First of all, what is a wrecking car? These are cars which have been severely damaged or wrecked, as a result of a collision or the car being decommissioned due to law infringement. If you go to any wrecking yard or breakers yard, you'll be sure to find a number of decommissioned cars that either have parts for sale, or the car itself is up for sale.
The severity of the wreckage will vary. In some instances, you may come across a car that has severe structural, mechanical and aesthetical damage, in other instances, you may come across one that has just one type of damage, perhaps the mechanics and electrics no longer work. In any case, the car will always be wrecked and not road worthy. So what's the point of buying one in this condition?
Well, in order to answer this, we have to look at the way cars, and in particular working on cars, is an area of huge interest, not only for the average Australian, but for men and women all over the world. You see, there are many benefits to buying wrecking cars, not least because they are cheap, but they also give people their own project to work on. This is one of the main reasons for why some people would buy a wrecking car.
For any car enthusiast, this is something of a dream. You effectively get to build your own car from scratch, sourcing the correct parts, or even opting for performance parts. Whether you want to stick to the original structure and form of the car, or enhance it visually or mechanically, then it's entirely up to you and that's what's so appealing about this option.
In this sense, it is a suitable choice for both mechanics and private buyers to buy a wrecking car. From a mechanics point of view, they could buy a wrecked car, do it up, and sell it on to the consumer for a profit (provided that it meets all the necessary checks). This would also be ideal for students or apprentices looking to get hands-on with a real vehicle or engine that they can try and fix. Therefore, colleges, schools and garages would also be interested in this option.
Another reason is the price. When you compare the amount a wrecking car costs to that of a used or new car, you can easily make substantial savings. This is an ideal option for anyone who is on a tight budget, or can't get the funds to buy a new or used car on finance. It should really only be pursued by someone who knows how to fix motor vehicles, has a particular interest in this field, or by those who are willing to put in the time and effort learning all the necessities.
For the person selling, this is also a great option. If you have a car which is no longer road worthy, one of your options is to sell the vehicle to a scrap yard or a wrecking yard. These can be sold at around 0 dollars. However, if you were to sell your vehicle to a private buyer, you could get a lot more for your money, especially if the car or van is a popular make and model. In this sense, wrecking yards can also sell on wrecking cars, making themselves a little profit in the process.
So, where would you start to look for this type of a car? Well, searching for wrecking yards and private sellers in your area is a start. A great option is to do this online. You can either pull together many different sellers of wrecking cars, or alternatively, use websites that do this for you, saving you a great deal of time.