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
1996 oldsmobille LSS285285
2006 Ford Freestar2501000
1990 Isuzu Pickup75400
1992 Ford Explorer50400
1999 Toyota Corolla50750
1985 Suburu Forester200200
1987 Honda Accord100365
1993 Chevrolet Astro100425
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo125400
1993 Isuzu Rodeo50350
1981 GMC C/K 3500 Series200200
1997 Isuzu Oasis200325
1994 pontiac sunfire300300
2004 Jeep Liberty3501750
2000 Volkswagen Cabrio200500
1998 Oldsmobile Aurora200350
2002 Toyota Tundra2001000
1993 Toyota Previa110350
1988 mercury cougar100280
1997 Honda CR-V200505
1999 Subaru Forester150500
1990 Geo Prizm100300
1996 Mercury Cougar100375
2003 Pontiac Aztek250500
1990 Chevrolet Chevy Van100400
1993 Lexus ES 300100450
1987 Chevrolet Astro100355
1991 Buick Regal100400
2003 Kia Optima200525
1998 Chevrolet Camaro200350
1991 Nissan Truck150350
1996 Toyota Avalon100400
2004 Dodge Durango1002100
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer250500
2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse500750
1986 Honda Accord100310
1973 Ambassor220220
1989 Pontiac Bonneville80385
2006 Suzuki Verona400400
1995 Infiniti Q45200475
1994 Ford Explorer75425
1967 Pontiac Tempes200200
1995 Ford Windstar100450
2002 Saab 40611200425
1989 Nissan 240SX200350
2004 Dodge Neon SRT-42501000
1992 Mazda MX-3150325
2002 Infiniti G20200605
1983 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class150300
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD250700

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