Getting Rid Of A Car That Doesn't Run - What You Need To Know.

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When your car no longer runs probably because it’s old, totaled or has a blown engine, what comes to mind?

Well, all you’ll want or care about is finding the best solution to your car problem, right? Exactly.

In this article, we’ll show you the available options out there for you to try and the best way to get rid of a car that doesn’t run.

Let’s get right into it…

What Are Your Options For Getting Rid Of A Car That Doesn’t Run?

You’re probably wondering if you can decide to sell your non-running car by yourself. Well, you won’t find a buyer who wants a car that doesn’t run anymore unless you have it fixed at least.

If fixing your car will need you to spend more than the current market value of your car or is getting close to over thousands of dollars then it’s not worth it.

After getting your car fixed, you’d probably want to put it on sale. The bids you’re likely to receive off the car won’t even cut close to the amount that you spent getting it fixed. It’s even worse if it’s an old car model.

However, if you’re interested in learning how to get rid of a non-running while still making some profit then keep reading.

Evaluate The State Of Your Non-Running Car.

Who knows? Your car might still have value. The first step we advise you to take is to find out if you’d need to get rid of it or not.

Have your car mechanic carry out some inspections on your car. With the inspection done, your mechanic will be able to give you an estimated value of your car parts. Besides that, he might probably inform you about the current value of your car is more than what you’d get if you get it sold as ‘junk’.

With this information, you’d have a better sense of how to market your car and the pay-out you should expect from buyers. If your car can still be fixed [without breaking the bank] and will be good enough to drive for a while then carrying out some repairs on it might be worth it.

Once you’ve saved up enough money, you can then put the car up for sale. With the money you’ve saved and the pay-out gotten from your old car, you’ll have more money at your disposal. This will help you go for a functional and better ride than your current one.

It doesn’t matter if you want to sell your car now and later, evaluating the current state will give you a better idea of its value.

Why do we believe it’s so important? Simple. We won’t advise anyone going into any situation involving car sales to do so without having a good value knowledge of what they’re offering.

So, our advice? Just like we’ve taken the time to explain, you should have your car assessed by a mechanic to help you get a fair quote on your car and its parts.

How to Get Rid of Your Non-Running Car for Cash.

We’ve got a few options for you to try which will still depend on what you prefer and the pay-out you’re looking to get out of your car.

Here are a few options to try out but first let’s get this question out of the way…

Can I Sell My Non-Running Car Independently?

As we’ve explained earlier in this article, selling your non-running car yourself might not be a wise choice but if you still want to go ahead then we’ve shortlisted some few tips to help you out with this:

  • Come up with a fair price. To do this, you’ll need to evaluate the current state of your car as we explained at the beginning of this article.

  • Get all your paperwork ready. The paperwork you’ll need to be in order before you can successfully and legally sell your car includes the bill of sale, the title and the records of maintenance.

  • Take some photos and set up an ad. Take some clear shots of your car and place an ad for it. Bear in mind that staying honest about the state of your car will be better off for you.

  • Do an online listing for your car and beware of scammers. If any buyer shows interest in your non-running car, set up a public meeting place and always go with someone. Since your car might mostly be parked in your garage, the buyer will likely need to come to your home to see it. In this case, make sure there’s someone at home with you when they arrive. Safety first.

Get Rid Of Your Car By Selling It To A Car Dealer

You can have your car towed to a car dealership in your area and try to do a trade-in or sell it to them.

Car dealerships usually carry out their inspections and assess the value of cars before giving you a quote. If you like the quote, you can take it. If you don’t, you can always have it towed out of their stations [costs will be on you].

But don’t be surprised if you come across many car dealers who will only consider your offer only if you’ve got plans of buying another car from them too. Car dealerships like these will usually remove or deduct the price of your car from the price of the new car you’re looking to get from them.

If getting another car is out of your plan or you can’t find a car dealership that will buy your non-running car from you then your next choice will be to either have it towed to a junkyard or scrap yard in your area so you can have the car sold for scrap.

Get Rid OF A Car By Selling To A Mechanics or Repair Shops.

You can [sell your non-running] ( car to repair shops in your area or mechanics. Repair shops/mechanics will either want your car for its parts or to fix it up and sell for a profit.

If you’re selling the whole car to either of the two, don’t expect so much off of your car as they’re also looking to make some profit off it too.

In this case, it’s even better to part out the car and sell the ones they need to them for a better pay-out at the end of the day.

Get Rid Of A Car Through Charity.

Whether to sell or donate a car is a question we often get. Donating your car or giving it to charity is probably the last option you were looking to see as you would think that expecting money from charitable giving isn’t possible. Well, that’s not true.

Indeed no one is going to give you cash immediately you donate your car, it’s just a service to the community on your part.

However, the non-profit or charity organization you donated your car to will provide you with a tax receipt that’s equal to the fair market value of your car.

When this receipt is given to you, you can make use of it the following year when you’re set to prepare all your income taxes. With the tax receipt, you’ll be able to deduct the amount on it from your whole income.

That’s some cash for you and a great way to give back to society.

You can go with this option as long as you do not need much cash. All you’ll need to do is to do a search online or ask around for reputable registered charities that need car parts or non-running cars.

If your car is worth over $500 then we advise you to get familiar with the ’Section A Form 8283’. This will be filled out [by you] and attached to your tax return.

You’ll only need to fill Section B if – by some chance – your car happens to be worth over $5,000.

Get Rid Of A Car For Parts.

Even though your car no longer runs you may still have some parts that are still in good condition.

Most people with non-running cars prefer to go with this option. This shouldn’t be a problem for you too.

All you’ll need is some good mechanical skills, tools and knowledge. Let’s not forget to mention the other two or three important factors; time, efforts and plenty of space to store the dismantled parts.

Once you’ve successfully parted out your car, all you’ll need to do next is to find buyers for those parts.

There’s always a high or at least some little demand for those parts that you’re looking to sell then they should be able to fetch you some decent amount of money.

If you decide to get a mechanic to part it out for you, it’ll save you some time and efforts but at the same time take some cash away from you.

You might also come across some buyers who would want you to sell all the parts to them at an overall discounted price, it’s up to you. But if you want our advice, we’ll recommend selling those parts at individual prices to give you a better and probably more satisfying payout.

There are times when selling your non-running car for parts seems like a wise idea but most times, it’s better to sell your car as it is [we’ll address this shortly].

Sell To A Cash For Junk Cars Removal Service.

Want a faster, stress-free way to get rid of your non-running car? Then you should sell it to a junk car removal service and not just any but SellMax.

Our company is dedicated to making every car problem that you’ll ever encounter disappear with a stack of cash left for you to forget it ever existed.

Why choose us? Well, if you’re looking for a competitive offer on your car, free towing, aftersales services and on-the-spot payment then you’ve got a winner with us.

So, if you’re looking for the best, fastest and easiest way to get rid of your non-running car then this is going to be your best option.

There’s no need to do an online listing, take or upload pictures of your car or be worried about meeting up with potential buyers.

We’ll work with your time schedules and come to wherever you want us to come to get your car off you.

How To Get Rid Of A Car With SellMax.

It’s simple and easy. We don’t care if your car still runs or if it doesn’t. We’re not bothered if it’s totaled or looks like it can’t be saved. We pay cash for any junk car.

All we want from you is to first give us a few details about your car via our [online car offer form] ( and you’ll receive a guaranteed offer from us on the spot. We’re great at math so you can rest assured that you’ll get a fair offer.

If you like what we’re offering, you take it and we come to you.

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