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How to get rid of an old car

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Like anything else you buy, your car will eventually wear out. Getting rid of old cars, however, can be problematic for the environment. About ten million cars every year go to American landfills. This produces nearly twenty million tons of trash each year that is added to America’s landfills. To make matters worse, this trash is not easily biodegradable. In fact, it often contains hazardous chemicals and other materials that can seep into the ground and air.
Fortunately, there are several ways of getting rid of an old car that do not involve sending it to a landfill. Selling the car to a junk yard, donating the car to charity, or selling it to a private party or dealership are all great options to keep your car out of a landfill.
Privately owned junk yards specialize in taking apart old cars and selling off their usable parts. Many of the mechanical components of a car can be reused. These parts can be sold to mechanics or private individuals to fix other cars. This keeps these parts out of landfills and prevents other cars from being retired too early. Other parts of the vehicle can be sold to scrap yards. In fact, many metal parts of a car can be recycled and made into a variety of other metal products. Finally, parts of the car such as seatbelts and seats can be used and remade into consumer products including handbags, mattress stuffing, and even carpet.
As a seller, you can choose whether to sell your entire car to a junk yard or sell it off in pieces. While many people choose to sell their entire car in order to save themselves the hassle of dealing with a slew of individual buyers, a few people have discovered that they can make more money by selling off the individual parts of their car. Your choice will depend on your individual circumstances and preferences.
Another great option for an old car is to donate the entire vehicle or its parts to charity. Many charities are willing to accept cars in any condition. Some of them will auction off the vehicles, while others use them to teach auto mechanic classes and/or provide their clients with affordable transportation. You can find out what your favorite charity uses their donated cars for by asking them.
After you donate your vehicle, you are able to deduct its current market value from your taxable income when you pay your federal taxes for the year. For people who are facing a high tax burden, donating a car can sometimes yield more than selling it to the first junk yard.
Finally, you can choose to sell your car to a dealership. While this often yields the least amount of money, it can also be the most convenient. If you need a replacement car, it is often possible to work out a deal with a dealership to get a discount on your next car purchase when you trade in your old car.

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