How to Tell if Your Car is Junk

Every car needs repairs once in a while, but if your car is constantly breaking down, it’s probably not worth the repair bill. In this case, it’s better to sell your vehicle and get a new one.

Furthermore, some damage cannot be fixed, like when your car gets totaled. Flood damage can completely ruin your car, too.

There are a number of common signs that you have a junk car, and we have listed some of them for you below.

Your Car is Old

Does your car have a tape deck? Then chances are its better days are behind it. 

Since the time your car was made, there have been several advances in car safety technology. Thus, a car that’s 10-years-old or older lacks many features that make modern vehicles safe to drive. Not to mention that the older a car is, the more likely it is to have high mileage, which leads us to our next point.

It Has Over 200,000 Miles

A car that’s very well-taken-care-of can run fine after the odometer hits 100,000 or even 150,000 miles. However, most cars start showing their age around this range.

Regardless, any car that has over 200,000 miles is usually in pretty bad shape. Also, if the car is also very old, replacement parts can be expensive. Instead of paying more than what the car is worth to fix it, junking it might be the better option.

It Keeps Breaking Down

Does it seem that some part of your car stops working every month? For example, you might need the air conditioner repaired one month and the seatbelt buckle replaced the next.

You shouldn’t put up with a car that’s constantly breaking down, not to mention that it’s not safe to do so.

Another financial factor to consider is fuel efficiency. Have you noticed that your car consumes gas very quickly?

There are certain, repairable problems that can cause this in younger cars, but with older cars that have a lot of mileage, it’s usually due to age and wear.

There’s not a lot you can do about this except to sell your car and replace it. A new vehicle will undoubtedly have better fuel economy.

It’s Noisy

Has your car started making a lot of strange noises? Does it seem to be getting louder each time you drive it? You may have even noticed sounds of grinding, squeaking, or rattling.

Noises like this usually indicate one or more worn-out components. You might be able to repair it, but as mentioned before, your car will get more and more expensive to maintain the older it gets. You should take this time to consider whether or not it’s better to replace your vehicle.

It Has Flood Damage

Flood damage is one of the worst possible things that can happen to your car. The water can corrode and/or flood several different components, ruining them beyond repair. All the electronic components can get damaged or destroyed this way, too.

If your car has been through a flood in which the water was 6 inches high or higher, junking it is probably your best bet.

It’s Totaled

When your car gets totaled in an accident, it means that it would be more expensive to fix than it’s worth. Even if it’s still operable, junking it is still a good option. Your car is probably not safe to drive, and it would be good to get any value from it that you can. 

You’re Reluctant to Fix It

On the other hand, maybe you keep procrastinating about getting the repairs you need. Usually, this is because you know it’s not worth it to invest in the old clunker.

So, then, why are you still hanging onto it? Sell your junk car for a cash offer and be done with it.

Also, when you procrastinate in fixing your car issues, the issues get worse. If your car wasn’t junk when the problem started, it probably is now.

Get Rid of Your Junk Car Now

There’s no reason to hang onto a junk car that continually costs you money. Save your finances by selling your clunker to a cash buyer now.

Speaking of which, contact us today to get a quote for your junk car. You don’t have to keep that old car that you don’t want to repair any longer, and you will get cash for it on the spot, which is a lot better than an eyesore in your yard, garage, or driveway.