How to sell a non-running faulty vehicle

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How to sell a non-running faulty vehicle
How to sell a non-running faulty vehicle
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1800 Salvage
1800 Salvage
February 2, 2022
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Learn more about the process

If you have a broken down, faulty vehicle on your hands that no longer runs, you may be wondering if it is possible to sell — and if so, how much it may be worth.  

The answer is yes, you can sell it. There are salvage vehicle purchasers looking to buy your car, whether it is damaged, written off, or faulty. Operating Australia wide, 1800 Salvage is a great option for selling broken vehicles.

But how does the process work? Read on to find out.

Assess the damage

Begin by assessing the damage on your car.

  • Minor cosmetic damage such as bumper scuffs, kerbed alloys and stone chips will only slightly reduce the value of your car.
  • Insurance write-offs can be dealt with through your insurance company, or sold privately to a salvage car buyer.
  • Electrical issues can be fixed or sold in faulty condition, whether roadworthy or unroadworthy.
  • Mechanical issues can be challenging and expensive to fix. It may be best to sell your car in salvage form, rather than repairing.


Get a quote and weigh up your options

When considering whether to sell or repair your vehicle, start by weighing your options.

  • It is free to get a quote on how much your faulty car may be worth. Whether it is old or new, or has mechanical damage or body damage, getting a quote from a salvage car buyer is the best way to assess your options. To get a faulty vehicle purchasing quote from 1800 Salvage, click here.
  • Next, consider getting a repair quote from a trusted mechanic or vehicle repair service. You can choose to repair some, all, or none of the damage, as a salvage car buyer will purchase the car in any state.

With this information in hand, you can properly assess whether it makes more financial sense to repair and sell, or to sell in a damaged/faulty condition.

Decide on repairing or selling in faulty condition

There are many factors that affect whether or not you should bother repairing your vehicle before selling it.

  • Consider repairing some of the damage, rather than all of it. Weigh up various quotes.
  • If the car has minor problems that can be easily fixed for less than $500, you may wish to repair before selling.
  • If the repairs exceed the amount you will get back from the sale, consider selling the car to salvage in its current state.
  • Consider how much time you have to dedicate to the administrative side of repairing and selling your car. The fastest and easiest way to get rid of your faulty, non-running vehicle is to sell it to salvage.

Sell your broken car

Salvage vehicle buyers will purchase your faulty vehicle, no matter the condition it is in.

Overall, the best way to handle getting rid of a non-running car is to obtain a free quote from a salvage car dealer, then decide whether to sell in damaged condition or conduct repairs first. This will vary for each vehicle, but with many options available, you’re sure to find the perfect solution to meet your circumstance.

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