If You Parted Out a Car, Was It Worth It?

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If You Parted Out a Car, Was It Worth It?

Postby 90blkgt » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:05 am

The recycling yard will haul my 1990 Beretta away, and pay me $130. Besides the $130 payment, I instantly get a big chunk of my garage back (the car has been parked for 12 years).

The Beretta looks good from the door sills up, but the rockers and undercarriage have severe rust. If the underside was not so far gone, I would work toward putting the car back on the road. Originally I had removed the heads because there was coolant in the oil, so the top of the engine is off.

What are the considerations or unintended consequences of parting out a car yourself?



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Re: If You Parted Out a Car, Was It Worth It?

Postby woody90gtz » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:45 pm

My dad has bought a lot of old junk Mopars and parted them for a nice profit. I mean, he had some REALLY ugly stuff that he made good money on.

However, I think Berettas are a different story. I don't think there's a lot of money to be made, but you could salvage some parts for others who may need them.

You'll need some time and some organized storage to do it right. You may find the sweet spot in this case is somewhere in the middle. There are always the easy things to take off like headlights, tail lights, fillers, gas doors, etc. But for the more involved stuff, post asking about who needs what from your year and drivetrain. Talk prices and get commitments, then remove those parts and scrap the rest.


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Re: If You Parted Out a Car, Was It Worth It?

Postby 90blkgt » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:43 pm

Thanks for offering your perspective. I thought about it, and decided that I wanted the space in the garage now vs after parting out the car.



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Re: If You Parted Out a Car, Was It Worth It?

Postby whiteretta » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:59 pm

All else fails, just hold onto some odds and ends you think think you may be able to profit from, as long as you have the space.

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Re: If You Parted Out a Car, Was It Worth It?

Postby Stencil » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:37 pm

Unless something is in really nice shape (like interior), these are not worth parting out unless you have a lot of time. I've purchased several cars for 1 or 2 parts that I needed, and then parted out the rest, and I'm lucky if I get my $200 back I paid for the car. Unless they are the special performance models (Indy/GTZ) they don't really fetch much.


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Re: If You Parted Out a Car, Was It Worth It?

Postby 90blkgt » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:53 pm

I am in the process of liquidating equipment from my parents' defunct business, so I have some of their gear in my garage. I reached a point where I had to do something to get some garage space, and sending the car to the recycling yard was the fastest way to do that. Overall the interior on my car was nice. The seats, carpet, and headliner were clean and in good shape. I was the owner since new, and kept up with the cleaning and maintenance. The parts that were not so good were a warped dash pad and a driver's seat reclining mechanism that no longer locked into position. It would recline when you leaned back into it. And that rotten undercarriage.

I still have some parts to sell. When I took the engine apart, I had had the heads cleaned, checked for cracks, and resurfaced, and I think a valve job, too, and I still have them. I have a set of unused rebuilt "matched" fuel injectors, and the rest of the upper portion of the engine. the GM shop manual, a Felpro head gasket kit, and probably some other miscellaneous stuff I will find.

The car could have survived the 12 years of garage storage if I had not parked it during the winter with probably some road salt residue on it. I rinsed out the undercarriage with a garden hose before I parked it, but after 12 years of sitting, the undercarriage had severe rot.



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Re: If You Parted Out a Car, Was It Worth It?

Postby GT_Indy » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:17 pm

Depends on how many parts you can sell and who needs parts. Usually you can break even when its a car nobody wants to pay a lot for.


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