Cars aren’t forever, they have problems, need fixing, or sometimes, they’re just not fun anymore. It’s very common these days for a family to have multiple cars. One for each parent, maybe one shared by the kids, maybe an extra pickup, or extra minivan for the family trips. Whatever the reason may be, it’s not uncommon that one of them stops getting use, and it’s even more common that those old cars aren’t worth fixing once they’re so weathered. Maybe it stopped running one day and you never bothered to check, or maybe you just weren’t sure how safe it was. Either way, it’s been sitting there forever, and you know you’re not going to be doing anything with it. If fixing it really does cost more than it’s worth, then you’re going to want to figure out what to do with a totaled car.

Sell it

That’s the obvious choice of course, but it’s the first option you’ll want to consider, especially if you know you’re never going to drive it again. Even if there’s something wrong with it, you could still get some cash for it. But, first you’ll want to figure out is if it is totaled, and how you can sell it if it is. Damagedcars.com will help you figure that out, but they’re also a safe marketplace for you to sell damaged cars. You don’t have to go through craigslist and worry about all the scammers out there.

 

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If you do have any local mechanics that would come out to look at it though, they would be your best bet in selling it off the net. Mechanics love project cars and even if it totaled, if they see potential in it, they’re going to want it.

Scrap it

Another obvious option, but it doesn’t have to be as bad as you think. People are always worried they’re getting the worst price when they scrap it, but you can find ways to get the best price for your scraps. Any junkyard you bring it to is going to tell you that’s the best price you’ll get, but that’s just the best price at the time. If you wait it out, the price of scrap metal by weight might go up, and you might be able to ask for a better price if you know what you’re talking about and struck the market at the right time. So, if you want, you can just drag that car off today, or you can find the best time to get the most money.

Fix it (By Yourself)

If the car is totaled, then obviously you’re not going to want to drop the money to fix it, if that’s just going to be a lose investment off the bat. But, you’ll want to know what exactly is wrong with the car. It could be one big thing, or it could be a bunch of little things, and the more you fix on your own, the more you could bring that car back from the brink of totaled. You might have a windshield that’s chipped, or maybe it’s the reason you stopped driving in the first place, the brake pads, but even for these issues, there’s a few ways to fix your car by yourself.

Make art with it

It may sound like the weirdest idea of the bunch, but trust me, there’s a lot you can do with parts from an old car. The styles that went into the bodies and rims of older cars can make some of the best decorative pieces for your home. All that metal can be used for sculpture, or can be repurposed into very modern looking furniture pieces. There’s a ton of ways to transform that car from an eyesore in the front yard, into DIY car art for your home.

Donate it to get beat on

You would be surprised just how many people have use for a car that can take a beating. If you’ve got a college or high school near you, many fraternities and sports teams do a fundraiser where they bring in an old car, and let people pay to beat on it with it bat. It’s fun, and you’ll be giving them a big asset for a fundraiser that already makes these groups meet their goals after buying it.

It’s also good for paintball. Lots of fields that get used for paintball need big objects to hide behind that can take a beating. A car is perfect for that, and they can move it to. If your kids or any kids you know love paintball, then the addition of your old car would be a great gift to them and their friends.