Average Junk Car Prices

Vehicle Average Offer Price
Acura Integra $458
Acura tl $621
Audi A4 $1391
Audi A4 $1342
BMW 3 Series Not Available
BMW 325i Not Available
BMW 5 Series Not Available
BMW 530i $545
BMW 7 Series Not Available
BMW X3 $720
BMW X5 $1056
Buick Century $446
Buick LaCrosse $583
Buick LeSabre $378
Buick Park Avenue $259
Buick Regal $449
Buick Rendezvous $542
Buick Skylark Not Available
Cadillac Catera $237
Cadillac CTS $865
Cadillac DeVille $598
Cadillac Eldorado $220
Cadillac Escalade $666
Cadillac Seville $465
Cargo Van Not Available
Chevrolet Blazer $518
Chevrolet Cavalier $385
Chevrolet Malibu $840
Chevrolet Suburban $626
Chevrolet Tahoe $652
Chevrolet Tracker $561
Chevrolet Trailblazer $545
Chevrolet Uplander $431
Chevrolet Venture $355
Chrysler 300 $763
Chrysler Cirrus $72
Chrysler Concorde $272
Chrysler New Yorker Not Available
Chrysler Pacifica $465
Chrysler PT Cruiser $422
Chrysler Sebring $476
Chrysler Town & Country $639
Datsun Not Available
Dodge Avenger $630
Dodge Dakota $583
Dodge Durango $629
Dodge Grand Caravan $566
Dodge Intrepid $418
Dodge Neon $418
Dodge Ram Not Available
Dodge Stratus $303
Ford 500 Not Available
Ford Aerostar $580
Ford Aspire Not Available
Ford Contour $575
Ford Crown Victoria $521
Ford Escape $621
Ford Escort $276
Ford Expedition $787
Ford Explorer $709
Ford F-150 $772
Ford Focus $582
Ford Fusion $945
Ford Mustang $749
Ford Ranger $666
Ford Taurus $489
Ford Tempo Not Available
Ford Thunderbird $543
Ford Windstar $500
Geo Metro Not Available
Geo Prizm Not Available
GMC Jimmy $388
GMC Safari $653
GMC Sierra $815
GMC Sonoma $298
GMC Suburban $461
GMC Yukon $928
Honda Accord $644
Honda Civic $701
Honda Odyssey $709
Honda Prelude $557
Hyundai Accent $605
Hyundai Elantra $718
Hyundai Genesis $995
Hyundai Santa Fe $740
Hyundai Sonata $648
Hyundai Tiburon $541
Infiniti G20 $570
Infiniti G35 $717
Infiniti I30 $523
Isuzu Ascender $575
Isuzu Axiom $515
Isuzu Rodeo $395
Jeep Grand Cherokee $881
Jeep Liberty $619
Kia Sportage $720
Lincoln Navigator $608
Lincoln Town Car $574
Mazda Protege $402
Mercedes Benz C-Class Not Available
Mercedes Benz M-Class Not Available
Mercedes Benz S-Class Not Available
Mercury Villager $260
Nissan Altima $622
Nissan Frontier $800
Nissan Maxima $539
Nissan Sentra $749
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme $550
Pontiac Grand Am $186
Pontiac Sunfire $307
Toyota Camry $669
Toyota Corolla $770
Toyota Land Cruiser $95
Toyota Sienna $781
Truck Not Available
Volkswagen Jetta $588

The biggest question we get asked Junk Car Medics is how much junk cars are worth. This is also the biggest misconception for newcomers to our industry.

Everyone thinks they can junk a car for $500.

The fact is, while that may be possible for some cars, that generally isn't the case.

So we decided to take a deep dive at the vehicles we junk and how much they are worth on average.

This leads us to our biggest finding:

The value and how much a junk car is worth ranges between $130 and $370 on average with the average price of junk cars being $196.37.

We found this based on analyzing over 30,000 vehicles that we junked in 2020 and into 2021 and narrowed it down to the top 10 most commonly junked cars.

We narrowed it down to the 10 most common junk cars because we wanted to get what we view to be accurate junk car prices on average.

Outside of the top 10, we saw some random variables that start to skew the numbers so we wanted to exclude them.

This list includes cars that were picked up in cities nationwide.

Average Junk Car Prices For 10 Most Common Junk Cars



Scrap Car Average Price
1. 2005 Nissan Altima $199.33
2. 2001 Honda Accord $172.17
3. 1998 Honda Accord $129.20
4. 1999 Honda Accord $149.97
5. 2006 Chevrolet Impala $188.87
6. 2002 Honda Accord $191.03
7. 2000 Honda Accord $171.03
8. 2006 Nissan Altima $191.00
9. 2005 Honda Civic $371.64
10. 2001 Honda Civic $199.45


Quick Findings:

  • The average junk car price is $196.37
  • The average price for junk cars ranges from $129.20 and $371.64.
  • The average life span of a vehicle is 18 years
  • The only cars to make it to 20 years of age are Honda Accords
  • 7 out of 10 most common junk cars are Honda's
  • The 10 most common junk cars are all midsize or compact sedans.

As you can see, this list is dominated by Honda, which has seven cars in the Top 10 - five Accords and two Civics. Nissan follows with two Altimas, plus a lone Chevrolet Impala makes ten. 

The average junk car prices will give you a good idea of what the average junk car is worth in today's market.

Most junk cars are worth between roughly $130.00 and $200.00. And the average price paid for junk cars is $196.37. 

That 2005 Honda Civic is an outlier at an average of $371.64 - more on that later.

Average Junk Car Prices in Popular Cities


Let's take a look at how much junk cars are worth on average in cities across America.  We have listed the prices from highest amount paid to the lowest:

2005 Nissan Altima

1st Place: 2005 Nissan Altima


The 2005 Altima brought the best price in Chicago, while it also did well in Philly and Miami. The lowest prices came from L.A. and Vegas (ouch!).


2005 Nissan Altima $199.33 Average
Chicago $279.44
Philadelphia $245.67
Miami $243.24
Phoenix $233.13
Houston $223.33
Orlando $198.57
Columbus $192.94
Dallas $170.29
Los Angeles $147.86
Las Vegas $84.00


Honda Accord
nd Place: 2001 Honda Accord


Chicago tops the list again for the 2001 Accord, with Houston close behind. Lowest bidders were L.A. and San Fran.


2001 Honda Accord $172.71 Average
Chicago $215.50
Houston $201.39
Fort Worth $189.50
Phoenix $186.50
Charlotte $182.50
Sacramento $171.36
Dallas $171.07
Columbus $170.00
Los Angeles $152.50
San Francisco $126.36  

rd Place: 1998 Honda Accord


Tampa, Phoenix, and Dallas top the charts for the 1998 Accord, while the four California cities are at the bottom. Starting to see a pattern here?


1998 Honda Accord $129.20 Average
Tampa $192.14
Phoenix $189.38
Dallas $183.57
Indianapolis $176.25
Denver $170.00
Houston $162.86
Charlotte $151.00
Austin $148.57
San Antonio $144.29
Columbus $110.00
Minneapolis $109.29
Riverside $107.14
Sacramento $104.23
Los Angeles $104.05
Stockton $52.50
San Jose $30.56



4th Place: 1999 Honda Accord


The 1999 Accord did best in Philly and Orlando, with L.A. and Vegas bringing up the rear.


1999 Honda Accord $149.97 Average
Philadelphia $209.00
Orlando $200.00
Houston $190.56
Tampa $190.56
Dallas $189.62
Charlotte $153.93
Columbus $151.67
San Jose $122.27
Saint Paul $106.33
Los Angeles $101.84
Las Vegas $71.82


2006 Chevrolet Impala

5th Place: 2006 Chevrolet Impala


Chicago and Philly are in the lead once again for the 2006 Impala, while Fort Wayne and Memphis are in the last spots. It also looks like not many Impalas ended up in California - there are not many being scrapped in CA cities!


2006 Chevrolet Impala $188.87 Average
Chicago $239.41
Philadelphia $231.82
Phoenix $200.00
Indianapolis $197.31
Houston $191.46
Dallas $191.00
Jacksonville $187.14
Charlotte $183.00
Fort Wayne $155.00
Memphis $98.93




6th Place: 2002 Honda Accord


The 2002 Accord is a winner in San Jose and Philly, with L.A., Vegas, and Columbus in the last three positions.


2002 Honda Accord $191.03 Average
San Jose $241.54
Philadelphia $240.56
Orlando $207.78
Houston $204.69
San Antonio $201.00
Dallas $185.00
Denver $182.78
Charlotte $173.85
Los Angeles $173.42
Las Vegas $169.55
Columbus $126.00




7th Place: 2000 Honda Accord


Philly and Chi-town take the top two spots for the Y2K Accord. Vegas and San Jose are at the bottom of the list.


2000 Honda Accord $171.03 Average
Philadelphia $209.62
Chicago $206.82
Dallas $200.00
Fort Worth $189.00
San Antonio $172.14
San Francisco $167.00
Los Angeles $158.21
Charlotte $155.77
Las Vegas $131.00
San Jose $116.00

8th Place: 2006 Nissan Altima


Chicago and Miami come out on top for the 2006 Altima, with Memphis placing last by a very large margin.


2006 Nissan Altima $191.00 Average
Chicago $266.58
Miami $248.06
Houston $215.63
Los Angeles $196.67
San Antonio $173.50
Jacksonville $170.50
Las Vegas $151.67
Columbus $144.50
Charlotte $143.85
Memphis $91.50

2003 Honda Civic


9th Place: 2005 Honda Civic


Chicago grabs the brass ring once again, followed by Phoenix and Miami. Austin trails by a large amount, claiming last place. You may have noticed that the prices for the 2005 Civic are much higher than all the others in our Top 10 Scrap Cars list. This could be because the 2005 was the last year of this Civic generation, making it the youngest, most likely to be in better condition, with lower mileage and parts compatibility that goes back to the 2001 Civic.


2005 Honda Civic $371.64 Average
Chicago $451.67
Phoenix $434.55
Miami $430.45
Long Beach $428.57
Los Angeles $421.43
Las Vegas $420.50
San Jose $361.43
Houston $350.00
Atlanta $349.29
Austin $299.29

10th Place: 2001 Honda Civic


Troy takes the top spot for the 2001 Civic, but Chicago's right there in second place! Saint Paul comes in last with a very low price.


2001 Honda Civic $199.45 Average
Troy $352.73
Chicago $248.85
Houston $231.25
Los Angeles $204.33
Columbus $178.93
San Jose $177.78
Minneapolis $176.82
Sacramento $173.33
Las Vegas $165.56
Indianapolis $138.50
Saint Paul $116.67


What do these prices really mean?


Just as scrap metal prices rise and fall on world markets, there are also wide variations between markets within the US. At any given time, your scrap car will be worth more in some places and less in others. It's an issue of supply and demand, as well as prices of the individual metals that make up your car, truck, or SUV. These prices are a snapshot in time, subject to change.


Should I take my scrap car to Chicago or Philadelphia and sell it there?


Unless you live very close, absolutely not! For one thing, the cost of transporting it there will eat up any extra money you would get for it - especially if it is not currently in running condition. Sorry about that, Las Vegas residents!


In addition, conditions in each individual market are subject to change, which could make these prices ancient history in a short period of time. Bottom line, scrap car prices are subject to the general pricing trends in your local market. That said, this should not stop you from shopping your scrap car to as many local sources as you can, to get the best price available to you.

Shouldn't these scrap cars be worth more because so many were sold and parts are in demand?


Well, yes and no. With the large quantities of these cars that were sold, there would appear to be a high demand for reusable body panels, mechanical parts, and other components from these vehicles. 


On the other hand, these cars are now as much as 22 years old, compared the 12-year old average age of cars on the road in the US. While many may be still on the road, increasing numbers of them are being "retired" as scrap cars. Their age and mileage make them worth very little, while the high cost of repairing their worn-out major systems makes keeping them running a bad investment.


This could explain why these cars are featured on our Junk Car Medics Top 10 Junk Cars list! It's time to scrap many of these cars! 

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