3 Popular Methods of Car Disposal

January 27, 2012

Car disposal is a popular option for many people who have vehicles that are extremely old. You may have no use for the car anymore, but you can't just leave it on the side of the road. There are various ways that you can dispose of a car properly. Not only that, but some of the options are "green" options and will be good for the environment. Here are some of the most popular methods of scrap car disposal.

1. Car Donation

This may be the most widely used option of the group. Car donation has some great benefits. You will be helping a charity by donating the car. The charity will then sell the car, and the proceeds will go to their charity. Since charities are nonprofits, any money that they can generate will be extremely helpful. Another benefit is that you can get a tax deduction for your donation. Considering that the car is pretty much worthless, to get anything off of your taxes is a huge plus. If your car does not run, that is okay because it can still be donated. It still can have some value, whether it be in scraps, metal or parts. Be aware that there are car donation scams out there, so research the organizations before you donate the car.

2. Auto Recycling

Recycling your car is a great green method to disposing of it. If your car is in bad shape or does not run, it is pretty much a donation to a car salvage yard or junk yard. If it still runs and has some good parts, you can sell it to them for a price where they can part out the car. Either way, your car will be recycled in the best energy saving method. Millions of barrels of oil can be saved by recycling cars and their parts. Many of the parts of the car like the engine, windows, steel and other parts can be saved and reused as well. Make sure you find a good yard to do this in if you care about being environmentally friendly. Although you had the right idea by recycling the car, some plants cut corners and don't remove some of the items correctly that can be toxic, such as brake fluid, and this can harm the environment. 

3. Trade In 

If your car still runs and has some value, you can always use it as a trade in for your next vehicle. Even if it is worth less than a thousand dollars, it still is like a coupon to be used for your next car. The car dealership will either resell the car, or part it out and do the recycling for you. Even though the "Cash for Clunkers" government rebate event has gone away, there are still some dealerships that are offering similar type deals (but without the government incentives). Instead, they give you a guaranteed dollar amount for the car, even if it isn't worth that amount.

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