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.

Vehicle Minimum Paid Maximum Paid
1999 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series100350
1999 BMW 3 Series225620
1979 TOYOTA SUPRA230230
1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme100400
2004 Kia Amanti220525
1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport200450
1996 Acura RL240350
2005 Nissan Altima1251550
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier125650
2003 Mercury Mountaineer2501000
1976 ford f150260260
1988 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class75400
2005 Chevrolet Aveo250625
2002 Nissan Sentra125650
1993 Ford Mustang200350
1992 Toyota Celica90325
1998 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series150500
1984 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class200375
1999 Chevrolet Astro Cargo200350
1983 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight50200
1990 Geo Prizm100300
1996 Isuzu Hombre100375
1994 Saturn sl1250250
1999 HONDA ACCORD LX350350
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer250500
1992 Dodge Caravan75375
1994 Pontiac Grand Am100325
1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet100300
1993 Ford Escort50350
1976 Dodge pickup truck250250
1994 Lincoln Mark VIII200400
2003 Acura MDX6002500
2004 Jeep Liberty3501750
1998 Audi A4150400
1999 Ford Contour50475
1986 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class100400
1972 pontiac lemans225225
1986 Mazda RX-7175300
2001 Chevrolet Astro Cargo200400
1988 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight130300
1987 Cadillac DeVille100375
1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera175350
1995 ford ranger50375
1976 chevrolet scottsdale170170
1995 Pontiac Bonneville50400
1993 Buick Skylark100400
2001 Chrystler PT Cruiser Limited Edition350350
1982 Ford F-100150200
2004 Volvo S80250700
1997 Cadillac DeVille125475

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