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How to get rid of a car?

By johnboy - 28 March 2010 25

Once again we turn to the knowledge (if not wisdom) of the RiotACT hivemind.

Let’s say someone has a car which will cost more to repair than what it’s worth.

Who can take such a car off one’s hands? Scrappers? Junkyards? Used car salesman?

Recommendations and advice welcomed!

What’s Your opinion?


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25 Responses to
How to get rid of a car?
sloppery 8:37 am 29 Mar 10

What sort of car? Will it pass rego inspection? What majopr faults (if any)? Running?

With some more detail we can give a better answer.

p1 8:08 am 29 Mar 10

Freecycle if you don’t need the money, it’ll go to a good home.

willo 1:26 am 29 Mar 10

if it’s a 6 cyl rwd of any kind i’ll give ya 100 bucks for it and come collect it with a trailer……i need a car for the demo derby at the speedway in june…..haven’t found 1 yet…..and ya can plaster it with riotact stickers fa advertisin……alternatively ya could enter it yaself……6 cyl rwds are not mandatory just my weapon of choice so dont matter what it is

akpv 10:16 pm 28 Mar 10

What sort of car is it? What is wrong with it? Any rego?

Scrapping will get you $50 to $100.

Dazzlar 10:11 pm 28 Mar 10

What about allclassifieds?

RandomPoster 8:50 pm 28 Mar 10

Depending on the car, a mechanic that specialises in that make may be interested in it for parts.

What type of car are we talking about?

Anna Key 7:56 pm 28 Mar 10

I put an ad in the CT as almost a giveaway ($150 with blown motor). Also got the balance of the rego back, although it was still SA registered and maybe the ACT won’t do that. Wreckers probably aren’t interested unless you have a late model commode or falcon (one wanted to charge me more for an outside mirror than the ford dealer charged me for a new one, including fitting it).

Clown Killer 7:41 pm 28 Mar 10

Park it in Queanbeyan. If it gets stollen it’ll be capable if doing 200km/h.

georgesgenitals 6:53 pm 28 Mar 10

Is it still driveable or even roadworthy? If so, put sme rego on it (eg 3 months) and put it on ebay. You might be surprised.

sepi 4:52 pm 28 Mar 10

I couldn’t find anyone other than Ezyscrap for my poor old car. they give you 50 bucks and come and get it for you.

Reliable secondhand cars are so cheap now, that old cars needing repairs are worth nothing. Unless you can find someone with the same old bomb, who needs parts.

MrPC 4:03 pm 28 Mar 10

I recently spent $871 repairing a car that I bought for $2150 (with 11 months rego, so really about $1400 worth of car and $750 of rego). It didn’t bother me that I spent almost as much as the car was worth on that one lot of repairs, and coupled with the $500ish I’ve otherwise spent on it, that’s easily what it is worth.

What it’s worth to someone else is not what it’s worth to me. It is reliable transportation. It turns over every time, it has never had a flat tyre, flat battery, and it’s so mechanically and electrically simple that there’s not much else that could break in it, unlike newer cars. Even when its clutch was on its last legs, which has been the case since before I bought it, it still usually got to 110km/h when I wanted it to, stopped when I wanted it to, doesn’t leak, and it travels in the direction that I specify. Everything else is optional.

If I had decided that, oh horror, it was going to cost $900 (mechanic’s quote) to repair, I should perhaps go buy another car, then who is to say that the other car won’t have its own repairs pending, its own quirks, its own defects that aren’t covered by warranty (if it’s even still in warranty) etc. I’d rather just spend the $900 and have a car that I otherwise like.

Do you otherwise like your car?

Sammy 3:38 pm 28 Mar 10

Leave it parked in Queanbeyan

It’ll end up back in Canberra.

bd84 2:46 pm 28 Mar 10

Ezyscrap, they will come pick it up and will give you money for it too

Ian 2:10 pm 28 Mar 10

Leave it parked in Queanbeyan.

northside 2:02 pm 28 Mar 10

I recently had to get rid of a car for a friend moving overseas. ACT Car Recyclers were the only the only place interested, I even got $60 for my efforts.

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