How to get rid of your old car

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Doug Whiffin
Doug Whiffin
Business Development Manager
March 19, 2024
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A guide on unwanted car removal by 1800 Salvage

Welcome to the world of car disposal - it's not just about getting rid of an old friend on four wheels; it’s about making smart, responsible choices. Whether your garage companion has reached the end of its journey or you're just looking to upgrade to a new car, knowing how to say goodbye to your old car is crucial. 

Here at 1800 Salvage, we understand this process can be daunting for car owners, so we've compiled an easy-to-follow guide to help you navigate these roads. Below, we offer four easy solutions to getting rid of a used car and potentially getting a reasonable price. 

The art of selling your old car for a fair price

A private sale

Want to take matters into your own hands? Selling your car privately might be the path for you. First, give your car some love - a good clean and minor repairs can go a long way. Then, it's pricing time. Be realistic; overpricing drives car buyers away. 

Next up, advertise! Use online platforms and local classifieds to spread the word. And when those inquiries start rolling in, be ready to negotiate like a pro. 

Although you’re more likely to make more money with a private sale, it can be a lot of work. Let’s look at some other options.

Dealership trade-in

Consider trading in at a dealership if convenience is your game. You won’t get top dollar or current market value, but it’s quick and easy. Know your car’s trade-in value and come prepared with all the necessary paperwork. It’s an easy way to get rid of your old car that day.

Car buying services

In a hurry? Car-buying and removal services might be your saviour. A car buying service offers quick sales, but it’s best if you shop for the best offer. Speed and convenience often trade off with price when dealing with a junk car removal service. These services often pay cash-in-hand, so this is the way to go if you’re strapped for cash.

Sell your car to 1800 Salvage

At 1800 Salvage, we buy used cars across Australia. We can offer instant cash for old cars and even get a tow truck driver out if your car is in a tough spot. No matter your vehicle's make, model or condition, we want it! 

Donating your car

Donating your car can be a win-win. Find a reputable charity and understand the tax deductions involved. Ensure the charity is equipped to handle car donations and is aligned with your passionate cause. Get all the paperwork sorted, and then arrange for your car to be picked up or dropped off. It’s that simple. Plus, you get to bask in the warm glow of doing something good.

Recycling your car

Auto recycling is not just eco-friendly; it’s practical. Locate a reliable scrap metal yard or auto recycler - your car has more value than you might think. Remove personal items and any valuable parts before getting your car recycled. Understand the value of your scrap and choose a recycler who gives your car the send-off it deserves.

Parting Out

If you’re feeling adventurous, selling parts individually can be lucrative. Identify high-value parts like engines and transmissions. Smaller parts have buyers and scrap dealers, too! Use online platforms to reach potential buyers. Be smart with your pricing - it's a balancing act between demand and value. Ensure your sales are legal and be vigilant against scams. It’s a wild world out there in the parts market.

The end of the road

Whichever path you choose, remember that letting go of your old car can be a new beginning - for you, the environment, or someone in need.

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