If you have old cars or appliances taking up room in your house or on your property, you can scrap them. Scrapping will get them out of your way and give you a little money. Maybe you’re running a business and need an outlet to get rid of old equipment that you are replacing. Regardless of the reason you have cars and appliances to get rid of, scrapping is a great way to recoup money on those items while still getting them out of your space.
Here is a quick guide to scrapping old cars and appliances.
Know what is good scrap material.
Used auto parts are commonly scrapped because they are primarily metals that can be recycled or reused. Savage yards or junkyards will take old vehicles or vehicle parts to resell or destroy and recycle. Some metals are worth more than others, and prices are always changing, so call and check with your local scrap yard first. However, copper is generally good to scrap. Aluminum is also commonly scrapped due to the excellent payout. If you are working with a salvage yard, they are interested in whole vehicles that can pull apart and resell the usable parts.
The price of scrap also varies based on market forces. So, if you have room to store things and the scrap prices recently dropped, you can choose to wait until the prices start going back up to get the most out of your scrap. If you don’t have the storage space or you need the stuff gone, you’ll still be getting something for your scrap, so it isn’t a wasted effort.
Learn how to get the most out of your scrap.
If you are a restaurant owner in the Oakland area and looking to get new equipment, you can do an online search for “restaurant equipment Oakland” to lease new refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and more. But first, you may need to get rid of the old equipment. You can search “scrapping appliances Oakland” to see where to go and what their expectations are when you arrive with the appliances. Sometimes, a small amount of work can result in more money. For example, you can get more money by cutting off the electrical cords and scrapping them separately in some cases because you get more per pound for electrical cords than for whole appliances. Scrapping whole appliances results in a lower amount of money because then the workers at the scrapyard have to go through and dismantle the appliances to get the materials they want from them. Dismantling an appliance yourself can allow you to maximize the money you make from the scrap.
Be prepared to verify where the scrap came from.
Due to problems with theft, scrapyards are likely to question where the materials came from if you bring in a lot of something. For example, catalytic converters are commonly stolen from vehicles because they are worth scrap money. If you own an auto repair shop and bring several catalytic converters to scrap, be prepared to verify that you own a business. The same goes for copper piping. If you are a plumber and scrapping a bunch of old piping, be prepared to prove you own a plumbing business. Some areas are stricter than others regarding the verification process, so you can call ahead to ask or just be prepared.
Some people may believe that scrapping isn’t worth the effort when throwing stuff in the dumpster or dragging it to the lawn. However, trashing appliances isn’t always an option depending on where you live, and trashing a car isn’t an option either. Plus, you get paid for scrap, so something is always better than nothing, especially when it requires little effort.