by John Smith
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The first thing to do before selling old tires for scrap is to make sure they are no longer usable. Unless a tire is badly dented or bent, someone might be willing to buy it for a price that is typically higher than scrap. If the tires are at the point where they should be scrapped, all you can really do is call and try to get the best possible price for the scrap.
Determine what metal was used to make your tires. As a general rule, the white metal is zinc, tin, lead, aluminum, or magnesium. The white and silver metal is usually white cast iron. If you’re not sure what metal it is, take a tire to a recycling center or scrap metal dealer. They should be able to tell you.
Contact local recycling centers and ask how much they pay for scrap. You can get a general idea of what is currently being sold on scrap metal websites on the internet, but keep in mind that the money a recycling center is willing to pay can vary.
Contact local junkyards or scrap dealers and ask how much they will pay for tires. A scrap metal dealer is the middle man between you and a recycling center. A scrap dealer will often buy your tires to sell for scrap.
Place an ad on the Internet that offers the sale of scrap tires. Obviously this is probably only worth it if you have a large number of tires to offer.
Contact a local business, such as a used tire store, and offer them your scrap tires for a small price. You can take the tires off your hands because this is a junkyard or recycling center on a massive scale. If you offer to buy them something, they may be even more accommodating.