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Most car experts agree that a driver should replace an older vehicle when the cost of fixing its mechanical problems become greater than the cost of replacing it.
If your car has reached this point, consider the following ways to make the most of your broken down vehicle:
Many people sell their broken down vehicles for cash by posting classified ads or going direct to junk yards. Plenty of mechanics around the country buy used cars for parts. Car enthusiasts also buy old vehicles to rebuild them. Lastly, metal scrap yards buy used cars for the steel frames and other valuable scrap metal.
If you own a small or large business, your broken down vehicle makes an interesting and unique background to promote it. Treat your car like any other sign by repainting the surface with your business colors and adding your logo with an engaging message. Check your local municipal rules for this type of advertising. Once you know the rules, set up your new display next to your shop, or lease an area of land near traffic where members of your target market can see it. Even if you don’t own a business, you can still paint the car with holiday greetings or other messages and show it in your front yard.
Car lovers often turn their favorite broken down cars into flower boxes. Set up your vehicle in your front lawn, remove the engine and hood, and plant an array of complementary flowers and other plants. Additionally, consider removing the tires and setting them up as circular flower spots near the vehicle. If you own a pickup truck, you might consider growing moss across its surface and using the bed to highlight certain plants.
Several charities around the country fix up broken down vehicles and give the cars to people who are experiencing financial difficulties. They also give these refurbished vehicles to organizations that need transportation to perform their charitable work. If you do not know where to take your car, ask local new car dealers or check out a donation service like Action Donation Services. Most donation service companies will come out to pick up your vehicle at no cost. Alternatively, you could donate your car to a local school with an automotive repair program. Either way, you can deduct its gross selling price at tax time.
Your vehicle's usefulness does not end when it breaks down...
Give it a new purpose today through one of these methods.