The term is used a lot, you hear it all the time in conversations or in anger about times when a car isn’t performing as well as it should, but what is actually considered a scrap car? Many people imagine an orange, rusty old car sitting on a lawn or in the driveway, I mean, that was the first thing I thought of before I became so affectionately acquainted with this field. It never occurred to me that anything outside of that mental image could be called, let alone considered, a scrap car. Just an old taken apart “thing” that served no purpose to anyone, you see, I still can’t get that image out of my head, but in many people’s eyes, a car can be considered junk for a variety of reasons or circumstances .
In addition to the image that has traditionally been etched in my mind, a car that simply no longer drives is also considered junk by many. You could probably just imagine someone kicking the tire of their car because it just stopped working in the middle of a highway. It’s the car on the side of the road because the transmission started slipping and just broke down, or the radiator just blew because something caused the car to overheat, or the car in the driveway for some strange reason that just doesn’t seem to want to start. Also, cars that have been in an accident can also be considered scrap cars, especially if they appear beyond repair.
In general, any car that has little or no value to the owner is considered a scrap car. Whether the car won’t drive, was destroyed in an accident, or the cost to repair a broken car exceeds the owner’s estimated value of the car, it is considered a salvage car or scrap car. In addition to people’s perceptions, many states also have the power to declare a car scrapped, salvaged, rebuilt, etc. Normally this happens after a car has been in an accident and sold to a dealer by an insurance company, because the total amount of damage and repair costs exceeded 75% of the current value of the vehicle. Most people don’t know this, but when a car is purchased from insurance companies, it will be considered a total loss, and most if not all states will be declared junk and branded with a scrap, salvage, or rebuilt title , and getting a car with this type of title registered in many states requires a separate anti-theft inspection on top of all other state requirements, which is not a fun task at all.
I hope you found this article helpful and discovered how many people, businesses, and even states may consider a vehicle junk, salvaged, or rebuilt.