probably a lot more than that they have to be removed from the vehicle which takes time. They also have to be stored which also costs money. And if you're a business which breaks cars you have to have facilities in place which are signed off by the council for draining the fluids from the vehicle, waste fluid capture of anything which makes it to the floor and a way to dispose of those so it is far from free.

    Nothing to stop you spending a few days dismantling your car, storing all the parts in the garage and putting them on Ebay though.
  • caprikid1caprikid1 Forumite
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    Make and model of car ?


    Some cars are just best weighed in others you could carefully strip as much as possible then get the scrap man to collect.


    It's a lot of time and effort though for not always a lot of reward.


    A good example would be if you have a good leather interior often people will pay good money to upgrade. If its old the original stereos etc can have value.


    Also research parts cross over, sometimes a steering wheel for a one car fits something a lot rarer and its not always well know.


    All comes down to how much effort you want to put in. Beware though strip too much off and the scrap man may not be interested.


    Some cars in the right hands will break for thousands above their scrap price.
  • gilbutregilbutre Forumite
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    Thanks all for the input, as usual I realise there's more to it than I thought.

    @caprikid1 : it's a Citroen C3, 2003, medium condition
  • debtdebtdebtdebt Forumite
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    You’ll have to have the room and knowledge to dismantle the car properly without breaking any of the parts. Take the time to photograph and catalogue each part and post them on ebay and then play the waiting game.

    It’s a lot of hassle.
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    gilbutre wrote: »
    Thanks all for the input, as usual I realise there's more to it than I thought.

    @caprikid1 : it's a Citroen C3, 2003, medium condition

    I would just weigh it in, not much on there worth the hassle of breaking it up.
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    foxy-stoat wrote: »
    I would just weigh it in, not much on there worth the hassle of breaking it up.


    £20 for the radio, the OP could just remove a few parts and get £100 for the metal car body, and remove the tyre/wheel with the most tread and he/she could get ?£20 for that, maybe a few other bits too.

  • facadefacade Forumite
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    When I sold my RangeRover, I could have got more for the gearbox and the axles than I got for the whole car with an MOT.


    I could easily have taken these off and sold them myself, probably the wheels & tyres too, tailgate and odd switches that fail and I had to replace, but then I'm left with a partially dismantled car to get rid of, and I have to store and advertise the parts.


    Not worth it when you have a job and all this has to happen in the few seconds a week when you are not toiling away to survive.
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

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