Last Updated on March 22, 2016 by Amir Arif
Even with the sheer size of the auto industry, getting rid of your car can be harder than you think. Obviously there are ways of doing it, but getting rid of a car responsibly can often be risky. Still, I assume you can’t have the thing sitting on your drive for much longer! Here are the three main ways of getting rid of a car, and the best ways to go about them.
First of all, if you want to get some money out of your old car, selling is the most obvious route. With the amount of auto trading sites out there, this option is now more accessible than ever. Most of these will offer a free calculator for sellers. After you enter a few details about the car, you’re given an appropriate asking price to work with. Advertising a car on these sites is generally inexpensive. However, I would only recommend going ahead with this if you already have a replacement lined up. Cars depreciate at a frightening rate, and if you wait around for too long, you could end up cheating yourself out of a lot of money.
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Another popular way to get rid of a car is by having it scrapped. This used to have a dodgy reputation, but the whole practice has been cleaned up a lot in recent years. Just get onto Google, type in “scrap my car” and you’ll see dozens of firms in your area ready to help out. The money’s barely anything compared to what you’d get selling it, but it’s still money! While there are less scams these days, you still need to keep an eye out for certain things. If the company gives you a quote that sounds too good, or they’d rather call you than email, then be wary about proceeding. You should also stop to think if they seem eager to close the deal and offer you cash. Spend some time researching your scrapper before agreeing to anything.
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Finally, we have donations. If you could go without selling your car, then there are always organisations who would be grateful for the donation. Many well-known charities, including Oxfam, run car donation programs intended to help a variety of good causes. Through these, your car will be sold or scrapped, and all the money will go to your selected charity. Obviously, you’ll come away from the whole affair knowing you did something good. However, there’s an extra advantage here. By donating your car, you’ll be skipping a lot of the hassle which is tied to the other methods. Like most charitable programs, they can never get enough donations, so you’ll certainly be able to find one. Throughout the process, you won’t have to think about shifty traders or scrappers who want to take advantage of you!
There you have the best methods for getting rid of your car. There are a variety of risks which you’ll need to watch out for. As I said before though, the auto trade is a lot safer than it used to be.
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