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Old 10-29-2012, 08:51 PM
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Quickest Way to Dump Car?

*Not sure if this is the right place. My bad if it isn't.

This might be slightly humorous if you paid attention to my last post.

I literally just bought a car last week. 1991 525i, 260k miles. Had it checked out and everything looks good. Minor sensor issue but we're good now.

Now I might be forced to move out of state and I wouldn't want to take the car.

My question:

What would be the quickest way to get rid of a car? I know you can part it out but is there a faster way? I'd obviously take a loss on it but if I have to move back it'd be less than a weeks notice so I'd have to either ditch the car along the road or try to get something for it.

Any ideas?
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:24 AM
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Don't ditch it. Donate it to one of the charities that accept cars. You'll do a good deed and get a tax deduction from it.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:21 AM
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+1 on Donation.

Another option is to call around to salvage yards. I'm sure more than a few of them will give you a little cash for a running e34.

3rd option is Craigslist. Price it low enough and your phone won't stop ringing.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:30 AM
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3rd option is Craigslist. Price it low enough and your phone won't stop ringing.
^^ This is the best first try method, with donation being the fallback plan.

One comment though - price it aggressively for quick sale but don't necessarily tell folks up front of your situation else they might take advantage and offer even less knowing you're desperate.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:28 AM
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Here in Cali the state will buy any "junker" from you for $1000 but you do have to file some simple paperwork and then wait for your confirmation. Think we waited just over 2 weeks? We turned in my partner's rattletrap 1995 Nissan Altima, with broken odometer and mystery mileage, last Saturday. Didn't take too long once at the "dismantler." Left with a $1000 check. Back in late August when I almost bought a VW Jetta SportWagen diesel, the dealer made big deal out of being super generous on the Altima trade-in of offering $200. We didn't know about the Cali *****back program so we almost went for it, but someone was watching out for me and we decided we needed to wait a bit. Ended up at the BMW dealership...But when gas prices went sky high recently in cali, and diesel was less than regular, I almost wondered if I shouldn't have gotten the VW...

You can Google "Voluntary Accelerated vehicle retirement." Love that name. Car has to be at least driveable enough to get it on the dismantler's lot and on the scale. There was a dude with another Altima there who had to call AAA to start his car right in front of the scale.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:42 PM
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You guys are amazing, really.

Thanks again for all your posts. "Voluntary Accelerated vehicle retirement" program obviously sounds pretty enticing! I'm not sure what I'd price a car like this at so its probably my best option.

Waiting for the results on the transmission to see how extensive the damage may be. Again, I'll keep you updated.

Thanks again!
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:30 AM
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Here in Cali the state will buy any "junker" from you for $1000 but you do have to file some simple paperwork and then wait for your confirmation. Think we waited just over 2 weeks? We turned in my partner's rattletrap 1995 Nissan Altima, with broken odometer and mystery mileage, last Saturday. Didn't take too long once at the "dismantler." Left with a $1000 check. Back in late August when I almost bought a VW Jetta SportWagen diesel, the dealer made big deal out of being super generous on the Altima trade-in of offering $200. We didn't know about the Cali *****back program so we almost went for it, but someone was watching out for me and we decided we needed to wait a bit. Ended up at the BMW dealership...But when gas prices went sky high recently in cali, and diesel was less than regular, I almost wondered if I shouldn't have gotten the VW...

You can Google "Voluntary Accelerated vehicle retirement." Love that name. Car has to be at least driveable enough to get it on the dismantler's lot and on the scale. There was a dude with another Altima there who had to call AAA to start his car right in front of the scale.
Just catching up with this thread, a little late.

Never heard about this program. Last year I sold my old car for $900 to my detail shop to use as a shop car. It needed a new steering rack which they took care of. So I would have made a little more money selling it to the state instead! OTOH, when I go to the detailer it's always nice to see my car still alive and being well used.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:48 PM
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Here in Cali the state will buy any "junker" from you for $1000 but you do have to file some simple paperwork and then wait for your confirmation. Think we waited just over 2 weeks? We turned in my partner's rattletrap 1995 Nissan Altima, with broken odometer and mystery mileage, last Saturday. Didn't take too long once at the "dismantler." Left with a $1000 check. Back in late August when I almost bought a VW Jetta SportWagen diesel, the dealer made big deal out of being super generous on the Altima trade-in of offering $200. We didn't know about the Cali *****back program so we almost went for it, but someone was watching out for me and we decided we needed to wait a bit. Ended up at the BMW dealership...But when gas prices went sky high recently in cali, and diesel was less than regular, I almost wondered if I shouldn't have gotten the VW...

You can Google "Voluntary Accelerated vehicle retirement." Love that name. Car has to be at least driveable enough to get it on the dismantler's lot and on the scale. There was a dude with another Altima there who had to call AAA to start his car right in front of the scale.
Just catching up with this thread, a little late.

Never heard about this program. Last year I sold my old car for $900 to my detail shop to use as a shop car. It needed a new steering rack which they took care of. So I would have made a little more money selling it to the state instead! OTOH, when I go to the detailer it's always nice to see my car still alive and being well used.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:37 PM
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Just catching up with this thread, a little late.

Never heard about this program. Last year I sold my old car for $900 to my detail shop to use as a shop car. It needed a new steering rack which they took care of. So I would have made a little more money selling it to the state instead! OTOH, when I go to the detailer it's always nice to see my car still alive and being well used.

Junking used car may not be the best choice but it's a lot better than recycling, indeed. Junking does pay better. Junked a very old car of mine and it had a quick extra dough in my wallet. well, at least I got something out of a very depreciated car.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:06 PM
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I wouldn't want to take the car.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:49 PM
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If there is a CarMax near you, I'd see what they would give you.

http://www.carmax.com/enus/we-*****c...our-offer.html
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:00 PM
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Years back I tossed my wife's old Honda onto CL and was sold in minutes. I was getting so many emails that I had to pull the ad within half an hour. Think I got $750 for it, which is what I asked. Transmission was dead, needed a cat, and a bunch of other high dollar items.
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