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
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer250500
1999 Dodge Neon100350
1998 Chevrolet C/K 3500 Series150500
1993 GMC Jimmy100300
1997 chevrolet corsica200275
2003 Dodge Durango50775
2002 Kia Sportage100450
2001 Chevrolet Prizm125350
1996 Mercury Grand Marquis50400
2005 Chevrolet Aveo250625
1996 Dodge Ram Van25400
1998 Mercury Mystique100400
2002 Nissan Sentra125650
2003 Ford Escort130325
2001 Volvo S40120415
2004 Volvo S80250700
1994 Geo Prizm75365
1995 Ford F-250150400
1988 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight130300
1995 BMW 5 Series110400
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser200600
2003 Chevrolet Malibu100450
1986 Ford Taurus200300
1986 Toyota MR2150325
1992 Nissan Truck125380
1994 Lincoln Mark VIII200400
1988 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series75340
1999 Ford Econoline Cargo100450
2001 Audi A8500625
1994 Ford Probe100325
2000 Mazda 62650700
1992 Mercury Cougar75325
1991 Chrysler New Yorker100290
1997 Honda Prelude100360
2000 Saturn S-Series50440
1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera175350
1991 Chrysler Le Baron100300
1993 Ford F-150100350
1993 Ford E-150100500
1997 Kia Sportage150350
2004 Hyundai Elantra150500
1997 Lincoln Continental100350
2002 Honda Civic501250
1993 Chevrolet Camaro50325
1986 Audi 5000150400
2005 Mazda MPV600850
2001 Infiniti I30225700
1994 Audi Cabriolet225250
2000 Honda Passport250750
1990 Chevrolet Cavalier15350

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