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Top 4 Reasons You Should Absolutely Junk Your Car

Marc Skirvin
Marc Skirvin

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Rustbucket, clunker, and boneshaker are just a few words that describe a rundown car at the end of its lifecycle. We’re sure your car was once the neighborhood talk and used to turn heads, but that was years ago. Now, the only people who talk about your car are you and your mechanic; don’t look away because we’re talking to you.

Most people get attached to their cars, even when they get really old. However, there comes a time when you really need to junk your car. We know this doesn’t sound too pleasant, but it’s the best decision for both you and the car.

Not convinced? Well, keep reading because today, we’ll be highlighting a couple of reasons why it’s always a good idea to junk your car.

How To Tell Your Car Is Junk

 The average lifespan of a car in the U.S. is about 12 years. Of course, the actual life span varies greatly depending on the car brand, the terrain, and much more. Cars can still drive well past 20 years, but they’ll probably require tons of repairs and won’t drive as well as they used to.

Your car qualifies as a junk car if:

It’s beat-up: A junk car has severely deteriorated and is mangled up. This can be either from a car crash or body repairs gone wrong.

It’s super old: Any car over three years can qualify as a junk car, depending on other factors. However, a super old car is more likely to be junk.

It has a low value: If no one wants your car, then it’s likely junk. A car with super low value is, by definition, junk.

It’s stationary: A car that doesn’t move is no longer worthy of the tag “car.” Instead, it gets a new name, junk.

It lacks essential paperwork: Cars that don’t have mandatory paperwork are in junk cars.

If you felt slightly bummed after reading this, then you probably have a junk car lurking in your garage or yard. However, don’t feel too bad; you can always junk your car and earn good cash.

Why Should I Junk My Car?

Most people are disinclined to junk their cars because, as far as they’re concerned, the thing still moves. If this describes you, here are a couple of reasons why you should junk your car:

1. The Repairs Cost More Than the Car Itself

You know it’s time to junk your car when you spend every weekend in the garage with your mechanic instead of your family. Aside from wasting your time, a junk car also runs up your tab by quite a lot. A junk car’s engine and transmission could have you spending a fortune on repairs.

That’s why you should replace your car’s transmission and engine the instant it hits 150,000 miles. You’re bound to experience a ton of later on problems if you don’t.  

Apart from the engine and transmission, broken windows, torn seats, or faulty brakes might also need repairs. While you can live with all that except faulty brakes, it’s not worth the hassle. So, you need to ask yourself whether you’ll be better off with the car.

2. It’s Time for an Upgrade

A car from the 90s or early 2000s has no place on a freeway in 2021. With all the shiny new cars driving all over you, don’t you think it’s time for you to get an upgrade? To be fair, your car still runs fine, but your car doesn’t have to be a mangled mess for you to junk it.

Maybe you should junk your car because it’s high time for you to get a better one. Holding on to your old car means missing out on all the incredible car deals that car dealers countrywide are offering. The smartest move would be to junk your car and get some cash in return, then use the cash, plus a little savings to buy you a better car.

3. It Seems Unsafe To Drive It

Have you ever driven in a car so old that you feel it will disintegrate any second? If your junk car feels like an accident waiting to happen, it’s time to take it to the junkyard. 

Being a responsible driver is means more than just driving safely and obeying traffic rules. It also means driving a roadworthy vehicle that is unlikely to cause accidents. A couple of questions you should ask yourself to tell whether you’re driving a safe car include:

  • Does the car still have seatbelts, and do they work
  • Do the brakes work properly, or do they need servicing or replacement
  • Do your airbags still work
  • Are your tires in good condition, and are they securely in place

If you answered no to any of these questions, then your car is a safety hazard. This changes from a matter of personal preference to one of life and death. Take your car to a salvage yard and save a couple of lives, including yours.

4. It Does the Environment a Huge Favor

Immobile cars that sit in one spot for too long are a huge environmental concern. Hazardous chemicals may find their way into the ground and eventually seep into our water supplies. This is dangerous to the environment and poses a serious hazard to you and your family’s health.

By taking your car to a salvage yard, you’re recycling metal. As a result, mining companies don’t have to deface the earth for metal.

Junk Your Car Today

We hope the above reasons are enough to convince you to junk your car that no longer serves its purpose. The best part is that junking your car gets you some cash so you can get a much better one. There are a million reasons to junk a car, but we hope the above will suffice.

Contact us today so we can discuss more how you can junk your car today.

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About the Author


Marc is the Co-Founder of Cash Auto Salvage and Director of daily operations. He retired from a leading Internet Marketing company in 2013 and has been involved in the automotive industry ever since.

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