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
1985 Chevrolet Celebrity150275
2004 Kia Sedona125600
1990 GMC R/V 3500 Series125125
1994 Geo Prizm75365
1996 Nissan Quest50400
1988 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class180325
1992 Mazda MX-3150325
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder250500
1989 BMW 325i Convertible225225
1994 Volvo 940100420
1985 Ford F-150100375
2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse500750
1998 Kia Sephia100400
1999 Ford Econoline Cargo100450
1993 Isuzu Rodeo50350
2001 Chrysler Voyager25400
1990 Chevrolet Chevy Van100400
2000 Mercury Villager50400
1993 Pontiac Sunbird100300
2003 Pontiac Aztek250500
1993 Nissan Sentra35350
1989 Pontiac Sunbird100325
2001 Acura CL100600
2003 Kia Optima200525
2003 Pontiac Montana200475
99 TOY CAMRY300300
1994 Chevrolet Blazer125400
1987 Chevrolet Suburban100300
1998 Ford Expedition125650
2004 Chrysler Sebring75500
1996 Subaru Legacy50400
2002 Chevrolet Tracker100500
2005 Ford Escape3001500
2000 Toyota Corolla75700
1992 Ford Crown Victoria25400
2000 Honda Passport250750
1992 Pontiac Firebird125250
1995 Pontiac Bonneville50400
2005 Nissan Altima1251550
1997 Lincoln Continental100350
1993 Nissan Maxima100500
2002 Dodge Caravan100500
1991 Chevy Camero225225
2001 saab 5-Sep300375
1994 Plymouth Voyager100400
2001 chevy tracker400400
1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme75400
1990 Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series100280
1994 pontiac sunfire300300
1995 Dodge Neon100400

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