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Sell My Broken Down Car - What Can I Do With My Car if It's Broken?

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Suddenly, something isn’t quite right. Perhaps a severe shimmy or shake, or maybe the engine just stalled for no reason. What do you do?

A broken down car isn't something anyone wants to deal with, however, you can sell your car pretty much instantly online these days. Read on to see how and to compare your options.

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  • First, if your car breaks down while you’re driving, it’s important to stay calm. If you panic, you put yourself at higher risk of making a bad decision.

  • If your car is still moving, pull over to the right-hand side of the road. Do your best to get onto the shoulder, into a parking lot, or onto a side street.

  • Turn on your hazard lights and pop the hood. Those are both international signs that your car broke down.

  • Get help. If you have roadside assistance, AAA, or a good friend that can tow you, give them a call as soon as you can.

  • Don’t try to fix it at the side of the road. It’s dangerous, and there are cars whizzing by at high speeds. You’re asking for trouble if you try to fix it roadside.

How to Sell A Broken Down Car

“My car broke down. What do I do?” With your car in a safe place, you’ll need to determine your next steps. Once your car has broken down, you’re faced with a few decisions. Do you fix it, sell it, scrap it or trade in a non-running car? How you proceed depends on a few things.My Car Broken Down What Do I Do

Assess Its Value

First things first. You need to know what your car is worth if it’s running and driving. Without an accurate valuation, how do you know if your broke down car is worth the cost of repairs?

You can use NADAguides.com or KBB.com to assess your vehicle’s value. It’s simple to do - just try to be unbiased about its condition. Remember, if you overvalue your car, you could be cheating yourself!

Get a Repair Estimate

If you feel your car may still be worth repairing – depending on the cost, obviously – then it’s time to get an estimate. Bring your car to a local garage and have it diagnosed. It might be your car's electrical issues, mechanical problems, or something totally unique.

With a repair estimate in hand, you can begin to determine whether it’s worth fixing or getting rid of your car. Here are a few guidelines:

  • If the repair cost is close to or higher than its value in running condition, it’s not worth fixing. You’re better off to sell it as is or junk it. If you fix it, you’ll never get the value back from the repairs.

  • If your car will be reliable with repairs complete and the cost of repairs is significantly less than the car’s value, it could be worth paying for the fix.

  • If you have a car broke down, no money to fix it, the answer is clear: get rid of it.

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Get Rid of A Broken Down Car Quickly

Used cars can be a gamble, and sometimes you lose. It could be months later, or just days or weeks after you sign the papers. If you buy a used car and it breaks down, it’s unlikely the dealership or private seller is going to help you with any expensive car repair costs.

It doesn’t hurt to ask for assistance with the repairs. One thing to always remember is that you need to keep making your payments. There’s no need to ruin your credit to go along with the broke down car.

Another thing to keep in mind when buying a used car: don’t max out your budget. You should always have some money set aside for unexpected repairs, even if you’ve just bought the car.

Trade in That Non Running Car for Cash

It happens more than you’d like to know. When you finance a vehicle, especially for long amortization terms, there is a chance your car could break down before you’ve paid it off. If your car broke down, still owe on loan, you don’t have much choice. You can either scrape together the money to fix it and continue driving your car or you can sell your car as is.

The sad reality is that you’ll have to keep paying your car loan, even if the amount you sell your car for doesn’t quite cover the balance owing on the loan. In this case, it’s extremely important that you get as much money as you can when you sell your car, even if it’s for junk or scrap.

How to Sell a Broke Down Car

Sell a Broken CarYou’ve decided to get rid of your broken car? You have a few options.

  • Sell it privately. You can list your car online or put a sign in the window. There’s a chance someone is looking for a car like yours, whether for parts or to fix it up and drive it.

  • Sell it to a junkyard or scrap yard. If you decide to sell a car for scrap, you’ll be paid cash based on its value as scrap metal. It’s weighed and you are paid a set price per ton. It’s not very much.

  • Sell it for parts. You can disassemble the car and sell it piece by piece. With this format, you’ll have a heap of junk parked in your yard or driveway until all the good stuff is gone, and you’ll still have the chassis to haul away.

Sell Your Broke Down Car the Easy Way

Instead of dealing with all that hassle, why not sell your broken down car the easy way – sell it to CarBrain! We buy cars in less-than-perfect condition. Whether it has body damage, mechanical damage, electrical problems, or any other issues, CarBrain will offer you cash for your car in as-is condition.

It’s simple. Just request a no-obligation offer for your car online. Within about 90 seconds, you’ll receive a quote for your car. If you accept the quote, you’ll get paid cash in about 24 to 48 hours.

CarBrain will take care of all the paperwork and fees. We’ll even pick up your broke down car from wherever it sits at no charge to you! Get started by getting an offer for your car now.

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