What should I do with an old clunker?

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 28 Jun, 2017

If you’re sick of your current car and ready for a change, your first thought is probably to trade it in at a dealership. This removes a great deal of time, effort, and paperwork from your plate, and lets you apply the car’s value to a new purchase. While this can be a good option for reasonably late model vehicles in good shape, however, it is rarely the best way to get rid of a barely-running old clunker.

If you have a clunker, consider donating it. The  Salvation Army  and  Make a Wish  are just two of the many charities that gratefully accept old vehicles, regardless of condition. In many cases, you will even be eligible for a tax deduction for your donation (talk to your accountant for details).

Another option is to sell your car for parts. Junkyards buy individual parts that are still in serviceable condition, so even if, say, your engine is shot, you may still be able to sell the alternator and brakes. Scrap metal yards buy metal by the pound, so larger vehicles can be worth a surprising amount of money. Of course, you should always call around to find the best deal.

If you are tired of getting the runaround and being treated like you haven’t got a clue, we invite you to try   Colchin Automotive  instead. Give us a call at 303-431-5421 for all of your automotive needs!

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