Scrap Car Prices: Near Me & Nationwide Junk Car Prices in 2022

According to data from Junk Car Medics, the current average junk car and scrap car price is $482.72.  This is for model year 2002-2006 mid-size vehicles, which are the most commonly junked cars.

How We Came Up With This

We started with over 50,000 data points and filtered it down to 2002-2006 model year mid-size vehicles.  These were by far the most commonly junked cars.  And as you'll see below vehicle size and model year play a big part in the price so narrowing it down to a common group was best.

*Scrap car prices are only for reference and informational purposes and are based on averages. Junk car buyers are NOT held to these junk car prices.

Current Scrap Car Price (Average):

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An Increase of 55% in 2021!

Yearly Junk Car Prices For Top 21 Vehicles, on Average

2005 Nissan Altima $357.65
2000 Honda Accord $350.55
2003 Honda Accord $503.09
2002 Honda Accord $426.23
2006 Nissan Altima $360.44
2001 Honda Accord $384.26
2008 Nissan Altima $479.03

2004 Honda Accord $525.92
2002 Ford Explorer $410.92
1999 Honda Accord $326.61
2005 Honda Civic $493.66
2004 Honda Civic $480.25
1998 Honda Accord $318.51
2002 Honda Civic $445.71

2003 Honda Civic $433.11
2005 Honda Accord $568.49
1999 Toyota Camry $313.54
2006 Chevrolet Impala $387.74
2007 Nissan Altima $461.44
2007 Chevrolet Impala $375.80
2008 Chevrolet Impala $383.36

Car Scrap Prices Are Currently High in USA

We analyzed prices across all the years, makes, and models of all of the vehicles that came through and the numbers are staggering!  Junk car prices continue to soar into 2022 with no end in sight!

In 2021 prices to junk cars were the highest in New Jersey at $809 on average, New York at $762, Florida at $723, and Massachusetts at $712.  No other state posted an average above $700.

Coming in with the lowest prices to junk cars were Wyoming at $117, Montana at $286, West Virginia at $332, North Dakota at $333, South Dakota at $367, and Kansas at $389.

What Are Scrap Car Prices Near Me?

Miami, FL $499 $903 $824 $1,217 $1,247 $1,135 $1,309 $1,401 $931 $1,706 $968 $887 $1,077
Houston, TX $806 $620 $610 $656 $780 $982 $1,006 $760 $776 $864 $840 $865 $822
Philadelphia, PA $536 $750 $671 $919 $727 $842 $874 $918 $780 $854 $857 $805 $806
Denver, CO $1,395 $921 $622 $586 $596 $748 $752 $674 $688 $886 $707 $640 $769
Tampa, FL $528 $670 $635 $735 $757 $857 $784 $749 $849 $818 $666 $937 $750
Dallas, TX $598 $849 $712 $639 $636 $572 $847 $780 $658 $765 $1,019 $785 $739
San Antonio, TX $518 $738 $560 $751 $800 $992 $860 $680 $761 $630 $631 $683 $717
Mesa, AZ $517 $651 $660 $689 $950 $926 $661 $569 $623 $628 $787 $778 $710
Columbus, OH $439 $611 $743 $756 $989 $774 $891 $613 $477 $555 $696 $700 $704
Chicago, IL $849 $530 $531 $581 $581 $592 $769 $744 $689 $610 $805 $753 $684
Los Angeles, CA $483 $448 $706 $558 $686 $568 $729 $741 $668 $872 $856 $754 $683
Jacksonville, FL $543 $674 $746 $655 $671 $611 $811 $606 $670 $512 $694 $553 $640
Sacramento, CA $478 $314 $667 $546 $619 $501 $706 $991 $694 $546 $779 $671 $637
Phoenix, AZ $451 $591 $597 $654 $696 $673 $631 $633 $626 $744 $634 $534 $622
Baltimore, MD $475 $561 $482 $749 $576 $563 $533 $643 $574 $731 $612 $761 $599
Las Vegas, NV $450 $596 $691 $542 $644 $746 $527 $638 $525 $504 $521 $468 $575
Minneapolis, MN $336 $538 $579 $484 $750 $818 $440 $537 $481 $568 $590 $550 $562
Charlotte, NC $370 $328 $501 $595 $603 $720 $667 $479 $644 $599 $577 $615 $561
Saint Paul, MN $279 $419 $455 $393 $535 $650 $560 $592 $623 $537 $546 $462 $503
Kansas City, MO $420 $567 $381 $573 $477 $673 $576 $493 $453 $509 $379 $448 $498
Indianapolis, IN $358 $439 $369 $496 $582 $716 $469 $398 $341 $592 $484 $467 $482

The value of scrap cars varies by city so we are highlighting the average scrap car price for the top 50 cities in the United States. To determine these prices we calculated the average offers of mid-size vehicles years 2001 to 2009.

How are scrap car and junk car prices determined? What factors are used?

Each car is different, so there's no set formula to calculate junk car prices. Even the same make, model, and year can net vastly different numbers, depending on the car's history and condition.

There are 7 factors that come into play when determining junk car prices.

Before a car is scrapped, it's critical to understand these factors to get a good idea of a junk car's value.

  1. Vehicle Year, Make, and Model
  2. Vehicle Condition
  3. Vehicle Weight in Scrap Metal
  4. Current Scrap Metal Prices
  5. Resellable Car Parts
  6. Vehicle Location
  7. Does the junk car have a title?

These 7 factors determine junk car prices.


What are scrap car prices per ton?

The value of scrap is right around $300 per ton (per 2,000 lbs) currently, which is a very high scrap price. The automobile recycling industry is doing great.

How much is a car body worth in scrap?

A car body is worth $260 on average. The national average for steel right now is $130 per ton and the average weight of a car is right around 2 tons.

What are the valuable scrap metals in cars?

An average car has up to 2,500 pounds of steel, around 250 pounds of aluminum, and probably somewhere between 30 and 50 pounds of copper for smaller cars. The lead in the battery is likely under 40 pounds and brass will be around 20 - 30 pounds on average.

The valuable scrap metals in a junk car are the important ones.

In evaluating a car, a scrapper takes the weight of the vehicle, multiplies it by the current price for scrap metal, and then arrives at a figure. The price buyers pay for junk cars would ultimately be less than that figure to account for the time and effort it takes to dismantle and crush the car.

Scrap metal prices and junk car prices go hand in hand

The two are directly linked to each other. A good indication of how much your car would be worth at the time of sale is viewing local scrap metal trends.

How much are scrap car parts currently worth?

One of the main factors in determining how much scrap vehicles are worth is the value of the vehicle's reusable auto parts. Here are some common scrap car parts and what junkyards tend to factor in for them:

[lkist out top parts and some prices, and what types people buy, years, domestic]

A decent mechanic can sell a cars parts on eBay or Craigslist. Read more about if you should sell your car for parts.

When are scrap car prices highest?

Scrap car prices are currently very high. However, it is impossible to predict what prices will do in the future as the scrap market is as volatile as the stock market. Values are high now because of the automotive chip shortest and people holding onto their cars longer but we do not know what will happen in the future.

Who gives the best price for scrap cars?

Junk Car Medics gives the best price for junk cars and scrap cars because we get junk cars in front of a network of buyers and get buyers to offer their best price for the car. The highest bidder is the winner so they know they must make a competitive offer. Our online calculator has a state-of-the-art algorithm that determines who will pay the most for a car and instantly present an offer.

Calling a local junkyard, salvage yard, or scrap yard, they will likely try to low-ball with their offer in hopes of being the only option. With Junk Car Medics, a car gets in front of the best options in any area and gets the best price

Do scrap car prices frequently change?

They do and in either direction.

Until recently, there had been an overall downturn to the market, largely because other countries have started producing their steel and have stopped leaning so much on America for it. As the demand for steel (aluminum, copper, etc.) falls, so too will scrap car prices. However, this changed since the pandemic has rocked the globe.

Mainly, it's been good for junk car sellers as prices have swung back in their favor, but the volatility has made it difficult for anyone to predict what's going to happen. For instance, at the very beginning of the virus, prices tanked before starting to recover.

Scrap metal prices can be unpredictable, but not wildly so. Day to day may only see the prices change by a cent or two. Considering there are thousands of pounds worth of metal in cars though, it does make a difference.

At Junk Car Medics, we usually advise not to wait to sell because there's really no such thing as timing the market.

How much does it cost to junk a car?

It does not cost money to junk a car because junk cars still have value.

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