With as much as cars cost, it’s no wonder that some people will keep their old car until it’s on its last leg—or wheel. If you have a junk car just sitting in the driveway eating up space, you should try to put it to some good. There are plenty of ways to continue to get value from an old vehicle, even when it’s way past its prime.
Even if you own a junker, there are still some ways you can get some value from your old car. There’s no such thing as a worthless automobile, no matter how much of a clunker it is. Continue reading to learn some ways you can get the most out of your old car.
Pass it down to your teen.
If you have an old car that runs well that you don’t drive, your first thought should be passing the car down to your children. Even if they aren’t old enough to drive, you should save it for them until they’re ready for the road.
One of the benefits of starting your kids out with an older car is that they’ll learn everything that can go wrong with a vehicle and how to make minor repairs. Don’t underestimate the valuable lessons that clunkers have to teach young people about life and automobiles.
Use it for parts.
As mentioned before, even the oldest, most irredeemable vehicles have some value. Even if your old junk car doesn’t run anymore, it’s probably still good for a scrap car. If you’re a DIY mechanic, old junk cars are gifts that keep on giving because they’re an excellent source of free car parts. If you love to work on cars, then there’s no need to be in a rush to get rid of your junk car. Besides, between junk car/car parts bank, there’s a really fine line.
Because cars and parts are so expensive, any chance to save on auto parts is a great one, and that’s why people love junkyards. Even people with new cars go to junkyards to get steep discounts on their car parts.
There’s no need to even Google how to sell my junk car. Most auto salvage yards have a push, pull, tow policy, meaning that as long as there’s a means of getting your car to the junkyard, they’ll buy it on the spot. Of course, you’re not going to fetch top dollar for your clunker, but something’s better than nothing.
A running car is a running car to someone who’s walking or using public transportation to get around. Fortunately, there are programs around the U.S. to help under-privileged people to get the vehicles they need. If you have an old vehicle that runs but is wasting away in your driveway or garage, then you should think about donating it to someone who can and will use it.
Just because a car is old doesn’t mean that it doesn’t still have life in it. Rather than letting your old car waste away, why not put a little work into it? With a little TLC, you can restore your old car to its glory days. If you like to work on cars and have a thing for older models, instead of selling or junking your car, give it back its swagger.
If you’re a thrill-seeker who loves to have fun behind the wheel, then maybe you should put your car into a demolition derby. What could be more fun to do in an old junker than spinning wheels in the mud and using your car as a slow missile to hit other junkers?
There are plenty of things you can do with a junk car that can result in money or fun. The only question is how much work you want to put in.