Purchasing a car for the first time and calling it your own are some of the best highlights when kicking off one’s adulthood. After all, it must’ve taken a lot of patience and resources to get you to that point. So, achieving that kind of milestone is worth celebrating.
But just like many things, cars are subjected to time. What used to be the most popular brand will lose its fame, and the latest technology at the time is bound to go outdated eventually. But despite doing extensive research before buying a car, there will always be better models coming out soon.
If you’re the sentimental type, you might consider leaving your first car stashed away somewhere. After all, it must’ve held so many fond memories that left a permanent impression in your heart. But unless you have abundant space on your property, getting stuck with an old car model would do more harm than good. If not because of the growing lack of space in your home, it’s probably your desire to restore it regularly despite not using it for a long period already.
Therefore, it’s safe to say that letting your old car go is a natural course of action. But before you can proceed with junking the entire thing, you’re probably not aware how there are multiple options available for you in getting rid of an old car. So, besides trashing it, you can consider the following:
- Have A Transaction
As the original owner, you put in your fair share of resources to retain its quality throughout its lifespan. With that in mind, you most likely want to get something out of it, regardless of whether or not the car is still usable. And the best way to do that is by selling it.
However, if your car is already in a sorry state, you might have difficulty garnering attention and receive a lot of cash for old cars. Fortunately, there’s a dealership available for that purpose alone. Through them, you don’t have to trouble yourself in handling any paperwork from selling a used car. With that out of the way, all you have to do is have them determine the car’s condition and wait for the money to come racking in once someone’s interested.
But depending on the extent of the car’s damage, you likely won’t be able to get any generous offers. So, you should lower your expectations. The same goes when you consider selling it on your own through the online marketplace or as a private transaction with someone you know.
- Scrap It
Regardless of how outdated it is, an old car still bears value, albeit lesser than the newly released ones. Therefore, if selling it was a complete failure, scrapping the old vehicle instead could get you some decent money. After all, every single car model is made of metal, which can be used all over again once it’s melted down. However, this would mean you’re completely parting from your old car for something new. So, this might be the best step for you once you’re ready.
- Sell It For Parts
Despite their age, cars are units of technology that possess various parts for them to run in their prime. Therefore, if selling the car as a whole was a bust, you might want to consider disassembling your old car to sell its parts instead. Admittedly, this is the most labor-extensive option of the rest, considering you’ll be taking the whole thing apart unless you hire someone to do it for you.
However, reducing your old car into parts might improve your chance of getting it out of your hands. After all, as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover. Although it looks visually unappealing from the outside, your old car might be hiding perfectly functioning components that can get you a good buck or two. So, going through the effort of dismantling the whole thing would be worth it.
- Put It Up For Donation
If you compare an old car to a newer model, it’s easy to label the older one as ‘bad’ while the latter is ‘better.’ After all, having new specs is always a fun perk. That’s why many owners of classic cars would go the extra mile to restore them just to add those to their vintage aesthetic. However, just because it’s lacking in the specs department, that doesn’t constitute a car as ‘bad.’
A vehicle’s primary purpose is to get its driver from one place to another without wasting a second. All those latest specs are doing is improving the driving experience, even making the entire method much more efficient. Therefore, some people can do without them, especially those who can’t afford a brand-new car.
Instead of selling it, you can always offer it to charity or gift it to someone who needs it. As long as it’s still functioning, you’re bound to brighten someone’s day by giving it away. So, while they can finally have a car of their own, you managed to get rid of your old car to start fresh—two birds with one stone.
Getting your own car has always been a significant moment in any working adult’s life. After all, it serves as concrete proof you’re finally getting used to ‘the hustle.’ But as you continue to live through adulthood, your first car is bound to be left to dust. Therefore, you might want to consider getting rid of it eventually.