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Might buy a new car. Current car isn't working, so what can I do with it? - June 18, 2012, 10:34 AM

So my car's clutch cratered. Not surprising since I have 105,000 miles on the car.

In addition to a new clutch, I'm looking at:

1. a new wheel bearing
2. a new timing belt, water pump, etc.

And then there's whatever else down the road that will need replacing.

So at this point, the cost of repairs is approaching the blue book value of the car, and I'm thinking about buying a new car instead.

But here's my question--my car obviously is not driveable in its current state. What are my options in terms of getting something for it? Can I even offer it for trade-in? Yes, I know that I'd get my *ss handed to me value-wise. Or am I stuck trying to sell it myself? Again with lousy leverage since it's not in working order.

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June 18, 2012, 10:39 AM

If it's a popular car, part it out. This may take months, but you'll get the best value for dollar.

If it's a not-so popular car car, donate it to charity and you get to take the blue book tax write off.

If you just want it gone, call a recycler and they'll probably give you two crisp $100 bills for the metal value and remove the car.



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So in summary you're a little bitch, nobody believes your bitchass about anything, you look like a bitch, you sound like a whiny bitch and you've probably been a bitch for a long time.

All I want to know, how old were you when you realized you were a bitch? or did someone else have to tell you?

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what kind of car is it..


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June 18, 2012, 10:48 AM

Cray Rays's will pay $350 for your car and pick it up from you. But you talk like 100k miles is alot, lol. It must be an american car
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Junk yard for the parts and at least get it driving. At 105k miles your clutch still should of been working unless you beat it to death. Either way get it in running condition and then make your decision. You'll be less inclined to just jump out and buy something because you have to.
If you need the Tax Credit or donation write off - you will get far more out of it - provided it is in as bad of shape as you state.

I know a person who donated a car to Goodwill. This car was junk - utter an complete junk - it ran on a mixture of oil, coolent, and gas. He got $5000.00 donation receipt for it tho.
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So my car's clutch cratered. Not surprising since I have 105,000 miles on the car.

In addition to a new clutch, I'm looking at:

1. a new wheel bearing
2. a new timing belt, water pump, etc.

And then there's whatever else down the road that will need replacing.
You have to tell us what kind of car but honestly, I think you might do better keeping it if all you need is a clutch, wheel bearing and NORMAL MAINTENANCE. Most newer cars will need the timing belt water pump done at 100k so its not like that is out of the ordinary.

I guess I think differently than most. I have 116k on mine (clutch is fine, by the way) bit the bullet and spent the $900 to have the 100k service done which is way cheaper than the $30k I wanted to spend on a new car. No way I would get ride of it if it runs. Save your money and put it towards the bike is my opinion but do what you want.


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June 18, 2012, 12:01 PM

You would, I think, do better for yourself donating it and taking the tax benefit than trading it in , with it being non-running.

EDIT to add, that's if you are wanting to get rid of it. I agree with the posters that say it may be worth fixing.


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So in summary you're a little bitch, nobody believes your bitchass about anything, you look like a bitch, you sound like a whiny bitch and you've probably been a bitch for a long time.

All I want to know, how old were you when you realized you were a bitch? or did someone else have to tell you?

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June 19, 2012, 06:37 AM

I say repair it. 100k = time to spend money on maintence and repairs.

I did a bearing job for around 400 on a 06 nissan altima. That includes buying the bearings and hubs, all the tools and having a shop press the bearings in. Bearings on those cars were known to go out around 50-60k miles.

I had my timing belt and all my drive belts changed in 2010. I spent close to 350 on parts (from the dealership.) This included a new water pump. Although i didn't need to change the water pump at 60k miles, i would at 90k, and since its right next to the belt, it was better to do it then.
I usually do repairs on my car by my self. I have a good knowledge of auto mobiles, but youtube and forums help. I paid my neighbor to do my timing belt, all 3 drive belts and the water pump. Though. I was told that if i was off by 1 tooth, I would be screwed, so i had him do it since he does those jobs all the time. He did all the repairs it in a few hours for 300.

I need a new clutch also, but i might be able to hold out because I ride frequently. That puts less strain on my car.


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June 19, 2012, 09:18 AM

I did clutch replacement, water pump, accessory belt and full suspension install myself with my dads and friends help. No lift, in a driveway on jack stands. It can be done. This was FWD car to so all that much more a pain in the ass, but I saved the $1600 or so they shops wanted. What kinda car is it?

If it's RWD car the clutch is a helluva lot easier to do.

Anything you need to do you can find writeups online on how to do it. Plan ahead, buy some beer and get it done. Engine hoist helps a LOT in holding up a heavy ass tranny while wiggleing it into place in the block.
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If it still runs and can move under its own power, craigslist only costs you time and potential buyer annoyance to see what someone might pay for it. I’ve found if you are straightforward with what it needs you can find folks who are looking for projects in this economy.


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June 19, 2012, 06:17 PM

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You would, I think, do better for yourself donating it and taking the tax benefit than trading it in , with it being non-running.

EDIT to add, that's if you are wanting to get rid of it. I agree with the posters that say it may be worth fixing.

If you get $800 in trade, that is $800 you save on the new car. If KBB is $3000, then you don't pay taxes on $3000. If your effective tax rate is 20% then you are saving $600. So you have to run the numbers to see which benefits you the most.

Likewise, if you put $1500 in a repair on a paid off car, that is like 3 months payments and increased insurance. So even a $1500 repair a year is a better deal.

Unless you just want a new car in which case go get a new car.
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