10 Most Scrapped Cars in 2020

At JunkCarMedics.com, we have seen a lot of scrapped cars in 2020.

So many, in fact, that we have created our own current list of the top 10 junk cars and what prices we paid for them.

2020 was a crazy year as you know so we're not even going to get into that.  But we thought it would be cool to take a look at the top 10 scrapped cars at JunkCarMedics.com.

This list includes cars that were picked up by JunkCarMedics.com in many different cities nationwide. We analyzed over 13,000 combinations of year, makes, and models to come up with this list.

What's the point?  Well we thought it would be cool to see the cars that people stretch the life out of the most.  The old vehicles that make the list show the longevity that specific vehicle provided on average, while the newer year vehicles that make the list don't appear to be nearly as durable.

 Here are our Top 10 Scrap Cars!

  1. 2005 Nissan Altima
  2. 2001 Honda Accord
  3. 1998 Honda Accord
  4. 1999 Honda Accord
  5. 2006 Chevrolet Impala
  6. 2002 Honda Accord
  7. 2000 Honda Accord
  8. 2006 Nissan Altima
  9. 2005 Honda Civic
  10. 2001 Honda Civic

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. 

What conclusions can we draw from this list? All of these vehicles are midsize or compact mass-market sedans, which are purchased new in large quantities, pass through a number of owners once they reach the used car market, and are driven continuously until they are scrapped. These cars are not garage queens, kept locked away except for Sunday drives. They are used by people who rely on them daily for transportation, even though those people may or may not properly service and maintain them. At some point in their lives, between fourteen and twenty-two years of age in this case, they are no longer worth repairing. That’s when they become scrap cars and are placed into our care.

Let’s take a closer look at our Top 10 Scrap Cars, including some details about them, the problems that they had, and what they ended up being worth as scrap cars in the cities where they ended their useful lives.

What was the average price paid for each of the Top 10 Scrap Cars?

Here’s the breakdown of what each of our Top 10 Scrap Cars were worth to their owners when we picked them up: 

Scrap Car Average Price
2005 Nissan Altima $199.33
2001 Honda Accord $172.17
1998 Honda Accord $129.20
1999 Honda Accord $149.97
2006 Chevrolet Impala $188.87
2002 Honda Accord $191.03
2000 Honda Accord $171.03
2006 Nissan Altima $191.00
2005 Honda Civic $371.64
2001 Honda Civic $199.45

This will give you a good idea of what the average scrap car is worth in today’s market. Most of them went for between roughly $130.00 and $200.00. That 2005 Honda Civic is an outlier at an average of $371.64 – more on that later.

Top 10 Scrap Cars Profiles

And now for more details on each of our Top 10 Scrap Cars. We will group all the model years of a single vehicle together to keep things brief.

Top Scrap Cars Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

1st Place: 2005 Nissan Altima

8th Place: 2006 Nissan Altima

Description: The Altima is a midsize 4-door sedan produced by Nissan from 1992 through the present. The 2005 and 2006 models of the Nissan Altima are both part of the vehicle’s third generation, which covers the 2002 through 2006 model years. Engine options included a standard 2.5L four-cylinder and an optional 3.5L V6. This version of the Nissan Altima offered a spacious interior and the largest gas tank in its class (20 gal.). It was facelifted for the 2005 model year, featuring a new grille and interior design.

Number sold: This vehicle was a success for Nissan in the US and sold in large numbers. Sales of the 2005 model numbered 255,371, while the 2006 Altima sold 232,457 copies.

Major Mechanical Problems: The earlier years of this model (2002 and 2003) had problems with excessive oil consumption, catalytic converter failures, and engine failures. A design defect in the underbody of the car caused premature rusting in all model years of the third-gen Altima. Unfortunately, none of these problems appeared until the cars were far beyond the terms of their warranties, so Nissan could not be held responsible for the damage.

Curb Weight: The curb weight of the 2005 and 2006 Nissan Altima are between 3,001 and 3,320 lbs., depending on engine and equipment options.

Why yours could be worth more: If you have the optional V6 engine, your Altima will weigh more and will likely be worth more.

Top Scrapped Car - Honda Accord

Honda Accord

2nd Place: 2001 Honda Accord

3rd Place: 1998 Honda Accord

4th Place: 1999 Honda Accord

6th Place: 2002 Honda Accord

7th Place: 2000 Honda Accord 

Description: The Accord is a midsize car produced by Honda from 1976 through the present. The 1982 Accord was the first car produced in the US by a Japanese brand. The 1998 through 2002 Accord models represent every year of the Accord’s sixth generation. The car was available both as a 4-door sedan and a 2-door coupe. Accord engine choices included a 2.3L four-cylinder or a 3.0L V6. The car was facelifted for the 2001 model year; the primary changes made were a new front fascia and rear bumper, plus new wheel designs and new taillights.

Number sold: Over two million of these sixth-generation Honda Accord were sold in the US during its five years of production, making it one of the country’s best-selling vehicles. The Accord was the top-selling car in 2001 and came in second behind the Toyota Camry in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002.

Major Mechanical Problems: A rash of transmission failures in the V6-engined cars led to several class action lawsuits. As a result, Honda extended the warranty period for many of the affected vehicles. There was no formal recall. Honda also became ensnared in the infamous Takata airbag recall, which required them to track down and replace thousands of faulty airbags that could deploy with fatal force. 

Curb Weight: The 1998-2002 Honda Accord weighs between 2,888 and 3,329 lbs., depending on year, body style, and engine.

Why yours could be worth more: If your Accord has the optional V6 engine, it will weigh more, so it could be worth more.

Chevrolet Impala 

5th Place: 2006 Chevrolet Impala

Description: The Impala has been a staple of the Chevrolet line, on and off, since 1958. The Impala was traditionally a rear-wheel drive, full-size car available in a variety of body styles, but it became a midsize front-wheel drive 4-door sedan from model years 2006 through 2016. The 2006 Impala represents the first year of the car’s ninth generation, which ran until 2016. The standard engine was a 3.5L V6, while the SS performance version came with a powerful 5.3L V8. The vast majority of these Impalas were initially purchased by fleets, later finding their way into the used car market.

Number sold: Thanks to its large proportion of fleet sales, the 2006 Impala sold well right out of the gate, with 289,868 sold that year. Sales of this model peaked in 2007 at 311,128, then dropped steadily during the rest of the ninth-gen Impala’s run through the 2016 model year. This could be a result of the 2008 financial crisis, which caused many companies to freeze or greatly reduce their vehicle purchases. In spite of this, there were just over two million ninth-generation Impalas sold during its eleven-year lifespan.

Major Mechanical Problems: Some reported problems in the 2006 Chevrolet Impala include erratic shifting of the automatic transmission, coolant or oil leaks, stalling, power loss due to a plugged catalytic converter, and engine overheating from water pump leaks. The 2006 Impala was also recalled in 2014 for replacement of a faulty ignition switch, which could shut off while the car was in motion, turning off the engine and disabling the airbag system.

Curb Weight: The 2006 Impala weighs between 3,553 and 3,729 lbs., based on equipment and engine selection.

Why yours could be worth more: If your Impala came with the optional V8 engine, it will weigh more and could be worth more as scrap.

Honda Civic 

9th Place: 2005 Honda Civic

10th Place: 2001 Honda Civic 

Description: The Civic is a compact car produced by Honda from 1976 through the present day. The 2001 and 2005 Civic models represent the first and the last years of the Civic’s seventh generation. The car was available as a 4-door sedan, a 2-door coupe, and a performance-oriented 3-door hatchback from 2002 on (as the Si model). A gasoline-electric hybrid version of the sedan was also available from model years 2003 to 2005. Civic engine choices included a 1.7L four-cylinder, a 1.6L high-output four-cylinder in the Si, and a 1.3L four-cylinder with electric motor assist in the Hybrid. The car was facelifted for the 2004 model year. The primary changes made were a new front fascia and rear bumper, plus new wheel designs and new taillights.

Number sold: This generation of the Honda Civic sold well in the US, with a total of 1,562,222 sales of the 2001 to 2005 models. The 2001 model had 331,780 sales, while the 2005 sold 308,425 copies. The large numbers sold, plus their 15 to 19-year old age, account for the Civic’s appearance on our Top 10 Scrap Cars list.

Major Mechanical Problems: The 2001 Honda Civic had numerous mechanical problem areas. The worst involved automatic transmission failures, which affected many 2001 and 2002 models. Honda covered some of these failures. Bad engine mounts, cracked exhaust manifolds and catalytic converters were also an issue. Many HVAC system failures have been reported, along with bad power window switches. There were also airbag problems, which ranged from failure of the seat position sensor causing the warning light to come on, to the installation of defective Takata airbags that could rupture and spray deadly metal shrapnel at the driver. Overall quality gradually improved during each year of the model run, with the 2005 model (the final year) showing the best overall quality and fewest problems. 

Curb Weight: The 2001 Civic weighs between 2,405 and 2,615 lbs., depending on trim level and equipment. The 2005 model was slightly heavier, between 2,441 and 2,782 lbs. 

Why yours could be worth more: The Civic Hybrid model could be worth a bit more, due to its added electric motor and battery pack.

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 JunkCarMedics.com Top 10 Scrap Cars list! It’s time to scrap many of these cars! 

What were the prices in different cities for each of the Top 10 Scrap Cars?

Now that you know the players in our Top 10 Scrap Cars list, let’s see how prices for each of them varied, based on the cities where they were most frequently sold to JunkCarMedics.com. We have listed the prices from highest amount paid to the lowest:

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
SEE ALSO:   The Top 10 Scrap Cars of 2020 in Various States

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


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


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
SEE ALSO:   Top 10 Scrapped Cars in Michigan in 2020

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.

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