Can I Trade in a Blown Engine Car? Is a Car with Mechanical Problems Sell-able?

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Can you trade in a non-running car? Depending on your car’s age and condition, repairs might be prohibitively expensive—and most people don’t want to pay an arm and a leg just to have their car break down again in a few months (sometimes even weeks).


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Believe it or not, your car doesn’t have to start or run to be worth money. It could be loaded with valuable parts, and upgrade accessories like sunroofs and leather interior can fetch a serious premium on the secondary market.

So today, we’re going to cover a few things you should know about trading in a car with mechanical problems, and how you can sell a car with a blown engine.

Step #1: How to Determine the Value of a Car with a Blown Engine

How do you get an idea of what your car is worth when it won’t even drive? Blown engine vehicles are hard to sell, and harder to evaluate accurately. Most people turn to the junkyard when dealing with junk cars, but that’s not exactly practical here. It could cost a fortune to tow your car from one local scrapyard to the next, wasting a whole weekend haggling over a few dollars with local junk car buyers.

The fastest and easiest way to determine your car’s value is to use the online pricing tool here at CarBrain. Even if you’re not planning to sell it right away, we’ll give you a guaranteed, no-hassle offer in just 90 seconds on practically any vehicle under the Sun.

Did You Know

If you don't have time to part out your damaged car, and the trade in values you're getting for your vehicle aren't quite the right price, then selling your car is probably your best bet. CarBrain specializes in evaluating old non-running cars, or vehicles with accident damage.

We give you a fair market offer in 90 seconds, and pick up your car in 24-48 hours once you accept your offer. Just get your offer online now to get started!

It doesn’t matter whether your car is totaled, has a salvage title, or major damage, we’ll give you an instant online quote to set your baseline price. If you’re comfortable with our offer—or if you shop around and local junkyards can’t do any better—just let us know, and we’ll send a tow truck out to pick up your vehicle for FREE and put payment in your hand within 24-48 hours.

We’re committed to making it as easy as possible to get rid of your old clunker and put cash in your pocket.

Step #2: Know How to Trade in a Broken Car

Once you’ve got a baseline idea of what your car is worth from CarBrain, trading in a car with problems becomes much easier. Most local dealers will give you very low trade-in values on a car with damage, and much lower if it isn't running. Since used car dealers sell cars in pristine condition, they will have to sink large amounts of money in order to flip your car, so they won't give you much value on a car trade-in.

And all those valuable parts and features we talked about before? They might try to tell you those parts are worthless since they’re just going to scrap your car anyway—but in reality, those parts are where many local junkyards make their biggest profits. Especially if they’re advertising themselves as “you-pick” junkyards, they’re almost certainly going to sell those parts for extra cash.

But if you’re in a hurry, and you go with trading in a car that needs work to a local dealer or junkyard, just make sure they’re including free towing as part of the deal. Junkyards will sometimes try to charge you for the cost of towing, but practically all of the cars they buy aren’t running, so they should be prepared to pick up your vehicle.

Step #3: Know Who to Deal With

If your car isn’t running, then most private buyers won’t give it a second thought. Likewise with major dealerships, since they often don’t know how to value less-than-perfect cars and don’t want to be stuck with the cost of repairs.

That leaves you with local junkyards—which can be a mixed bag, and online services like CarBrain. We’re one of the most trusted names in the industry, with a nationwide network of approved junk car buyers and a web-based pricing tool designed to get you the best possible offer on your old car.

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Step #4: Skip the Headaches of Trading in a Car with Known Problems

Rather than calling every junkyard in town and haggling for the best price on your car, you can just sell your car directly online. Our offers are always guaranteed, so you get the price we quote you every time.

Why not get a free online quote from CarBrain? Our experts have made over a million offers on less-than-perfect cars and we’re happy to help you get rid of a car that isn’t running!

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