Scrap Car Prices / Junk Car Prices in 2021*

How Much is a Scrap Car Worth?

According to data from JunkCarMedics.com you can expect to get between $345 - $577  for your average junk car.  For the month of October, the average value of a junk car was $569, which is an increase from a value of $459 in September.

When scrapping a car, the price is generally based on the value of the vehicle's metals and reusable car parts, if any.  Last updated - November 3, 2021.

*prices on this page are for reference only. The junk car prices on this page are averages based on a 30 day running total of offers made for these specific vehicle models, which are the most popular. Prices are only for reference and informational purposes and are based on national averages. Junk car buyers are NOT held to these averages.

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United States: November 29, 2021

Junk Car Prices Are Currently High! It's a Great Time to Junk a Car

20 Most Commonly Junked Cars

  1. 2006 Nissan Altima $416.11
  2. 2007 Nissan Altima $537.19
  3. 2005 Nissan Altima $397.81
  4. 2004 Honda Civic $487.19
  5. 2002 Toyota Camry $561.25
  6. 2004 Honda Accord $604.67
  7. 2006 Chrysler 300 $414.29
  8. 1999 Honda Accord $321.43
  9. 2008 Chevrolet Impala $364.23
  10. 2002 Honda Civic $528.46
  11. 2001 Honda Accord $440.00
  12. 2002 Ford Explorer $439.23
  13. 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt $412.92
  14. 2000 Honda Accord $277.08
  15. 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser $428.18
  16. 2005 Honda Civic $552.27
  17. 2002 Honda Accord $534.09
  18. 1999 Toyota Camry $353.18
  19. 2011 Hyundai Sonata $809.00
  20. 2006 Chevrolet Impala $418.50

20 Scrap Cars Worth $1,000 or more

  1. 2018 Toyota Camry $6,701.25
  2. 2009 Audi Q7 $2,342.50
  3. 2012 Hyundai Elantra $1,945.00
  4. 2015 Ford Fiesta $1,923.75
  5. 2010 Honda Accord $1,836.25
  6. 2008 Goyota Prius $1,807.50
  7. 2011 Honda Accord $1,580.00
  8. 2009 Toyota Camry $1,504.44
  9. 2008 Ford F-150 $1,489.00
  10. 2000 Nissan Frontier $1,377.50
  11. 2012 Kia Optima $1,337.00
  12. 2013 Nissan Sentra $1,327.50
  13. 2005 FORD F-150 $1,297.00
  14. 2013 Ford Fusion $1,282.50
  15. 2011 Volkswagen Jetta $1,272.50
  16. 2013 Ford Focus $1,179.29
  17. 2013 Chevrolet Cruze $1,176.25
  18. 2010 Jeep Liberty $1,157.50
  19. 2003 Honda CR-V $1,150.00
  20. 2011 Nissan Altima $1,125.00

20 Least Valuable Scrap Cars on Average

  1. 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer $337.22
  2. 2006 Nissan Maxima $334.17
  3. 2003 Chevrolet Impala $332.86
  4. 2005 Chevrolet Impala $327.86
  5. 2003 Ford Explorer $326.25
  6. 1998 Honda Accord $325.00
  7. 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser $323.57
  8. 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier $323.33
  9. 1999 Honda Accord $321.43
  10. 1997 Honda Accord $314.38
  11. 2004 Volkswagen Jetta $292.50
  12. 2005 Ford Focus $292.50
  13. 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee $285.00
  14. 2007 Chevrolet HHR $284.29
  15. 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt $279.29
  16. 2000 Honda Accord $277.08
  17. 2000 Honda Civic $271.43
  18. 2005 Buick Rendezvous $259.17
  19. 2003 Ford Expedition $241.43
  20. 2004 Chevrolet Impala $159.17

Average Scrap Car Prices Near Me in October 2021

History of Scrap Car Prices in Cities Near You in 2021 by Month

Miami $1,371.47 $1,181.54 $1,266.08 $1,216.70 $1,246.86 $1,116.61 $1,326.58 $1,400.82 $930.83 $1,960.76 $1,301.82
Brooklyn $604.44 $828.91 $848.80 $1,392.11 $790.50 $1,394.67 $1,119.00 $880.00 $974.06 $570.45 $940.29
Houston $742.88 $607.12 $1,171.49 $656.00 $780.42 $981.67 $1,005.90 $760.26 $775.79 $864.24 $834.58
Denver $1,539.58 $906.83 $621.51 $585.88 $596.08 $748.09 $752.92 $674.06 $774.44 $886.18 $808.56
San Antonio $785.85 $804.35 $552.72 $750.51 $800.33 $992.19 $1,080.88 $680.17 $760.50 $630.06 $783.76
San Diego $409.03 $557.65 $712.14 $747.79 $711.67 $882.80 $849.58 $1,852.35 $976.79 $650.75 $835.06
Philadelphia $556.84 $741.88 $670.83 $918.99 $726.70 $841.97 $873.56 $917.61 $765.10 $854.19 $786.77
Mesa $513.40 $650.74 $914.20 $688.51 $950.11 $926.18 $675.18 $568.93 $1,015.74 $627.96 $753.10
Tampa $517.97 $640.54 $635.23 $735.29 $756.97 $856.73 $783.79 $748.61 $849.11 $1,884.50 $840.87
Austin $848.21 $370.22 $418.59 $798.03 $720.32 $915.83 $797.71 $818.50 $580.00 $1,104.33 $737.18
Dallas $610.43 $828.51 $690.58 $638.75 $631.72 $639.77 $829.81 $780.19 $651.95 $765.39 $706.71
Atlanta $437.95 $428.46 $865.48 $952.08 $835.42 $716.76 $776.88 $593.75 $898.33 $692.89 $719.80
Stockton $317.35 $376.79 $728.50 $733.81 $935.95 $558.08 $1,075.00 $807.35 $355.42 $588.00 $647.62
Orlando $588.53 $631.74 $680.21 $675.56 $675.96 $671.96 $997.00 $702.67 $646.15 $654.81 $692.46
Columbus $472.39 $545.14 $669.56 $746.30 $888.10 $738.69 $770.22 $651.30 $741.25 $520.22 $674.32
Milwaukee $626.47 $443.50 $601.91 $1,226.48 $871.40 $531.92 $677.38 $511.48 $531.07 $537.88 $655.95
Las Vegas $431.93 $600.15 $685.07 $542.18 $644.15 $1,217.54 $536.16 $637.88 $491.81 $504.02 $629.09
San Jose $728.57 $375.00 $517.50 $602.78 $554.31 $591.84 $1,732.86 $577.86 $706.25 $758.95 $714.59
Chicago $832.58 $529.50 $526.67 $581.15 $581.03 $591.71 $773.13 $744.15 $689.13 $609.84 $645.89
Jacksonville $532.16 $623.18 $731.06 $629.24 $687.67 $661.03 $750.33 $595.38 $636.50 $531.44 $637.80
Los Angeles $473.06 $440.81 $882.24 $557.50 $686.35 $568.33 $724.47 $740.98 $668.42 $1,223.00 $696.52
Aurora $450.33 $533.57 $666.22 $537.37 $780.00 $713.61 $499.64 $716.45 $511.88 $621.49 $603.06
Phoenix $469.35 $586.67 $596.85 $653.62 $696.08 $673.11 $631.27 $632.50 $660.00 $744.23 $634.37
Sacramento $524.64 $335.67 $658.68 $546.21 $619.29 $500.65 $706.36 $990.80 $693.79 $546.11 $612.22
Nashville $395.74 $501.74 $422.06 $614.22 $719.62 $533.57 $686.67 $663.95 $441.33 $512.50 $549.14
Baltimore $454.47 $609.48 $479.21 $749.20 $575.90 $562.68 $532.08 $642.67 $574.04 $730.52 $591.03
Minneapolis $353.96 $529.27 $565.58 $484.41 $749.72 $818.30 $438.59 $537.03 $480.60 $568.42 $552.59
Omaha $400.96 $325.83 $459.26 $740.75 $683.20 $579.69 $680.94 $490.77 $479.64 $419.44 $526.05
Charlotte $369.30 $352.80 $486.98 $594.72 $602.81 $713.61 $673.23 $494.08 $644.42 $599.31 $553.13
Fort Worth $494.67 $360.42 $415.53 $392.50 $426.88 $800.00 $738.75 $751.07 $733.33 $447.78 $556.09
Seattle $275.00 $319.17 $627.50 $646.52 $900.00 $377.17 $353.33 $366.67 $613.42 $392.22 $487.10
Lancaster $340.79 $467.22 $676.04 $636.20 $607.39 $493.93 $506.96 $455.00 $622.14 $467.81 $527.35
Lexington $233.16 $376.56 $703.64 $616.67 $796.19 $427.50 $418.33 $370.42 $554.55 $446.00 $494.30
Riverside $419.17 $335.77 $475.28 $1,006.82 $435.42 $372.12 $497.89 $484.40 $1,153.86 $818.42 $599.91
Kansas City $463.67 $533.82 $414.19 $551.00 $470.63 $655.18 $555.86 $465.38 $444.62 $500.26 $505.46
Albuquerque $455.21 $701.21 $210.00 $339.86 $534.86 $494.42 $719.26 $676.25 $487.29 $716.43 $533.48
Tulsa $395.00 $417.08 $536.50 $425.25 $758.41 $676.58 $428.33 $326.82 $428.44 $609.62 $500.20
Fresno $279.71 $361.15 $518.00 $605.00 $492.40 $450.24 $803.13 $406.25 $486.75 $934.55 $533.72
Indianapolis $443.77 $438.75 $390.21 $496.20 $581.98 $715.89 $469.24 $397.50 $340.63 $592.16 $486.63
Saint Paul $299.33 $522.33 $453.30 $392.50 $534.47 $650.42 $549.41 $585.42 $623.46 $536.67 $514.73
Cincinnati $435.14 $406.54 $453.57 $405.31 $429.44 $502.27 $659.23 $426.67 $483.33 $508.64 $471.01
Richmond $450.18 $383.57 $475.40 $491.07 $420.17 $502.50 $430.19 $465.00 $705.56 $387.06 $471.07
Salem $242.89 $353.16 $350.14 $356.25 $440.83 $359.43 $526.18 $1,093.81 $525.00 $425.83 $467.35
Dayton $250.00 $273.16 $286.11 $480.00 $291.18 $420.28 $1,441.07 $327.92 $352.00 $424.00 $454.57
Oklahoma City $327.08 $437.50 $209.00 $316.67 $531.94 $439.62 $480.00 $796.18 $305.00 $508.21 $435.12
Springfield $418.65 $218.85 $467.26 $586.41 $386.29 $461.94 $353.33 $571.33 $429.23 $380.83 $427.41
Toledo $357.19 $354.06 $373.04 $608.33 $363.89 $523.75 $465.42 $448.81 $397.27 $737.73 $462.95
Memphis $316.15 $471.54 $332.04 $493.64 $470.38 $376.76 $656.25 $378.93 $426.92 $364.72 $428.73
Portland $354.46 $450.19 $392.46 $577.75 $477.13 $479.57 $361.25 $317.17 $569.75 $647.94 $462.77
Louisville $382.08 $257.94 $309.84 $495.29 $382.67 $488.75 $381.58 $405.65 $378.50 $534.25 $401.66

How is the Scrap Value of a Car Calculated

The value of a junk car is determined primarily by two factors:

  1. The value of your scrap car's parts.
  2. The value of your scrap car's metals.

Junk cars generally don't have much value beyond their weight in metal because they are usually cars that are really old or beyond repairable.  Few of these cars still are on the road and the ones that are will be coming off soon.  Therefore, the value in a junk car's parts doesn't really impact the overall's scrap car's value much.  However, when there are reusable car parts they will definitely increase the value.

We’ll go into more detail later, but let’s first take a brief look at how the scrap metal market works.

1. The Value of Your Scrap Car's Parts

Depending on your junk car’s overall condition, there may be other parts that have higher values than what they are worth simply as scrap, as long as they are in good condition, are in demand, and can be resold on the used parts market. Some automotive recycling yards sell these parts on the internet to buyers across the country. Others operate as “pick and pull” yards. These are self-service operations in which vehicles are parked in rows, allowing local customers to enter the grounds with their tools, browse through the current vehicle inventory, and remove the pieces they need.

Either way, items like these can be resold, and can make your junk car worth more than its pure scrap metal value:

  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Catalytic converters
  • Battery
  • Radiator
  • Air conditioning components
  • and much more!

Check out our post on the most valuable scrap car parts.

2. The Value of Your Scrap Car's Metals

After the reusable parts have been removed, the shell that is left will be flattened or crushed to take up less space. It is then fed into a giant shredding machine, which breaks it down into small chunks of metal. Additional processing separates these chunks of mixed metal into ferrous metals (iron and steel) and non-ferrous metals (aluminum and copper). All of these metals will be recycled into new raw materials, which will then be used in the manufacture of new cars and other products.

What are scrap car prices per ton currently?

Currently, in 2021 you can expect to receive a price of about ~$200 per ton for scrap cars.

Read up on the most valuable scrap metals in a car.

What this all means for the value of your junk car

What we end up with is an elaborate equation based on the amount of each type of metal in your specific year, make, and model vehicle, combined with that day’s market prices for each of those metals, plus the value of parts that can be removed and resold.

To make things more complicated, there is not a single answer to the question, “What is my junk car worth?” Different scrap yards and junk car processors will give you different prices.

That’s why it’s so important to shop around – and be sure to let us at Junk Car Medics give you a great price for your junk car!

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