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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  • 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.
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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.

Vehicle Minimum Paid Maximum Paid
1990 Subaru Legacy100325
1992 Ford F-15025350
1999 Chevrolet Blazer50425
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe50500
1987 BMW 5 Series225300
1998 Audi A4150400
1996 Geo Metro50380
1982 Ford Escort150240
1989 Plymouth Horizon100325
1993 Ford Aerostar100425
1997 Subaru Legacy50330
2001 Audi TT4502000
1999 Jeep Cherokee50400
2003 Kia Optima200525
1999 Pontiac Sunfire50400
2007 Hyundai Elantra1501000
1988 Lincoln Town Car175350
1992 BMW 3 Series22385
2003 Jeep Liberty3006100
2007 Pontiac Grand Prix400450
2004 Nissan Sentra1251100
2003 BMW X511604300
2000 Lincoln LS130400
2000 Plymouth Grand Voyager125300
2002 Dodge Ram Pickup 150011000
1988 Chevrolet Celebrity50325
1985 Chevrolet S-1050400
1999 Cadillac DeVille70417
2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara2501100
1997 Ford Taurus15375
2002 Nissan Sentra125650
1982 Ford F-100150200
1995 Infiniti Q45200475
2000 Nissan Quest200700
2003 Mercury Mountaineer2501000
1995 Ford Aerostar100400
2006 Ford Escape4001400
1997 Kia Sportage150350
2000 Honda Passport250750
1991 Chevrolet Suburban100300
1996 Mercury Sable100420
1995 Ford Bronco150400
1996 Ford Taurus55400
1992 Mercury Lynx275275
1998 Ford Expedition125650
2001 Suzuki Esteem195400
1993 Ford F-150100350
1991 Ford Escort100350
2001 Isuzu Rodeo150500
1999 ford Mustang GT400400

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