Nothing takes its toll – both on potential garage space and on your piece of mind – quite like a junk car. Just the mere sight of a junker, whether it’s been banged up beyond repair or is simply crumbling with age, could be enough to send you into a tailspin.
But you don’t need to let your junk car just sit there and collect dust and rust. There are several steps you can take to turn that trash into treasure. Before you get the ball rolling though, there are several questions you should ask yourself first that will help you make the best decision for you.
Do You Need Some Extra Cash?
Getting cash for junk cars can be fairly painless process, so long as you take care of a few things first.
Don’t take your car straight to the junkyard without doing some inventory. Make sure that any personal belongings are all cleaned out of your junk car (you’d be surprised what could be stowed away) before you say good bye to them forever.
You’ll also want to remove any valuable parts, such as an entertainment system or expensive tires, that you think you could sell at a higher price elsewhere. Also, if you’ll haven’t already done so, be sure to remove the license plates and cancel your insurance on the car as well.
Finally, you’ll want to do your research on junkyards in your area to ensure that the one you plan on dealing with is legitimate. The only thing worse than having an unwanted junk car is getting scammed on the sale of it.
Are You a DIY Type of Person?
If you consider yourself to be somewhat of a crafty person and are looking for a good old fashioned do-it-yourself project, a junk car could present a fantastic opportunity.
There are hundreds of fantastic junk car DIY options on sites like Pinterest or DIY Joy, but the best part about these sort sof project is letting your creative instinct take you were it will.
Going the DIY route is especially good if the car has any sort of sentimental value. That way you can keep it around, at least in some capacity, without it being so much of an eye sore.
Are You Feeling Charitable?
Donating that junk car, whether it’s to a community center or a high school or the church across the street, is a great way to flex your altruistic side. On top of that, it could also earn you a healthy tax deduction, so long as the place you donate it to has a 501(c)(3) status or is a religious organization.
In the same way that you’d do research on a junkyard if you’re thinking of selling, you’ll also want to make sure the charity you’re thinking of donating your junk car to checks all the right boxes.
Whatever You Decide to Do, Just Do Something
So long as it’s safe and legal, whatever you decide to do with your junk car is often better than doing nothing at all. Whether it lines your pockets or just provides you with a healthy creative outlet, anything is better than just having it sit there.