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New home for old cars in Canberra?

By lindt - 3 July 2013 40

Disclaimer. I don’t know much about cars.

I have an old car that I no longer need. It runs fine, although the clutch is starting to go. I could get a token amount from a wrecker/on trade-in. I’m rather foolishly sentimentally attached to the car, and don’t like the idea of it being worth only scrap when it runs fine.

Is there a good way of finding an old car a new home? Would a charity or student or someone in need want it? I’d rather give it away and see it do some good rather than have it be wrecked.

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New home for old cars in Canberra?
bundah 5:24 pm 03 Jul 13

Terra said :

devils_advocate said :

harvyk1 said :

what_the said :

Jesus what do you expect from a free car? A warranty?

But if the first thing I have to do with the “free” car is replace an expensive component, is the car still free? (

A “normal” clutch for a “normal” car only costs between $80 and $120. Maybe up to $150 in some cases, but rare. That is a clutch kit, including a new throwout bearing and spigot bush.

The only type of people who would consider clutch replacement expensive is the kind of numpty who pays a mechanic to do these kinds of tasks. Honestly, if you’re one of *these type of people* then what business do you have commenting on a thread of this nature. You should be out organising for a mechanic to charge you $200 for an oil change or something equally intelligent.

Exactly. Most clutches on older cars are a doddle if you have a decent jack, stands and a handful of metric tools. Every young man (or woman) should have changed 1 or 2 with his day by the time their 21.

Oh, what do you mean no one has ever shown you how? Really, is that what the world has come to?

Shocking isn’t it,i mean how dare they not be able to separate an engine from a transmission.Next thing you know devils advocate will expect them to be able to machine a flywheel using an angle grinder!!

Terra 4:37 pm 03 Jul 13

devils_advocate said :

harvyk1 said :

what_the said :

Jesus what do you expect from a free car? A warranty?

But if the first thing I have to do with the “free” car is replace an expensive component, is the car still free? (

A “normal” clutch for a “normal” car only costs between $80 and $120. Maybe up to $150 in some cases, but rare. That is a clutch kit, including a new throwout bearing and spigot bush.

The only type of people who would consider clutch replacement expensive is the kind of numpty who pays a mechanic to do these kinds of tasks. Honestly, if you’re one of *these type of people* then what business do you have commenting on a thread of this nature. You should be out organising for a mechanic to charge you $200 for an oil change or something equally intelligent.

Exactly. Most clutches on older cars are a doddle if you have a decent jack, stands and a handful of metric tools. Every young man (or woman) should have changed 1 or 2 with his day by the time their 21.

Oh, what do you mean no one has ever shown you how? Really, is that what the world has come to?

wildturkeycanoe 4:31 pm 03 Jul 13

If by “old” you mean pre 1980, there could many a person interested to restore it, or do it up to Street Machine standards. I’d also like more info, because a 1975 Holden has much more saleability than a 1983 Sigma.

harvyk1 4:29 pm 03 Jul 13

devils_advocate said :

A “normal” clutch for a “normal” car only costs between $80 and $120. Maybe up to $150 in some cases, but rare. That is a clutch kit, including a new throwout bearing and spigot bush.

The only type of people who would consider clutch replacement expensive is the kind of numpty who pays a mechanic to do these kinds of tasks. Honestly, if you’re one of *these type of people* then what business do you have commenting on a thread of this nature. You should be out organising for a mechanic to charge you $200 for an oil change or something equally intelligent.

2 things,

1. Not every one is technically minded which will force them to use a mechanic
2. Even if the cost is relatively nominal (we’ll use your worst case scenario of $150 and assume that the charity has a friendly mechanic handy) that’s hardly “free” now is it

devils_advocate 4:02 pm 03 Jul 13

Skidd Marx said :

What kind of car is it?

^This. If it’s not too old I can probably give it a loving home.

devils_advocate 4:00 pm 03 Jul 13

harvyk1 said :

what_the said :

Jesus what do you expect from a free car? A warranty?

But if the first thing I have to do with the “free” car is replace an expensive component, is the car still free? (

A “normal” clutch for a “normal” car only costs between $80 and $120. Maybe up to $150 in some cases, but rare. That is a clutch kit, including a new throwout bearing and spigot bush.

The only type of people who would consider clutch replacement expensive is the kind of numpty who pays a mechanic to do these kinds of tasks. Honestly, if you’re one of *these type of people* then what business do you have commenting on a thread of this nature. You should be out organising for a mechanic to charge you $200 for an oil change or something equally intelligent.

Skidd Marx 2:51 pm 03 Jul 13

What kind of car is it?

farout 2:16 pm 03 Jul 13

Park it in Charnwood overnight and put in your insurance claim the next morning.

SheepGroper 2:02 pm 03 Jul 13

RB78 said :

Get in touch with First Aid Services, ACT Fire and Rescue or the ESA – they often use old cars for training exercises.

That’s a cool idea – so it could literally go out with a bang!

farout 2:01 pm 03 Jul 13

Post a free advertisement on AllClassifieds or Gumtree.

harvyk1 2:01 pm 03 Jul 13

what_the said :

Jesus what do you expect from a free car? A warranty?

But if the first thing I have to do with the “free” car is replace an expensive component, is the car still free?

RB78 said :

Get in touch with First Aid Services, ACT Fire and Rescue or the ESA – they often use old cars for training exercises.

This is a good idea… Also pity mythbusters doesn’t have a Canberra division… 🙁

RB78 1:52 pm 03 Jul 13

Get in touch with First Aid Services, ACT Fire and Rescue or the ESA – they often use old cars for training exercises.

lindt 1:48 pm 03 Jul 13

Nope, that’s fair enough. I’d want to give it away if someone could get value/benefit out of it, otherwise to the wreckers it goes.

what_the 1:45 pm 03 Jul 13

harvyk1 said :

Whilst you may feel that it is honorable to be giving a car away, a car which is potentially about to have an expensive part to replace go on it is hardly going to be a charitable act, unless you hand the car over and provide a warranty (which kinda misses the point of getting rid of it).

Besides, it doesn’t run fine, a car which is about of have a part break can hardly be called running fine despite the fact that for now it gets you from A to B.

Jesus what do you expect from a free car? A warranty?

Op- put a note up at CIT, free car to good home or list it on the free classifieds on Canberra times. I’m sure a student would appreciate it even for the remaining rego which isn’t even usually worth cashing in after act rego takes out its fee cut.

harvyk1 1:32 pm 03 Jul 13

Whilst you may feel that it is honorable to be giving a car away, a car which is potentially about to have an expensive part to replace go on it is hardly going to be a charitable act, unless you hand the car over and provide a warranty (which kinda misses the point of getting rid of it).

Besides, it doesn’t run fine, a car which is about of have a part break can hardly be called running fine despite the fact that for now it gets you from A to B.

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