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Where to Sell My Old Car and How to Sell an Old Car for Cash

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Nothing lasts forever, and it’s especially true for cars. In just a few years, a new car starts to show its age, wearing scratches and dents like a badge of honor and needing an occasional repair. But it doesn’t take much longer yet until it’s just an old car.


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You take pride in the car you drive, don’t you? It’s well past time to get rid of it, but it’s not always easy selling an old car. Whether you have a broken down car, a little more wear than someone would expect, or you’re selling a car with high mileage, you should prepare for a challenge.

Don’t worry too much, though. We have a few suggestions for how to sell an old car.

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Ideas for Selling Old Cars for Cash

Sell an Old Car in the Newspaper

Sell an Old Car in the NewspaperYou can sell an old car the traditional way – put an ad in the classifieds section of your local newspaper. Complete with a single black and white photo, you can sum up your car’s features in 40 words, maximum. (But we aren’t being serious)

You still have the option to take out an add in the paper, but it’s certainly not as effective as it used to be when the time comes to sell a car. Who even buys the newspaper anymore?

List Your Old Car Online

For better exposure, full-color pics, and as much detail as you’d like to put in the listing, choose an online advertisement. Craigslist, for example, or AutoTrader.com are good opportunities to sell an old car.

But there are still annoying issues. You have to respond to car shoppers, meet them somewhere, haggle with them, and make sure their payment it legit. You don’t have time for that, do you?

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Park It with a For Sale Sign

Park It with a For Sale SignIf you live on a street with high traffic volume, park your old car at the end of your driveway with a ‘for sale’ sign on the windshield. It’s a good way to attract attention, especially if you’re selling a car as-is. It’s not easy to meet someone when your car is old and not working quite right, so let them come to you.

But if you park it with a for sale sign on the window, you need to put your contact information on it and be available for prospective buyers to look at it. That’s a challenge when even the best Sharpie markers or printer ink fade away within a few days – not to mention the sign will start crumbling!

Sell an Old Car for Parts

If there’s no way someone is going to buy your old junk cars and be able to drive it again, perhaps you could sell it for parts! It’s especially a good option if the engine still runs and the transmission still shifts. You’ll be able to get the value out of selling an old car for parts that way.

Keep in mind that selling an old car for parts in that way takes a long time – like, really long. You’ll have a safety hazard parked on your driveway for months or years until all the good stuff is sold, but even then the leftover shell needs to disappear. It’ll cost you to have it hauled away to the scrap yard. You might have to consider if selling an old car for parts is worth it.

Sell an Old Car to a Junk Yard

Sell an Old Car to a Junk YardOr, if you think, “I’ll never sell my old car for cash on my own,” then junk car removal to a junk yard could be better. Old car junk yards will give you a bit of cash for your old car and haul it away. It’s quick and it’s easy, but you shouldn’t count on getting rich selling old cars for cash to a junkyard.

They don’t care if your car has leather seats, a sunroof, or a fancy stereo system. All they care about is how much your car weighs – you’ll be paid based on its weight. Whether they strip it down for parts or sell it for car scrap value, old car junk yards are an easy way to sell an old car if you don’t care about the payday.

Should I fix my car or Sell it As Is?

Should I fix my car or Sell it As Is?

The Best Way to Sell an Old Car

Sell It to CarBrain

The Best Way to Sell an Old CarSelling old cars for cash is so much easier with CarBrain. It’s the best of both worlds – getting rid of your old car or junk car while getting paid a fair value for it. It’s super easy to do, also.

All you have to do is request a guaranteed offer for your car. You’ll be asked to fill in as much detail as possible along with pictures of its condition.

You’ll be given a guaranteed offer for your car in as-is condition. If you think the offer is good (we think you will), all you need to do is accept the offer. We’ll get you paid fast, then pick up your car where it sits at no cost to you. It’s as easy as that! Get your guaranteed offer today!

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