How to Get Rid of a Car And Still Get Value From It

Automotiveby Mashum Mollah09 December 2019

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Cars generally last for decades if they are well taken care of. However, there will always come a time when your vehicle can no longer be driven. If you want to get rid of your old car while helping other people, you can donate it to a charity.

Has your car completely broken down and stopped working? Will it take more money to repair it than to buy a new car? If that is the case,

here’s how you can get rid of your vehicle in the most economical and eco-friendly ways possible:

Sell your car

Sell your car


Even if your vehicle is a pile of scrap auto parts by now, there’s still a chance that someone out there might be interested in repairing it. Perhaps a hobbyist or a mechanic can breathe new life to your ride. Once you’re sold on the idea of selling your vehicle, you can start posting ads on online selling platforms. Be sure to highlight all the issues so that people will know what they’re buying beforehand.

Sell auto parts

No luck with selling your car? Try selling individual parts instead. Dismantle all the parts that can be used to repair other vehicles or sold to re-manufacturers. If you have some mechanic skills, you can do the dismantling yourself. Otherwise, you can take your car to the mechanic and have them do it for you.

Repurpose your car

Sometimes, people aren’t too willing to let go of their old car, especially if it has a lot of sentimental value. But rather than letting the car rust away in the garage, why not repurpose it? For example, you can try taking the fender and turn it into a shelf or table. You can also use the old tires to make planter boxes in the garden or use the seats as desk chairs. Alternatively, if you don’t want to take the car apart, you can use the whole vehicle as a pet house or a decorative piece in your yard.

Take it to the scrapyard


The scrapyard is where old cars go to get crushed. When your car reaches the end of its service life, you can sell it to a scrapyard or an auto-recycling plant. At the facility, old cars get inspected to see if they can still be repaired. If the repair costs render the car unprofitable, the facility then drains the fluids and takes out the valuable parts to sell. Car fluids such as antifreeze, gas, transmission fluid, oil, and brake lubricants are gathered (separately) and disposed of safely, while the recovered parts are sold.

Once these processes are done, all that’s left of the car should be the metal parts. Then, the vehicle is put through a machine that crushes and shreds the metal until it becomes a small cube.

Donate it to a charity

If you want to get rid of your old car while helping other people, you can donate it to a charity. Even if your vehicle doesn’t run, the charity can still sell it and use the money for their organization.

These are just some of the best ways to get rid of a car while still getting something from it. With all the possibilities mentioned, we hope you don’t let your old car sit in the garage or backyard for another day, week, month, or year.

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Mashum Mollah

Mashum Mollah is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO at Viacon, a digital marketing agency that drive visibility, engagement, and proven results. He blogs at

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