Author Topic: Selling a car that doesn't drive: advice or offers  (Read 783 times)

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?

WranglerBowman

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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