Precious metals are naturally-occurring elements with high economic value. Common precious metals include gold, silver, platinum, titanium, tungsten, and cobalt. In the junk cars market, precious metals play an important role since they have higher economic value compared to the majority of metals found in cars, like steel and iron. If you have a junk car at your discretion to sell, you may just want to move forward with a deal while metal prices are good. That is because junk cars, although “scrap”, may still contain precious metals.
Continue reading to learn which precious metals are most common in automobiles, and how much you can expect to get for them in terms of a cash payout from a local junk car buyer.
Platinum is one of the most known and obvious precious metals in vehicles because of the catalytic converter. Catalytic converters are mostly comprised of this precious metal, but might also contain various others, such as palladium and, rhodium. Furthermore, catalytic converters retain other valuable metals, like ceramic, or even metal foil and shielding. Like all metal, platinum is priced by weight on the market, and changes depending on various influences, including changes in national and international economics. Right now, platinum is worth around $850 or so, depending on the grade.
But don’t think you are going to get $800 for just this piece alone, and then more for the scrap metal in your car; it doesn’t work that way. The reality is, a standard catalytic converter usually has between 3 and 7 grams of platinum group metals, which means that the average amount of platinum inside ranges between 0.10 and 0.24 ounces. So you can expect your catalytic converter to be worth between $80 and $100 or so.
Gold is another common metal found in junk cars, especially if they are newer models. Gold-plated fingers in computer circuit boards are the first place scrappers look for gold in a junk car. Computer systems like GPS, airbag units, stereos, cameras, DVD players, and electrical systems, use computer boards that may contain gold; they may even contain silver and other precious metals too!
Right now, gold is worth around $1,300 per ounce. But do not expect to recover hundreds of dollars’ worth of gold in a single junk car; the average amount of gold per vehicle is around a few grams or so. Nonetheless, gold in junk cars still makes junk cars that much more valuable!
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