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
1971 dodge van225225
1992 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale70375
1989 Nissan 240SX200350
1995 Chrysler Sebring175310
2004 Volvo S80250700
1993 Chevrolet Camaro50325
2004 Pontiac Grand Am100475
2001 Dodge Dakota100660
1991 Chrysler Le Baron100300
1986 Ford F-250110300
1983 Dodge Ram Van125300
1989 Volkswagen Fox150250
1997 Mitsubishi Galant100450
1985 Buick LeSabre150300
1976 Dodge pickup truck250250
99 TOY CAMRY300300
2000 Toyota Corolla75700
1996 Ford Windstar100475
1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera175350
1998 Chevrolet S-1050480
1992 Toyota Pickup175500
2002 Mitsubishi Mirage200350
2004 Kia Rio150425
1999 Pontiac Transport200200
1985 Ford F-250142350
2002 Honda Civic501250
1997 Nissan Pathfinder75500
2001 Kia Sephia75400
1990 Lexus ES 250200325
1999 Dodge Neon100350
2001 Nissan Pathfinder3001000
1998 Infiniti I30125385
1984 Mazda B-Series Pickup100400
2000 Plymouth Grand Voyager125300
1997 Pontiac Sunfire75385
2003 Pontiac Montana200475
1990 Chevrolet Cavalier15350
1990 Ford Van250250
2001 Ford Ranger75600
1998 Cadelac Deville250250
1996 Mazda MX-6200350
1994 Chevrolet Corsica100350
1991 Volvo 940100300
2007 Toyota Yaris5001510
1996 Dodge Ram Van25400
1996 Plymouth Neon50350
2006 Chevrolet HHR300900
1985 Ford Ranger100300
1997 Cadillac DeVille125475
1998 Chevrolet Venture100350

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