Author: Curtis Farrell |

Getting rid of something seems an easy task. However, it is not as easy if we talk about cars. The degree of complexity of the process depends on how old is your vehicle and what do you want to get in exchange.

Solution One: Donation

It looks so promising: you will do some good and lower your taxes at the same time. It’s a delusion! Don’t do this if you’re not sure what it is and what do you have to do exactly, because it can cause more troubles than benefits for you. Besides, you won’t know the actual figures for tax deduction instantly – the process is rather complicated. If you consider this option, we have recommendations on who you should donate to and how to do this properly. And, of course, if your car is very old, unusefully old, the charity may refuse to take it in the first place. Don’t forget that you can sell the car and make a donation in a form of cash, but you will have no tax deduction in this case.

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Solution Two: Sell by Parts

If your car is in a bad shape – so bad that it is unlikely that someone will buy it as a whole, you can scrap it for parts and sell them separately. You can sell them at a local salvage yard or online via eBay Motors, Craigslist and similar services. The biggest problem here is that this option requires time and effort. You have to do a research on the prices, inspect the parts, contact with potential buyers and so on. We have few tips for those who’s willing to take this option.

Solution Three: Take the Car to a Salvage Yard

A salvage yard, or a junkyard, is like a cemetery for old vehicles. These specialized dealerships sell the cars and parts and utilize those which have no value (and yes, your car can actually end up under the wheels of a monster truck). They will not pay you much for an old car but at least you will get rid of it fast.

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