Are you tired of that old, unusable car gathering rust on your property? You might think it’s not doing any harm or that the trouble of moving it isn’t worth the hassle. But allowing an inoperable car to fall apart in your yard can lead to more than just an eyesore. These are six of the most compelling reasons to get rid of that clunker.
1. Control Harmful Materials
Every car requires a variety of fluids and other chemicals to function. These potentially hazardous materials include gasoline, battery fluid, coolant, lead, and mercury. Unfortunately, many of these materials can cause direct harm to humans, animals, and the environment.
Leaking fluids contaminate the ground beneath them and trickle into local water supplies. In other cases, pets and wildlife may come across pooled liquids like antifreeze or transmission fluid and poison themselves.
To avoid long-term damage to your property and the animals that share it, remove old cars before these dangerous materials escape.
2. Increase Your Property Value
Few home buyers want to see a pile of rusty cars in their future backyard. Besides the obvious lack of curb appeal, the titleholder of a vehicle is legally responsible for relocating it before they sell the property. Not only will this step improve your chance to sell at the right price, but your neighbors may thank you as well for an overall increase in property values.
3. Avoid Legal Issues
A deteriorating car can land you in legal hot water in a number of ways. First, a car in public view may come into conflict with nuisance laws designed to keep communities safe and attractive. Depending on location, you may face hefty fines if the car is deemed a nuisance.
In other cases, abandoned cars pose a liability problem. If a person ventures onto your property and is injured by broken glass or rusted metal, you may be held liable.
Take care of the hazard before any lawyers get involved, if only for peace of mind.
4. Evict Pests
Junk cars don’t just attract lawsuits; they also look like cozy homes to creatures such as wasps, raccoons, snakes, and rats. These pests tend to settle into engine bays, trunks, interiors, and any other sheltered areas. These pests rarely welcome neighbors, so it pays to remove their potential habitat before they become established.
5. Choose a Productive End for Your Car
Any car that sits too long will eventually collapse into a pile of rust, rubber, and broken glass. During those decades, the vehicle damages the environment and is of no productive use to anyone. You receive no compensation for your car or the possibly valuable parts it contains.
Don’t let a perfectly useful old car go to waste. Instead, recycle it to help other car owners find the parts they need at reasonable prices. This in turn reduces demand for newly manufactured parts, which are a less eco-friendly and affordable option.
6. Get the Most Value for Your Vehicle
If your car is no longer worth repairing, you should still aim for the best deal possible when you remove it. Selling your car for its scrap weight and parts can be lucrative, but the quality of the vehicle matters. Rust, chipped paint, dents, and pest or plant damage all reduce the value of a junk car. For that reason alone, junk a car as soon as you know it’s unusable.
Considering how easy it is to have your car towed away and still make a profit, there’s no reason to let that clunker sit.
When you work with experienced professionals, you can rest assured that your car will be removed quickly, safely, and with respect for your property. Contact us at City Auto Wreckers to begin the recycling process today.