Best Junkyards in Wilmington - Reviews, Perks & Phones
North Carolina

Welcome to our page dedicated to simplifying your search for the best junkyards in Wilmington, NC. We've compiled the Top 10 salvage yards based on real experiences from customers like you.

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    Horton Iron & Metal Co

    Horton Iron & Metal Co

    2216 US-421, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Recycling Center / Used Auto Parts / Part Installation Service

    3.7/5 - 3 reviews 

          Jules Google Review

    "It's an easy in and out. The staff is outstanding and friendly!! I have been to many of scrap yards in my life. And this one so far is the best due to the way it is run and the amazing group..."

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    EastSide Auto Salvage

    EastSide Auto Salvage

    1024 Rocky Run Rd, Midway Park, NC 28544

    Junkyard / Used Auto Parts / Self Service

    49.2 miles  5/5 - 5 reviews 

          William B. SalvageParts Review


    "Great place to find items for your vehicles. Always treat me with respect (great people) and a valued customer. Whenever I need help pulling a part they help ASAP! Plenty of Ford vehicles on the..."

  • 3
    Southern Metals Recycling Inc

    Southern Metals Recycling Inc

    2923 US-421, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Recycling Center / Used Auto Parts

    5/5 - 3 reviews 

          Miguel S. Google Review

    "Since I've been scrapping about 10 years now I've always gone to Southern metals I have been to other places throughout the years but I've always come back to Southern metals because I've gotten..."

  • 4
    Odum's Garage & Auto Salvage

    Odum's Garage & Auto Salvage

    491 Queens Creek Rd, Hubert, NC 28539

    Salvage Yard / Used Auto Parts / Self Service / Junk Car Removal

    53.2 miles  4.7/5 - 3 reviews 

          Krysti W. Google Review

    "The boys have always been pretty nice. Just don't get why they ain't open on NB a Saturday. Seems like no-one is though, but that's when ppl are off work to work on their cars. I do like that..."

  • 5
    Cadillac Heaven

    Cadillac Heaven

    991 Maco Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451

    Salvage Yard / Used Auto & Classic Car Parts

    5/5 - 3 reviews 

          Neal P. Google Review

    "I had a tough, almost impossible request/purchase. I wanted all the pieces, including every nut and bolt and clamp and washer to convert a 1962 Cadillac from non-air-conditioning to air..."

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    Midsouth Auto Recycling

    Midsouth Auto Recycling

    1801 Gillespie St, Fayetteville, NC 28306

    Salvage Yard / Used Auto Parts / Junk Car Removal

    79.4 miles  5/5 - 3 reviews 

          Jon B. Google Review

    "I called and let them know I had an old car that wouldn't run. They made me an offer, came and got the car, paid me for for it - all in about the time it would take for a lunch break. Quick..."

  • 7
    J & E Salvage

    J & E Salvage

    2014 Blue Creek Rd, Jacksonville, NC 28540

    Recycling Center / Used Auto Parts / Self Service

    42.7 miles  5/5 - 3 reviews 

          Andrew K. Google Review

    "Well I guess to describe my experience would be that they buy scrap metal from me on a daily basis. They also have what you would call a Pick-n-Pull there you know a place to get your used auto..."

  • 8
    Jacobs Cars & Used Parts owner Robert Brooks

    Jacobs Cars & Used Parts owner Robert Brooks

    535 Sarah Peterson Rd, Council, NC 28434

    Salvage Yard / Used Auto Parts

    37.6 miles  3.7/5 - 3 reviews 

          Keith H. Google Review

    "Good people. Got older cars and parts."

  • 9
    Cash For Cars - Raleigh

    Cash For Cars - Raleigh

    310 Copart Ln suite b, Dunn, NC 28334

    Auto Wrecker / Junk Car Removal / Towing Service

    83.4 miles  5/5 - 3 reviews  open now

          Kara N. Google Review

    "I had a Hyundai Elantra 2016 that hadn’t ran in a year. I really needed to get rid of this car. I found Cash for cars on the internet and decided to answer their questioner. Instantly I was sent..."

  • 10
    Southern Metals Recycling Inc

    Southern Metals Recycling Inc

    13 Wright St, Wilmington, NC 28401

    Recycling Center

    2.3/5 - 3 reviews 

          Doc S. Google Review

    "Better prices than any other recycling center in 4 counties. Courteous staff, easy to locate, in and out quickly."

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FAQs about junkyards in Wilmington

What legal requirements do I need to meet to sell my car to a junkyard in Wilmington, NC?


In order to sell your car to a junkyard in Wilmington, NC, you typically need to meet these legal requirements:

  1. Proof of Ownership: You must provide proof of ownership, which is usually your vehicle title. If you don't have the title, contact the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to obtain a duplicate.
  2. Valid Identification: You'll need to show a valid government-issued photo ID, like a driver's license or passport.
  3. Complete a Bill of Sale: Some junkyards may ask you to complete a Bill of Sale, indicating the sale price and stating that you're selling the vehicle "as-is."
  4. Release of Liability: Submit a Release of Liability to the Wilmington, NC DMV to remove your liability for the vehicle once it's sold. You can do this online or by mailing the appropriate form.
  5. Smog Certificate: Depending on the age and location of your vehicle, you may need to provide a valid smog certificate. Junkyards often handle this if required.
  6. Remove License Plates: Before handing over your vehicle, remove the license plates. You can either transfer them to another vehicle or return them to the DMV.
  7. Payment: Ensure you receive payment for the vehicle. The payment method may vary, so discuss this with the junkyard beforehand.
  8. Cancellation of Insurance: Contact your auto insurance company to cancel coverage on the sold vehicle.

Please note that specific requirements can vary depending on the junkyard and the condition of your vehicle. Always check with the junkyard you plan to sell to and refer to the North Carolina DMV for the most up-to-date information and forms.

Can I sell a junk car without a title in Wilmington, NC?


If you try to sell a car without a title, your choices might be more restricted than those of other sellers who have a readily available title.

  • If you are still in the process of paying off a car loan, the likelihood is that the bank or lienholder still possesses your car's title. You must reach out to your bank to get a payoff amount. It's important to ensure that your car's selling price can cover it.
  • If your car title is missing, lost, or stolen and you're wondering how to sell your car, you need to request a replacement title.
  • If your car is totaled, has a salvage title, has no title at all, or you have no way to obtain a valid title, car junkyards often buy cars without a title an pay you in cash. However, the lack of a title might lower your selling price.

Are there any junkyards in Wilmington, NC that pay more for cars than others?


Yes, some junkyards in Wilmington, NC may offer higher payouts for cars based on factors like your car's make, model, condition, and location. To find the best offer, it's advisable to contact multiple junkyards in your area and compare their quotes. Additionally, you can explore junk car buyers that specialize in certain vehicle makes or have a reputation for offering competitive prices.

How much money can I expect to get for my car at a junkyard in Wilmington, NC?


How much money can I expect to get for my car at a junkyard in Wilmington, NC?

  • The condition of your car.
  • The make and model of your car.
  • The current market value of scrap metal.
  • The demand for parts for your car model.

In general, you can expect to get between $100 and $500 for your junk. However, if your vehicle is in good condition or has valuable parts, you may be able to get more.

How do I remove a part from a junkyard?


If you are planning on removing a part from a vehicle yourself, be sure to take precautions to avoid injury. Be aware of your surroundings and be careful not to overexert yourself. You should also ask the staff for assistance if needed. We recommend that you bring:

  • Pliers
  • Ratchets
  • Wrenches
  • Sawsall
  • Screw drivers
  • Hammer
  • Impact driver
  • Extensions
  • Sockets SAE and Metric
  • Breaker bar
  • Penetrating Fluid

Do they offer shipping?


Yes, many of them ship parts. However, there may be additional shipping charges. Be sure to ask about shipping charges before you buy any parts.

How do I know if a junkyard is reputable?


Here are some tips on how to know if a junkyard is reputable:

  • Check online reviews. This is a good way to get an idea of what other customers have experienced with the junkyard. Look for reviews that mention the junkyard's prices, customer service, and the quality of the parts they sell.
  • Ask for recommendations. Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors to see if they have any recommendations for junkyards. You can also ask your local mechanic or auto body shop for recommendations.
  • Visit the junkyard in person. This will give you a chance to see the junkyard's facilities and meet the staff. Look for a junkyard that is clean and organized. The staff should be friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask the junkyard staff questions about their prices, the parts they have available, and their warranty policies. If the staff is hesitant to answer your questions or seems to be giving you vague answers, that's a red flag.
  • Be wary of junkyards that offer to pay you in cash. Reputable junkyards will typically pay you by check or money order. If a junkyard offers to pay you in cash, it could be a sign that they are not a legitimate business.

Can they ask me for an entry fee?


Some junkyards may require you to pay a small entrance or admission fee (usually a few bucks) in order to enter their facilities. With this money they can cover their administrative and maintenance costs and ensure that they receive customers who are truly interested in parts.

What is the difference between a junkyard and a salvage yard?


While the terms are often used interchangeably, a salvage yard may focus more on recycling and reselling parts.