What you should know about selling a damaged car or a car that no longer runs.
What do you do when the old Toyota Camry that's been in your family for years no longer runs? Or the Honda S2000 project car you acquired some years ago isn't getting any of the attention you thought you'd be able to give it? Or have you totaled your small SUV in a wreck and you're not insured? One option is to try to sell the car as-is. If your car is non-running and isn't covered by insurance for repairs, you'll have to foot the bill to either get it to run again or try to recoup some money by selling it. So, what do you need to know about putting a non-running car up for sale?
When it comes to selling broken cars, there is a difference between selling a running vehicle with some repair work pending and selling a vehicle that is inoperable. Let's have a look at how to decide which category your car falls into:
There are two types of buyers of a non-running car, the first being those that do have the finances to repair or rebuild it (as the cost may be in their budget, even if it isn't in yours, or this is a project car to them) or those who want to use the vehicle for spare parts or other non-driving reasons.
There are various paths you can take to sell a non-running car depending on its condition and how much money you're looking to get. Here's what to do with a car that is not worth fixing:
You can sell your non-running vehicle on websites such as Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and Craigslist. You'll need to take and upload photos of your car and provide any information on its condition and pertaining to its license and registration papers. The same principles that apply to preparing a car for sale apply here, minus the detailing and washing, if the car has been in a wreck.
You can buy non-running cars from junkyards and specific online third-party sellers. Specialized auctions may also be held for such vehicles.
Yes, most dealers of non-running cars will, in fact, pay cash for the cars, scrap metal, and parts, as the value of a non-running car is generally very low.
Junkyards and scrapyards are the most likely to buy non-running cars but you may have some luck with private buyers that want to build a car up as a project or use the parts for another vehicle, depending on what car you're selling.