Whether you need some extra money or just have scrap metal to get rid of, there’s a chance you could earn more than you think. While some scrap metals won’t make you much, selling the most valuable kinds can earn you a quick few bucks. Luckily, many of the most valuable scrap metals are commonly found in vehicles and other machines. Find out which of the most valuable scrap metals you might have in your garage.
Aluminum Car Parts
Most people are aware that you can turn in aluminum for cash. With that knowledge comes the idea that it would take far too many soda pop cans to result in anything beyond a couple of dollars. While this is true, you might find a decent amount of aluminum in your car depending on the make and model. Bumpers, suspension parts, and even hoods can sometimes be made from aluminum.
Brass Car Parts
Once upon a time, brass was a common metal in household objects. It often has the appearance of gold and was frequently used to give items that same shine. But while brass is less often found in the home it is still found in many vehicles, especially older vehicles. If you have an old car sitting in your garage, it likely has some brass elements that could be worth some money.
Copper Car Parts
Copper can be found in the form of pipes, appliances, and wires. It’s honestly hard to think of a machine today that doesn’t use copper somewhere. This of course applies to wiring found throughout your car’s various electrical systems. Clean copper wire can be a great way to make money.
Lead Car Parts
Lead is rare because it is dangerous. There was a time when lead was used in paint. However, since science revealed the hazardous aspect of lead, you will likely have a hard time finding any to scrap. Because of this, it is very rare to find any lead applications in modern vehicles, however, if you have an older vehicle it is possible you have some scrap lead.
Silver Car Parts
When you think of silver, you may think of jewelry. Perhaps you’ve considered taking your old silver to the jeweler to sell. However, silver can fetch a good price from a recycler. Many vehicles use silver for decorative parts of a vehicle, and while they are rare, if you have them it might make sense to remove them and sell them.
Stainless Steel Car Parts
Stainless steel is not the most valuable kind of metal to scrap. There are likely several stainless steel items in your home – from cutlery to appliances. This is why it is not the most valuable. Despite this, there can be other, more valuable metals within the stainless steel. Not all stainless steel is created equal. With quality stainless steel, you could still make some extra cash if you scrap it – especially if it were clean!
Scrapping metal can require time, effort, and knowledge, but it is one way to make money when needed. Give it a try and see how much you can come up with to scrap!