What to Do with An Old Car


Sell Old Junk Cars

Just because something’s old, doesn’t mean it’s worthless. We’re not just talking about antiques, either: we’re talking about regular old cars. Even if your vehicle has seen better days, there’s no reason to assume that it isn’t worth any cash. In fact, you may be surprised by how much you could earn if you sell your junk car.


Depending on the age and condition of your vehicle, there are different options available to you when it comes to getting rid of it (and potentially cashing in on it). Keep reading to find out more.


Trade Your Vehicle In at a Dealership


When it comes to trading in your car, a lot depends on what shape your vehicle is in and how high the demand for it is in your area. If there’s high demand for your particular car in your local region, you may be able to get a decent amount of value out of it a a trade-in.


However, it’s much more likely that you’ll be a bit disappointed by the trade-in value of your car. Dealerships traditionally offer much less for a car in decent shape than you could get if you sold it to a private party. On top of this, any vehicle that comes even remotely close to the “junk car” category isn’t the sort of thing that a dealership is going to be interested in. Additionally, it’s worth remembering that getting a new car is likely going to be pricey, meaning that the low value of your trade-in may not offset the purchase price of your new vehicle by much.


Donate Your Junk Car


If you’re looking to do a good deed and save some cash at the same time, you might consider donating your junk car. The first step in this direction involves finding a local charitable organization or nonprofit that might be interested in taking the donation. Next, you’ll need to ensure that they’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Otherwise, you won’t be able to deduct the donation on your taxes.


Of course, the only way that you can deduct a vehicle donation from your taxes is if you opt to itemize your deductions — something that many Americans don’t do. If you don’t itemize your federal tax deductions, there’s no real tax benefit to donating your junk car.


Part It Out


Depending on the make and model of your vehicle — and the condition of the parts under the hood — it may make sense to dismantle your car and sell it part by part. Some parts are worth quite a bit of cash, even when they’re used.


Taking your car apart one piece at a time is only really worth it if individual parts are in fairly good shape, though. Also, don’t forget to account for the amount of time involved in this approach. It may not pay off in the end.


Sell Your Junk Car to a Junk Car Buyer

The best option of all is often to simply sell your junk car to a national junk car buyer. At Junk A Car, we pay top dollar for junk cars no matter what shape they’re in. To find out how much your junk car is worth, visit our website.


  • Get an instant vehicle valuation by dialing 1-800-303-9971
  • After accepting our offer you can set up a convenient time for one of our Los Angeles area towers to come to your vehicle's location.
  • Our Los Angeles tower will pay you the quoted amount on the spot.
  • We will remove your junk car 100% FREE of charge.


This following list is an average of the cars that we have purchased in your area. The actual value of your vehicle may be higher or lower than the average. Your car could be worth substantially more! Call now to get a quote.

Vehicle Minimum Paid Maximum Paid
1991 gmc pickup200200
1981 Nissan Datsun225225
1989 Toyota Pickup75420
1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata200300
1987 Buick Century150380
1992 Dodge Spirit150300
1995 Ford Probe100350
1999 Mercury Cougar50400
1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera75350
1978 Mercedes 450225225
1998 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series150500
2003 Cadillac DeVille225465
1997 Mitsubishi Galant100450
1991 Nissan Truck150350
1986 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class200300
1988 Jeep Comanche100280
2002 Volkswagen Jetta65850
1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme100400
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe50500
1997 Honda Prelude100360
1985 Mitsubishi Starion250250
1997 Mercury Tracer100350
1973 Ambassor 220220
1986 Mercedes 300 DL200200
1994 Cheverolet Cavalier225225
2003 MINI Cooper402200
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier125650
1979 TOYOTA SUPRA230230
2000 Toyota Sienna250850
1997 Pontiac Bonneville50450
1995 GMC Sierra 3500250250
1987 Honda Accord100365
2004 Dodge Neon SRT-42501000
1997 Ford Thunderbird100400
1994 Mitsubishi Diamante175400
1981 DOTSON dotson100100
1983 Oldsmobile Toronado100275
2003 Pontiac Montana200475
1983 Porsche 911225225
1995 Mitsubishi Galant100400
2003 Kia Optima200525
1989 Volkswagen Jetta225350
1997 Isuzu Oasis200325
1998 Kia Sephia100400
1990 Toyota Celica100325
1987 Gmc Sierrah225225
2001 chevy tracker400400
1998 Ford Escort50450
1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera175350

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