How much is my suv worth in scrap metal?

I am looking to get rid of a 1998 ford explorer and i was wondering if it is worth more in scrap than as a vehicle for driving. Not parts but as scrap metal.


  1. Karle
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    generally scrap yard will give u 100-300 bucks……really depends…u can call and ask ….they should be able to give u a pretty accurate quote

  2. Paul
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Salvage yards pay based on how much money they think they can make off your vehicle. Yards have a LOT of 10-15 y/o explorers, so it’s not likely they will pay much for it.

    There are SOME cars that they don’t even want, and you have to pay THEM to take it

    The explorers were the most traded car during the “cash for clunkers” deal a couple years ago…….

  3. J.G.
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    Scrap yards pay by the pound so an suv would be worth more then a little car, but scrap mettal is down in price right now because of all the recycling going on. an suv would probably bring in like 300 to 400 bucks. my advice try selling it, you could pobably get more if its in ok shape.

  4. The Irrationlist
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Scrap metal is UP right now because of all the manufacturing that is going on. It’s back to the peak pricing it was at at the end of ’08. you should be getting AT LEAST 10ยข per pound, but possible 11 or 12 depending on the yard. Yard prices will depend on factors like tire damage, ect.

    The curb weight of a ’98 exploroer, standard, is 3911 pounds. But thats with a tank of gas. So lets just call it more like 3800 lbs. This means you will get AT LEAST $380 for the car.

    But, the trick is getting the most value for what you have. A ford explorer has a large ford catalytic convertor on it. That is worth $50 at a scrap yard because of its precious metal content. (

    Plus, if you pull the battery out, which is full of lead, you will net another $7-$8.

    If you want to bother, you can separate the aluminum from the engine, usually enough to make another $30 with a little labor.

    Taking these parts off of course, will make the total weight of the car lower, by lets say 100 pounds… So instead of getting $380, we would get $370.

    Now, just to be clear, with a little work, you will get a minimum of $430… But even then, you can pull parts off of the car yourself to sell it on eBay motors. But that may be too irritating.

    Put it up on craigslist as a used car and somebody will buy it for double that, even if it isn’t running very well…Maybe. The real downfall is that the thing barely gets 10 miles per gallon, on a good day.

  5. Guna Nadar
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Hi.. if your car is good enough to salvage for used parts and then it will fetch you about $350 and it depends a lot on where you live. You may bargain for $500 if you think the parts can be reused.

    if we are talking about scrapping for metal parts then it will get you around 275.

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