How to sell a car for parts safely and profitably?

How to sell a car for parts safely and profitably?

Hello dear motorists!

Today I will tell you how to sell a car for parts. After all, many have to deal with this because anything, including a car, can deteriorate not partially, but entirely.

When this happens, some do not know what to do and where to go. Meanwhile, there are several options for which you can profitably sell a car that is not suitable for driving.

However, if you do not know the specifics of such sales, there are serious risks associated with the criminal use of your spare parts, which can even lead to imprisonment. Therefore, any car owner will not be superfluous to read my advice on this matter in order to be aware of the issue and to protect themselves if they have to sell a car for auto parts.

What cars are sold for parts:

Do you think that only “killed” rubbish is sold for disassembly? This is not true! There are many cases when for a completely technically sound car the optimal solution is to sell it for parts.

Yes, indeed, most of the cars are sold for disassembly after any accidents, because of which expensive and unprofitable repairs are required, or the transport has suffered a constructive loss that does not provide for restoration in principle.

These include cars:

  • After an accident (road traffic accidents) – especially with critical destruction of body geometry;
  • After emergency fires – this can be both a consequence of an accident or a special case (for example, a fire due to a short circuit in a faulty electrical system);
  • After exposure to aggressive environments – for example, auto-drowned in saltwater or for some reason who have been exposed to strong acids, alkalis, and other chemicals.

Cars that have simply exhausted their technical resource stands apart here:

  • Old or completely “killed” cars that cannot be sold at any reasonable price as transport.
  • But there is also a category of cars (sometimes these are even expensive car brands in very good technical condition) that have to be sold for spare parts due to problems not related to their performance.
  • Cars with unsolvable legal difficulties of registration (disposal by the principal, cancellation of registration, the inconsistency of body and assembly numbers, etc.)
  • Cars that do not meet any legal standards – environmental, for example.

So, for whatever reason, you’ve decided to sell your car for parts.

But does it make sense, you ask. Is it worth messing around with? And this already depends on what case you have.

Here it plays a role:

  • The popularity of the brand/model – the more popular the brand, the greater the demand for its spare parts in the secondary market;
  • Year of manufacture – the degree of wear of native parts, which are usually not replaced, plays a significant role in the total cost of spare parts;
  • The type and degree of problems – the difference here can be huge since some cars with non-technical problems in spare parts can be quite expensive even when sold entirely;
  • The technical condition before the problem occurs – this is also taken into account since the condition of the undamaged parts depends on this, some of which (replaced) may be much younger than the car itself and in excellent condition.

Also, a big role in profitability is played by where and how you will sell your car.

There are several ways to implement it:

  • Selling a car entirely for disassembly is the fastest option since in the world there is now a boom in the development of companies buying used auto junk, which is associated with the ever-increasing demand for inexpensive components for the secondary vehicle fleet. You can sell almost anything on it, but the price will depend on the above conditions: from symbolic to quite decent. However, in any case, it will not be equal to the market value of a full-fledged car.
  • To give the car for disassembly and sale to intermediaries (garage car mechanics, small service stations, market “car wreckers or removal”, etc.) is probably the best option for some: you will not need to fiddle with spare parts, and there will be much more money than when sold as a whole. The only thing here is to wait for sales and periodically check the progress of the sale of the intermediary.
  • Selling a car for spare parts yourself is the most troublesome, but also the most profitable option. It is perfect for those who are well versed in automotive technology since many spare parts need to be prepared before sale. If the technical knowledge is tight, then you can hire a car mechanic for this, which costs 5-15 thousand dollars, will properly disassemble your car and prepare all the components.

Here, approximately, something like this.

And the conclusion here is the following: if you take the same car, then if you sell it yourself, you can get three times more money in comparison with renting a car for parts entirely. Here, of course, it is up to you to decide what is more important to you – time or finances.

How to organize such a sale:

Selling entirely and through intermediaries

If you are selling a whole car for parts, then the only thing you have to worry about is finding a point of sale.

This could be:

  • A regular ad on the Internet
  • Direct access to online car buying companies
  • Direct visits to offline car buy-out sites.

If you are ready to wait with the money and decide to look for an intermediary for disassembly/sale at service stations and garage workshops, then you can find out the addresses of establishments engaged in such a business in the car market.


When selling yourself, or a specialist you hire, you will need to do the following:

  • Completely disassemble the car for components;
  • Sort spare parts according to their belonging and suitability;
  • Compile a catalog of everything that can be sold;
  • Carry out pre-sale preparation of units and mechanisms that need it, in accordance with the expected profitability;
  • Using a comparative analysis of prices on the Internet for similar components, evaluate the prepared spare parts according to your catalog;
  • Place advertisements for the sale of spare parts on the relevant Internet sites.

Of course, for such actions, you need to have a garage (at least at the time of sale) and preferably with the necessary tools.

The most popular spare parts will be sold immediately:

  • Body elements;
  • Suspension elements;
  • Rubber and wheels;
  • Glazing and optics;
  • Transmission;
  • Propulsion unit.

The car will be sold in this way for several months, but some spare parts will remain unrealized. Usually this:

  • Any unclaimed body parts;
  • Dashboard elements;
  • Interior elements.

All that is left can be handed over to “car wreckers” in bulk or for scrap. As a rule, according to the practical experience of dismantling specialists, the sale of 4/5 of all components of the car gives on average 2-2.5 times more revenue than selling a car for parts as a whole.

It is also advisable to know the main characteristics of the units and the boundaries of their compatibility by model range since buyers are often interested in such subtleties and ask the seller about this, believing that since he sells spare parts, he must understand them.

Here you will be well served by the Exist. by service  (or similar auto catalogs ), where you can find out the compatibility of a particular spare part by its serial number, if it has one, of course. Look, print what you need.

In the absence of standard numbered markings (for example, with body elements), returns may occur due to incompatibility, for example, a custom-cut front part of a car due to unsuitable motor fasteners.

When selling spare parts via the Internet, clear photos of what is offered and its competent description will not interfere with ads.


Now you have the basic knowledge of selling a car for parts and you know approximately how much it can be sold in this way. The main thing here is to properly disassemble the car and prepare spare parts for sale. And once again I want to note that in no case agree to the offers of dubious dealers and sell spare parts without documents for the car itself.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *