It's never easy to let go of a car that has been part of your family for so long, but sometimes it's necessary. Here are 10 signs that it's time to scrap your car and move on to something new. If your car is older than your first car, the cost of repairs is more than the car itself, or its safety rating is lower than modern vehicles, it may be time to consider scrapping it. If the engine check light never goes out, you don't have a title for your car, or you have children who need a ride, these are all signs that you should junk your car.
Rust can also be a sign that it's time to scrap your car and start fresh. Divide the total cost of repairs by 12 to get an idea of what your current “car” payment would be. Compare this to what you would pay for a new or newer car and decide which is more feasible for your budget. Generally, transmissions and engines of cars from 1995 onwards last around 15 years or 200,000 miles.
However, related components such as alternators and sensors may fail sooner. If you're considering scrapping your car, you should also consider selling it first. There are many enthusiasts who would love to bring back to life old cars that weren't worth thinking twice about yesterday. Try selling it on sites like Craigslist, Facebook, eBay or OfferUp before you throw it away - even if you only get scrap value for it.
You'll make a little more money and help keep other cars on the road while reducing waste. You can discard your car for any reason as long as you legally own it. Get quotes from different junk car moving services in your area and see which one offers the best cash deal. At Junk Car Medics we pay a lot of money for junk cars and will guide you through the entire sale process from start to finish.
If the cost of repairs is still too high even after removing the ones you can do yourself, then it's smarter to discard and replace your vehicle. Rusty's is now in town so you don't have to make sacrifices to get rid of your junk car.