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DeedlesSci

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Selling a car that doesn't drive: advice or offers
« on: August 22, 2018, 05:50:44 PM »
My 2001 Toyota Corolla suffered a sudden death.

It has a hole in the engine block. An engine replacement costs more than the car is worth. But, the car still has value.

Does anyone have any advice on selling a car that doesn't run? It is in great condition otherwise. The upholstery is great due to our dink lifestyle and general cleanliness (never smoked in while we owned it). It had regular oil changes and was driven from a starting odometer reading of 117k to now 155k in the past 7 years of ownership. Basically, it is clean and everything is great except for the most important (and most expensive) part.

My two known options are selling it as a parts car (or to someone who wants to swap in an engine from another car?) or to sell to a junk yard. I am in Eastern Washington if that makes any difference.

Any advice?

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Re: Selling a car that doesn't drive: advice or offers
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 07:00:37 PM »
Most of the scrapyards or junkyards in the East will give you $150-$300 for just about any vehicle.  If you're looking for a new/used car you could see if anyone is doing the "push, pull, or tow" with a guaranteed value for your car.  You could part out as many parts as you can and then take whatever's left over to the scrapyard/junkyard.  You could buy a used engine and see if a local high school tech wants to install it as part of the class, or learn to install yourself (dun dun dun). 

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Re: Selling a car that doesn't drive: advice or offers
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 07:33:31 PM »
Buy a used engine and install it.  It shouldn't be too hard for a 2001 corolla. 

Then flog it.....  Unless you are proud and certain of your mechanical skills.

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Re: Selling a car that doesn't drive: advice or offers
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 08:16:23 PM »
Donate it. Most established charities will come get it and give you a receipt to claim on your taxes. Just try to make sure they have a decent rating so your donation is going to a real good cause.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/21/donating-a-car-to-charity-you-might-want-to-pump-the-brakes.html

jeff191

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Re: Selling a car that doesn't drive: advice or offers
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2018, 08:34:25 AM »
Could always part it out yourself. Helped a friend do it once when he totaled his car. Got him close to what the blue book value was. It just requires some time but can be done with hand tools mostly. Once we stripped everything, someone bought the rolling chassis as it was running. If you have the time, you could strip some parts and then tow it to scrapyard to make a little more.

DeedlesSci

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Re: Selling a car that doesn't drive: advice or offers
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2018, 04:22:10 PM »
Donate it.

That is what I ended up doing. The most any scrap yard was willing to give me was $125. My DH was not keen on selling the car through Craigslist. Since it didn't drive, that would have required people coming to the house or towing it (an added expense).

For me, donating it also made me feel better about the car dying in the first place in a weird way.