Is Your Car Worth Keeping?

Sometimes, when customers consider selling junk cars in Fort Lauderdale, FL, they wonder if it’s really worth the effort and the cash. While there are rare instances where a junk car is worth repairing and keeping, most of the time, you’ll be better off without it. Here are five elements to consider when deciding whether to sell your vehicle:

  • Mechanical reliability: Even in the age of mobile devices, no one wants to be stranded on a busy highway or in an unsafe area. If your junk car suffered a catastrophic collision that damaged the engine, or if it has a faulty transmission, you run this risk every time you drive. AAA can rescue you and tow your vehicle, but there are some spots where they may not be able to show up for a long time. There is no reason to drive a vehicle that places you at risk of missing work or arriving late (or not at all) every time you make a trip.
  • Safety: Most junkers are older cars, normally in the 10- to 20-year range, and sometimes even older. Auto safety evolved significantly in the last decade, and your old car may not have the needed safety features. The seat belts may not work well, or it may be difficult to install infant or child safety seats in the car. Most new seats are not designed for older cars, and attempting to improve a fit may place your kids in danger.
  • Title and registration: Junk Car Dog can purchase vehicles without a title, but this causes problems for any other buyer. Many junk cars lack proper title and registration, assuming they remain street legal. If the car has a salvage title, that alerts potential buyers that it was totaled in a wreck and makes them less likely to purchase it. Sometimes, the cost to resolve these issues and make your car legal for use is not worth it, and you’re better off starting again with a newer vehicle.
  • Neglect: If the car has been sitting for a while due to mechanical issues or other circumstances, that will likely make it difficult to start or drive. The same is true if money issues or other problems made it impossible to keep up with maintenance for the past few years. Cars that are not maintained are more likely to blow up in catastrophic failure. If you are unable to catch up on that maintenance, it may be time to sell your car to a junk vehicle buyer.
  • Cosmetic damage: No one likes to admit they judge a book by its cover, but obvious damage to your vehicle will reflect badly on you. Your employer may think less of your sense of responsibility, plus you will likely feel self-conscious. If an accident rendered your car a total loss, that is a good sign to give up and move on.

Junk Car Dog makes selling junk cars in Fort Lauderdale, FL easy. Simply call us for an estimate and we will bring our tow truck to retrieve it—for free. Contact us today to get a quote for your car.

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