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4 Things You Can Do With Your Old Family Car

Even if you take great care of your car, it will eventually lose its usefulness for your family. When that happens, it’s important to dispose of your car responsibly to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve while also protecting the environment. Fortunately, there are several options available to you when you decide that it’s time to give your car a new life. With that end in mind, here are four things you can do with your old family car.

Donate It

If your car still has some life left in it, you can donate it to a local charity. By donating your car, you give someone less fortunate than you a chance to own their own car. Plus, as long as you complete the proper paperwork, you can receive a tax write-off, which can come in handy come tax time. Just be sure to have the charity take a look at your car before you put too much work into your car, as there are some types of cars that charities won’t accept.

Junk It

If your car can’t be driven anymore, your best option is to junk it. However, rather than going to the trouble of taking your car to the junkyard yourself, it’s far easier if you call a scrap company and tell them that you want to “sell my junk car.” The company can then come and tow your car and take care of all the paperwork, leaving you with a check in-hand. Just be sure to remove all your personal items before your vehicle is towed away, as retrieving them afterward is often quite challenging.

Save It

Sometimes, the best thing to do with an old car is simply to save it and wait for a need to arise. For example, if you have children who are nearing their driving years, it may make sense to save your old family car until they reach driving age so that they can learn to drive in a car that won’t mind a few dents and dings. If you’ve got the storage space, having an extra car around can really come in handy, often when you least expect it.

Sell It

Typically, if your car is still drivable and has more than junk value, it’s a good idea to try and sell your car to another party. Whether you go to a dealership and take their offer or sell to a private buyer, selling an old car is an easy way to make some cash. If selling to a dealership, don’t stress too much about getting your vehicle perfectly clean, as this typically doesn’t affect the value too much.

In some cases, what you decide to do with your old car could have associated costs that you’ll have to pay. Therefore, it’s important to think through these associated costs as you identify which option is best for your vehicle. This will allow you to receive the most financial benefit without having any unexpected problems down the road.

Tim Esterdahl

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