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Five Signs It's Time to Junk Your Car

After many years of adventures and memories, your trusty, rusty car may begin to be more of a burden than a necessity. You might notice a new concerning noise every day, and it's feeling a little less than safe on the road. Even though you may love the car, you know that they aren't made to last forever, and there will come a time when you need to make the decision to junk it. Here are some signs that it’s time to let go of your auto.

1. It's costing too much to maintain

You've been putting off fixing the driver's side window for years and the coolant leak is rapidly getting worse. The tires may also be wearing out quicker than before — and not due to your race car driving fantasies. Parts of your car start to wear away more frequently, and over time these things start to add up until eventually repairs cost more than the market value of the car. Even if you’re able to salvage engines and other parts, it may not be worth it.

2. It's no longer safe to drive

Every time you get into your car to drive, a sense of worry rushes over you. Will the engine explode? Or will wheels fall off as I’m driving down the highway? If you find yourself questioning the safety of your car, you may be putting yourself and others at risk, so junking your car might be the safest option if necessary repairs are too pricey.

3. Rust has taken over your car

When your car is covered in more rust spots than paint, not only can it compromise the integrity of your car — it doesn't look very good either. Rust can break down the undercarriage and shell of your car, and it can potentially eat away at vital parts such as your brakes and fuel lines. If it's getting out of control, you need to junk that rust bucket.

4. No one is willing to buy it

After listing your car for sale many times over many months and no one is willing to buy your car, you need to take the obvious hint and get rid of it. Even if you're selling it for a steal of a price — it still won't sell — and even prospective buyers can tell that it's not worth any more than scrap metal. Junking your car would be the only way to dispose of it, and you can still get some extra cash for it.

5. It's been sitting in your yard for too long

Maybe it started as a cheap project car, or someone was giving it away for free and you took it on board thinking you'd fix it up one day. That day has come and gone, and the car has been taking up space in your yard for months, or maybe even years. Junking your car is the easiest way to deal with that hunk of metal you've been holding onto.

Junking your car is good for the environment as the scrap metal is recycled, and using recycled metal saves energy. It can save you a lot of money to junk your car instead of trying to fix the unrepairable, and depending on what parts still work, you can get some cash out of it as well. You'll also save a lot of time, effort, and space. It may be hard to let go, but if your car is an old rust bucket, feels dodgy when you're driving it, or you just can't seem to sell it — it's finally time to junk it.


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