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How can I stop procrastinating and finally get rid of my junked car?

Junk Car Guilt

You've been ignoring it for the longest time, but it isn't going away. At night, even with the curtains drawn, you could swear you can see the outline of that rotting piece of metal. You keep telling yourself that the old junked car really isn't doing any harm. In fact, maybe it's an old race car with nostalgic appeal, or a car your parents once drove. Whatever the case, you've been rationalizing the fact that the thing is still rotting on your property. You can erect a wall, a fence, or plant tall trees, but you're still going to know that the car is there. What's more, your neighbors probably know it to. Why not do everyone a favor and have the car towed, free of charge?

Before filling out a form or making a call, make sure to have some basic information on the vehicle including the current condition, whether parts are missing, whether the car is still operable and the model number.

How can I teach my kids about donating junked cars to charity?

I Spy With My Little Eye - A Junked Car

Keep kids busy on a particularly long road trip by getting them to be on the lookout for junked cars. Not only will it keep them busy, it might provide fodder for back-to-school reports on what they did during the summer months. It's a great way to teach them about environmental hazards like junked cars. Naturally, your kids aren't going to want long-winded lectures on the need to clean up junk heaps. They want to have fun. Make it a good experience by talking about the positive outcomes of donating junk cars to charity.

Why would I want to donate my car to charity?

Junk Car Charity Donations - What's In It For Me?

When you decide to donate your junked car to charity, you're helping people in need and protecting the environment from unnecessary hazards. You'll be thrilled to know that there are companies that provide free junk car pickup services and will happily donate your used car to charity. You will not receive any cash for your vehicle once you've decided to have it towed or donated to charity. It doesn't matter what the book value of the car is, you won't be reimbursed that money. However, you will receive a tax receipt for your donation, which you can bring to your insurance company to prove that you're no longer in ownership of the vehicle. That means you no longer have to pay for liability insurance.

It doesn't matter where you live, you can have your car towed away to a junkyard. The important thing is to contact a reputable company. They can assist with any questions you may have. It's important to know that you'll need to have the title and registration to your car or the company won't be able to tow it away. Just leave it in the glove compartment if you're not going to be home.

What are some different ways of promoting junk car removal?

GeoCache Your Way To A Junked Car

Have you heard of geogaching? It's a fun way to find hidden treasure in your neighborhood, or worldwide for that matter. The object of this family-oriented game is to locate waypoints using a Global Positioning System (GPS). The waypoints are entered by people who have hidden objects (small, medium or large containers) somewhere in the great outdoors. There are many websites where you can find out more information on how to get started. Basically, the rules are simple.

  • Take something from the cache
  • Leave something in the cache
  • Write about it in the logbook

You can place a cache anywhere you want to. Your logbook can contain much valuable, rewarding, and educational information, including notes about the environmental hazards of junked cars and what to do about it. What better way to encourage reporting of junked vehicles by setting up geocaches nearb In addition to leaving child-friendly toys or gifts in the cache, leave some information for others on how to junk a car, donate a junked car, etc. Make note of companies who offer free junk car pickup.

How can I part with a car that's been in my family for years?

Junk Gone, Memory Saved Forever

Have you been holding onto that junked car for nostalgic reasons? Cars have historically held a romantic spot in our hearts. First dates, prom night, first car; a lot of "firsts" happen in automobiles! It's no wonder you can't bare to see that junk finally towed. In your mind, it's still cherry red with leather seats. It still has chrome rims and a top that pulls down on hot, sunny days. Realistically, the entire front seat is inhabited with moths and weeds which have grown up from the rusted hole in the side of the car. Before contacting a company to remove the car, take several pictures of your old beauty. You can have the picture enlarged and framed as is, or touch up the photo using Photoshop so that the junked car doesn't look quite as "junked" anymore. The ideas are endless. You could do a tribute to the history of that particular car by locating a photograph of it in its prime. Frame it and hang it next to the photo of the junked car for a "before and after" effect. Time may have taken away the visual appeal, but not the memories.

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