How to Dispose of an Old Car

If you have a vehicle that has seen better days and the time has come to take it off the road, you may not know exactly what to do with it. Maybe your car has been in an accident and the costs to repair it would be more than the car is worth. Maybe it has so many problems that you just don’t even think you can sell it. Many people drive a vehicle until it just can’t go another mile before they finally decide, yes, it’s time to get rid of it. When it comes to properly disposing an old vehicle, there are several options. These include:

Donating it to a local charity

Especially if your car still has a few more miles left on it, many charities would be happy to have it. The charity will take the car to an auto auction house and receive the proceeds from the highest bidder. This is a great way to support your favourite charity and your donation is tax-deductible.

Selling it to a junk yard

Junk yards are in the business of buying junk cars. They put the car on their lot, hoping and waiting for someone to come along and buy parts off it. Whether someone simply needs a door handle, or needs a complete engine or transmission, junk yards are often a driver’s first choice when buying parts. Junk yards won’t offer you very much money for the car, however.

Parting the vehicle out

If you have room in your garage, you can always part your car out. To part a car out requires that you advertise your make and model as “Parting Out” in hopes that someone who has the same kind of car as yours, needs parts for it. You can also advertise certain parts of your vehicle in an online auction. Keep in mind, however, that you will need to manually remove each part, photograph and price each item, decide how much to charge for shipping, answer any questions a potential buyer might have, complete the transaction through a safe method of online payment, properly package each part for safe shipment, ship the parts shipped, and pay fees that are associated with the auction site as well as the payment site. This is usually the slowest method of disposing of an old vehicle, but might be lucrative if you have the time and patience.

Sell it to a company such as Cash For Cars

Cash For Cars in San Diego ( is a reputable company that buys virtually any make or model vehicle. Whether it is in good condition, wrecked, or simply worn out, they will pay cash for it. They have locations all over San Diego and will give you a quote over the phone before they come get it, usually the same day.

So, when the time comes to say goodbye and let your dear, old friend go to that big junk yard in the sky, you do have several great choices.

Vivid Times

This article is written by Vivid Time Staff member.