Preparing Your Car For The Junkyard

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When you are selling your car to the junkyard, there are some actions you take to increase your earnings from scrapping your car. There is a lot of work that has to go into getting a car ready to scrap and if this comes out of the junkyard's pocket, this will equal less money in your pocket. Here's what you need to do:

Find Out If The Junkyard Wants A Dismantled Car

Before you dismantle your vehicle, make sure that the junkyard would not prefer to dismantle it themselves. Otherwise, you will not save as much money if you perform the labor. Other junkyards only want the metallic parts of the car and want you to remove everything else. If you are going to dismantle your car, you will need to have a plan for how you will transport it to the scrapyard. Your options include renting a trailer and attaching it to the back of a working tow vehicle or hire someone to transport the stripped down car to the junkyard.

Remove Your Belongings

Begin by removing as many personal items from your car as possible. If you leave any personal items behind, there is no guarantee that you will get them back. Take out equipment that you believe is of value, such as a GPS or your stereo system. To remove either of these, you will need to follow the manufacturing instructions for the particular device.

Start With The Easy Tasks

Drain the fluids out of your vehicle. To drain the fuel out of the car, locate the drain cock and open it up. Remove your spare tire from the car since junkyards that do accept tires will only take four per vehicle. It is handy to have an extra spare tire anyway.

Remove The Battery And Other Electrical Components

Disconnect and completely remove the battery. Remove the nut on the positive terminal and remove the nut from the battery. Don't let the positive terminal touch any part of the car. Next, cut the wires that travel from the dashboard to the engine to begin the process of removing the starter. You will also need to disconnect the wires attached to the starter. Then, remove the bolts the attaching starter to free the starter entirely.

Disconnect The Alternator

Disconnect the alternator belts and the alternator. The serpentine belt tool will let you loosen the belt. Use a socket racket to loosen the bolts that hold the alternator attached to the engine. Then, pull out the alternator.

Remove The Seats

Remove all of the interior seats and the carpeting. Modern seats for cars are bolted to the mounting bracket. Remove the bolt and you will be able to remove the seat. After you disconnect the seats, you will be able to pull up your carpet. Then, you will have saved the junkyard much of the trouble involved in scrapping a car.

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