How to sell a car with a blown engine

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Selling a car with a blown engine
Selling a car with a blown engine
Sell Salvaged Vehicle
Doug Whiffin
Doug Whiffin
National Automotive Buyer and Second-In-Command Manager
July 14, 2021
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Sell a car with no engine or a broken engine for top dollar

There’s nothing worse than pulling over by the side of the road with a smoking, broken engine. A car with a blown head gasket or a seized engine can be a real headache. You may not know what caused the engine failure (fair enough; most people don’t know their way around an engine block), and you might be shocked to find out how much engine repairs cost.

Well, there’s a silver lining. If your engine problems are too severe to be worth repairing, you can always turn your broken vehicle into a tidy pile of money!

At 1800 Savage, we make selling your second-hand, damaged or salvage car quick and easy. Forget haggling with private buyers and brutal engine repair costs — sell your car for cash to 1800 Salvage, and we’ll pay you instantly. We even offer free towing! How easy’s that?

This guide will teach you how to sell your car with a blown engine for the most competitive price.

Get your broken car valued

Your first goal is to get a ballpark figure for how much your car is worth. A new car will gain a high price, and a used car will naturally go for a lower price. You can also get a mechanic to diagnose your engine problem and give you an engine repair estimate. 

You might find that you can afford to get your engine trouble sorted. If you do, you might choose not to sell it. But if you reckon that the potential sales price of your car outweighs the cost of getting it repaired, selling it to a used car dealership or vehicle salvager might be a better option.

1800 Salvage makes car valuations easy. We only need a few basic details, which you can send through digitally, to offer you a quote. For a free quote, we’ll need the following:

  • The state of the vehicle and its damage
  • The make, model and year
  • The odometer reading
  • Exterior pictures from every angle, interior pictures (including of the odometer)

Who should you sell your car with a blown engine to?

The best buyer for your engineless car will be the one who sees the most potential in it. The more potential they see, the more they’ll pay for it.

If you have a classic or rare car with a busted engine, you might find specialty car dealerships or individuals who specialise in restorations and would love to buy it.

Your best bet is to go with a vehicle salvage business like 1800 Salvage. We have the infrastructure in place to recycle or restore every component of your car — including its blown engine. That’s why we’re able to offer such competitive prices!

Plus, we’ll take practically any vehicle, including motorbikes, trucks and boats.

Selling your broken-down car for cash!

Once you’ve found a buyer and settled on a purchase price, make sure you get all the details in writing to ensure that there are no surprises down the road.

With 1800 Salvage, we’ll only need a few bits of paperwork, all of which can be completed electronically via email. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, we’ll send out a complimentary tow truck. You’ll be paid the instant our truck picks up your vehicle.

Please note that, due to Victorian legislation, all car salvage payments must be made via bank transfer.

That’s it! Your driveway or garage has once again become clear, and you’ve got some extra dollars in your pocket.

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