How to Dispose of a Car that’s Old or Non-Running

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If you’re stuck with an old car that’s past its prime or not even running, it’s probably time to get rid of it. But what’s the best method for car disposal?


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First of all, you have to decide what your goal is. Are you looking to make a few bucks or give back to the community? It’s your old car, so what's the best way to get rid of an old car, donate or sell it? With over 30,000 parts in the average car, you might also want to make sure you’re handling vehicle disposal in the most eco-friendly way possible—so all those parts don’t end up in a landfill somewhere.

Today, we’re going to look at a few of the Pro’s and Con’s of various methods of automobile disposal—and how to get rid of an old car without unnecessary hassle or liability, while keeping things “green” along the way.

Old Car Donate or Sell

Do I Donate or Sell my Old Car?

Donation is becoming an increasingly popular alternative for old car disposal. A number of different charities are starting to solicit old car donations, and some are even equipped to help you handle the tax write-off so you can save on your taxes at the end of the year.

The idea is simple. You donate your old car to charity, then they allocate it to an underprivileged family/individual, or they sell the junk car and keep the proceeds. Most people assume their old cars are practically worthless, so this is a great way to give back to the community and get a tax savings in the process … right?

Well, it’s not quite so simple in practice. You see, not only will the charity need a valid 501(c)(3), they’ll also need to provide you with a receipt and follow-up to let you know exactly how much your car was sold for (since your tax write-off will be based on the value of the vehicle at sale). If they decide to keep your vehicle or give it to an underprivileged driver, things get even more complicated. If your claim isn’t in line with their use of the car, there’s a possibility (however unlikely) that you could end up in trouble with the IRS.

This isn’t to dissuade you from donating to your favorite charity. There are plenty of great causes out there, and your donation will definitely make a difference—but it’s often simpler to just sell the vehicle on your own and then make a cash donation. Just use the online pricing tool here at DamagedCars to find out how much your vehicle is worth, then you can lock in your offer and get FREE towing and removal within 24-48 hours and on-the-spot payment.

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How to Dispose of an Old Car and Stay Earth-Friendly

These days, more and more people are wondering how to dispose of a car without polluting the environment or having their old vehicle end up in a landfill. Even if your old car isn’t running and only worth a few bucks, recycling it could help save 85 million barrels of oil every year. Some 14 million tons of steel comes from recycling junk cars every year. Each car has an average of about ten gallons of potentially toxic fluids (like brake fluid) that could seep into groundwater if not managed correctly.

So if you’re thinking about selling to a salvage yard, it’s important to find one who will recycle your old parts using eco-friendly methods. Here at DamagedCars, we’re active members of the Automotive Recycling Association and United Recycling Group, and we work exclusively with partners who will handle your vehicle with care for the environment.

Getting the Best Price for Disposing of an Old Car

If you’re looking for the best possible price on your old car, the best place to start is with DamagedCars' online pricing tool. Connecting you with a nationwide network of approved junk car buyers, we’ll get you the best possible offer for the fair market value of your vehicle regardless of its age, mileage or condition. Our team of experts has made over a million offers on vehicles just like yours, and we’ve earned one of the best reputations in the industry.

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