I have an old 1996 Ford Mustang sitting in my garage. First car I ever owned. Drove the hell out of it ... had 189K miles on it before the odometer broke. I drove it for another year after that.
Hasn't been driven since I moved into this house in 2009. It might run if the battery weren't dead ... but it overheats because of a coolant leak I can't find, and has a crack in the exhaust system. Sounds like a Harley when it runs. Has some body damage, old tires, and it'll never pass inspection without a major exhaust-system overhaul. Those are just the problems I know about.
The wife wants me to get rid of it. Can't think of a good reason not to. So -- whats the best way to sell a junker car? I don't expect to get much for it, and it'll need to be towed out of the garage. Anyone have any experience selling a car that's seen better days? There are places online that advertise buying cars like that ... not sure how reputable they are, though.
Why not Donate it. There are organizations that will remove the vehicle for free and give you a receipt for the value that you can take off on you Taxes for a charitable contribution
I'll buy it $350.00
Consider it has an unknown array of issues.
Also it would be entered into this:
24 Hours of LeMons.
^This. 24 Hours of LeMons would be a fitting next step in the course of this vehicle's life.
I just went through this today with a 1996 Nissan Maxima that just "died". It had over 328 thousand miles on it. I called a place that recycles metal---they came and towed it and gave me 150 dollars. Sad...it's been such a good car--I felt like I was bury a faithful pet that had passed away.
First car? Probably worth more in sentimental value than anything.
Part it out. You don't have to be all that competent as a mechanic to take something apart. It's the putting it back together part that usually gets people.
Assuming the parts aren't all rusted to hell (which since you're in TX, road salt ought not to be an issue), and you're not in the middle of nowhere, you shouldn't have too hard a time of listing various assemblies from the car on Craigslist or Ebay. Driveline parts with the exclusion of engine and transmission, body panels, and a surprising array of electrical parts can net you far more than its salvage value.
There were a select few vehicles in my local junkyards that I prized when I was trying to keep a beat-up 94 Dodge Ram on the road, and I know the junkyards probably made more off of me than they paid for the vehicles.
Once it's down to a rolling chassis or damn close, then it's time to scrap it for metal weight value.
Dude, come on. Charge that battery, check the oil, and see if it turns over. List it on craigslist either way. Tons of guys like fixing cars, and you'll be swimming in phone calls. From your description, the absolute worst thing that it has is a leak in the head gasket, which isn't that bad all things considered. And for the exhaust, any "car guy" you sell it to will probably put in louder pipes anyways.
You could get way more than scrap for it.