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What is the going rate for a scrap car.

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What is the going rate for a scrap car.

I have a 92 Acura Vigor GS manual 5 sp with 240,000 kilometers on it and I want don't have room for it since we bought a new car. I forgot to ask about trading it in since the new purchase went so fast. The Vigor is presently still on the road and insured and I prefer not to advertise it on Kijiji as a friend is doing so right now and is getting low ball offers. Probably less then what the scrap yard will give and I have no patience for low ballers.

We're the original owners and although we'd like to see it go to a new owner, I just want to get rid of it. Anyone know the going scrap yard price for a drive in car that's still plated?
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Thanks Menthal.

The reason I mentioned plated and insured was due to the fact I can drive the car to them hence they don't need to tow it. My previous car that I scrapped they did care if it was drivable since they asked that I drive it to them rather then them tow it. I can't remember what I got since it was so long ago. I just checked kijiji and they're selling the Vigor engine only for more then $300.00 since they're a rare 5 cylinder so $300.00 for the whole car shouldn't be a problem to get.
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When I had to get rid of my car, the best I could find was scrapping it at $215/ton... pretty much the same that Menthol quoted.

The nice thing with scrapping a car is that you can strip anything you want off it and they don't care. I kept my rims/tires which added a few hundred $ value to me since I was able to continue using them on another car vs selling on kijiji.

Kijiji "buyers" were brutal, many no-shows and only extreme lowball offers.
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Menthol wrote: As a scrap you will get about 250 to 300.00. They don't care is it's drivable or not.
+1 on that. For a trashy Altima, $250 at the high end of the spectrum if it was driven in.

Side note: Sad to see a good running car go to a scrap yard. Unfortunately from a quick glance at kijiji Toronto, the Acura Vigors don't seem to be getting a lot of attention. I was going to say something about selling it on kijiji but now I understand OP's reasoning.
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I would still post it on Kijiji and see what you get. I think you should be able to get $1000 if the body is in decent shape. I am sure people will pay $1000 for a winter beater. If it can make it though just one season, then it paid off.
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I thought about scrapping a running car earlier as well and looked into some kijiji ads and trust me you won't get much. Hard to find junkers willing to pay more than 250. Try emailing some of those classifieds and see what they would give for your car. At the end of the day its better to have the car go to someone that might put good use to it than to feed it to the junkers. If 300 is what your going to get perhaps its better to just sell it for that. Theres always students, single parents who much rather own a car than to bus. If you put some tags on your ad like "civic, winter beater, etc" im sure it could gain more views and interest. Also, I understand your frustration with lowballers but you got to understand everyone's just trying for a deal. If they were wealthy then chances are they wouldn't be looking at a car that old. Out of curiosity I looked for your ad on classifieds and couldn't find one with matching mileage and year. None of them also says they are the original owner either and I think thats a really good selling point for your vehicle. Anyways goodluck.
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You'll get about $200-$300 at most, if you want more than that then sell on kijiji, it sounds like your car is still in running condition, but I wouldn't expect too much for a 92 Acura. Is it worth all the hassle to sell it for $500 meeting with potential buyers and getting lowball offers? I personally would just scrap it for a couple hundred, from past experience, selling an old car like this, potential buyers think they're purchasing brand new cars and pick out every little detail to drop the price.
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I've thanked you all for the replies and now with my coments;
RubberCheese wrote: When I had to get rid of my car, the best I could find was scrapping it at $215/ton... The nice thing with scrapping a car is that you can strip anything you want off it and they don't care. I kept my rims/tires which added a few hundred $ value to me since I was able to continue using them on another car vs selling on kijiji.
I have accumulated lots of spare parts already, but I do understand what you're saying. Heck the Acura aluminum rims would be would be great as spare winter rims for a Acura/Honda and they normally sell for around $150.00 with the center caps.
atzerok wrote: Side note: Sad to see a good running car go to a scrap yard. Unfortunately from a quick glance at kijiji Toronto, the Acura Vigors don't seem to be getting a lot of attention. I was going to say something about selling it on kijiji but now I understand OP's reasoning.
I'm going to hate to see this car go since it has been the most reliable car we've owned, but we now have 5 cars and room is becoming an issue. What I believe makes this car worth fixing up is it was rustproofed at the dealer since new and although we stopped doing the rust yearly checks about 6 years ago, the underbody is in great shape, but the car body has rust. The fact that is has 240 k and a lot of new recent parts, I'd like to see it restored, but that's only wishfull thinking. There is a Acura Vigor forum, but 99% of the members are in the States, I may ask if anyone wants a manual 5sp as I know they were rare in the Acura Vigor.
Gee wrote: I would still post it on Kijiji and see what you get. I think you should be able to get $1000 if the body is in decent shape. I am sure people will pay $1000 for a winter beater. If it can make it though just one season, then it paid off.
I understand your thinking re Kijiji, but I get frustrated when people offer my less than what a scrap yard would give me and I have no patience for low ballers. Maybe I'll try, but I need this car gone in one week.
adidas5on5 wrote: At the end of the day its better to have the car go to someone that might put good use to it than to feed it to the junkers. If 300 is what your going to get perhaps its better to just sell it for that. Also, I understand your frustration with lowballers but you got to understand everyone's just trying for a deal. If they were wealthy then chances are they wouldn't be looking at a car that old. Out of curiosity I looked for your ad on classifieds and couldn't find one with matching mileage and year. None of them also says they are the original owner either and I think thats a really good selling point for your vehicle. Anyways goodluck.
The Acura Vigor was only sold in 92',93, 94, and we were only of the first to purchase one, finding it in a 5 speed manual took some time, so it is a bit rare. I think I'll try posting it on the Acura Vigor forum. As for the lowballers, if scrap yard will give me $300.00 with no hassles, then why lowball me at let's say $150.00. To me that makes no sense, yet people still try, hence the frustration.

Thanks everyone.
quanvn wrote: You'll get about $200-$300 at most, if you want more than that then sell on kijiji, it sounds like your car is still in running condition, but I wouldn't expect too much for a 92 Acura. Is it worth all the hassle to sell it for $500 meeting with potential buyers and getting lowball offers? I personally would just scrap it for a couple hundred, from past experience, selling an old car like this, potential buyers think they're purchasing brand new cars and pick out every little detail to drop the price.
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I got $400 for a 97 Malibu.
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Check with the guys who ship cars to Africa. I sold my 02 Sentra with 325K for $1000 on kijiji. You should have no problem selling your car for that much if it is in decent shape.
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I don't know if you're being serious or being sarcastic....
durrsak wrote: Check with the guys who ship cars to Africa
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There's a charitable foundation that offers a tax receipt for cars in running condition. They come and pick it up and usually give a $1000 tax credit. They typically end up either fixing up the car and giving it to the working poor or strip it and sell the parts to support their program.

I used them in the late 90's so the there escapes me right now.
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quanvn wrote: ^
I don't know if you're being serious or being sarcastic....
No I'm being serious. There are some companies that buy used old cars and ship them to Ghana (or countries around) and sell them for a profit there. I sold my Sentra last year for $1000. They came and saw the car paid cash and towed the car to their warehouse.
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durrsak wrote: No I'm being serious. There are some companies that buy used old cars and ship them to Ghana (or countries around) and sell them for a profit there. I sold my Sentra last year for $1000. They came and saw the car paid cash and towed the car to their warehouse.
Oh, good to know, because once I saw ship to Africa, red flags came up and I immediately thought scams. But seems legit seeing how they came and inspected the car, the Africa/Nigeria scams offer you more money than you asked for and they usually pay with western union or something.
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The guy says he buys all kinds of Japanese cars then in brackets says "We Only Buy the cars that are listed" Check him out anyway


Ad from KIJIJI

http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicle ... Z445508302

Date Listed 07-Jan-13
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I believe OP should put an AD with a honest price then take it from there. I notice that RFDers are afraid to deal with sales in Kijiji/CL because of the lowballers, tirekickers etc, but it is part of the business. Just stand firm with the price (or foresee what the lowest price he's willing to go). If he does that the right buyer will come. It took me 3 days to sell my car. I got a lot of calls from people as soon as the Ad was live. But most were hagglers, all it took was no. The first guy that came and saw the car bought it on the spot (the guy had a business where he bought cars here and sold them in Africa for profit).
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koffey wrote: I got $400 for a 97 Malibu.
Thanks for the info, I'll send them an email.
durrsak wrote: Check with the guys who ship cars to Africa. I sold my 02 Sentra with 325K for $1000 on kijiji. You should have no problem selling your car for that much if it is in decent shape.
Don't know where to find them and there are many online for under a thousand that are still for sale so it can't be that easy.
Kenneth wrote: There's a charitable foundation that offers a tax receipt for cars in running condition. They come and pick it up and usually give a $1000 tax credit.
I'm more interested in the cash then the tax implications.
yummie wrote: The guy says he buys all kinds of Japanese cars then in brackets says "We Only Buy the cars that are listed"
They're mainly interested in the cars posted.
durrsak wrote: I believe OP should put an AD with a honest price then take it from there. I notice that RFDers are afraid to deal with sales in Kijiji/CL because of the lowballers, tirekickers etc, but it is part of the business.
I don't think it's a matter of fear, it's more a matter of being insulted. I've give you an example. I posted a set of 4 16" aluminum rims last year. I posted on the ad that the scrap yard would give me $80.00 for. I stated price was firm, no lowballers and I'd rather sell them to someone that can use them rather then the scrap yard that would sell them for twice the price I still got about 50 called at low ball pricing. In the end I sold them to the first person that showed up with $80.00 and they were so happy since I cleaned up the bead and gave them new valve stems. My intentions was to help other out, but almost pulled the ad due to all the lowballers. When I asked some of the lowballers, "why would I sell it to you for $40.00 when scrap yard will give me $80.00", there reply was, "cause I'm giving you cash". Well Doh......so will the scrap yard. I just don't have patience for that reasoning.

I've received many pm's so far and I've responded to half already, give me time and I'll reply to the rest. Again folks, this is a rare car and it's a manual, if your looking for a winter beater, I'm sure you can find something else for $400.00, maybe this isn't the car for you.
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I believe I've answer all the pm's if I've missed someone please let me know. In the end, I don't believe this car is for any that have pm'd me as I don't think they do there own wrenching. Should someone want this car it would be for someone that's looking for a rare low mileage Acura, that they plan on keeping and not a winter beater.

I posted on the Acura Forum in hopes someone will keep it alive, if not then the scrap yard it goes for around $400.00.

Thanks everyone.

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