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.


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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.

VehicleMinimum PaidMaximum Paid
1998 Kia Sportage100380
1993 GMC Jimmy100300
1980 honda accord250295
1995 Ford F-250150400
1994 Pontiac Grand Am100325
2000 Lincoln LS130400
1995 Mitsubishi Galant100400
1986 Honda Accord100310
1988 Ford Festiva150275
2004 Nissan Maxima3002050
2000 Lincoln Town Car150460
2001 Chrysler Concorde50420
2006 Suzuki Verona400400
1999 Dodge Neon100350
1999 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series100350
1996 Ford Windstar Cargo200225
1991 Chevrolet Caprice125375
1991 Chevrolet S10110250
1997 Honda Accord100550
1994 Cheverolet Cavalier225225
2001 Infiniti I30225700
2006 Chevrolet HHR300900
1999 Mercury Mountaineer50450
1996 Acura RL240350
1990 oldsmobile cutlass200200
1992 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale70375
1987 Chevrolet Astro100355
1994 Mercury Sable100325
1966 Rambler cla2d series250250
2000 Volkswagen Passat100525
1997 Mitsubishi Diamante200400
1997 Pontiac Sunfire75385
2001 saab 5-Sep300375
1991 Chrysler New Yorker100290
2005 Dodge Neon1501200
1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata200300
1985 Ford F-150100375
2005 Nissan Altima1251550
1993 Dodge Caravan70350
1989 Ford F-350250800
1996 Chrysler Cirrus100315
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt1751800
1993 Subaru Legacy100375
1986 Toyota Corolla100350
2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara200500
1995 Jaguar XJ-Series220300
2005 Suziki Forenza500500
1994 Audi Cabriolet225250
1999 Lincoln Town Car100420
1993 Chevrolet Camaro50325

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