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.
You could always donate it. I think there is a local veterans group that will give you a little bit of a write off.
Most of them will come and get it no matter what the shape it is in
At least you are in the right city but maybe not the right part of town. Someone can get it barely running and get it inspected at some little gringo-no-go places.
I wanted to sell my old one. I tried to give it away, but I was impatient for a new one (wanted to keep the vanity plates), and the charity wasn't going to be quick. I put an ad in the paper selling it for $100. Soon it was gone. (Admittedly it was driveable.)
Donation would be the easiest option and you'll get some tax benefit for it. There's always Craigslist, or maybe search around for a restoration forum or group. Mustangs should be a car in demand, and somebody could easily restore it for a summer cruiser or maybe a project car with a son or friend. If you're close to a track maybe check out a forum/community for that, someone could gut it and make a weekend stock car out of it.
There are literally thousands of charitble organizations that will take cars as donations. See if there is a charity you support that would take it. Or call a local high school and see if they would be interested in taking the car as a donation for the auto shop classes. You can usually get away with claiming the value on the high end when donating, and depending on you tax situation, that deduction may be of more value to you at the end of the year that a couple of hundred bucks you may get if you sell it.
Don't tempt me! It better be a V6 Automatic!
Meh. It's good that I don't have a tow vehicle.
My family's had good experiences:
1. Donating old cars to large charities.
There's tons of radio ads out here for this, but I did a google search and found a kind of clearing house that listed lots of very small, local charities. You could find that business, then call the charities to ask about their end of the experience. The charities included churches my family has visited.
2. Donating old cars to my tiny high school's shop class.
3. Selling the car to the mechanic for the cost of performing the diagnosis - A kind of walk-away for waiver of costs. ;-)
Called a couple of those online car-buying places. First place I called offered me $375 cash and a free tow. Haven't taken it yet ... but I'm close. That's about twice what I was expecting to get if I sold it ... but it seemed too easy. May shop around a bit before pulling the trigger. I'm betting that's based on scrap metal weight. But, if somebody'll give me $375 sight unseen -- maybe somebody else will give me $450.
Enter that thing in a parade...you'll need a blowtorch and some creative, mechanically-gifted friends.