Do you have a junk car that you want to sell but don’t know whether to take it to an automotive salvage yard or a metal scrap yard? There are several distinctions between each yard, knowing where to take your car can put more money in your pocket.


Ace Auto Parts is a salvage yard dealer that purchases junk cars, and also provides used auto parts to vehicle owners. Although we are similar to scrap metal yards, we differ in many ways.


Let’s check out the differences a salvage yard and a scrap metal yard. If you have any further questions about the products and services we provide, please contact us at 651-717-4299.

An Automotive Salvage Yard

Automotive salvage yards are commonly referred to as junkyards, auto recycling centers, or scrap yards. Salvage yards buy wrecked or unusable cars from previous owners. The vehicle does not have to be in a state of disrepair for us to purchase it. You tell us you don’t want it anymore and schedule a pickup or bring it to us.


Salvage yards place a high value on old vehicles because the vehicle can be broken down into auto parts that resold. Therefore, salvage yards purchase cars at a much higher price than scrap metal yards. When cars arrive at our salvage yard, we drain out all the fluids and place the vehicle in the yard.


Whatever parts we do not pull from the car become available to anyone who wants to purchase any of the parts. In our case, we pull off any parts that we can sell directly to our customers. Buying auto parts directly from us saves you the hassle of pulling the part off yourself.


Once we pull off all usable parts from the car, we crush the scrap metal and sell it to a metal recycling center or refinery. It is the best way to dispose of the metal, and it’s also good for the environment, as it reduces pollution and carbon emissions.

A Metal Scrap Yard

Metal scrap yards purchase scrap metal from virtually anyone who will sell it. They usually buy metal in large quantities such as by the pound or by the ton. They generally pay a base price depending on the type of metal they are recycling.


Metal scrap yards are usually scouting out copper, aluminum, or cast zinc, which they can buy cheap and sell at a higher price. Common metal sources include appliances, aluminum cars, copper electrical wire, or heavy metal cars. Copper and aluminum are purchased in smaller quantities and then gather and compressed in larger quantities when the yard is ready to sell it.


Scrap metal yards only sell scrap metal to businesses that will recycle it. Selling it to recycling business cuts down on landfill waste, pollution, and carbon emissions.

Where Should You Sell Your Junk Car?

Salvage yards and scrap metal yards essentially perform the same function. They purchase metal to resell it to someone else. You can sell your old metal or old vehicle to either place.


The only difference is that you may make more money selling your car to salvage yard since the yard will sell the parts and turn a profit. You are unlikely to get as much from a scrap metal yard as you are a salvage yard for your junk car.

Sell Your Car at Ace Auto Parts

If you need to get rid of your junk car, then contact Ace Auto Parts. You can schedule a pickup, and we’ll come and get it at no extra charge. We pay a fair price for all old cars. We also sell used auto parts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Check out our auto parts search tool on our website. You can also download our auto part search app.


To find out more about our salvage yard or to ask about an auto part, call us at 651-717-4299.