ORIGIN – In the 19th century, the gasoline portion of the refining process, was first considered to be a ‘waste’ product of extracting the purified crude oil. Later on, it was discovered that it could be $old as fuel, instead of just dumping it back in the hole as had been the tradition.
One of the reasons I have been able to buy and sell so many junk cars is because I know what to do, and you know the old saying… “Knowledge is power.” One of the keys to being in the junk car removal business is this: having a list of people, or businesses that you can call on, which, for a fair price, will buy your junk cars for sale in a minute. Over the years I have built a relationship with various people and businesses that do just that.
Pop the hood. Underneath the hood is where major problems can be observed. Check the engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid to ensure that fluids are clean and not contaminants are present. Start the car again and listen carefully. Tapping, chatter or other misplaced noise can mean trouble.
CONSUMPTION RATE – The gasoline consumption rate for every mass-produced car has been carefully ‘designed in’ as a market asset. As an indication, simply observe how quickly and closely ALL the local different gas stations adjust their prices. Even the hybrid cars which use electric motors still consume a designed amount of gasoline and their price tags are recycle catalytic converters prohibitively high.
You will also need either access to a car lift, or the proper equipment to get your car off the ground to access the exhaust system. In the absence of a lift, you can use tire ramps and blocks. Do not use only a jack to lift your vehicle. If the jack fails or the car shifts, it will fall on you, potentially killing you. If you are using ramps, be sure to secure the emergency brake system, and place blocks behind the front tires to prevent the car from accidentally rolling for any reason.
But the comparison doesn’t end with the counting of moving parts. The engine and transmission of a conventional car also need lubricating oils, filters, coolant, clutches, spark plugs and wires, a PCV valve, oxygen sensors, a timing belt, a fan belt, a water pump and hoses, a catalytic converter, and a muffler — all items requiring service, and all items that aren’t needed in an electric car.
A lot of junk car companies will give you a price for the car, and then when they show up, they deduct the price of towing from the final cost. This is another trick. If they were going to deduct the towing from the price, then they should have told you that over the phone. So tell them no, and that you will only sell for the price agreed upon.