Piston Slap: Karma, Cash And Choosing a Final Resting Place
I have a couple of Q45’s that are ready for retirement. They have been great highway rides, but I just don’t have the time or desire to keep them running anymore. Since I no longer have time to wrench on them, parting them out is a no-go and neither is going to leave the driveway under their own power. My question is what is the best way to dispose of a dead car or two?
Should I just call a local wrecking yard or just sell them for scrap?
Call the “We need your used car” charities for a donation?
Much like the beginning of one’s automotive journey at new car dealerships, shopping around for the best deal (or most karmic benefit) in your ride’s final resting place is very, very wise.
Case in point: a friend once donated a 1992-ish Pontiac Grand Am to a local Battered Woman’s shelter. I had wrenched on said vehicle, and while the oxblood interior and maroon paint was bleached out by Texas summers, it was a strong runner with cold A/C. I was proud of my friend for doing the right thing, hoping someone who needs a second chance puts this Pontiac to good use. And he got a decent tax donation for it.
As this (biased?) chart from Cars 4 Causes shows, there’s a benefit to donating your car outside of the moral goodness of your heart. But let’s get serious: we’re talking about Infiniti Q45s, not durable Rangers or desirable Civics.
They are not gonna find a new home that’ll love and cherish them. I’d post them as parts cars on craigslist: someone might need a Q45 parts car! Then consider donating to a charity, or scrapping outright. Question is: will you get more if you go straight to the junkyard and eliminate the middlemen?
Or, considering the car, does that even matter if the right charity tugs at your heartstrings? Off to you, Best and Brightest.
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