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post #1 of 12 Old 12-04-2012, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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What to do with the broken car?

My mom's old car broke yesterday, and to me looks like repairing it will cost almost as much as the car itself (although I'm waiting on my mechanics to get back to us on what is wrong and estimates).

My question is can we sell it (as NON-ridable of course)? I know people buy such cars to get parts etc. And if so how would I do it? (I was thinking Craigslist, but not sure if there are other ways/websites too)

P.S. 2 broke cars in one year (well, 1st one was totalled in accident by the idiot who was running late so decided to speed up on red light). My bank account will be slim this X-mas... :(

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i live in montana..not sure what its like where you are. but yes. there is a place in montana that buys broken down cars. they come and haul away too. i think the normal for a broken down car is only like 200.00 bucks. with them hauling. craigslist should have a add for them . good luck..
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Some junkyards will buy a junker. Some dealerships will allow you to trade in a non functioning car for a little bit off a new or used one. Kia used to have "push, pull or tow" trade in deals. You might be able to donate it to one of those charities that fixes cars and gives them to the poor.
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-04-2012, 10:35 AM
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Val-I think it depends on whether it is a car that has any value for parts. Some do, some don't. You could start by calling a couple of the junk yards-I know there area couple of "salvage" yards in the Savage/Jessup area-and there used to be a donation program.....I think it was the Kidney foundation, but googling car donation-MD may help, or try googling "cash junk cars"...used to be some of those too, like the ones that buy houses site unseen.....good luck!
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haha-after I posted, I noticed this ad.....
Sell Buy Junk Salvaged Cars Get Cash Northern Virginia

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Val-I think it depends on whether it is a car that has any value for parts. Some do, some don't.
Good point I didn't think about! It's toyota camry.

Definitely will do some google search and calling.

Thank you, All, for the help! :)
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Good advice!
Also just call local junkyards, small time repair shops and let them know what you have. After my wreck my (formerly) mint condition 98 Honda passport was almost totaled. I could have fixed it but didn't want a car with lots of problems... Sold it for parts for $500.
They ended up getting it running without fixing the rear end and I see it all the time! X0. I miss that car!
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Toyota Camry huh? What's broken kitten Val? Tranny?

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Do you want it gone tomorrow or next month? If tomorrow, call a scrapper - they will pick it up and you'll get a bit of cash, but not much (they'll pay you about half what they'll get when they take it to the scrap yard). If you don't mind it sitting a bit, you can run a CL type ad to find someone who wants to buy it and put a new motor, part it out, etc - you'll get a bit more out of it this way but it'll take longer
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Toyota Camry huh? What's broken kitten Val? Tranny?
AC, don't know yet. The way mom described it it suddenly stopped, all lights on panel came up, and there was a smoke from front. I guess it may be engine or radiator, but I'm very dumb when it comes to cars (so still waiting on a call from my car guy). The mileage on car is 211K, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's something major.

My dad's car (totalled earlier this year) had 240K and still was going strong (no issues with engine, transmission, etc.), much better than mom's camry (he had toyota corolla 1999).

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