How to know when to scrap your car or sell it?

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You’ve probably heard the phrase “scrap your car” before, but what exactly does that mean? Scrapping a car means taking it to a facility where they will dismantle it and turn it into parts or scrap metal. Or better yet, letting We Do Recover Towing pick it up and pay you!

Scrapping a car is common when you want to get rid of an old vehicle that still has some value but not enough to fix it or sell it. For example, if it’s worth more than its total repair costs. That being said, sometimes it’s smarter to sell your car instead of scrapping it if you think it still might have some kick! Below we’ll cover the necessary things required to consider before selling your car or scrapping it.

Know your car’s history.

Before you think about scrapping your car, it’s important to know the vehicle’s history. You should check the odometer to see how many miles are on the car and if there are any liens on it. You can also check the title for any signs of damage or theft by looking at its vehicle identification number (VIN).

If there are no liens or signs of damage or theft in either place, then it might be safe to sell your car privately or through a dealership; however, if there is any evidence of these things happening in either place, then we would recommend scrapping your vehicle immediately because this means that someone has been driving it around with no insurance at all.

If your car might be dicey to sell, give it to us. We’ll pay you cash upfront and come to you, regardless of the history of your car. 

Ask yourself if you can fix the car without spending too much money or time on it.

Next, ask yourself if you can fix the car without spending too much money or time on it. If the answer is no, then selling your car may be a better option for you. For example, if it’s going to take $1,000 worth of parts and labour just to get your engine running again and you’re not confident in your ability to do so successfully at home or with friends/family members (or lack access to a garage), then selling might make more sense because there are plenty of people out there who know how cars work and have access to tools and space where they can work on them safely. 

The same goes for finding out how long it would take: If fixing this particular problem would require several hours from multiple professionals (like mechanics), then selling might make more sense because again–there are plenty of people willing who know how cars work!

However, you might be able to get more money for a car like this by giving it to us. Don’t get lowballed, get paid in cash what you’re owed by We Do Recover Towing.

A car that has been wrecked and rebuilt can be valuable to some people.

If you have a car that’s been wrecked and rebuilt, it may be valuable to some people. For example, at We Do Recover Towing, we love paying people for cars like this! If the cost of repairing your car exceeds its value after being repaired (which would happen if it were destroyed), then scrapping it probably makes the most sense. 

Find out if there are any outstanding recalls on your vehicle.

If you are wondering if there are any outstanding recalls on your vehicle, start by checking the CARFAC Canada recall checker tool. You can also visit an authorized dealer to have them look up the status of any open recalls.

If there are indeed open safety recall issues that need to be addressed, contact your local dealer as soon as possible so they can get started working on fixing them for you. If it can’t be fixed, scrap it. 


The decision to scrap or sell a car is a tough one. If you’re looking for fast money and minimal effort, scrapping the car by passing it off to us is often a great call. We’ll be there same day, all you have to do is wait. Skip getting lowballed, call us today!