What are the most valuable parts of a scrap car?

When we think of a scrap car, the image of a dilapidated vehicle destined for the scrapyard often comes to mind. However, buried beneath those worn exteriors, there can often lie treasure troves of valuable components that can be salvaged and repurposed. Here at RAW2K, we understand the value of scrap vehicles, which is why we’re the UK’s premier online car auction website for used, salvaged and seized vehicles. This week, we’re going to break down the most valuable parts of a scrap car, and highlight their potential for recycling, reuse, and the environmental benefits that come with it.

Engine and transmission

The heart of any vehicle, the engine and transmission systems, can fetch a significant value in the scrap market. Auto enthusiasts, rebuilders, and mechanics are always on the lookout for viable engines and transmissions. These components can be refurbished and used in other vehicles, generating savings for those in need of replacements while reducing the demand for new manufacturing. Whether you’re a hobbyist or someone who trades in scrap vehicle parts, there are plenty of options for you to choose from here at RAW2K. 

Catalytic converter

The catalytic converter is an essential emissions control device that’s built into every vehicle. It’s also one of the most valuable components in a scrap car. Catalytic converters are highly sought after by recycling companies due to its precious metal content, which includes platinum, palladium, and rhodium. These precious metals can be extracted and reused in various industries, such as electronics, jewellery, and automotive manufacturing. This versatility is what makes the catalytic converter such a valuable part.

Wheels and tyres

Wheels and tyres in good condition can hold significant value, especially if they are from high-end or specialised vehicles. Used tyres with ample tread can be resold to budget-conscious drivers, while alloy wheels can be refurbished and sold separately. Extending the lifespan of these components can minimise the demand for new tyres and reduce waste, so it’s a positive move in every sense. Wheels and tyres in particular are some of the most commonly replaced items on cars and vans, so it’s likely you’d be able to sell them fairly quickly due to high demand. 

Car battery

With the rising popularity of electric vehicles (EVs), the battery system has become an increasingly valuable component in a scrap car. Electric vehicle batteries that are still functional can be repurposed for energy storage systems, providing backup power for homes and businesses. What’s more, recycling companies can extract valuable materials like lithium, cobalt, and nickel from old batteries, reducing the need for mining and promoting a more sustainable battery production cycle. Traditional combustion engine batteries can also be recycled and stripped for valuables as well.

Electronics and infotainment systems

Modern cars come equipped with sophisticated electronic systems, including infotainment units, GPS modules, and sensors. These components can be salvaged and sold to consumers looking for replacement parts, or to manufacturers producing refurbished units. What’s more, reusing these electronics reduces electronic waste and the environmental impact associated with their production. 

The value of a scrap car extends far beyond its perceived worth as a whole, and a car can be hugely useful for the value of its parts, even if it’s not driveable. And if you’re looking for some second-hand cars you can scrap for parts, you’re exactly in the right place. Here at RAW2K. We’ve got a huge range of Category N cars in our online car auctions for used, seized and salvage cars, so if you’re looking for a vehicle you can scrap for parts, we’re sure to have what you’re looking for. Why not take a look around, and see what you can find?