Author Topic: What should I do with my old car?  (Read 782 times)

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What should I do with my old car?
« on: November 05, 2019, 08:11:32 AM »
I am buying a new (to me) car (14' Prius) and I am seeking advice on what to do with my 2008 Mazda 3.  It has 172k miles, body damage and would not currently pass Massachusetts emissions inspection (about $150 to fix that).  Still runs fairly well.

My options as I see it are:

-Fix the emission and sell as it
-Sell as is
-Salvage for parts. 
-Donate it

Anyone have any experience with any of these or recommendations?

Thanks.

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Re: What should I do with my old car?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2019, 08:37:03 AM »
I would call a couple salvage yards and get a quote.   After that it depends on if you want the headache of dealing with a sale yourself.  To me that's a hassle and why I end up keeping my cars longer

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Re: What should I do with my old car?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2019, 04:23:26 PM »
No idea what it's worth (depends in large part of the extent of the body damage), but I would put it on Craigslist for $999 cash and sell it to a grease monkey.

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Re: What should I do with my old car?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2019, 05:12:25 PM »
I recommend going to kbb.com and putting in the specifics of your car model, options, and condition. Iím betting that the private party sale value is going to be a couple thousand, in which case I think itíd be worth it to get it to pass emissions for $150. You should be able to sell your car then on Craigslist for pretty close to the kbb value. If you donít do the $150 fix, youíll have a harder time selling it, since people will assume itíll cost more to get it to pass.

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Re: What should I do with my old car?
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2019, 06:25:41 PM »
Honestly, I'd keep the 2008 and skip the Prius.  Not much I like more than a fine vintage auto. Paid off and you don't even have to lock it anymore.  Complete with urban camouflage!  I'll bet that the car has a Zone of Invincibility around it when you drive it.  No one wants it to touch their Precious.

If keeping it isn't an option, then I'd do the $150 fix and sell it on Facebook marketplace or CL.       

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Re: What should I do with my old car?
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2019, 08:34:31 AM »
I am buying a new (to me) car (14' Prius) and I am seeking advice on what to do with my 2008 Mazda 3.  It has 172k miles, body damage and would not currently pass Massachusetts emissions inspection (about $150 to fix that).  Still runs fairly well.

My options as I see it are:

-Fix the emission and sell as it
-Sell as is
-Salvage for parts. 
-Donate it

Anyone have any experience with any of these or recommendations?

Thanks.

I gave my old Toyota to an older acquaintance who was poor.

All it needed was a muffler.

It did pass the smog test.

OP, I would donate it or sell it as is.

« Last Edit: November 11, 2019, 08:53:31 AM by John Galt incarnate! »

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Re: What should I do with my old car?
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2019, 08:55:15 AM »
Does Mass have any "cash for cars" type of programs? Calif has one thru the states air quality agency if it doesn't pass its emission test. They will pay you $1,000 ($1,500 for low income people) to junk it. It needs to be driveable so you can get it to a junk yard. I used it to junk an old Hyundai Accent I had that needed big repairs beside emission repairs (transmission etc) and because I have a low taxable income got $1500.

We also had a "Replace Your Ride" program where you junk your older car and, depending on your taxable income, they will give you a voucher worth several thousand to use towards buying a newer high mpg gas vehicle, a hybrid, an EV, or a bus/transit pass. That was run thru a private foundation and I'm not sure if it exists still.


ETA my old 2001 Ranger didn't pass emissions and it just needed a new spark plug wire. You can get the code from a scanner for free at most places and get a general idea what's wrong and if you can repair it yourself.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2019, 08:59:06 AM by spartana »