By Madeline Klein on November 15, 2018.
Getting rid of your old car can be a hassle. Selling it yourself could mean some last minute up-keep to make sure it’s new-driver ready. That includes things like oil changes, deep cleaning, and all that fun stuff. There are some other options to avoid this last minute maintenance, and some will still put some extra cash in your pocket.
1. Recycle it
So maybe your old car is a clunker and doesn’t drive anymore. Instead of taking it to a scrap yard where it will likely sit for years and years, you can choose the environmentally-friendly option and recycle your vehicle. What’s better than going green?
There are some programs out there, like Green Vehicle Disposal, that make sure your car is disposed of in the most environmentally safe way. You’ll likely also get a bit of cash for going this route too.
2. Call a junk removal service
There’s always the easy option of simply calling a junk removal service. Some companies will also likely pay you for your used up ride. They typically sell the car for parts and scrap metal.
Sure, you could do that yourself, but calling the junk removal service tends to be much less time-consuming. You may not make as much with this option as you would if you did all the leg-work yourself, but the convenience factor may just make up for that fact.
3. Donate it to charity
Guess what. Your car doesn’t just need to go to the impound yard if you’re getting rid of it! There are many charities out there that you can donate your old car to. And often, they’ll even haul it off for you. Easy as pie!
You can even search around to find a charity you love that accepts cars. If you’re looking for a quick option, a couple of good ones are:
A bonus for this option is that donations are typically tax deductible. You can feel good about donating your car and enjoy a bit of a break on your taxes. That’s a win-win if we’ve ever heard one.
PS: You could even clean out your car to make it extra easy on the charity.
4. Trade it in
Trading in a car tends to be the most common way to get rid of your old vehicle. If you’ve paid your ride off, trading it in when you buy a new car can help ease the pain on your wallet.
Check out how much your car’s make and model should be worth on Kelley Blue Book before you hit the dealership. Having an idea of how much your car should make will help you in the haggling process, and make sure you get the best price for your trade-in. Otherwise, you may not get your money’s worth out of your ride, and that’s a bummer.
Getting rid of an old car doesn’t need to be a pain in the butt, so why make it one?