"There's a market for everything" and "everything has a price" are two old sayings with more than a grain of truth in them. A dead car could still prove to be an attractive buy for many people: someone keen on restoring automobiles, for example, or someone looking for spares for another car. So long as you describe the car honestly and point out its faults, you are doing nothing illegal. In fact, some dead cars command high prices because of their rarity.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Prepare your car for sale. Make itemised copies of any detailed inspection records and service receipts, as Cars.com advises. Even though the car is dead, potential buyers are likely to be interested in the car's history.
Put "For Sale" notices in the car's windows. Add contact details, including a telephone number. Tell all your friends that the car is for sale and chances are that the word will spread. Selling privately will usually earn you the most money, as Auto Trader points out.
Take several photographs of the car, including a front view, a side view, a rear view, a shot of the engine (if present) and an interior shot. Write a short paragraph describing the car accurately. Mention basic information, including make, model and age. Add specific information about the car's condition, including state of bodywork, engine condition and any missing parts. You now have your advertising package.
Find local shops, post offices or other establishments that will allow you to place advertisements in their windows. Decide which are the best by balancing the cost of placing an ad (if any) with the number of potential customers. Spend a short time observing the establishment to see how many people pass by.
Search online for car traders like Auto Trader. Follow onscreen instructions to place an ad to sell your dead car. Set up an eBay account or use your existing one and enter details. Transport your dead car to a local car auction or consider selling it in part-exchange for a new car. If all else fails, consider scrapping your car for a few dollars.
Tips and warnings
- The car could be "dead" for several reasons but this might not be difficult to solve. Consider having a garage look at your car. They might be able to get it going again for a nominal price, which would boost the car's sale value.
- Describe the car accurately to avoid infringing the law.
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