How to Tell It’s Time to Junk Your Car

Marc Skirvin
Marc Skirvin

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There comes a time in most car owners life where they have to ask themselves — Should it stay, or does it have to go? It could be an opportunity to buy another car, even if it means saying a painful goodbye to your beloved ride. At a certain point, the repairs just aren’t worth it, and it’s time to say farewell. But how can you tell when that time has finally come, especially if your affection for your vehicle is clouding your judgement?

Check out some of these indications that will help you decide: “It’s time to junk my car”:

Your Maintenance is Higher Than Your Monthly Car Payment

If you are paying hefty maintenance fees every month, it might be even more than you would be paying if you took out a car loan. Do the math and make sure you aren’t cheating yourself by digging a hole in your own pocket.

Body Condition

Is the outside of your car badly rusted? Even if you don’t see most of it, a rusted frame can make it very hard for you to sell you car, even if some of the parts are in good condition.

Remember: junk cars are often those with unsalvageable frames.


The number one most important thing to consider when you are assessing your car? Safety. If your brakes, tires, and seat belts aren’t up to snuff, then you need to get rid of your vehicle and make sure that its parts end up responsibly recycled.

The Big Two

There are hundreds of repairs you could need on a car, but generally, the biggest ticket items are the engine and transmission. If one or both has been replaced recently, it might be worth it to keep it around, but if they haven’t, and your car is very old, they might just be two ticking time bombs.

On the bright side, you can still get cash for cars and junk cars that are otherwise unsellable on the market, and your car will be recycled responsibly. Scrap prices for cars are high right now, and in fact, every year the automobile recycling industry in North America provides enough steel to produce roughly 13 million new vehicles!

That’s one great justification for junking a car.

Do you live in Scranton, Harrisburg, or Philadelphia? Junk cars needed! Contact Cash Auto Salvage to junk your car responsibly.

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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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