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[Drive or Dispose] What to Do About Your Junk Car

Marc Skirvin
Marc Skirvin

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Even when the paint is chipping off, and the engine is sputtering, we still find a space in our garage for the car that has been with us for so long. Call it sentimental value or separation anxiety, but it is difficult to let go of something that’s been with you for many years. 

Indeed, junk cars are what you’d call an acquired taste. For many, they are just a waste of time that should be taken to the junkyard immediately, but for some, they are a treasure that can still be fixed with the right amount of screws and oil.

That said, some people do not belong in either category—they are the undecided people who still don’t know what to do with the piling heap of engines and parts that are still parked in their garage. 

If you happen to be one of them, chances are you’re looking for tips that’ll help you decide your car’s fate. Here’s what you can do to your junk car:

Buying a New Car vs. Fixing a Junk Car

For many people, it may be economical to avoid buying a new car. Apart from being costly, some of their unique features may not be fit to their liking. Of course, people have different preferences, but one of the most notable things about new models is that some of their innovations are not user-friendly, much so that the older target market is being alienated from buying them.

This may not affect you if you are used to these new features, but you can’t ignore that not all of them are necessary for a good trip. Touch screen radios and WiFi connections are only good for the passengers, after all, and they offer no convenience to the driver who has to focus on the road all the time, especially in risky road conditions.

On the other hand, it is also costly to have a junk car lying around in the garage. It wouldn’t help that it’s already taking up too much space, but what is even more disadvantageous is that it no longer works. 

You’ve spent so much money trying to fix it by replacing its battery, changing its oil, realigning its tires, replacing the whole engine, giving it a new paint job—you name it! The repairs and maintenance just seem endless at times, much so that it is already affecting your budget.

Selling Your Junk Car

It may be worth it to sell your junk car. After all, it is much better to earn from it than to spend so much on its lack of functionality. However, it may be easier said than done, as people will not be too enthusiastic about purchasing a junk car. One of the first things they will notice is the outside appearance. Any view of falling paint and broken side mirror is an immediate no-no for most buyers. 

Another thing that you may have to worry about would be its ability to start. A car that does not even work is useless. Sure, you may tweak a thing or two, so it may run for a few miles, but once it breaks down again, your buyer may return it to you and ask for a refund. Indeed, you may have a hard time trying to find a buyer for it in the long run.


Having a junk car may not be as easy as it looks. Having an old vehicle in your garage is one thing, but once it demands more in terms of repairs and maintenance, your expenses may go beyond what was expected. 

In such a case, your only options are to either sell it, try to amend its remaining good parts, or dispose of it entirely without anything in return. In such a case, it may even be better to own a new one rather than to waste your garage space with functionless junk.

If you’re looking for a place offering cash for junk cars, Cash Auto Salvage is here to help you with that. We will gladly take the junk car from your hands in exchange for a reasonable amount of cash—get an offer right now!

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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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