In order to help prevent the spread of the Corona virus, we will comply with the Mayor's stay at home orders. We will be closed from 12 noon 3.25.2020, until further notice. Please continue to check our website for updates and we wish good health to all.

Logo What goes around comes aroundAbout Us

Always Buying Scrap is Durham, North Carolina’s premiere and oldest scrapyard and scrap metal recycling facility. As a family owned business, we serve contractors, towing companies, sanitation companies, industrial and commercial accounts, environmental contractors, auto wreckers, demolition contractors, homeowners and anyone with scrap metal to sell. We also provide a convenient roll-off container service.

We are conveniently located in Durham, NC, just minutes from I-85 and I-40.

What we buy - and don't

Please take a look at the long list of items that we buy and those that we don't.

Your first time?

If this is the first time you have ever been to a scrap yard and you are unsure of what to do, please take a look at our step-by-step guide from arrival to being paid to help you when you visit us the first time.  You can follow it on your phone.




Call Us

If you have any questions, our number is (919) 251-9497


Don't just dump - recycle

Get paid for your metal and junk vehicles.

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What do we buy - and not buy?

We have an extensive list of items that we will buy, as well as another of items that we won't, or won't unless you can prove ownership. READ MORE

Can you come to me?

We travel to homes to load and collect junk cars as well as to industrial sites to collect scrap metal.

Can you help me unload?

We can help you with the unloading of whatever scrap you bring. We have equipment for unloading heavy items.

What prices do you pay

We determine our prices on the current market price for the material or item.

What do we buy?

We list many of the items that we buy, and also the items that we will not buy.

Can you buy my wreck?

We buy all types of junk cars, trucks and commercial vehicles and construction and agricultural equipment.

What paperwork is there?

Depending on the item, NC law may require proof that you're the owner.  When in doubt, contact us.

Always Buying Scrap is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check the site for when we will re-open.


Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Last customer will be let in the gate 15 minutes prior to closing.

Saturday 8:00am to 1:00pm
Last customer will be let in the gate half hour prior to closing.


Latest News

Providing solutions to manufacturers producing metal waste

Providing solutions to manufacturers producing metal waste

on 22 October 2019 in News & Updates

If your facility is still hauling metal waste to a landfill, perhaps it’s time to consider working with Always ...

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Working with nonprofits to raise cash

Working with nonprofits to raise cash

on 28 August 2019 in News & Updates

You’ve heard the expression: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That’s certainly true in the ...

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Campaign to reach businesses

Campaign to reach businesses

on 14 May 2018 in News & Updates

Always Buying Scrap has begun a six-month long campaign to raise its visibility with businesses both locally and across the ...

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Great Human Race 2018

Great Human Race 2018

on 13 April 2018 in News & Updates

Always Buying Scrap provided a sponsorship to Independent Animal Rescue (IAR) in the Great Human Race in Durham. The run ...

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Ripley's buys a piece of the Can Opener Bridge

on 29 January 2020 in Unusual Finds

The bridge with the notorious reputation for wreaking havoc on unwary truckers and known as the 'can opener' by locals ...

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1953 AEC Double Decker Bus

1953 AEC Double Decker Bus

on 06 July 2017 in Unusual Finds

Last journey for an old bus One unusual item belonging to Always Buying Scrap is a 1953 AEC (Associated Equipment Company) ...

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Underwater lamps

Underwater lamps

on 07 August 2019 in Unusual Finds

If you think this looks like something from Neptune’s garden, you’re on the mark. These are heavy duty ...

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