I have a 93 Taurus whose engine blew recently. Believe it or
not, it was totally repainted following an auto accident in Dec. 06
and had a new water pump and sub-frame added this winter. Thus, I am
really irritated about junking the car and at least want to get as
much out of it as possible now, but that is life.
My car is 3 miles away from a junk yard that will pay me $200
for it. Wondering if anyone has any ideas about the cheapest way to
get it there. I believe a traditional tow is too expensive, and am
looking for practical suggestions as to how I can move the vehicle as
inexpensively as possible. (Please no jokes about pushing it.) Any
help would be appreciated. Thanks,
Do you know anyone with an AAA membership? They can have it towed for
free. Give the guy $10-20. AAA coverage applies to the individual, not
their car, so any member can request a service on any vehicle they are
with when the AAA shows up. Just a thought.
You should try listing it for $200 first on craigslist. I always hate it
people tow cars to wrecking yards because when I want to go buy a project
fix up, I'd happily pay the individual the $200 and tow it myself. You
get decent project cars like this from yards, not for that price.
If it doesen't sell the AAA dodge is the best one, but the free towing only
if you have the physical AAA card. I once bought a van that was located 80
and was not drivable and I used this dodge myself - I called AAA and bought
extended towing pakage. The card took something like a week to arrive in
mail, and the seller was happy enough to let the vehicle sit on the street
(I had paid
him for it) I was lucky with that card, I got 2 more tows out of it before
You can also use a tow strap, but you have to put one person in the car
who you trust to push on the brakes, or your going to get rear ended. But,
tow strap costs money to buy. ;-)
I used to do them this way all of the time, although with a chain (through a
help with the collision factor), It's illegal, now, in most areas now to tow
anything less than a wheel dolly. YMMV.
If it's wrecking yard value is $200 then I'd list at $225. Remember,
the quote your going to have to pay something for the tow, so the wrecking
yard value is really something like $150 or $175. Your listing it at 63%
than what it's worth. That's way too high.
Look at it this way:
Car value: $200 at wrecker
subtract $50 for car dolly
subtract $40 for minimum wage labor you are going to have to provide
to rent the dolly, haul the car, return the dolly.
Real market value: $110
If you can sell it on craigslist for anywhere between $150 - $200 then your
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